Book Review: Taming Jenna, Charlene Raddon

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Taming Jenna, Charlene Raddon

Summary from Amazon.com

“The Wrong Man 

Deserted by her good-for-nothing father at the tender age of seven, Jenna Leigh Whittington taught herself to ride, shoot, brawl…and steer clear of the opposite sex. But now, in a lonely Utah canyon, the Pinkerton agent has drawn her six-gun on a rugged stranger — only to discover that, far from the dangerous outlaw she’s been tracking, he is Branch McCauley, hired gun . . . and the most irresistible rascal ever to tempt and torment a woman. 

The Right Woman 

If there’s one thing McCauley trusts less than a female, it’s a female that packs a six-gun. Vowing to bring the sensuous hellcat to heel, McCauley has no inkling that their passionate battle of wills has just begun. Taming Jenna will be the most seductive — and satisfying — job he’s ever taken on . . .”

The old west, a term of endearment used to characterize the unsettled Western part of the US during the 1800s, the very name brings to mind cowboys, gunslingers, dark and mysterious characters decked out in black hats, with guns on their hips, looking out into the world from under an equally dark cowboy hat.  For men the idea of the old west brings the thought of adventure, gold mines, and living out their childhood fantasies.  For women, it brings to mind the sexy appeal of a rugged man who has lived out those fantasies from their childhood and the adult fantasies they can live out with those men.  However, not everything set in the west is wrapped in a dark and mysterious package – looks can be deceiving and Branch McCauley learns that very lesson when one young man steps into his camp pointing a gun at his backside demanding to see it – only after following that young man back to his camp does he learn that the boy is in fact a woman named Jenna Leigh Whittington, bounty hunter for the Pinkerton Detective Agency based out of Denver, CO.  Boy is he in for the surprise of his life when he figures out just who she is and what her mission is…how their two paths merge together when they both figure out they are on similar missions will throw both of them for a loop.

Taming Jenna is a book set in a time when law was not always clear cut, crooked cops were the norm and life was simpler.  A woman’s place was in the home, not chasing criminals across the dessert working as a bounty hunter. So to have a main character like Jenna in the forefront of the story is a step outside the norm of society in the Old West where working women were generally whores, but especially in romance books like this one!  I love when a book has a strong female lead; it always manages to catch my attention, especially when her male counterpart is basically trying to be a brutish male only to get knocked on his backside by the very woman he’s trying to “tame” is just something I cannot get enough of in books.

This story pulled me into the world of the old west on a level that I never imagined, having read many similar books in the past I was amazed to see how much I could relate to Jenna and feel for her and all of the characters in the book.  The author did an amazing job of tying the story together, interweaving all of the back stories of each person involved and marrying the two plots together in such an intricate manner that I never lost touch with the story.  I kept reading to find out what would happen next – and then next – and then next – until finally the climax of the story came and separated me from reality! This one is a book I will highly recommend to anyone who loves a good romance-adventure book, especially those set in the old west!

Five out of Five Stars on this one!

*I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review*

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