Geralyn Dawson – The Loner
- Author: PJ
- Published: May 19th, 2008
Reviewed by PJ Ausdenmore
Logan Grey is a man who is haunted by the tragedies of his past. Though newspapers have dubbed him the “luckiest man in Texas” because of his mysterious ability to sense, and ward off trouble before it occurs, Logan knows his luck is anything but good. At the age of five he lost his entire family in a flash flood and was raised in an orphaned children’s home. As a range detective, Logan has survived over 30 gunfights and brought many notorious outlaws to justice but he hasn’t always worn the white hat and he hasn’t always been lucky. He did things in his youth that he sorely regrets, things for which innocents paid the price, things that have shaped the solitary man he’s become. Tall, dark and good looking he’s a favorite of the ladies but is careful to avoid attachments to any of them. There is mysterious heartbreak in Logan’s past that he’s not looking to repeat.
Caroline Kilpatrick fell in love with Logan Grey the first time she saw him at the tender age of 8. He was the first boy to kiss her and nine years later he was the 18 year old louse who married her, bedded her and rode away the next morning without looking back. Unbeknownst to Caroline, he’d been hired by her father to marry his daughter in a fake ceremony in order to give her father access to Caroline’s inheritance.
Fifteen years later…Logan finds himself in the middle of a bank robbery. He’s frantically trying to figure out a plan to foil the three bank robbers and save the hostages when a gorgeous woman rushes to him, throws herself into his arms and starts fiddling with his belt. She slips him a gun then proceeds to help him stop the robbery. Truth be told, she actually does most of the work herself. Logan is stunned, mystified and totally captivated by this beautiful stranger but when he turns to thank her after the robbers have been subdued, she has disappeared. Caroline Kilpatrick is furious! After traveling to Fort Worth with one goal in mind, to find Logan Grey, the last man in the world she wants to see, and convince him to help her rescue her beloved foster father from the outlaw infested Black Shadow Canyon then helping him foil the bank robbery, the “lying, rotten, no-good, low-life, snake-breath, dirt-eating, overstuffed, ignorant, heartless, bug-eyed, stiff-legged, spotty-lipped, worm-headed, dog” didn’t even recognize her! For reasons only he knows, Logan has purposely avoided thinking about that part of his life. He has no idea that Caroline’s father died two months after the “wedding”, leaving her homeless and destitute. He doesn’t know that he left Caroline pregnant and is the father of her son, Will, and he sure as shootin’ has no idea that the marriage was, in fact, legal and the smart, feisty, gorgeous woman who helped him foil the bank robbery is his wife!
So begins another fast-paced, action-packed, emotionally satisfying, historical Texas romance from the incomparable Geralyn Dawson, who has delighted readers with her many wonderful stories. In this first book of her new “The Good Luck Grooms” series, Dawson leads Caroline and Logan on a tumultuous journey that risks their lives and tests their resolve as they face down killer tornadoes and killer outlaws while searching for their missing loved ones. Even more perilous, perhaps, is their intensely emotional journey of the heart as they rediscover the special, but tenuous bond that has always been between them and that eventually grows into a deep and abiding love. But is love enough for Logan to overcome his fears and stay with his newly found family or will he once again turn his back on Caroline and Will to live the life of the Loner?
After first meeting Logan Grey in HER OUTLAW, Emma McBride and Dair MacRae’s book from the “Bad Luck Brides” series, I couldn’t wait for his story to be released. I’m delighted to say that THE LONER not only met all of my expectations, it far exceeded them. As an added bonus, I got to revisit the McBride menaces and their husbands as well as Holt and Cade, Dair and Logan’s “brothers” from the children’s home and the heroes of the next two books in this series.
4 ½ Stars