by Kathleen Bacus

January 2006
ISBN: 0-505-52665-4
Reviewer Graphic Button Lovespell
Mass Market Paperback

Every now and again, you find a book that when you start the few first pages you think this is just the doctor ordered. You settle yourself in for a nice long reading session, and when the story is over you think hmmm….

Calamity Jane by Kathleen Bacus is such a book. In the first few pages, I thought wow a book that is going to give me the humor I am in need of with the suspense that I enjoy. Before I realized I had read way past my bedtime.

Tressa Jayne has earned the nickname of Calamity Jayne because trouble seems to follow her. She is 24, and while not living at home, she is living on land owned by her parents, and in a mobile home owned by her Grandmother. Her life is unfocused, and her career path has taken many varied turns. The one turn she really wishes she could have missed is the turn that becomes the focus of Calamity Jayne.

Tressa has mistakenly taken a car from the dark parking lot of her job at Bargain City. When the tire goes flat, she needs to get the spare. When she opens the glove box and the trunk, she gets not one but two surprises that set her directly on a path of trouble unparallel to any she has yet to encounter.

Tressa is off and running in many ways. The first person she encounters is her long time nemesis Rick Townsend. Rick is a game warden, and she affectionately (or is it) calls him Ranger Rick. Will he believe her bizarre story? Will he assist her or hinder her as she tries to rid herself of the nickname Calamity Jayne.

As I said at the beginning, I totally expected to enjoy Calamity Jayne, and while I did enjoy the story I was having to somewhat suspend belief that one person could stumble and bumble their way through so many misadventures, and come out relatively unscathed.

I also enjoyed the byplay between Tressa and Ranger Rick, and was surprised that a book that is considered romance was as cool as Calamity Jayne; potholders to protect fingers are definitely not needed when reading this story. All in all if you’re looking for a book to bring a bit of humor to your life Calamity Jayne should fit the bill.

Reviewed in March 2006 by Sandi.

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