TAKEN BY THE COWBOY
Julianne MacLean's time travel western spells out serious entertainment — the heat between contemporary heroine Jessica Delaney and old school sheriff Truman Wade is palpable, and the two as individual characters are solid. However, the mechanics of the story break down when it comes to describing the aspects of time travel. Furthermore, the tale's abrupt ending may leave readers reeling from an ending that feels too tidy and forced. Nonetheless, the love between the two main characters is very clear and fun to read about.
Jessica Delaney has had a rough year — her brother was killed in a tragic shooting and her engagement with a self-absorbed fiancé was broken off. And then she's involved in a car crash. But when she comes to after the accident, Jessica finds herself in the middle of another century — stuck in the Wild West. With her stilettos ruined and no cell phone service, Jessica's sure things cannot get any worse. Then, she gets thrown into jail for a murder she didn't commit!
Sheriff Truman Wade cannot put his finger on it, but there's something not quite right about Jessica Delaney. She talks differently, acts differently and wears pointy shoes that look like weapons. Wade is sure Jessica's not a killer, but he also knows she's keeping secrets. And although Jessica wants to get back to the twenty-first century, she cannot shake her feelings for Sheriff Wade. Soon Jessica will have to choose between the Sheriff ... or her future. (SELF-PUBLISHED, February 2011, dl., $4.79)
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