“The Last Renegade” by Jo Goodman was a page-turner for sure. It begins on a train traveling through 1888 Wyoming Territory where a man is murdered. Kellen Coltrane just happens to be on the same train and helps the victim, Nat Church. Or was it pure happenstance that Nat Church and Kellen Coltrane on that same train? This thought ran through my head all the while reading this novel. Lorraine (Raine) Berry, the “Widder” Berry has sent for help to rid her town Bitter Springs, from the clutches of the Burdicks. Men have been murdered, families torn apart by the strangle-hold the Burdicks have on the residents of Bitter Springs. “Nat Church” is the hero of many western novels. Was the real Nat Church murdered on that train? Is Nat Church a real person? What connection does Kellen Coltrane have with Nat Church? Then there are the romantic entanglements throughout the book. There are so many undercurrents running through the pages of this novel that it’s really hard to put the book down for long. Will Kellen be able to take care of the Burdicks and make Bitter Springs safe? Be prepared for surprises throughout this book. I guarantee you will find this an interesting read. I give it five stars!
SHE HIRED HIM TO PROTECT HER TOWN
As the owner of the Pennyroyal Saloon and Hotel, Lorraine Berry is privy to almost everything that goes on in Bitter Springs, Wyoming—including the bloodshed plaguing its citizens. With all of the good men dying at the hands of a local rancher and his three sons, Raine hires a shootist to be the town’s protector. But her handsome new employee is more than a hired hand; he’s a man who keeps his guns close and his secrets closer.
BUT NOTHING COULD PROTECT HER HEART
After a chance encounter on a train, Kellen Coltrane travels to the Pennyroyal to carry out a dying man’s last wish. But once he meets the hotel’s fiery-haired proprietor, Coltrane finds himself assuming the role of the shootist’s accomplice and agrees to protect Bitter Springs. And as he learns more about Raine’s own tragedy, Coltrane can’t deny his growing desire for the courageous widow, or the urge to protect her from the threat that draws near…