Monday, August 13, 2018

4 Wine Glass #Review of Cowboy's Redemption by B.J. Daniels

36543743Title:  Cowboy’s Redemption
Series: The Montana Cahills #4
Author: B.J. Daniels
Format: Kindle Edition, 256 pages
Published: May 1st 2018 by Harlequin Intrigue
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N
Reviewer: Linda
Source: NetGalley
Rating: 4 out of 5 Wine Glasses

He gave her his heart.She gave him a daughter.

Eighteen months ago, Colt McCloud experienced an unforgettable night of passion. Now his onetime lover is at his door, pleading for help to save the daughter they conceived. Lola Dayton knows Colt is her only hope to infiltrate the kidnapper’s compound and save their baby. His military—and father—instincts kick in. And Colt secretly vows…if they survive, he’ll make this threesome a forever family.

Your Thoughts:
He would slay dragons for this woman.

Cowboy’s Redemption by B.J. Daniels is the fourth action-packed, heart-grabbing installment in her Montana Cahills series set in Gilt Edge, Montana. It can easily be enjoyed as a stand alone if that is your preference though fans of the series will appreciate the appearances of previous favorite characters. The preceding books have all featured Cahill siblings as one of the main characters. This tale breaks from the mold as the Cahills are supporting characters herein. Cowboy’s Redemption chronicles the saga of army helicopter pilot Colt McCloud and Lola Dayton.

A year prior to the story’s beginning, Colt is on leave and reeling from learning that his fiancé has been unfaithful with his best friend. Meanwhile, Lola has narrowly escaped from a cult where she’s been held against her will. In a serendipitous moment, the couple experiences an unforgettable one-night stand. The morning after, Colt finds himself alone as Lola leaves their room to pick up breakfast and doesn’t return. Unknown to Colt, she doesn’t return to their room as she is recaptured by the cultists.

Fast-forward to the present day. Lola is once more able to breakout and immediately desperately seeks Colt as she needs his help. His expertise and muscle are needed to reclaim Grace, their three-month-old baby that Colt knows nothing about. Understandably, Colt can’t fathom what to think about her claims, but he is willing to do anything he can to retrieve her baby and insure that she and Grace are both safe.

Colt and Lola are both likable characters and it is easy to connect with them. How Colt stays so level-headed throughout is beyond me. He is loyal, smart, and brave; never questioning the end goal of freeing the baby and Lola. He almost seems inhuman in that he doesn’t think twice about putting himself in danger in the process. I can only think it is his military training kicking in.

Before being ensnared by the cultists, Lola takes great pride in her independence. She is no fan of cults and is innocently lured into their web. It is truly frightening to read about how it transpires and why escaping from the cult’s clutches is so difficult. Through it all, Lola is amazing – again, almost unreal. She keeps her wits about her throughout and outsmarts the bullies with meticulous planning. It seems like this couldn’t happen in this country, but this storyline makes it all too plausible.

Colt’s and Lola’s romance is sweet, but is greatly overshadowed by the chilling plotline with danger rearing its ugly head at every shocking twist and turn. I would add that I am blown away by how maturely Lola listened and supported Colt as he deals with his fiancé’s and his best friend’s betrayals. Her responses are a textbook lesson in relationship skills.

The cult leader and his zombie followers are beyond creepy. It’s mind-boggling to read about cultists and how they can be coerced into mindlessly following a charismatic leader - leaving law enforcement powerless to step in. Truthfully, cults are not something I like to think about.

I hope B.J. is inspired to give Colt’s partner, Tommy Garrett, his own story in the future. My heart went out to him in this tale. He deserves someone to fill the empty place in his heart.

Following please find a few of my favorite lines from Cowboy’s Redemption:

“Hope you like my gumbo.”
“I know we will,” Colt said, and took a bite.
“Not too spicy for you?” the cook asked with a laugh.
“As long as it doesn’t melt the spoon, it’s not too spicy for me.”

“Tell me you have a plan.” He swore when Colt didn’t answer right away.

“Great, you know how I love zombies. Except you can’t kill zombies.”

Cowboy’s Redemption started with a bang recounting one of Lola’s frantic freedom flights. The story then kept me glued to the pages as the intenseness of the plot doesn’t relent even a fraction until the very end. Their adventure is exciting, heart-rending, wild and downright scary. I don’t know how I missed reading this installment earlier – but I’m glad that I have now read this episode and am once more caught up with this fantastic series. I would recommend Cowboy’s Redemption to anyone who enjoys western romantic suspense. I look forward to reading Cyrus Cahill’s story coming in November 2018!

Suggested Reading Order: 
Renegade’s Pride (Book #1)
Outlaw’s Honor (Book #2)
Cowboy’s Legacy (Book #3) 
Cowboy’s Redemption (Book #4)
Hero’s Return (Book #5)
The Rancher’s Dream (Book #6)
Wrangler’s Rescue (Book #7) – Cyrus Cahill’s story coming November 2018!

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