Settling An Old Scoreby Delores Fossen (Website, Facebook, Twitter)
Series: Longview Ridge Ranch #3
Published by Harlequin Intrigue on August 1, 2020
Genres: Adoption, Adult, Contemporary, Murder, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
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A past tragedy destroyed their love.
A vulnerable newborn brings them back together.
Within moments of discovering a baby on his doorstep, Texas Ranger Eli Slater finds himself being held at gunpoint by his ex, Ashlyn Darrow. She claims she was tipped off that the still-gorgeous cowboy kidnapped her newly adopted daughter because of the bad blood that defines their past. They quickly realize Eli’s been set up and now Eli is determined to protect Ashlyn and her daughter. But regaining her trust will be as easy as ignoring the attraction even a lifetime apart can’t erase…
I’ve read a lot of Harlequin Intrigue publications lately, and I’ve really enjoyed every book I’ve read so far. Delores Fossen is an author that I’ve read before and liked her work, so I went into Settling an Old Score with high hopes that were not disappointed. This novel starts with Texas Ranger Eli Slater finding a baby on his porch, quickly followed by the frantic mother pointing a gun at him when she assumes that he kidnapped her recently adopted baby. New mother Ashlyn Darrow has bad blood with her ex-boyfriend Eli, and she all too easily believed that Eli could have kidnapped her baby when someone pointed in his direction when her baby disappeared in the night.
They both quickly realize that someone is out to get both of them when the bullets start to fly at his house, and the action seems almost non-stop for the rest of this fast-paced book. The big question is who is after them, and can Eli get to the bottom of it before anyone gets hurt? As they dodge bullets and chase down leads, both Eli and Ashlyn realize that they never really got over each other, and if they make it out of this, maybe they should try again.
Eli is a strong, caring, and capable lawman, and he definitely sees things through to the end. He has a very loyal group of people around him–both family and coworkers–and they definitely make him that much stronger. Ashlyn has a hard time forgiving Eli for his perceived part in the murder of her best friend turned informant three years earlier, but she’s tried to make the best of her life post-gunshot wound by adopting a baby and moving on. But with Eli her only hope of finding who’s trying to take her out, she remembers why she and Eli were so good together when they were younger.
I give Settling an Old Score a 4.5 out of 5. Although this is the third book in the series, I was able to jump right in and Delores Fossen brings you up to speed. It did, however, leave me wanting to know more about Eli’s brothers, whom I assume are the main characters in the other books in the Longview Ridge Ranch series… While this book was lighter on the romance, it definitely made up for it with intense shoot outs and law enforcement scenes. The intensity just built and built throughout the book until it exploded at the end. I recommend this for anyone who likes romantic thrillers and suspense that are on the faster reading side.
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For more action-packed stories, check out the other books in the Longview Ridge Ranch series:
Book 1: Safety Breach
Book 2: A Threat to His Family
Book 3: Settling an Old Score
Book 4: His Brand of Justice
About Delores Fossen
USA TODAY bestselling author, Delores Fossen, has sold over 70 novels with millions of copies of her books in print worldwide. She’s received the Booksellers’ Best Award, the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award and was a finalist for the prestigious Rita ®. In addition, she’s had nearly a hundred short stories and articles published in national magazines. You can contact the author through her webpage at www.deloresfossen.com
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