Thursday, August 27, 2015

Taming Jenna - Book Beginnings on Friday and The Friday 56

Jenna Leigh-Whittington can track, shoot, and ride as well as any man, skills which have earned her a job as a Pinkerton agent assigned to track down ruthless killer Black Jack Mendoza. Once she earns the reward money for his capture, she'll use it to find her deadbeat father - a man who abandoned her and her mother and ruined their lives. Hired gunman Branch Macauley is tracking Mendoza too, determined to make him pay for killing his brother. What happens when Branch and Jenna meet? And could Mendoza be an innocent man? 

Taming Jenna is set in 1879 in Utah's mining country. The confrontations between these two strong characters result in a story filled with action, mystery, and romance. Author Charlene Raddon's vivid descriptions took me into forests of quaking aspen, into rough-and-rowdy mining towns, and in a particularly scary scene, even down into a mine. I enjoyed this action-filled romance, and I'm looking forward to reading more books by this author.

Book Beginning:
     A man's naked chest was one thing, Jenna Leigh-Whittington told herself as she crept through the brush. After all, this was 1879, not the dark ages, and she'd seen men without shirts before. Back home in Illinois, farmhands often went shirtless, toiling under a broiling sun.
     Besides, Jenna had decided fifteen years ago - at the ripe age of seven - never to make the same mistake her mother had in giving her heart to a man.

Friday 56 (from 56% on my Kindle):
   Miguel's eyebrows rose. "You were held prisoner in a whorehouse? Dios, this is every man's dream, my friend."

Genre: Historical Western Romance
Length: 416 Pages
Amazon Link: Taming Jenna
Author Website: Charlene Raddon

Rather than include a synopsis, here's a trailer.


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Lauren Stoolfire said...

I saw Pinkerton agent and now I want to know more! :)

Check out my Friday 56 (With Book Beginnings).

Catherine @ Book Club Librarian said...

Really like the beginning. Jenna sounds spunky and I'd keep reading to get to know her better.

JLS Hall said...

This sounds like a really fun read. Even though it's a genre I don't usually read -- I think I'd enjoy this one. Hope you love it!

Anne Bennett said...

I'm cracking up about the cover verses the setting. Utah in the 1800s? Something tells me they dressed quite differently. Ha. I like the idea of a Pinkerton female.

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sherry fundin said...

Nice one Anne. Someone messed up there. :-) Does sound like a good read, regardless. :-)
sherry @ fundinmental Friday Memes

Jacqueline Gum said...

Oh I love the premise of this! What a twist to think that the father ay be innocent. And I am such a sucker for strong female protagonists!

Diane Coto said...

I like the beginning. A much simpler time and it shows that she is young and innocent. It's the title that grabs me, though. It's intriguing.
@dino0726 from 
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Laura Thomas said...

A female Pinkerton Agent? I'm in! I like her already. LOL

Here's my 56 -

Laurel-Rain Snow said...

What fun! Great excerpt, cover, and trailer. Enjoy! Who doesn't love mystery, romance, and action?

Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog.

Kathy Martin said...

I love the 56! I'm finishing up an urban fantasy series this week with Total Eclipse by Rachel Caine. Happy reading!

Stormi Johnson said...

This sounds like a good romance. :)

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Elizabeth B said...

HMM..I'm pretty sure that cover doesn't look like 1879. I always enjoy a western romance.
Have a fun weekend!

Sandra Nachlinger said...

Based on comments, I must not have been very clear in my description! Mendoza is the criminal that both Jenna and Branch are hunting. Jenna plans on collecting the reward for Mendoza's capture, and she plans to use that money to fund her search for her father.
Sorry for the confusion!

Alicia AKernelofNonsense said...

Got to appreciate a woman going after what she wants. Hope you enjoy your read!

Juli Witte said...

I like the idea of this woman chasing down a killer, especially if it's not quite sure he's actually guilty. Could make for some intriguing plot twists! And a romance story is always good ;) Thanks for sharing :) I hope you have a great week!

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Clare Stone said...

I love the synopsis and Jenna sounds great, but that cover made me laugh! I haven't read many western books maybe I should try one.

Sherrie said...

Sounds like an interesting book, I'll have to check this one out. Thanks for stopping by my place. Have a great day!

Lillie Marcheggiani said...

I love a strong female lead! Doesn't sound like the book for me, but I hope you enjoyed it :) Happy weekend!

Here's my Friday 56!

Your GFC follower, Lillie @LittleLillieReads

LadyD Piano said...

Great trailer, nice cover and cute snippet. Thanks for sharing the western romance. Happy reading!

Katherine P said...

The 56 made me laugh! This sounds like an interesting book and an unusual setting. I haven't read many books from this time period and none from this setting. I'll have to give it a try.

Yvonne@fiction-books said...
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Yvonne@fiction-books said...

Hi Sandra,

I have only read a couple of western mystery/romances, both by author Meg Mims, who I can recommend by the way! This is not a genre I could read on a regular basis, however it can lighten the mood of my reading from time to time.

I have to agree with the majority opinion, that the cover art doesn't seem to reflect the time and place of the storyline. So whilst cover art is not the over-riding factor for me in deciding whether to read a book or not, I would rather it did at least help provide some authenticity for the storyline.

Your Friday 56 lines really did make me smile though :)

Thanks for sharing and enjoy your weekend.


Anonymous said...

I like the 56!

Grace Marshall said...

She sounds like she can get her man! I'd read it.

fredamans said...

I like the beginning, though I bet Jenna changes her mind on that one. The 56 though made me cringe. If Miguel finds that info enticing, he's a douche.
Happy weekend!

guiltless reader said...

LOL to Freda ... leave the douche alone ;) The cover makes me cringe ... everything about it is a cliche ... except he's missing a cowboy hat. Add the fact that this is set in 1879 and it makes me cringe even a bit more. Sorry this just ain't my thing.

Donna H said...

Doesn't sound like my kind of book, but I hope you enjoy it. Thanks for stopping by Girl Who Reads

Amy said...

Great quotes! they're actually really amusing. I love the second one about every mans dream :P I'm sure it wasn't quite like that, but the snippet is awesome x