THE DOUBLE CROSS
Kelly’s latest is the first in a new Spanish Brand colonial-era series. The novel captures the 1780 time period flawlessly and accurately depicts both Spanish culture and lifestyle during this era. Fans of the historical genre will appreciate the research invested in this novel; however, the words and romantic sparks that fly between Marco and Paloma are a bit clichéd and lack a bit of originality.
Don Marco Mondragon prides himself on being one of the best brand inspectors in the Southwest region. A lonely widower for eight years, Marco is seeking companionship to keep him warm during the cold nights of his travels. When he meets the young and beguiling Paloma Vega, Marco is sure he’s found his next bride-to-be. Together, Marco and Paloma embark on a journey to locate a missing brand that had once belonged to Paloma’s late parents. (CAMEL PRESS, Aug., 240 pp., $13.95)