Cowboy Justice 12 Pack – Reviewing 1 Book at a Time – #2 Justice Burning by Elle James

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Justice Burning

A Hellfire Story

Elle James

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Hard-nosed sheriff’s deputy, Nash Grayson, places his family and hometown in danger when he rescues, Phoebe Sinclair, Dallas debutante and desperate runaway bride with a secret hiding in the trunk of her stolen car

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Phoebe was having a really bad day. Left just before the alter, she runs away taking the honeymoon rental. A flat tire leads to a startling discovery in the trunk. Panicked she tries to drive on the flat and ends up crashing into a fence and getting stuck there.

I was kind of surprised that our deputy Nash didn’t look in the trunk anyway, but then I guess we wouldn’t  have our story.  He really goes above and beyond for this runaway bride with no money, no clothes (other than her wedding dress) and no shoes. With his help she did manage to get more than just clothes. She was offered a place to stay in exchange for some housework from Lola who runs the expensive shoe store in town. This is a favorite scene when Nash brings Phoebe to her new home.

“I love your house,” Phoebe said.

“I kind of like it too.” Lola smiled. “Come on. You might not like the apartment as much. I haven’t been in it since Christmas. I’m not sure how big a mess it is.”

“I can handle it,” Phoebe said, determined to make it work. With no other option presenting itself and no money to live on, she had to take what she could get.

“If you want to work for me as a housekeeper, I could use help once a week. The shop keeps me pretty busy.”

Nash cleared his throat. “If you are comfortable with Miss Lola, I’m off duty and need to check in at the station.”

Phoebe drew her bottom lip between her teeth and stared up into his eyes. “Thank you so much for all you’ve done. I hope I can repay your kindness some day.”

He tipped his cowboy hat, suddenly reluctant to leave her, but he didn’t have a reason to stay. “Not necessary. It’s part of my job.” Nodding to Lola, he gave her a brief smile. “Let me know if you two need anything. You know how to get a hold of me.”

With that, he turned and hurried away. Yes, he wanted to stay and make sure Phoebe was settled into the garage apartment, but she wasn’t his responsibility and the more he was around her, the more he wanted to stay with her. Not good. Not good at all.

He wasn’t in the market for a girlfriend and though she said she wasn’t going back to where she came from, there wasn’t much in Hellfire to keep her here. He was better off walking away.

Almost to the SUV, he reached for the door handle when footsteps crunched on the gravel and a soft voice stopped him.

“Deputy Grayson?” He turned to stare down into those soft green eyes, his pulse ratcheting up. “Yes, Miss Smith?”

“Thank you.” She touched his arm. “And no matter what happens, I promise I’m not a bad person.” She flung her arms around his neck and kissed his cheek. Then she turned and ran back to where Lola stood, a grin stretching the older woman’s dark lipstick-covered mouth.

Warmth rushed through Nash and tingling spread from where Phoebe’s lips had touched his cheek. He raised a hand to the spot and stared at the woman, a frown pulling his brows downward. He hadn’t begun the day with the intent of finding a runaway bride stranded on the side of the road. Scenarios like that were only found in those unrealistic romance novels women liked reading. No. He hadn’t asked for a kiss. But now that she’d done it, she couldn’t undo it, and he couldn’t unfeel it. Nash gave a curt nod, turned and fought to keep from leaping into his SUV, though he knew running away wouldn’t get him away from the haunting look of the pretty redhead with the eyes the color of the soft green moss. In the few short hours he’d known Phoebe Smith, she’d crawled beneath his defenses.

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Lots of suspense in this one. It takes both Phoebe and Nash a while to realize what’s happening between them.  Not all is as it may appear, I really loved this one!

5 Contented Purrs for Elle!


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Elle James  Elle James
Award-winning author Elle James grew up as an air force military brat. She received her work ethic from her rock-solid father, her creative streak from her artistic mother and inspiration from her writing partner and sister, Delilah Devlin. As a former member of the army reserves and a current member of the air force reserves, she’s traveled across the United States and to Germany, managed a full-time job, and raised three wonderful children. She and her husband have even tried their hands at ranching exotic birds (ostriches, emus and rheas) in the Texas hill country. Ask her, and she’ll tell you what it’s like to go toe-to-toe with an angry three-hundred-and-fifty-pound bird and live to tell about it!

Her adventures in the army and air force reserves, and the wild antics of her life on a small ranch in Texas give her fodder for mystery, suspense and humor in her writing. Elle writes gothic, paranormal mystery for the Harlequin Intrigue line and paranormal romantic comedy for Dorchester Publishing. A former manager of computer programming and project management professionals, Elle is happy she now has the opportunity to pursue her writing full time.

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