When Miranda Hunt sees the classified ad for an heiress to the legendary Last Chance Ranch, she knows assuming the identity of Annie Beckman is the perfect cover. As one of the finest agents for the Pinkerton Detective Agency, Miranda has been tasked with apprehending the Phantom—an elusive and notorious train robber thought to be hiding on the sprawling ranch.
But she isn’t the only one at the ranch with something to hide. Wells Fargo detective Jeremy Taggart is working undercover as well. Their true identities may be a secret, but it is impossible for Jeremy and Miranda to hide the sparks flaring between them.
Neither is about to let romance interfere with such a huge case. Besides, Miranda hasn’t removed Jeremy from her list of suspects yet. The closer they get to uncovering the identity of the Phantom, the more dangerous he gets—and no one on the ranch is safe.
The longer Miranda and Jeremy spend working together, the harder it becomes to keep their feelings in check. Their careers—and their lives—depend on solving this case. Love will just have to wait.
So far I've only read one of Margaret Brownley's other books. It was the second book in her Brides of Last Chance Ranch series, Waiting For Morning. This book is the third book and I still have yet to go back and pick up the first book. I'm really terrible like that. Anyway, the story picks up with another heiress coming to try and earn her place at Last Chance. Only this time she has a few more secrets than the others. I mean come on, an operative on the case of a gang or robbers. Doesn't that just ooze western adventure? Throw in another operative and look at the sparks fly!!
Miranda is a tough girl, she had to be to come this far. I felt like I related pretty well to her and she was a pretty good main character. Jeremy...wow. He was like cowboy and spy all rolled into one, I loved his character and his snappy comebacks. I honestly did like Miranda a little better when she was trading words with Jeremy. There were several other great characters like Aunt Betty and Miss Walker who were just so sweet! :) And ornery too.
While I did guess that Jeremy was working undercover before it was revealed, I had no clue who the big bad guy was going to be! I guessed maybe 50% of the stuff that was going to happen but the author did a great job with the ending! Very exciting and just when you think it is over...boom! Something major happens. What with this being the last book in the series it had a good ending, I felt, and tied up nicely. Maybe a tiny bit hasty for the series, but great for the book individually.
I honestly did have a couple problems with Miranda. Her faith was shaky I could tell, but it's not really discussed until nearly the end of the book. I feel like it should have been brought up a little sooner. And there were a couple little things about her and her story that seemed a tiny bit off. There were a couple slower parts as well.
Overall, this has been my favorite book in the series (so far) and I really liked the mystery in it as well. The characters were pretty good and the ending was positively adorable. The rest of it wasn't to bad either ;) I would recommend to anyone who enjoys a good romantic western!
Content There are a couple deaths mentioned, the bank gets robbed, someone is poisoned, and there are some injuries. Also a couple kisses and a bit of Jeremy and Miranda thinking about each other.
I received a copy of this book for free from the publisher and the view's I've expressed are my own.