I chose to read Rocky Mountain Fugitive this month because it fulfills the March keyword reading challenge here at Bookmark to Blog ("mountain" was a March keyword).
Initially, my book for the March reading challenge was Street Magic by Caitlin Kittredge ("magic" was another March keyword), but I just couldn't handle the fantasy, and chose to discard that particular novel.
I purchased a bundle of these Harlequin Intrigue novels months ago while on a major romance binge. I rarely read romance, but sometimes I need a break from the more severe literary novels, and from all the horror novels I frequently read. These short Harlequins are just a small enough dose of romance and innocence to satisfy me for a few days before I dive back into intense reading.
In Rocky Mountain Fugitive, an estranged couple is reunited incidentally when they learn that their local sheriff is framing them for a crime they didn't commit.
Eric Lander is out on a rock-climbing adventure with Randy Trask - the town's notorious troublemaker - when the sheriff and his men arrive and literally shoot Randy down. Eric then makes a getaway for the ranch owned and ran by Sarah Trask - Randy's sister - to break the news to her about her brother.
However, when Eric arrives at the ranch, Sarah is already being held hostage by the evil and sinister sheriff. When Eric and Sarah finally manage to escape the sheriff, they are forced to run for their lives, and to get to the bottom of the reason for the sheriff's blackmail.
Sarah is about three months pregnant with Eric's child, but the two must first work through their past issues if they want to be together - 'til death do them part.
Rocky Mountain Fugitive is more action-suspense than romance, which makes for a refreshing interlude from the usual sappiness these types of novels encompass. Don't get me wrong, this one has its fair share of sappy romantic thoughts that fly through the heads of both Eric and Sarah, but it's perfectly endurable. There are no lulls in this very busy and action-packed novel.
The mystery portion of Rocky Mountain Fugitive is well-thought out, and offers a bit of a surprising ending. My favorite part of the novel is when Eric and Sarah hitch a ride on a trailer to get to the Cody, Wyoming rodeo grounds in an effort to learn more about the owner of a rodeo championship belt buckle. I find it remarkable that Sarah can get around like a champ jumping over fences and running through the wild considering her pregnant condition. Awesome.
Thankfully, my least part of the novel didn't happen until the very last sentence of the book: "He knew every day would be a glorious adventure and love would flow like a virgin waterfall swollen by the melt of spring." Okay, then. *puke*
Other Harlequin Intrigue novels written by Ann Voss Peterson include Seized by the Sheik, Wyoming Manhunt, A Rancher's Brand of Justice, and A Cop in Her Stocking.
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