Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Six-Gun Showdown by Delores Fossen

Title:  Six-Gun Showdown
Series:  Appaloosa Pass Ranch #5
Author:  Delores Fossen
Publication Date:  August 1st 2016 by Harlequin Intrigue
Length:  224pgs
Genre:  Harlequin Intrigue
Shelf:  review
My Rating: ★★★★
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Back Cover Blurb:

"I'm not dead."

The voice mail rocks deputy sheriff Jax Crockett to his core. A year ago, Paige was murdered by the Moonlight Strangler. Yet his ex-wife just showed up at his ranch--out of options and out of time. There are only two reasons Paige would come back to Texas with a killer hot on her heels: Jax and their toddler son. Faking her death was the only way to keep them alive. But now it's Jax who's risking everything to protect his family. The cowboy lawman is also reawakening a powder keg of desire. A desire that's primed and ready to explode. Giving in will up the ante, igniting the embers of a love they may not live to claim.

My Review:

There is a dangerous, eerie type of suspense from the get-go of this novel. Fossen draws readers into the world that surrounds her captivating characters and allows us to barrel alongside them throughout the fast paced novel. The setting was developed in a manner that I could easily visualise each aspect of it without detracting from the forward motion of the plot.

Fossen has created likeable yet far from perfect characters to carry this story forward. I love how I didn’t always agree with them but could always identify with them. Jax’s caring nature and tough attitude, as well as his all cowboy way of life, made him an unforgettable hero. Conversely, Paige’s need to protect those around her to the detriment of her health was heartbreaking yet very heart-warming. The secondary characters also added to the story. I love how they were developed on so many levels. They made for a very complete and complex stories.

This novel could definitely be read and enjoyed on its own but has much more impact if you know the backstory from the whole series. This is a fast paced & exciting wrap up to the mystery that has surrounded these characters for the past 5 novels and one that I’d highly recommend to others.

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