Last Chance Mass Market Paperback – May 23 2003
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From Publishers Weekly
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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
You won't be disappointed!