Review of RANDALL RENEGADE by Judy Christenberry (see her website)
Harlequin Intrigue #731, October 2003
Three years earlier, Jim Randall had fallen hard for Patience Anderson. But when she'd pressured him, telling him she'd only sleep with him if they were engaged, he backed off. He was still young and needed time to think about such a permanent move. Randalls treat marriage seriously. By the time he'd thought it over, though, Patience had dropped out of college, wasn't returning his phone calls, and was raising another man's son. Now, though, she is back in his life. Can he put the past behind him--and does he even want to? And once he gives Patience the help she needs, can he persuade her to give their love a second chance?
When her sister died in childbirth, Patience joyfully took over the task of child-rearing, becoming a mother to the precious child. When Joseph Kane, the boy's father, decides to take him into the mountains to raise him into Kane's militia army, Patience calls Jim, then heads in after him. But Kane has plans for Patience that go beyond her nephew. He wants her--and has a small army to back him up. Even if Jim arrives, how can one man face off an entire army?
Author Judy Christenberry (see more BooksForABuck.com reviews of novels by Christenberry) spins a charming adventure as Jim and Patience help each other escape from the brutal Kane. Their dangerous escape from Kane's mountain transitions to Rawhide, Wyoming, where the entire Randall clan is available to help. But the help Jim needs, his family cannot provide. Until he can persuade Patience that he's made up his mind, and that his love is for keeps, she'll continue to insist on her independence, putting herself in danger, but also keeping herself from the commitment that he needs.
Christenberry fans will be excited to see a Randall story in a new category. RANDALL RENEGADE provides all of the emotional intensity that Christenberry is famous for, along with exciting action. It's always a joy to see the original Randall brothers still looking good and still happy with their wives and lives.
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