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life lessons learned and true love found are the real treasures
on January 30, 2013
The distinctive romantic-suspense storytelling style of author B.J. Daniels serves the reader well in "Redemption", the second book in her exciting "Beartooth, Montana" series. Jack French didn't have to look for trouble--it always knew exactly where to find him. The wild ways of his youth had made him an easy mark to be framed for rustling a bull, and the judge on the case had been the father of Jack's girlfriend. Since the judge never cared much for Jack, he sentenced him to two years labor on a working-ranch prison--a harsh sentence for the crime of which Jack was accused. Serving out his time at Deer Lodge, Montana State Prison had given Jack much opportunity to think about how and why he was framed, and who hated him enough to set him up. Back in his little gold-rush hometown of Beartooth after completing his jail term, Jack decides to play his cards close to his vest and not reveal his hand too soon. This time, he'll stay far away from trouble, and take careful steps. His plans go awry on his first night back in town when he "rescues" a woman being roughed up by a man in an alley. After a scuffle, the man takes off, but the lady is not so grateful for Jack's help. Kate LaFond, the new owner of the Branding Iron Cafe, is used to fending for herself. She doesn't need a tall, good-looking cowboy to complicate her life. Fate, however, has other plans for Jack and Kate, and the time they end up spending together has Jack involved in Kate's search for a lost treasure in gold. Matters take a serious turn when the man who accosted Kate turns up murdered, and she is later accused of the crime. The attraction between Kate and Jack becomes more personal, and once again, he comes to her defense. The local sheriff, Frank Curry, is working on solving the case and finding resolution to his own personal issues, including a second-chance romance with Nettie Benton. Known as "Nosy Nettie", she owns and operates the local general store, and not much escapes her persistent attention. Gold fever can never really be cured--its lure is often lethal, and it seldom leads to happiness. For Jack and Kate, will the real treasure be a once-in-a lifetime love? Beartooth, Montana has its share of legends, lives lost, and love found. I greatly enjoyed the first book in the series, "Unforgiven", and "Redemption" is equally enjoyable. If you love romantic suspense, you will be captivated by the complexities of the intertwined lives of the characters and the intrigue and danger of the promise of a fortune in gold.