The Last Renegade [NOOK Book]



As the owner of the Pennyroyal Saloon and Hotel, Lorraine ...
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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.


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…
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Goodman (Kissing Comfort) strikes a balance between tight plotting and solid character development in this romance set in 1888 Wyoming. Kellen Coltrane encounters a fatally wounded stranger, Nat Church, on a train, and agrees to convey his dying words to Pennyroyal in Bitter Springs, Wyo. At the Pennyroyal Hotel and Saloon, owner Raine Berry awaits the hired gun she’s employed to take on the Burdicks, a father and three sons who own half the town and have killed many people in the area. Kellen delivers Nat’s message and decides to stay until he discovers Nat’s murderer. When Kellen meets independent, redheaded Raine, sparks fly. Multidimensional villains and heroes add humor and drama to a complicated, fast-paced, and deliciously believable story of love, sex, and secrets. Agent: Pam Hopkins, Hopkins Literary Associates. (Sept.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101589618
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 9/4/2012
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 36,299
  • File size: 810 KB

Meet the Author

Jo Goodman is a licensed professional counselor working with children and families in West Virginia’s northern panhandle. Always a fan of happily ever after, Jo turned to writing romances early in her career as a child care worker when she realized the only life script she could control was the one she wrote herself. She is inspired by the resiliency and courage of the children she meets and feels privileged to be trusted with their stories, the ones that they alone have the right to tell. Once upon a time, Jo believed she was going to be a marine biologist. She feels lucky that seasickness made her change course. 
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2012

    An excellent read; Jo Goodman has done it again.

    The characters are well drawn, the plot intriguing, and the description of the time period authentic. Highly recommend.

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  • Posted September 9, 2012

    I hesitated between 4 and 5 stars, so for wishy-washy people, I

    I hesitated between 4 and 5 stars, so for wishy-washy people, I really think they should allow half stars ;)

    This is an excellent book.

    The hero and heroine are both so complete and well-rounded as characters that I felt a bit sad that the book was over because I really liked them. My only quibbles with them were that the hero was a bit too complete. There wasn't much character arc for him because he was so private about not getting attached that even the reader never really saw that side of himself. The heroine had that huge, gaping hole in her life caused by the loss of everyone and having constantly to see the people she blamed for the worst of her losses. I could have used more distrust between the hero and heroine - and more opening up, especially by the hero, who was hiding way too much. The secondary characters were excellent, both good and bad ones.

    The plot was well done, definitely. We know who the big bad is from the start, but there's no way to prove it and no court willing to try it. And we don't know who's working for the big bad and who's on the side of justice. Sometimes, Goodman's books drag as she sets up the bits and pieces of her plot here and there, but I didn't get that feeling from this one. There were moments when I felt like nothing was happening, but it was quickly revealed that things were happening behind the scenes or someone would be killed.

    The sex was hot, so people who get shy about that sort of thing will have to skip several pages at a time. I liked it because I'm a naughty wench or whatever. It also was handled as definitely part of the growing relationship, not sex for sex's sake. It didn't jar me. Well, maybe the first scene because... of reasons I can't go into without giving away an important plot point.

    When did she start writing for Berkley? It threw me when I opened up the book on my nook and there was only one book listed on her back list. And does anyone know if she's going to write more regency-era historicals, too, instead of only 1880's westerns? Because If His Kiss is Wicked (awful title) is my favorite book by her.

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