Thursday, September 26, 2013

Forsaken by B.J. Daniels

Forsaken (Beartooth, Montana, #3)Mystery
What Goodreads says:
"Danger runs high and passions burn hot in Montana's wild country
Big-city detective Bentley Jamison is a long way from home in the Beartooth wilderness when one of local rancher Maddie Conner's ranch hands goes missing. Towering mountains and a small, tight community are as unfamiliar to Jamison as herding sheep, but he's never shied away from a challenge. As the new deputy sheriff, he's sworn to protect every inch of this rough terrain--starting with unraveling a mystery that has left Maddie a wide-open target.

Maddie's as beautiful--and untamable--as the land around them. Like Jamison, she won't back down from danger. But desire that flares hotter than their tempers only raises the stakes when a fierce storm traps them in the high mountains. Caught in a killer's sights, Jamison and Maddie must trust one another, because now survival--and love--are all that matter."
Forsaken is #3 in the Beartooth, Montana Saga and it is a good one.
The writing in Forsaken is crisp and clean.  The two main characters (Bentley Jamison and Maddie Conner) are people you care about and their interaction adds to the story.  The plot is well developed.  The tension is so thick you can cut it with a knife.  The book is told from several viewpoints and features several different characters.  Each of the side characters have an important part and keep the plot moving.  Each scene ramps up the tension and mystery in the story.
I had to put the book down and take a break several times.  I was so involved in the story and so worried that something bad would happen to several of the characters that I was afraid to keep reading.  At the same time I did not want to put the book down.  This is not a bad thing.  It is the sign of a very well thought out, well written book.
While there is a solution to part of the mystery some things are left open.  There is also a recurring mystery that started in a previous book and is not solved in Forsaken. 
If you like a good mystery with great characters, good writing, and a lot of tension pick up Forsaken.
Harlequin published Forsaken by B. J. Daniels in 2013.
I received an ARC of Forsaken from Netgalley.

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