The Last Renegadeby Jo Goodman
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/b>/i>
A stunning western historical romance from USA Today bestselling author Jo Goodman, one of today's “premier western romance writers.”*
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...
“Fans of western romance will be thrilled with this delightful addition to Goodman's strong list.”—Booklist
“Simmering sexual tension, exceptional character development, and slowly revealed secrets make this a book to savor.”—Library Journal
"Humor and drama...a complicated, fast-paced, and deliciously believable story of love, sex, and secrets.”—Publishers Weekly
“Goodman knows the West and the hardy, passionate people who settled the wild frontier better than most. Her stories are well crafted, compelling tales of realistic characters, detailed with fascinating nuances of history and several surprising and wonderful plot twists. But, most of all, Goodman is a gifted storyteller who keeps hold of readers’ attention and their hearts.”—*RT Book Reviews
“This author remains one of my absolute favorites. She can write the hell out of a book. I read her work and feel like she values my intelligence as a reader.”—Fiction Vixen
“Jo Goodman is a master storyteller...The Last Renegade is an outstanding historical western...Even if American historicals aren’t your cup of tea, Goodman’s writing is brilliant enough to convince you otherwise. I guarantee you will not be disappointed!”—The Romance Dish
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What People are Saying About This
"Fans of western romance will be thrilled with this delightful addition to Goodman's strong list." Booklist
"Simmering sexual tension, exceptional character development, and slowly revealed secrets make this a book to savor."Library Journal
"Humor and drama...a complicated, fast-paced, and deliciously believable story of love, sex, and secrets." Publishers Weekly
“The Last Renegade plays out like the best classic western movies. Tension builds steadily as the pages turn, with author Jo Goodman teasingly offering up tidbits that round out the characters and plot as the story winds towards a good old-fashioned western conclusion. Goodman uses beautifully evocative language to set the scene, and her use of physical descriptors and dialogue paint portraits of the characters right down to “cheeks apple red with windburn and excitement.” The Last Renegade …is exceptional across the board, a sheer delight.” –Reader to Reader
"*sigh* This author remains one of my absolute favorites. She can write the hell out of a book. I read her work and feel like she values my intelligence as a reader." Fiction Vixen
"Jo Goodman is a master storyteller and one of the reasons I love historical romance so much....The Last Renegade is an outstanding historical western ...Even if American historicals aren’t your cup of tea, Goodman’s writing is brilliant enough to convince you otherwise. I guarantee you will not be disappointed!" The Romance Dish
Meet the Author
Jo Goodman is the USA Today bestselling author of numerous romance novels. When not writing, she is a licensed professional counselor working with children and families in West Virginia's Northern Panhandle.
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The characters are well drawn, the plot intriguing, and the description of the time period authentic. Highly recommend.
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.
Great writing. Great story and one of the best endings Ever! I would have given the book 5 stars but there was too much violence for my taste. Now IT IS ON TO NEXT BOOK IN THIS SERIES!!
I've fast become a fan of Jo Goodman. Bitter Springs is an interesting little town in Wyoming, but not nearly as interesting as its residents. Kellen Coltrane isn't what you'd expect. Yes, I figured out his real identity early on, but that didn't stop the enjoyment of watching the townsfolk try to figure out Coltrane. Lorraine Berry is a force to be reckoned with, but that doesn't stop her tender side from showing when she's with Kellen. Their chemistry is wonderful, and though I prefer my books without all the graphic sex, Goodman knows how to write a great scene that doesn't detract from the story. The townsfolk are just as endearing, especially two little rascals called Rabbit and Finn. Charm, wit, and romance are all wrapped into one great story. I highly recommend Jo Goodman to any fans of historical western romance.