☆☆➹⁀☆ 4.5 stars ☆➹⁀☆☆
What It’s About:
After Miranda Whitley stops crooked cops from assassinating a prominent Seattle judge, she’s next on the hit list, and her survival depends on the buff FBI Agent she’s had one awkward encounter with. But can she find him in time?The last person Grant Morley expects to discover on his annual supply run to a Montana mountain hermit is alluring Miranda Whitley, nearly dead from a bullet wound in her side. An accidental witness or the cold-blooded accomplice to would-be assassins?
Miranda must convince Grant of her innocence, evade the killers intent on preventing her testimony, and fight her unwanted attraction for the agent…an attraction which seems to be mutual. Fortunately, love thrives in Emma Springs. If you love sizzling chemistry, Montana’s mountain landscape, and fast-paced action, then you’ll love Sally Brandle’s galloping thriller, The Hitman’s Mistake.
Guest Reviewer Frannie’s Thoughts:
The story begins with Miranda Whitley witnessing the attempted assassination of a prominent Seattle judge. The judge is close to Miranda and basically a surrogate father to her, and after he is shot, she rushes to help in his time of need. Since she has witnessed the shooting, she has put herself in the scope lines of the assasin. Where to go? Who to trust? What must she do to survive?
Not really knowing where to turn, Miranda decides to flee to Montana based solely on the fact that she happened to meet an FBI agent who had mentioned he was going to Emma Springs, Montana to visit family. Even though the initial meeting with Grant Morley was awkward, Miranda feels he is trustworthy enough to follow to a small town in the middle of nowhere. The tension builds on the road to Emma Springs as Miranda faces many strange attempts at her life, such as cars attempting to drive her off the road.
Traversing the woods on donkey, Miranda is shot! Thank goodness the donkey is a loud mouth, because its baying attracts FBI Agent Morley just in the nick of time. Naturally, Morley safely watches over Miranda as she recovers from her horrific experience. This, however, is just the beginning of Grant and Miranda’s adventure together, as the two work together to stave off even more assassination attempts. Miranda’s presence brings strife to the small town and endangers Grant, his parents, his best friend and many other people. She feels horrible, but there is nowhere for her to run and the people of the town come to her defense and protect her. Ultimately, Grant and Miranda must find a way to keep her safe from the mob while also trying to figure out if they want to be with each other for good.
The description of the farms, the mountains and what seems to be an intricate knowledge of guns was very well done. The story flowed and was an easy read. There was a ton of action and sometimes it was a bit predictable, but the book was still fun to read, and the romance was endearing without being too graphic or cheesy. My main criticism is that some of the situations Miranda found herself in seemed too contrived, and that the threats on her life were endless and sometimes nearly unbelievable. I had vague memories of Sweet Polly Purebred from the Underdog cartoon series! Regardless, I enjoyed the story immensely.
About the Author: Sally Brandle is a romance novelist with a clean, contemporary romantic style that incorporates suspense into her stories. She is an advocate for strong and powerful women who can navigate in a man’s world.
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