Wrangled (Whitehorse Montanta, Chisholm Cattle Company #6) by B.J. Daniels
Dakota Lansing had a crush on cowboy Zane Chisholm when she was a kid. But when she moved away from Montana, she thought she would never see him again. When her father died, leaving behind a secret that shocked her, she had no choice but to return. Who knew that secret would bring Zane back into her life in a big way?
With both their lives in jeopardy, Dakota is forced to admit she never got over Zane. Targeted by unknown assailants, Zane discovers his mysterious connection to Dakota is much bigger than either suspected. Dakota isn't that cute kid who used to follow him around the rodeo grounds. She's now a feisty woman with some secrets of her own.
Meanwhile back at the ranch, Hoyt and Emma know that the mystery of the deaths of his former wives isn't over. What they don't know is that the killer is getting closer to Emma than they ever suspected.
Type: Romantic Suspense
Heat: 1 out of 5, a little kissing and fade to black scenes
Rating: 4 out of 5
I've read a couple of books by Daniels now and I'm really liking her writing style. There's something about the flow and characters that just draws you in keeps you reading. Even though the writing isn't complicated and the mystery is pretty easy to figure out early on in the story I still found myself very entertained throughout and enjoyed watching everything unfold. With previous storylines wrapping up, family secrets being exposed, old attractions being rekindled and danger around every turn there's a lot going on in Wrangled and it's a very good ride.
I really enjoyed the relationship between Zane and Dakota and that they had some past history together. It's been years since they've really seen one another but when Zane is framed for the disappearance of a young woman Dakota cares about the two end up working together to uncover the truth and old attractions end up being too hard to ignore. There's a lot of respect and trust between them despite the rough reunion and I liked how they worked together as equals. Dakota's not one to sit in the background and watch and I loved that about her. Heat-wise there's a little kissing with sex scenes that are nearly the fade-to-black variety. It's a nice romance but more sweet than steamy and plays a secondary role to the mystery and investigation
If you haven't read the rest of the series the secondary storyline that deals with the Chisholm family parents and their housekeeper can be a little difficult to get into since you go in missing a lot of back story. Once I got it all figured out though I found it fascinating. I'll definitely be going back to the beginning of the series the next chance I get to see where it all started. It really does fine as a stand alone but I think the overall experience would be so much better if you've read the series in order.
Wrangled is a quick read that moves along at a nice pace with likable characters and a nice touch of danger that'll get your heart pounding. It's a little predictable but there are some bumps and turns along the way that might surprise you. All in all a very nice read.
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How do you like your reads? Heavier on the romance? A nice even mix? Or more mystery/suspense with just a touch of romance?