Friday, September 14, 2012

Her Cowboy Avenger - Kerry Connor (HI #1370 - Aug 2012)

Series: Thriller 

As soon as Matt Alvarez returns to his small Texas town, he knows the situation is worse than he thought. And yet the angry glares and muttered threats won't keep Elena Weston from proving she's innocent of murder. Matt isn't at all surprised. Elena is as stubborn as she was ten years ago, when their love seemed limitless--until circumstances tore them apart. Now that he's back, Matt has no intention of allowing Elena to face her troubles alone. But the passion that still burns between them is as tempting--and dangerous--as uncovering the truth. And their only chance at survival means baiting a killer lying in wait...a killer more than ready to bury his secrets with them. 

Very good book.  Matt had come back to town when he found out Elena was in trouble.  He didn't know if she would want his help, but she was going to get it anyway.  When he saw how bad it was, nothing could stop him from staying.  Elene was stunned to see him but wasn't going to turn down his help.  As attacks on her continued and the people of the town continued to believe her guilty she wasn't sure what could be done.  Thanks to an FBI friend of Matt's they discovered that there might be more behind her husband's murder than they thought.  I really liked both Matt and Elena.  When Matt found out about Elena's problems nothing could stop him from coming to help.  In spite of their parting many years before, he still had feelings for her.  When he saw her again the attraction came back stronger than ever.  It didn't take long for him to be sure that she was innocent.  I liked the way that he used his contacts to find out more about the people involved.  He also had a good way of being able to think a problem through and come up with ideas.  He also was determined to keep Elena safe.  Elena was good too.  She had loved her husband, just not the same way as she had loved Matt.  Her husband's obsession with the ranch had pretty much destroyed their marriage before he was killed.  Now everyone in town was convinced that she killed him, though she refused to give in to their opinions.  She continued to state her innocence even as the sheriff and others were trying to find evidence to arrest her.  She was stunned to find Matt had come back to help her, and even more surprised to find that their attraction was still strong.  She had changed a lot in the ten years since he'd left and was better able to deal with life's uncertainties.  I liked the way that they worked together to find out what happened.  There was some foreshadowing of the conclusion when Matt found out some things about the town from his FBI contact.  I enjoyed the conclusion and would love to know how they are doing a few years doen the line.

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