by Nina Bruhns

March 2003
ISBN: 0-373-27279-0
Reviewer Graphic Button Silhouette #1209
Mass Market Paperback

He’s handsome, he radiates sexuality, he’s honorable, and his nickname is Renegade. Yes, you guessed it, he’s a Nina Bruhns hero, and in this story she gives us yet another in her series of to-die-for guys!

We met Renegade briefly in Warrior’s Bride, but now we get to fully explore the depth and complexities of this fascinating man. RaeAnn Martin has actually already explored him, in depth, many years ago. It ended badly, but both have remained aware of each other and still carry the wounds of that long-ago affair. When a series of coincidences sends Roman “Renegade” Santangelo out to an archeological dig in Native American country, his reunion with dig leader RaeAnn is less than romantic.

Once again, Nina Bruhns has presented a tight, amazingly complex tale of love, honor, betrayal and self-realization. I should stop being surprised by how neatly she does all this within the confines of a Silhouette Intimate Moment paperback, but I can’t. Her characters knock me off my feet. RaeAnn is a great heroine, strong, confused, scared, and madly in lust with Roman, yearning for his touch. Roman is all those things and more, battling old demons with a ferocity that makes you want to cheer for him and hug him. And do other things to him, too.

The story is gripping and surprisingly intricate, touching on the issues of Native American heritage, customs and adding a dash of greed, environmental concerns and plain old drug dealing. All the loose ends are knotted perfectly, and the romance blends in so well that Roman and RaeAnn take their steamy affair through the twists and turns of the story with a naturalness that makes reading this tale a pleasure.

If you’ve never read a Nina Bruhns book, you’ve been missing out on a super romance writer. Do yourself a favor – go buy this book and it’s predecessor, “Warrior’s Bride”. Then turn off the phone, tuck up on your favorite chair, and lose yourself in Nina Bruhns’ world – it’s a mini vacation that will bring a smile to your face!

Reviewed in February 2003 by Celia.

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