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Sunday, May 26, 2013

Book 116: FUGITIVE Review

Fugitive (Heroes for Hire #8) by Shirlee McCoy
ISBN:  9780373445370 (paperback)
ISBN:  9781460312889 (ebook)
ASIN:  B00B0A6ZFI (Kindle edition)
Publication date: May 7, 2013
Publisher: Love Inspired

"Help me."
When she opens her door to a wounded, handcuffed stranger, Laney Jefferson is terrified…until she recognizes her unexpected visitor. Thirteen years ago, Logan Randal was there for her when she desperately needed a friend. Now the wrongfully convicted lawman needs the widow's help. On the run from the law and guided only by Laney's unswerving faith in Logan's innocence, their mutual attraction begins to break down the barriers around Laney's heart. But the real culprit is much closer than they imagine…a cunning enemy determined to keep the past—and the truth—buried forever.

Laney Jefferson did not have an ideal childhood. Her parents were abusive and vindictive. The only shining light she can remember is her friend, Logan Randal. Logan helped her to escape from the abuse when she turned eighteen and she's never looked back. Fast-forward thirteen years and Laney is a widow trying to rebuild her life. Her father had been tried for abuse, neglect and the murder of a foster-child. Her mother was found guilty of abuse and neglect and spent a few years in prison. Now her father is deceased and her mother has been released from prison and disappeared. In an effort to address the past, Laney has decided to sell her husband's rural cabin and her childhood home. Laney is forced to deal with more than she thought when she confronts her childhood savior, Logan Randal. Logan is an escaped convict and only wants to clear his name before it is too late. He's happy to see Laney after all these years, but he doesn't want to pull her into his messy life. Can Laney learn to trust her feelings after all these years or will her fear prevent her from finding happiness?

Fugitive is a fast-paced faith-based romantic suspense read. Both Laney and Logan attempt to rely on their faith as they attempt to unravel the mystery behind Logan's wrongful conviction. The romance aspect of the story is somewhat predictable but it did not detract from the story. My only problem with the story is that although Laney and Logan are nice people, they aren't very well developed and came across as a little flat at times. The most interesting character to me was Stan, Laney's stepfather. There's a lot going on in Fugitive: Laney and Logan's romance, Logan's wrongful conviction and the mystery behind the conviction, as well as the attempts to kill Logan (presumably to silence him). The main themes seem to be faith, trust, and family (those we're born into and those we create). As a faith-based romance, I found Fugitive to be a story that anyone from any faith could enjoy. If you enjoy clean HEA romantic-suspense, then you may want to add Fugitive to your reading list.

Disclaimer: I received a digital copy of this book free for review purposes from the publisher via NetGalley. I was not paid, required or otherwise obligated to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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