Wednesday, January 1, 2014
Jill Sorenson's Badlands kept me on my toes
***********************Thank you NetGalley for alling me to read this title*****************
Love is the most dangerous territory of all
Every day, bodyguard Owen Jackson puts his life on the line—and keeps his feelings for Penny Sandoval locked away. Assigned to protect Penny's father, a presidential candidate, Owen can't get emotionally involved. That is, until Penny and her young son, Cruz, are abducted and taken deep into the California badlands.
Owen knows the bleak territory from his childhood. Worse, he knows the gang leader making ransom demands—his own brother, Shane. When a terrified Penny escapes into the desert with Cruz, Owen has to save her: from the elements and from the gang in close pursuit. Owen has hidden the darkness in his past from Penny. Now his only chance of keeping her alive is to let her see the man he really is—even if it means losing the only woman he'll ever want.
In the aftermath of an earthquake, Penny Sandoval goes into labor. Trapped, Owen Jackson helps her birth her little boy Cruz. Owen is a prisoner, trapped as well after the earthquake. Penny's father helps Owen to get his time shortened and get out of prison sooner, grateful for his help.
Five years later, Penny's father is making a presidential election bid, and Penny and her son are kidnapped along with Owen. Turns out its Owen's brother Shane, fresh out of prison and trying to repay a debt to the Aryan Brotherhood so he can get out and get away.
Penny and Cruz manage to escape, and are hightailing it through the badlands, a desert, where death comes easy to those who have no survival skills. Owen catches up and together, they battle heat, bad guys, and their attraction for each other to get Penny and Cruz to safety.
It was a rather enjoyable read. I sat down with it and didnt get up again til it was finished. I am going to be looking for other books by this author for sure!