Friday, October 18, 2013

Forsaken-B.J. Daniels


B.J. Daniels

Harlequin HQN, Sep 24 2013, $7.99

ISBN: 9780373777808

Fuzz Carpenter calls the sheriff’s office to tell Sheriff Frank Curry that a terrorized kid covered with blood was fleeing the Beartooth Mountains; the lad said he worked at the Diamond C sheep ranch before he continued in his haste to get back to the spread. Former NYPD homicide cop turned deputy sheriff Bentley Jamison responds by heading to the ranch owned by Widow Madison Conner.

Inside the barn is frightened sixteen year old sheep tender Dewey Putman. Maddy fears something happened to her shepherd Branch Murdock and her sheep as Dewey hesitantly tells his story of what occurred while he and the herder worked at the camp for four days. While Maddie worries about her 2000 sheep, her missing herder and the teen, Bentley investigates even as their Big Sky clashes turn to attraction.

The third Beartooth Mountains Big Sky romantic suspense (see Redemption and Unforgiven) is an enjoyable contemporary due to the New Yorker and the Montanan fussing, fighting and falling in love. The romance takes a major back seat to the suspense while a subplot involving an assault by his ex-wife on Curry adds a taut twist to an enjoyable police procedural.

Harriet Klausner

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