Image of Indigo Lake: A Small-Town Texas Cowboy Romance (Ransom Canyon)

Indigo Lake

Image of Indigo Lake: A Small-Town Texas Cowboy Romance (Ransom Canyon)

It takes nearly 150 pages for this novel to find its footing, but once it does, it’s a well-paced, suspenseful ride. Thomas balances a playful-if-predictable, lust-at-first sight romance with a somewhat exasperating I’ve-loved-you-since-childhood romance, carrying over familiar characters and conflicts from her previous Ransom Canyon novels. Sadly, the only budding romance that truly piques the reader’s interest is the one that’s merely hinted at over the course of a few pages. Hopefully we’ll see them in her next book.

ATF agent Blade Hamilton somehow finds himself in Crossroads, Texas, warily inspecting the three worthless items he’s inherited from the father he’s never known: an overgrown tract of land, a tumbledown shack and a centuries-old blood feud with the neighboring Davis clan. Local real estate agent Dakota Davis doesn’t believe the gruesome stories of revenge her grandmother never tires of retelling, but she nevertheless keeps her guard up whenever Blade crosses her path. With a blind sister and her grandmother tying her to the little town, Dakota can’t afford the quick fling Blade seems to be offering. But when a suspicious fire on a nearby ranch kills two cowboys, Blade casts his lot with the town of Crossroads to help find the killers — and win Dakota’s heart. (HQN, Jul., 432 pp., $7.19)  

Reviewed by: 
Carolyn Martin