Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Review: One Good Man by Alison Kent

Title: One Good Man
Series: American Heroes: The Texas Rangers
Author: Alison Kent
Read copy: eBook
Published: September 1, 2009
Publisher: Harlequin
ISBN: 1426838964
ISBN-13: 9781426838965

He's her very own Texas Ranger...

Ten years ago Jamie Danby was the only survivor of a senseless killing spree. Because the killer was never found, Jamie has lived her life in hiding, waiting for the worst. Now she's in danger again and she's not sure she can handle it. Until one sexy, rugged, gorgeous man strides into her life, determined to protect her at any cost!

Kell Harding is a Texas Ranger—and how! They don't make 'em tougher. Jamie soon finds out that they don't make 'em hotter either!

But Kell plans only to keep Jamie safe—not keep her forever. As soon as his assignment is done, so is he.

At least, that's what he thinks....

My rating:

The sole survivor of a vicious multiple homicide in a Texan diner ten years ago, Jamie Danby is floored by the news the last body from that night has been found and identified. What she can’t understand is, why the law enforcement didn’t alert her or her mother.

Apparently because they decided to do so in person, or at least Texas Ranger Kellen Harding did, because he’s suddenly there, in the small Texan town she’s lived in for the past decade, wanting her help in the investigation.

Jamie’s been through this time and again. She does no remember anything! But Kell explains her amnesia is a defense mechanism, her memories are there, they only need to jog them. With the help of hypnosis. And though Jamie fears what the jogging of her memory might do to her, she’s still willing to give it a try. To assuage her survivor’s guilt and bring some closure to the people who lost their loved ones on that hellish night.

The hypnosis session doesn’t bring much result, but apparently enough to rattle the killer who comes looking for Jamie, and Kell must do everything in his power to keep her safe.

This wasn’t anything extraordinary, but it wasn’t bad either, taking a safe middle ground. Jamie bugged me with her inconsistencies, Kell was your typical jeans-and-Stetson-wearing, "I'm not the cuddling type, don’t take it personal" Ranger (though he did cook and had a great log cabin in the middle of nowhere), and the pacing was too slow at times. It picked up toward the end, when Jamie’s past came back to haunt her, but the ending left quite a few loose ends – was there really a leak, who was the leak, what was the reason for the killing spree etc.

A solid story, but I’ve read better.


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