Cowboys, Action, Humor, and History Collide in Connealy's Latest
When an explosion kills men and damages the CR Mining Company, the Bodens realize their troubles are not behind them as they thought. Shadowy forces are still working against them.
Cole Boden finds himself caught between missing his time back East and all that New Mexico offers. Sure he fights with his siblings now and then, but he does care for them. He enjoys running the mine and, when he's honest, he admits that Melanie Blake captures his interest in a way no other woman ever has.
Melanie has been a friend to the Bodens forever. A cowgirl who is more comfortable with horses and lassoes than people, she never expected to find herself falling for someone. Particularly for refined Cole Boden, a Harvard graduate who may not stay long at the ranch. She's determined, however, to help the Bodens finally put an end to the danger that's threatened all of them. But will putting herself in harm's way be more dangerous than anyone expected?
In the third and final book of the Cimarron Legacy series, the Boden family continues to fend off attacks seemingly aimed at their land grant in the New Mexico territory in 1881. While patriarch Chance Boden recuperates from a leg injury in Denver, his three children remain on the Cimarron Ranch, as stipulated in his will. When explosions kill six miners and severely damage the Boden mining operation, oldest son Cole struggles to decide whether to keep to the terms of the will or to leave the ranch to protect the mine. Childhood friend Melanie Blake offers to help Cole find the culprits, and clues point to someone the Bodens trust, making their investigation all the more difficult. At times the narrative gets bogged down in too many unnecessary details and lengthy diatribes, and Cole and Mel's relationship takes a frustratingly winding route. Still, Connealy (Long Time Gone) crafts relatable characters who will inspire readers with their love, loyalty, and fortitude, and the mystery remains intriguing until the end. While the plot relies heavily on events from past installments, Connealy structures the book so new readers can dive in.