It's an odd idea for a story. Chrissy and Judd both own a half share in a ranch. For some bizarre reason when Chrissy was sixteen, they secretly married to cement the partnership and give Chrissy a guardian. The plan is to get an annulment when Chrissy turns twenty-one but there's the rub! A platonic relationship that should solve problems but could there be more? Chrissy doesn't really want an annulment from Judd. In fact she would very much like to be his wife in every sense of the word. The problem is, Judd sees her as a child and what they have is just a business arrangement, isn't it?
A film crew offers much needed cash to use the ranch as a backdrop which brings a gorgeous actress, Tippy, into Judd's life. However, Chrissy is a pragmatic sort and not about to wear her heart on her sleeve if she can help it and the attentions of a certain Cash Greer help distract her. Unfortunately unrequited love is not Chrissy's biggest problem though, as the ranch is being targeted and dead cattle are only the start of it. Soon death is getting much closer and Chrissy is right in it's path. Will she ever truly know passion or has the time run out that?
Lawless is such a descriptive book it feels as if the reader is right alongside the characters. I loved the heroine! Without a doubt she's the star of this story. Although she is far from perfect and a bit of a brat at times, i just loved her stubborn dogged determination and grit. She's constantly trying to get Judd to see her as a woman but he's so afraid of taking advantage it puts huge barriers between them. Judd's strong and dependable, but unfortunately not immune to flattery and his behavior with Tippy will certainly fire up most readers! As for Cash, (sigh) if there was ever a guy in a book who deserved to get the girl, it's him! I know he's not the hero here but trust me, he's without a doubt hero material!
So did I enjoy Lawless? Yes, but it took me in unexpected directions. Ms Palmer is clearly talented but I thought the platonic marriage was a little clichéd. Luckily events transpire to open up Judd's eyes to what has been right under his nose all along. There's a happy ending (eventually) but unfortunately I really preferred Cash. I thought he was such an intriguing character, I'd love to read his story. I would read more from Ms Palmer, but sincerely hope next time the hero steps up to the mark a bit quicker!
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