Deputy Joel Puckett didn't want to leave Texas, but unfair circumstances have made moving to the Ozarks his only shot at keeping his badge. With vigilantes running the town, he needs to prove that he's the law--and that job is made more difficult with a nosy reporter following his everywhere he goes. Betsy Huckabee has been rejected again and again by big-city newspapers, but with the deputy as the inspiration for a fictional serial, she finally reaches her publication dream. But what will her ambition cost her hero?
This a great conclusion to the Ozark Mountain Romance series (though it definitely can stand on its own). I'd been looking forward to seeing what happens to Betsy when she grows up, and it didn't disappoint.
I ended up really liking how Jennings portrays the vigilante Bald Knobbers. They oppose Joel, our Dashing Deputy, which of course can't be good. But on the other hand, they're comprised of some good guys (and some questionable guys) who are pushing for justice and safety in a place where the law hasn't been doing its job. She handles the idea of vigilante justice in a way that doesn't declare it black or white, but also offers a better way.
Betsy is a cute and spunky heroine, while Joel makes a most aptly named "Dashing Deputy." Fun and sweet, the story was highly entertaining, with some good inspirational .
I received a free copy from the publisher. No review, positive or otherwise, was required--all opinions are my own.
Ozark Mountain Romance
1. A Most Inconvenient Marriage
2. At Love's Bidding
2.5 "Her Dearly Unintended" from the novella collection With This Ring?
3. For the Record
And a small tie-in to the Ladies of Caldwell County series, particularly Caught in the Middle