by Cindy Gerard

October 2002
ISBN: 0-373-76465-0
Reviewer Graphic Button Silhouette #1465
Mass Market Paperback

You know you only have a few minutes to spare before you have to do something so you decide to start reading a new book. Only once you start reading it, you donít want to put it down. Well, that is exactly what happened to me with Taming the Outlaw; I had a few minutes to spare and I did not want to put the book down but I had to. I could not wait to pick it back up and finish the book.

Cutter Reno was a rodeo cowboy and traveled from one rodeo to the next. Six years before he met Peggy Lathrop and they shared some very sexual moments. Cutter was only in Sundown, Montana for eight days when he met Peggy. At he end of the rodeo he packed his bag and left never calling or looking back. That was until he was asked to be Grand Marshall of the 4th of July parade. He came back only for the parade and was supposed to be in town only for a few days once again. That was until he saw Peg again and the old feelings he thought were gone were not. He still wanted her with a fierceness that surprised him and kept him coming back time and again.

Peggy Lathrop did not want to even look at Cutter and sure did not want to talk to him but things did not turn out the way she wanted. He hurt her six years ago when he left and didnít call but she was stronger now - she had to be, she had a little girl. Peggy was still in love with Cutter but that love was buried deep and that is where she wanted to keep it. However, it was hard to keep that love locked away when Cutter kept showing up or calling when she did not expect him too.

Cutter was having a hard time staying away from Peggy and Shelby Lynn. He knew he loved them and wanted to stay with them, but he was having a hard time dealing with his past, namely his father and how his father treated him and his mom. His past was keeping him from Peggy and Shelby and he was not sure how to deal with it. We see the struggle that Cutter goes through to forget his past and have the future he wants.

The characters leapt off the pages from the first paragraph right to the very end. Ms. Gerard was able to make the characters come alive, each and everyone of them, not just Peg and Cutter, but the secondary characters as well. We cannot forget little Shelby Lynn, Pegís daughter who was just like any 5 year old, precarious and tells you like she sees it. Taming the Outlaw was my first book by Ms. Gerard and it definitely will not be my last.

Reviewed in September 2002 by Pam.

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