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Elam Taggart knows about the nickname town gossips have given him: Desperado. He doesn't care. He's lost just about everything: his wife, his parents, his little sister, and his career as a Navy EOD specialist. After returning home, he hightails it to the rugged Wasatch Mountains outside town.
But when his brother comes asking for help, Elam can't say no. That is, until Elam realizes that in order to help, he'll be forced to spend time with town newcomer P.D. Raines. P.D. knows that asking Elam Taggart to be her partner in the town's upcoming Wild West Games is a mistake. But she needs the prize money, and Elam is lean, hard, and tortured--a dangerous combination she can't seem to resist.
As the competition heats up--to the point of peril--Elam and P.D. have to turn away from the past and embrace the passion that sparks between them in order to escape the threat to their lives.
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-04-20
- Reviewer: Staff
This uncomplicated contemporary western series launch will appeal to fans of cowboys, cooking, and costuming. Smart and self-reliant, Prairie Dawn “P.D.” Raines rejected her family’s hippie lifestyle and settled in Bliss, Utah. She plans on paying for upgrades to her restaurant with the prize money from the town’s inaugural Wild West Games, showcasing the skills of the original settlers; with her best friend, Bodey Taggart, as a partner, she’s sure to win. But when Bodey hurts his leg, he asks his brother, Elam, to sub in. Elam, whose young wife died while he was in military service in Afghanistan, wants nothing more than to isolate himself in his work and his cabin. Family loyalty makes him agree to take Bodey’s place, but P.D.’s girl-next-door appeal and gourmet cooking sweeten the deal. P.D.’s never had a lasting relationship, but Elam’s raw good looks make her hope more is possible. A slightly corny suspense plot and the excitement of the games provide a soupçon of tension. Bingham (Into the Storm) knows her readers well and hits all the notes needed to keep them happy. Agent: Danielle Egan-Miller, Browne & Miller Literary Associates. (June)