Christmas At Thunder Horse Ranch
Harlequin Intrigue, Sep 16 2014, $5.50
In North Dakota U.S. Customs and Border Protection interdiction agent Dante Thunder Horse flies his copter to check out a farmer’s report that a snowmobile illegally crossed from Canada. While flying solo because his copilot has the flu, Dante knows this is the third anniversary of the worst day in his life; his late fiancée Captain Samantha Olson died on this date in Afghanistan. He spots the snowmobile and watches in astonishment a man launch a rocket propelled grenade at the helicopter. Dante survives the fiery crash but his assassin fires shots at him.
University of North Dakota Paleontology Professor Emma Jennings is near the crash area searching for the skull of a T-Rex when she sees the inferno. Emma rushes to the scene only to witness a person on a snowmobile firing at recumbent man wearing only thermal underwear. Heroically she crashes into the shooter’s vehicle knocking away his gun. The assassin flees so Emma checks on the wounded person who she recognizes. Dante and Emma head to his Thunder Horse Ranch knowing her intervention places her in peril.
This is an entertaining romantic suspense with some gender bending action as the academic saves their butts several times. Fast-paced throughout, Christmas At Thunder Horse Ranch is a fun thriller.