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Friday, October 23, 2009

Runaway Bride by Rita Hestand

Runaway Bride by Rita Hestand
Publisher: Desert Breeze Publishing Inc.
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short (98 pages)
Heat: Sweet
Rating: 3.5 Books
Reviewed by Fennel

All Savannah Kingsley had ever wanted was marriage, at least until she saw all her hopes and dreams disappear with her faithless fiance. Catching him locked in another's embrace on their wedding day, she was shocked and hurt. Knowing she couldn't go through with the wedding, she ran.

What else could she do? Chad had to tell his parents for both their sakes. But could he? She'd promised to keep his secret, but was that another mistake?

Ben Hogg could spot trouble a mile away, he had to, it was his job, since he was the Sheriff in Junction, Texas. Savannah oozed trouble, yet he still couldn't ignore the Runaway Bride walking down the aisle of the bus, straight toward him; even though he knew he should...

Rita Hestand successfully withholds the true reason why her heroine Savannah runs away from her groom on her wedding day. The 'poor little rich girl' finds she has much to learn if she wants to get on in life, and Rita ensures she encounters plenty of learning curves in a very short space of time.

While I couldn't empathise fully with Rita's heroine, I fell hook, line and sinker for her hero, Ben Hogg. The dark silent Sheriff sizes up Savannah's dilemma and takes some extraordinary steps to see that stays out of trouble. Far from neglecting Ben, Ms Hestand presents Ben with his own bundle of problems to deal with. There's no shortage of conflict in this story!

While some of the situations her main characters found themselves in and the solutions to them didn't endear the protagonists to me, they were in character and in keeping with the story.

All-in-all, I found this is a charming, light story with a scorching hot hero that kept me thoroughly entertained.