by Diana Palmer

August 2004
ISBN: 0-373-77004-9
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Diana Palmer fans; Iím sure, will be burning the midnight oil as they turn page after page of her newest title Renegade.

Cash Grier, a one time mercenary, is now the sheriff of Jacobsville, Texas. When the story opens, Cash has been assaulted by his secretary. He had only hired her as a somewhat favor to acting mayor, Ben Brady, so the fact that she has dumped his waste basket on his head, and walked out on his job, doesnít really bother him. After some good natured ribbing by the others in his department, his second in command, Judd Dunn suggests that maybe Cash needs a vacation.

The place Judd has in mind is New York City. Home of model turned actress, Tippi Moore. Tippi and Judd met when Tippi was in Jacobsville filming her first movie. After a rather bumpy start Cash, Tippi, and Tippiís much younger brother, Rory became friends. Cash finds himself not only making arrangements to see Tippi, but to also pick up her brother from his military academy for the Christmas holiday, and bring him home.

It doesnít take long for sparks to fly between Cash and Tippi. Both have had rough childhoods and had to grow up quicker than children should. Cash lost a beloved mother, and Tippiís mother never cared for her children the way a mother should. She cast a blind eye when Tippi started to be molested by Sam Stanton, her motherís own lover.

Tippi and Cash have many obstacles to overcome in order to have a mature loving relationship. The hardest of which is learning to trust each other, and to share things openly and honestly. This is driven home by almost losing each other forever. Tippi is a tough heroine, and doesnít give her heart easily. Cash, having been through things most men havenít, doesnít attach to others easily. As they realize that they compliment each otherís nature, the chemistry explodes.

Renegade is a nice trip back to Jacobsville. I enjoy the fact that Ms. Palmer doesnít forget that she has created a town full of characters and revisits them in more than just cameos throughout the book. They donít overpower as theyíve already had their story, but they are mentioned enough to satisfy this readerís curiosity as to what has happened to them since theyíre story.

Reviewed in July 2004 by Sandi.

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