Series: The Hunted #1
Published by Avon Impulse on February 26, 2013
Genres: Romantic Suspense, Western Romance
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From the moment rancher Jack Turner rescues Jenna Caldwell Merrick, he is determined to help her. Soon, he is doing more than tend her wounds; he is mending her heart. Jenna is a woman on the run—hunted down by her ex-husband, David Merrick, from the day she left him, taking part of his company with her, to the second she finds herself in the safety of Jack's ranch. More than just a haven, Jack's offering the love, family, and home she thought were out of reach.
Jack's support will give Jenna the strength she needs to reclaim her life. The hunted will become the hunter, while David gets what he deserves, when they have an explosive confrontation in the boardroom of Merrick International. But not before Jack and Jenna enter into a fight … for their lives.
I’m going to sound like I can’t decide if I like this book or not. Well, that’s because there were parts I liked a lot and others that had me raising my eyebrows.
First, what I liked. It’s romantic suspense involving cowboys on a ranch and a heroine on the run from a truly diabolical ex-husband. Jenna’s fear was well earned and one of the most chilling aspects of the book is when we experience the attacks from her point of view. It was horrific, awful and scary. When she lands at Jack’s ranch, I breathed a sigh of relief on her behalf. He and his family were just good people and even though it could be sappy at times, they were a wonderful respite, embracing the battered Jenna and nursing her back to health. If you’re in the mood for a sweet romance and small town friendly, this story really works…a great dog, cute 3-year old and a cranky horse all add to the “feel good.”
Now, what made me roll my eyes at times. This is truly an “insta-love” that just developed too quickly and it didn’t have to. There was a clear and natural path that could have been taken to more slowly evolve the romance but…for some reason it was necessary to have Jenna and Jack speed things up. It was annoying. Then, there was one instance where Jenna’s ex got access to her that really stretched credulity. I just rejected the entire scene it was so far off base. Lastly, the number of errors in the book was unacceptable. It was poorly edited by a major publisher. I’m used to reading uncorrected proofs with fewer errors.
The bottom line, though, is I was completely hooked by the story because when it was good, it was very, very good. When it was bad, it wasn’t terrible. I liked the story, characters, ranch setting, suspense and the set up for the next books in the series, which I will definitely be continuing. They sound even better.
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