The Unexpected Champion

 

High Sierra Sweethearts Book #3

Frontierwoman Penny Scott and a Pinkerton Agent from Philadelphia John McCall are kidnapped and taken on a twisting turning ride, deep into the wilderness. He’s unconscious. She’s blindfolded and under a tarp. They manage to escape but running for their lives takes them over a cliff, down a river and finally into a violent rainstorm.

They are so lost.

When Penny manages to drag them both out of the wilderness a week later, they find the whole state of Nevada searching for Penny and her kidnapper…John.

Now a fire-and-brimstone breathing sheriff–goaded by his fervently scandalized wife (a man and a woman, alone together, for DAYS!!! And not even ashamed??? And right in front of the woman’s seven children???) Either John’s a kidnapper and needs to be hanged on the spot…or there needs to be a wedding.

A week spent with the city boy about drove Penny mad. Now she’s supposed to spend a LIFETIME WITH HIM??? After enough hesitation to seriously annoy John, Penny agrees to the wedding.

John’s not sure where that law about a hanging or a wedding is in the Nevada state constitution or the Bible. But right now the sheriff’s got a gun and a noose and John’s got to marry a woman in leather britches, Now a fire-and-brimstone breathing sheriff–goaded by his fervently scandalized wife (a man and a woman, alone together, for DAYS!!! And not even ashamed??? And right in front of the woman’s seven children???) Either John’s a kidnapper and needs to be hanged on the spot…or there needs to be a wedding.

A week spent with the city boy about drove Penny mad. Now she’s supposed to spend a LIFETIME WITH HIM??? After enough hesitation to seriously annoy John, Penny agrees to the wedding.

John’s not sure where that law about a hanging or a wedding is in the Nevada state constitution or the Bible. But right now the sheriff’s got a gun and a noose and John’s got to marry a woman in leather britches,

They were taken by a shadowy figure looking for evidence they don’t have and he’s still coming. Only by the time John and Penny are done, he’s going to wish he’d’ve never started this whole thing.

They must bring a powerful, ruthless man to justice, even as this city man and country woman fight a very inconvenient attraction to each other.

PUBLISHER’S WEEKLY REVIEW OF THE UNEXPECTED CHAMPION

Set in 1868 Dismal, Nev., this pleasing third installment of Connealy’s High Sierra Sweethearts series (after Reluctant Warrior) features a romance between unlikely companions. Outlaw Raddo Landauer has just been shot to death in the streets of Dismal, and local Penny Scott and visiting businessman John McCall meet for the first time when they rush to the scene of the shoot-out. As they wait outside the sheriff’s office while he questions witnesses to the shooting, they are taken prisoner by three masked gunmen who want answers about Raddo’s death. After traveling some distance in the back of a wagon, Penny manages to free herself and John, and the two escape into the wilderness. Meanwhile, Penny’s brother Cam is convinced that John kidnapped her due to eyewitness accounts of the kidnapping. When the two finally return after several days lost in the woods, John is given the choice to hang for kidnapping (despite Penny’s protests) or marry Penny. The horrified newlyweds soon set off to restore their reputation by hunting down the men who kidnapped them to prove they were in cahoots with Raddo, and also to determine if they can stand each other enough to live as man and wife. As the danger and violence ramp up, so does their affection. While faith plays a minor role in this clean western romance, fans of the series will enjoy Connealy’s rough-riding romance.

Click to buy at

Amazon *** Barnes and Noble*** Christian Book Distributors

Read the exciting beginning of The Unexpected Champion