Wednesday, March 20, 2019

A Champion in All of Us

She's a little bit country...
He's a little bit city...
Opposites attract and sparks fly when Penny Scott and John McCall 
are thrown together against their will...
Or rather, kidnapped.

Abducted at gunpoint by 3 masked men, John and Penny work with each other
 to escape from their captors only to find themselves stuck in the vast wilderness of Nevada.  
Will they be able to allude recapture, discover the reason behind their being held hostage,
 and survive in the wild West? 
Will they both become 'unexpected champions'? 

I enjoyed the unique twist of the "opposites attract" plot line. 
Normally, Ms. Connealy is known for her tough, stubborn, honorable cowboys. 
Her hero, John McCall, was a departure from the majority of her heroes. 
 John or "McCall" as Penny refers to him is a Pinkerton Agent accustomed to living in larger cites 
out East and wearing fancy 3 piece suits.  Penny Scott is also a different heroine than readers are accustomed to expecting from this writer. She is decidedly more rough around the edges, not overly feminine and is more comfortable wearing trousers, boots and a hat. 
 I think because they weren't what I had expected I enjoyed the story more. 
One aspect that kept my interest in the book was the way in which the author has both
 the hero and the heroine learning from one another. 
Penny teaches John wilderness skills, and John in turn shows Penny some tricks at being a 
detective; getting into disguise, playing different people etc. to obtain useful information.  

 I found myself laughing out loud A LOT in The Unexpected Champion
Penny's dry sense of humor and sarcasm tickled my funny bone. 
There were several times she voiced what the reader was thinking
 and this quality made her a memorable character. The Unexpected Champion 3rd and final installment in Ms. Connealy's High Seirra series, and is not to be missed. 

Reading is Adventure,

~~ The Unexpected Champion was provided to me by the author herself and Bethany House in return for my honest opinion. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and the author .I was not required to write a positive review. All viewpoints expressed are my own. ~~