THE LAST RENEGADE
Goodman knows the West and the hardy, passionate people who settled the wild frontier better than most. Her stories are well crafted, compelling tales of realistic characters, detailed with fascinating nuances of history and several surprising and wonderful plot twists. But, most of all, Goodman is a gifted storyteller who keeps hold of readers’ attention and their hearts.
When Lorraine Berry hires Nat Church to bring a criminal to justice and stop a ruthless rancher and his sons from terrorizing Bitter Springs, she doesn’t expect the dime novelist to be so handsome and virile. Kellen Coltrane is only in town to fulfill a man’s last wish. Once he meets the strong-willed Raine, he decides to stay on as “Nat Church” and become the hired gun she needs. Raine yearns to surrender to the mysterious Kellen — a man who keeps his gun and his secrets close. Kellen’s vow to protect Raine and win her love becomes a powerful force for him to see the job through and make her his woman. (BERKLEY SENSATION, Sep., 384 pp., $7.99)