Friday, April 12, 2019
The Unexpected Champion - High Sierra Sweethearts 3 - by Mary Connealy
About the book:
City dweller John McCall never expected to be out in the High Sierras of 1868 on a wild-goose chase to find the Chiltons' supposedly lost grandson. But now that he's out here, things have gotten even more complicated, mostly due to wildcat Penny Scott. She's not like any woman he's ever met--comfortable in the woods, with a horse, and with a gun.
When Penny and John are taken against their will by a shadowy figure looking for evidence they don't have, both realize they've stumbled into something dangerous and complicated. With their friends and family desperately searching for them, Penny and John must make a daring escape.
When they emerge back into the real world, they are confronted with a kidnapper who just won't stop. They must bring a powerful, ruthless man to justice, even as this city man and country woman fight a very inconvenient attraction to each other.
This was an exciting and amusing story set in the Wild West! I liked the seeming opposite personalities of John and Penny and found them and their banter amusing as they tried to survive a kidnapping and bring the bad guys to justice. It was interesting to see how John, a Pinkerton agent, went about investigating and trying to figure out who was behind their kidnapping, from breaking into buildings to disguising themselves and learning information. I also liked how Penny thought deeply about the right and wrong of things and tried to discern whether John was doing the right thing or not by being underhanded and deceitful sometimes in trying to discover who the bad guys were and arrest them. They were both Christians but Penny seemed to struggle more with his vocation. There was plenty of excitement, from shootouts to fights to murders. There was some romance. It worked pretty well as a stand-alone but other characters from previous books were featured prominently. I would recommend this is you like Westerns or historical fiction.
I received this book from Bethany House Publishers. I was not compensated for this review. All opinions are my own.