Jenna Caldwell thinks that her life will be perfect when she marries the powerful and wealthy David Merrick, heir to the Merrick dynasty and fortune. What the marriage brings her, however, is the temper of a man who tries to control her through violence and pain. The divorce delivers no relief, as David delights in the hunt and the eventual beating that will be his retribution. With the help of her attorney, Jenna runs to the Colorado ranch home of Jack Turner, a cowboy with an army past. She arrives at the Turner ranch beaten, bleeding, hanging to life—and Jack immediately is drawn to the haunted, and hunted, beauty. While Jenna slowly heals, she is attracted to Jack: his strength, his safety, and his love. He is the perfect, modern-day cowboy, allowing Jenna to be strong and fight back on her own—as long as she ends the day in his bed!
Verdict This first installment in Ryan’s “Hunted” series presents a perfect example of a woman almost destroyed by the madman that is her husband. While Jenna is beaten many times, she is no victim; she refuses to accept this abuse and further learns that not all men are like her ex-husband. You will find yourself rooting for the battered Jenna and the sexy Jack, who fights so hard to win her bruised and battered heart.—Judy Taylor Garner, Strayer Univ., Glen Allen, VA
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