Sunday, June 21, 2009

Runaway-Bobbi Smith

Bobbi Smith
Leisure, Jul 2009, $7.99
ISBN: 9780843962819

In the 1870s Texas, Ranger Lane Madison goes undercover masquerading as “rancher” outlaw leader Dan Cooper in order to bring to justice his gang of train robbers. However, the law enforcement official is unprepared for the arrival of his mail-order bride, Destiny Starling.

She conceals from her kindhearted new spouse the fact that she is a RUNAWAY heiress running scared from a vile stepfather she left behind in St. Louis. They fall in love even with each pretending to be someone else. However, the outlaw gang wants Lane dead and collateral damage is quite acceptable; in fact encouraged. Those villains masquerading as upper class citizens have come to take home Destiny and collateral damage is part of their plot as she must have the proper husband.

Once the Cecil B. Demille crowd makes their appearances, this Reconstruction Era romance takes off at the speed of a RUNAWAY train. Lane and Destiny are a fascinating pair as they fall love with the other’s persona; leaving the audience and them to wonder if they overcome the fabrications; as the algebra of multiplication of negatives means love will blossom although so many want Lane dead.

Harriet Klausner

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