Hell on Wheels
Karen Kelley
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Hell on Wheels
Karen Kelley
308 pages
June 2006
rated 3 1/2 of 5 possible stars

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Hell on Wheels is Karen Kelley’s fourth full-length novel that features characters in law enforcement.

Bounty hunter Cody Carlyle is good at her job and takes pleasure in tracking down bail jumpers and bringing them in to justice. Cody lives a solitary life and, with the exception of her strained relationship with her mother, she’s generally happy. She has always worked alone and is not looking to change that. But when fellow bounty hunter Josh Pierce offers to partner with Cody to bring in a high profile skip, she finds it hard to say no – and even harder to say no to some of his other, more sensual, ideas.

Josh Pierce works for the same agency as Cody; while hunting down skips, he has also been keeping his eye on Cody. He has seen the way she kicks butt first and takes names later, and Josh can’t help but be attracted to Cody’s strong but sexy outer shell. He is convinced that she’s hiding a soft center and decides the only way to find out if he’s right is to work as her partner to bring in an accused murderer. This way he’ll have a chance to work on gaining her trust – and hopefully her heart.

This character-driven story is fun without being silly and suspenseful without being somber; Karen Kelley strikes the perfect balance in all areas. Cody is a strong, complex heroine, and Josh is just the hero to compliment her. He stands up to her when she needs to be brought down a notch but is also strong for her when her weaknesses break through. Together they feed off of each other’s strengths to find success in both their professional and romantic lives.

Fans of Kelley’s work will enjoy this latest novel, while newcomers will find a strong, talented author in Karen Kelley.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at www.curledup.com. © Jilian Vallade, 2006

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