Crime Scene at Cardwell Ranch by B. J. Daniels
The Harlequin e-store was giving away free books a while back and so I ended up downloading about a dozen books. I haven’t read a Harlequin romance in ages – I generally find them lacking in nuance and character development – but I figured I might as well give them a shot since they were free.
Crime Scene at Cardwell Ranch is the first e-Harlequin book I’ve read. It’s written by B. J. Daniels, an incredibly prolific Harlequin author. The basic premise is pretty simple: A body is found on Dana Cardwell’s family ranch and the marshal in charge of the case is her ex-lover, Hud, who vanished five years ago after betraying her. There’s the mystery of who killed the person in the well, and of what really happened the night that Hud and Dana broke up, plus the usual longing gazes. All in all, it’s a pretty solid Harlequin story. I found the characters more interesting than I expected, and the plot, though somewhat predictable, was still interesting enough that I wanted to keep reading. (Not so with some of the other free books I downloaded with this one.)
I don’t think I’d ever buy a book like this but I might borrow another B. J. Daniels book from the library. This was a fast, fluffy read, which is sometimes just what I’m in the mood for.