Deliverance At Cardwell Ranch
B. J. Daniels
Harlequin Intrigue, Nov 18 2014, $5.50
Freezing his butt in Montana, Texas Deputy Sheriff Austin Cardwell hates he promised his siblings and his cousin Dana Cardwell Savage (see Crime Scene at Cardwell Ranch) he would spend Christmas with them to celebrate the grand opening of their Texas Boys Barbecue. Used to Houston traffic and no snow, he drives to his destination while a blizzard makes the roads hazardous. When he comes across an overturned car, Austin stops to help anyone stranded; only a crazed woman assaults him with a tire iron. Stopping the attack, Austin asks her name and noticing a child’s car seat in her car asks where her baby is. She cannot recall her name; insists she has no infant; and that is not her car. Her watch says Gilliam, but her driver’s license lists her as Rebecca Stewart, but she insists she is not Rebecca.
Highway patrol arrives and takes her to a hospital in Bozeman. Her husband Marc Stewart arrives to take his wife home; Austin observes how terrorized she is of him. Though having doubts and challenging Marc’s claim, Austin leaves for the Cardwell Ranch feeling foolish for getting involved in a domestic dispute; yet the inconsistences haunt him. As a family favor, Dana’s law enforcement husband Hud chats with Marc who shows him a picture of him with his wife holding their baby and her sister Gillian Cooper. Still unable to let go of the woman’s terrorized expression, Austin investigates.
The third Texas Cardwell Cousins romantic suspense (see Wedding At Cardwell Ranch and Rescue At Cardwell Ranch) is an action-packed taut thriller with a solid lead triangle. Series fans will appreciate Big Sky Country takes Austin.