THE WRONG MAN
Deserted by her father at the tender age of seven, Jenna Leigh-Whittington had taught herself to ride, shoot, brawl…and steer clear of the opposite sex. But now, in a lonely Utah canyon, the Pinkerton agent has drawn her gun on a rugged stranger—only to discover that, far from the dangerous outlaw she’d been tracking, he is Branch McCauley, hired gun…and the most irresistible rascal ever to tempt and torment a woman!
THE RIGHT WOMAN
If there’s one thing McCauley trusts less than a female, it’s a female who packs a six-gun. But what a woman! Vowing to bring the sensuous hellcat to heel, McCauley has no inkling that their passionate battle of wills has just begun. Taming Jenna will be the most seductive—and satisfying—job he’s ever taken on.
Jenna is definitely one tough chick! She dresses like a boy back when that was not the thing to do. She can shoot, ride, and curse as well as any man and even better than some! She is determined to bring in her outlaw, no matter what. She is also positive that she will never trust a male, no matter what. Then she meets Branch McCauley! Things start going a little skewed after that first entertaining meeting.
McCauley is quite a man. Rough and tough and not looking to fall in love. He has been burned before by women and he isn't about to let his guard down for this one, no matter how much she tempts him. I don't think that he even realizes how much she affects him. He is brusque and temperamental, and at times he is so sweet! She can't stand him most of the time and threatens bodily harm often. It makes for a fun read!
I was rooting for them to get together the whole time I was reading. Enough sparks shoot off of them when they are together that I am surprised that they don't set their surroundings on fire. Add to that attraction some danger, an outlaw to be brought to justice, some good shootout scenes, and a emotional history, then you have got one great story!
This book reminded me of all the western type bodice rippers I used to read growing up. I had forgotten how much I really enjoy them. I am always a little perturbed by the way men in these books always seem to think that all a female needed back then was a good roll in the hay, willing or not, to get them to heel. That always irked me and yet it really makes for entertaining reading, especially if the female in question is a very independent, strong woman that can take care of herself and is determined to prove it. It is even better is she carries a bow and arrow and can shoot a gun even better than most of the men she comes up against.
I recommend this book to anyone that loves a good romance that is well written, with great characters that you can really feel something about. The are several intimate scenes as well as some violence, so I would recommend this for adults only.
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About the Author
Charlene began her writing life at an early age, often penning stories where she cast herself as the heroine. It was after college when she dug out her old college typewriter and started her first novel, which came from a spirited dream she'd had the previous night.
While that book never sold, her second novel did. Tender Touch became a Golden Heart finalist and earned her an agent who signed the book, and two others, in a three book contract with Kensington Publishing. Kensington went onto publish five of Charlene's western historical romances: Taming Jenna (1994); Tender Touch (1994 Golden Heart Finalist); Forever Mine (1996 Romantic Times Magazine Reviewer's Choice Award Nominee and Affaire de Coeur Reader/Writer Poll finalist); To Have and To Hold (1997); and as Rachel Summers, The Scent of Roses (1999).
Charlene took a break from publishing, but not from writing. A Kiss and A Dare is Charlene's first paranormal romance.
Divine Gamble is Charlene's latest work and won first place in the western historical category of the 2010 Romance Through The Ages contest.
When Charlene isn't writing, she loves to travel, do genealogy, digital scrapbooking and dyes eggs in the Ukrainian style. And she enjoys camping and fishing with her husband in the Utah wilderness.
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I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.