by Toni Anderson Book #1 of Her Series
Running for her life, ex-FBI agent Elizabeth Ward escapes to Montana with a new identity. She craves peace and solitude, but instead finds handsome rancher, Nat Sullivan.
Nat is trying to hold his ailing family together, while struggling to keep the ranch from bankruptcy. The last thing the cowboy needs is a beautiful stranger reminding him there is more to life than work.
But Elizabeth isn't what she seems. And when a murderer and rapist track her down to the remote ranch, they all find out about the power of revenge.
Revenge or Redemption. Which would you choose?
**This Romantic Suspense was originally published in 2006 and then again in 2009.**
I have never read any of Toni Anderson's work before. This was not a bad start at all. The book isn't perfect, but it blew me away anyway. This heroine is a tough gal who's been through abduction and rape and is now being pursued by her demon once again. Why? Because the Feds, who she worked for, let him walk for evidence. She asked a friend for help, and her friend is in the line of fire now as well. She's hired an assassin to take out this guy if he ever gets close enough to her to get his hands on her again. She's rich, so money's not an issue. Good thing, too. Because the good looking hero in the story, has a family farm he's trying to save and is going to need the money real soon. He doesn't know that, though. He just knows he can't let her go and he can't let her get hurt. She's his to protect. She doesn't want to leave, but she doesn't want to bring trouble to the farm and she has to try to save that friend of hers. Oops, no one moved soon enough. The bad guy's here.
Well, if you can get past the idea that a woman who's been violently raped is falling in love with an unknown man not too long after the rape, then this works. Eliza and Nat are a great couple. They both are very busy trying to take care of other people. They are both strong people with good intentions. They are both lonely people with an emptiness that needs filling. They come together in a way that isn't typical so their defenses aren't clicking on all cylinders. They have both just been through a major crisis in their lives, leaving them hurting. They fit each other's needs. They fall.
I logged this into GoodReads before bedtime on the 17th, then read it in one sitting on the 18th. It was good, really good. She's fiery and outsmarts everyone, even the ones who trained her at the FBI. He's warm and gentle and just never stops trying to take care of those he sees as his. Together they survive the worst the bad guys can throw at them.
Read this book this summer, but bring your sunscreen. You won't want to put it down once you start.
I acquired this book through BookBub (Amazon) for nothing. The Summary I use on my blog is the GoodReads Summary, but the Review is fully my own opinion.
Judi Easley at Blue Cat Review
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