Palmer’s latest entry in her Long, Tall Texans series is an intriguing story that blurs the line between good and evil. There are clear-cut bad guys and those whose evil business dealings are in conflict with their honorable actions in their personal lives. The romance between the main characters builds nicely with some gentle humor, and the moral dilemmas they face are believable and engrossing.
Sheriff Hayes Carson is shot — again. Recovery will take a while, so he can’t stay home alone. The only place available is the home of Jacobsville’s newspaper publisher, Minette Rayner, who lives with her siblings and great-aunt. He hates Minette, blaming her by association for the death of his brother. Even worse, Hayes knows a secret about Minette’s father that he promised his father he would never tell. But being in close contact has Hayes drastically reconsidering his feelings for Minette. The arrival of the father Minette never knew soon puts her and her family in mortal danger and makes Hayes realize that some promises are made to be broken. (HQN, Jul., 304 pp., $24.95)