A Willful Woman…

Thoughts about books from a romance addict.

TBR Challenge: True to the Law by Jo Goodman

on July 21, 2021

CN for book: attempted rape. Some violence and suspense.

The theme: Secrets and Lies. This was my theme contribution! It was always one of my favorite GoodReads shelves.

Why this one: I’ve been trying to get through the first book in this series since it came out and I finally decided to just move on. Fortunately, it seems to be a fairly loosely-linked series and both main characters are relative newcomers to the town of Bitter Springs.

It’s a bit ironic that I chose this for the theme; it’s definitely well supplied with both secrets and lies, but there isn’t much surprise or angsty payoff. That didn’t stop me from enjoying the book though.

Cobb Bridger is a detective who’s been hired to find Gertrude Morrow–a thief, though the man who hires Cobb oddly refuses to tell him what she stole. She turns up as the schoolmistress in the town of Bitter Springs, Wyoming, a town named for its weather. Cobb takes up residence in town as a traveling gambler, while he tries to figure out why exactly he was hired and who the beautiful and intelligent Tru Morrow really is.

Great set-up for angst here, but there isn’t a lot around the primary relationship. Instead we get a sweet, albeit somewhat misunderstanding-prone courtship, with some delightful pillow talk. (Annoyingly, my ebook returned itself to the library, so I don’t have any quotes.) Like most Goodman from the period it’s rather quiet in tone and sometimes verging on over-written (her most recent books fall over that edge, IMO.) Cobb and Tru shine as attractive, smart, and dependable characters, and there’s a large supporting cast of interesting town folks that make me want to give the first book just one last try.

4 responses to “TBR Challenge: True to the Law by Jo Goodman

  1. whiskeyinthejar says:

    Ooh, I have this on my tbr, sounds like a three star read I typically find Goodman’s books to be. Her and Beverly Jenkins are usually the ones I go to for westerns, not a lot of new releases in that subgenre right now.
    I read Goodman’s Dennehy Sisters series and liked most of the books, did a buddy read of Only in My Arms three years ago and really liked the couple. But angst-y overwritten could probably be in the conversation. I lean towards angst thirst-trap, though 🙂

    • willaful says:

      Love me some angst! But in the last few years, I’ve learned to appreciate quieter romance. For some reason.

      • whiskeyinthejar says:

        I definitely appreciate them more in my late 30s than I did teens and 20s. Grace Burrowes can hit that mark for me in quiet. The new Kate Clayborn Love at First had a lot of those quiet moments too that hit me in the feels.

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