Thursday, August 20, 2015

Ransom Canyon by Jodi Thomas

Staten has his ranch and his wounded heart, and that's all he needs.  When things overwhelm him, he goes to visit Quinn.  She listens, doesn't judge and she's willing to sleep with him.  As long as he can control when he visits and doesn't have any ties to her, he thinks he's safe.  He's not...

HQN Books and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published August 25th, so you an grab a copy then.

This is a bit like a cozy western.  We have several developing romances, there are ex-cons in town planning a scheme, and the old folks in town are still telling people what to do.

The first ex-con that comes to town isn't planning on staying.  When the old folks come out to trim a tree and almost kill themselves, he comes to the rescue.  All of sudden, he finds himself with a job.  They agree to pay him for upkeep of their old cabins.  They also feed him, give him clothes, and even give him love.  He feels wanted, needed and like he's a good person, for the first time in his life.  Maybe he won't leave town yet.

The sheriff's daughter is getting real fond of Lucas, a young man who will be going to college soon.  Her father doesn't want her dating anybody but they spend some quiet time together and their friendship grows.

Quinn discovers she's pregnant and Staten freaks.  Yancy, the ex-con, has found a woman he likes but is too afraid to approach her.  However when his enemies from prison target a friend of his, he has to make a decision.  Will he help them or will he turn them in?

Ms. Thomas makes you care about her characters.  She's turning this into a series, so I think we'll be seeing more of these three couples in the future books.  I'm also sure you'll see more of those old folks.  They managed to beat up a BMW and get a few whacks in on the owner who thought he'd take his former rape victim on his tour.  They protect their own.  The sheriff didn't see a thing and he must have tripped on the steps to break his nose like that.  How can you not like these old folks?

I'll be watching for the next one in this series.

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