I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Redemption by B. J. Daniels
Series: Beartooth Montana #2
Narrator: Graham Winton
Published by Recorded Books on May 23, 2015
Genres: Romantic Suspense, Western Romance
Length: 8 hours, 45 minutes
The hunt for justice...and love...begins Jack French has had two long years of prison-ranch labor to focus on starting over, cleaning up his act and making things right. When he comes home to close-knit Beartooth, Montana, he's bent on leveling the score with the men who set him up. The one thing he doesn't factor into his plans is spitfire beauty Kate LaFord.
With treasure-seeking in her blood, Kate's got big dreams to chase and a troubled past to put to rest. And even though a red-hot connection to a woman with her own set of secrets isn't part of Jack's plans, he just can't resist Kate and the gold cache she's after...even if it is cursed.
But when Kate is accused of murder, he realizes she's not only a suspect, but a target. In the Montana wilds, he'll do whatever it takes to keep her safe from a killer on a quest to rob them of their chance of a new, passionate life with each other.
Jack French just spent two years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit. He’s back in Beartooth and on his way into town, he encounters Kate LaFond, the new owner of the town cafe, being assaulted. When he comes to her rescue, she’s not grateful at all as Kate’s used to taking care of herself. This pretty much defines their relationship going forward. Kate’s hiding a few secrets and has a murky history. Jack’s on a mission to clear his name. Their paths will inevitably converge.
What I enjoyed
I really liked Jack and his laid back manner, especially as he seemed to instinctively know how to handle the often prickly, independent Kate. Her story was presented in a series of flashback conversations with someone who was well known in Beartooth. I liked this approach as there were several subplots that connected in someway and this helped provide context, as well as give Kate more layers. In fact, the subplots were just as interesting as the main story!
About the narration
Graham Winton’s interpretation of Jack was just about perfect. I could picture him just from his tone and style. I liked his performance of all the male characters but some of the female characters unfortunately came off a bit shrewish, which wasn’t the intent. However, overall, I enjoyed the performance.
The bottom line
The mystery aspect of this series is so well done and this story surpassed the last. There are some mean and nasty characters, some showing up shadowy and others with a nice veneer. I had a tough time weaving everything together (a good thing). The romance meter is low but it’s just enough for me as the underlying tension heightens everything. I’m really enjoying the series even if the passion of the romance is understated.
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