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Last Chance [Mass Market Paperback]

Jill Landis
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May 23 2003
Refusing to wear black again after mourning her late husband for one year, widow Rachel McKenna hopes to start her life over and scandalizes the whole town when she takes up with legendary gunfighter Lane Cassidy.

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Readers who loved After All-and were left wondering what became of the dark and surly Lane Cassidy-will be overjoyed with this first-rate spinoff. Rachel Albright McKenna, the schoolmarm from After All, is now the woman of the hour. In the decade since Lane left town, she has married, given birth to a son, been widowed and been scorned by her in-laws and the town at large because her macho sheriff husband died in the arms of the local prostitute. When Lane, now a noted gunfighter, strides into town, feisty Rachel defies the gossips and her busybody in-laws by seeing him again. Lane has some secrets-he isn't the no-account he was, but rather an operative of the Pinkerton Detective Agency busy tracking down a train robber. While Rachel's in-laws earn the reader's dislike for their narrow-mindedness, the main characters are sympathetic and haunted-Rachel by her feelings of sexual inadequacy and Lane by childhood sexual abuse. Landis shows greater versatility with each new book, moving from homespun heroines to dark and dangerous outlaws with equal skill.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not Her Best Work May 8 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Rachel is a schoolteacher whose sheriff husband dies in the arms of a prostitute. When a former student returns to town on business, he pursues her despite the age difference (she is 4 years older), and the somewhat icky fact that he's had a 'crush' on her ever since he was sixteen and she was twenty.
I liked the first half of Last Chance, but I didn't find the character of Rachel very believable or likeable. I found it difficult to believe she would 'fall instantly' for one of her ex-students, especially a seemingly uneducated immature man like Lane. Further, I found it difficult to believe that a single woman with a son would care so little about her reputation, to cast it to the winds the moment the first hunk bats an eyelash at her. I mean, Lane's back less than a week, and she's hopping into bed with him! Silly.
Finally, I found Rachel's in-laws to be extremely irritating. They treat her like dirt but she struggles valiantly to keep the relationship alive: no, not because she likes them or wants to please them, but because it furthers the plot goals. :Groan:
Overall, this book started off well, but the relationship between the two characters seemed too rushed and wasn't as well developed as some of her other romantic couples. Subplots such as the evil in-laws and the entire Pinkerton's thing detracted from the main character's romance and made me wish the author had just left them out. I found Last Chance to be an ok read, but not one of her better works.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Visit Last Chance... June 18 1998
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Last Chance is truly my favorite Landis novel, to date. It's so difficult for me to find romance novels written about this era (late 1800's) that I enjoy, since I usually prefer a Civil War romance with a southern background (rather than Last Chance, Montana). Maybe it's because I could sometimes see a glimpse of Scarlett O'Hara in Rachel McKenna (once teacher, and now, widow), and of course, the notorious Lane Cassidy (gunslinger) could often resemble a Rhett, but I found myself oddly captivated by their story. Landis describes her story as one of "two people who learn to love and trust themselves and each other despite the odds and challenges life throws in their way." I agree, and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this book in a heartbeat.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Captivating April 4 2002
By Rachel
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book has to be one of the best books that I have read in a long time, I absolutely loved it right until the end! It kept me captivated until I finished, I didn't put the book down once. The story was refreshing in a sense that it allowed innocence and trust to make you love the characters. I would recommend it to everyone!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty darn good, but not excellent Feb. 6 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This was a good book. I was captivated with the story until around the last 50 pages, then it became tiresome to me, I didn't like how the story ended. Lane had said he wasn't able to settle down through the whole story but at the very end he changes his mind. None the less it was still a great book and I'm glad I read it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Last Chance is a great find! May 20 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
You'll enjoy this good story that has it all! Be sure to first read its prequel, After All by Jill Marie Landis
You won't be disappointed!
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