Published December 31st 2013 by Harlequin HQN
Every day, bodyguard Owen Jackson puts his life on the line — and keeps his feelings for Penny Sandoval locked away. Assigned to protect Penny’s father, a presidential candidate, Owen can’t get emotionally involved. That is, until Penny and her young son, Cruz, are abducted and taken deep into the California badlands.
Owen knows the bleak territory from his childhood. Worse, he knows the gang leader making ransom demands — his own brother, Shane. When a terrified Penny escapes into the desert with Cruz, Owen has to save her: from the elements and from the gang in close pursuit. Owen has hidden the darkness in his past from Penny. Now his only chance of keeping her alive is to let her see the man he really is — even if it means losing the only woman he’ll ever want.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
If you want to read a well written review of this book, head to Dear Author and check out Guest Reviewer Rose’s opinion. She did a much better job reviewing this book than I did! Checking out her review reminded me that I must not have posted mine because it was so blah.
In my own words: It’s always difficult reviewing a book that is part of a series, with characters that recur or characters from previous books that get their own story. Series are the new Black in book writing, I suppose.
So for me, Badlands was an ‘okay’ read. Not the best I’ve ever read but certainly not the worst. It did seem to get better, the deeper into the plot and the more characters that were introduced. Learning early on that Shane was Owen’s brother kept me reading when I probably would have stopped otherwise. I liked the back and forth between them, the obvious love that each brother has for the other, despite their huge differences. The story line between Owen and Penny was interesting, if a little predictable, a tiny bit unbelievable but not annoyingly so.
I do like a nice romantic suspense story, and found Badlands to be entertaining and a nice easy read.