Lone Star Redemption
Harlequin Romantic Suspense, Jun 3 2014, $5.50
In Rusted Spur, Texas sexagenarian widow Nancy Rayford nears total collapse as she tries to keep the family ranch afloat until her son Zach returns from his marine tour in Afghanistan. When he comes home, Zach is shocked to find his Mama in ill health caring for the spread and for his four year old niece Eden that his late brother never mentioned.
Dallas TV reporter Jessie Layton reluctantly arrives at the Rayford ranch searching for her twin sister Haley who she hopes to persuade to visit their dying mom. Nancy lies to her son re Jessie’s visit, but he intercedes when the stranger and a cameraman Henry upset his Mama. The older woman explains she allowed Frank McFarland and his girlfriend Haley to live in a bunkhouse, but they vanished six months ago. In town, Danny’s brother Hellfire makes it clear he hates Haley and Jessie due to her DNA, and Sheriff Canter wants to lock up Jessie though he knows she is the sister. As the obstinate journalist refuses to leave town, she and Zach realize they share in common fixing estranged families and an attraction. However, when someone murders Henry and injures Jessie, Zach vows to find the killer before he permanently harms the woman he loves.
This super romantic suspense is anchored by a strong family drama. The support cast is solid even the missing sister while the lead couple goes from a gender war to a loving partnership. Readers will relish this thriller with it deep characterization and a terrific mystery.