About Out Rider
Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: HQN Books (April 26, 2016)
With her return to Jackson Hole, Wyoming, New York Times bestselling author Lindsay McKenna shows how love can find a way out of the darkness…
A fresh start—that’s all Devorah McGuire wants. As a former Marine and current Ranger with the US Forest Service, she’s grown accustomed to keeping others safe. But when the unthinkable happens, she can only hope that a transfer to Jackson Hole, Wyoming, will allow her to put the past behind her for good.
Dev’s mentor at Grand Tetons National Park is fellow canine handler and horseman Sloan Rankin. He shows Dev the spectacular trails, never knowing the terror that stalks her every move. Despite her lingering fear, Dev feels an attraction for Sloan as wild as their surroundings.
With Sloan, Dev can envision a new life—a real home. Unless a vengeful man fresh out of prison succeeds in finishing what he started…
About Lindsay McKenna
A U.S. Navy veteran, she was a meteorologist while serving her country. She pioneered the military romance in 1993 with Captive of Fate, Silhouette Special edition. Her heart and focus is on honoring and showing our military men and women. Creator of the Wyoming Series and Shadow Warriors series for HQN, she writes emotionally and romantically intense suspense stories.
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Review: Its been awhile since I read an outdoorsy type story, and even longer since I've read romantic suspense.
I've read Lindsay McKenna before, back when she wrote for Silhouette and Harlequin. I enjoyed her books and I enjoyed Out Rider.
Sloan and Dev are two strong characters. Both are ex military and I found that really interesting and exciting. That put Dev at a totally different level from most romance novel. She's also the character with the most baggage both with her family and her personal life. She was assaulted in her past job as a ranger and she is suffering PTSD. Yes, Dev, not Sloan.
I know its strange, but I liked that the heroine is truly fractured and that though Sloan is strong man, he's more gentle and nurturing which are traits you usually find in the heroine. He really is a perfect guy. He's almost too perfect at times. There's really no conflict between Dev and Sloan in this story.
McKenna builds the romance between the two slowly, which is really how it should be considering Dev's background. It would have seemed strange if they would have gotten involved too quickly. So I give the author props for keeping it real. The most explosive scene between the two comes almost at the very end. (Climatic sex so to speak, pun intended)
The suspense part involves a stalker, and we get to see that through the stalker's eyes. That's the only part of the book that was a bit predictable, though it did give you some edge of your seat moments at the end.
I had a bit of a problem at the beginning with the author reminding us how Dev was unsure of trusting Sloan, even though she was attracted to him. This came up quite a bit in the first few chapters and it was a bit distracting and unnecessary.
Overall, this was a great read, and I will have to go back and find some more books about Jackson Hole. (This book is 11 in a series)
Rating: 4 flowers