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Moonglow, Texas Mass Market Paperback – June 1, 2001
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She hated molasses-paced Moonglow, Texas. She hated her new homespun identity. And she didnâ t know whether to strangle or kiss the handsome Hawaiian-shirt-clad handyman who ruined more than he repaired. But for all that â Molly Hansenâ missed her old life, making memories with Dan Shackelford didnâ t seem so badâ¦ .
Sure, his sudden return home had the gossips talking and the women flocking. But Dan seemed interested in her aloneâ¦ something that both terrified and titillated her. Because she was no dummy, and Dan was no Mr. Fix-It. Was he the enemy sheâ d gone underground to avoid? Or was he the man who would make it possible to love Moonglow and being Mollyâ so long as he was part of the package?
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With his disreputable appearance, Dan Shackelford doesn't look like a deputy U.S. marshal. Bitter, dissolution, and drinking too much, Dan's on extended medical leave after he failed to protect his partner from a hitman. But when someone breaches the security of the witness protection program's database, Dan finds himself called back into service and returning to his hometown to protect Molly, even if word has it that all the members of the terrorist group that destroyed her life are now dead. As threatening phone calls begin to belie the assurance of no danger, however, Dan finds his skills not just as handyman, which are seriously lacking, but his reputation as well as the sheriff still treats him like poor white trash and women wish to rekindle the past.
Author Mary McBride creates a first rate romance with characters the reader can't help but care about in MOONGLOW, TEXAS. Despite the serious setting of the witness protection program, this lighthearted romance will but the glow on a sultry summer night. As Dan heals the scars of the past, and Molly faces the challenges of her present, watching them create a future together is pure pleasure. Amusing, entertaining, and heated, MOONGLOW, TEXAS comes highly recommended.
When Dan Shackelford left Moonglow twenty years ago, he never expected to come back much less return posing as an itinerant handyman. He might not know much about home improvement but figures he can play his unexpected assignment by ear. Still suffering from the tragic fallout of his last assignment, Dan is less sure of his skills as a Deputy Marshal than as a handyman. When WITSEC is compromised by hackers, however, he accepts the low-priority case of protecting Hansen knowing it is his last chance to prove himself capable of his professional duties. He never suspects that his charge will give him new hope both professionally and personally.
Mary McBride has written a story that is nearly flawless both in style and characterization. The irony is that part of the charm of this book stems from the imperfections of the hero. Dan Shackelford is both amusing and admirable in his role as a reluctant hero. His desire to go through life in a drunken haze only increases when he returns to Moonglow, the town where everyone literally knows his name and his reputation for trouble precedes him. He finds his depression lifting every now and again as he comes to befriend and eventually love Molly Hansen whose unflagging faith in him stuns and shames him out of his self-imposed misery. Molly is a wonderful heroine who has come to accept her new life. She's smart and practical so it doesn't take her long to realize that Shackelford is anything but handy to have around the house. But she is drawn to him, the Moonglow lore about his troubled adolescence, and the man he has become. McBride does an excellent job of developing Dan and Molly's relationship and drawing an appealing image of Moonglow, which only gets better for both the reader and Molly when Dan reluctantly drove back into town.