The Outlaw by Jennifer Millikin is now live!
There’s a thin line between being a hero and a villain, and I’m well aware I walk right down the middle of it. My reputation precedes me, even when I’m making a bad choice for the right reason. This is how I wind up in the back of a police car late one night.
My infamous last name keeps my record clean, with a single caveat: community service at a ranch recently purchased by Jo Shelton. I think I’d rather go to jail than serve time with the woman who has made it clear she can’t stand me, even though we used to be friends.
Despite the tense atmosphere and how she keeps me at arms’ length, I show up every day, ready to work. Quickly I learn a valuable lesson: while it’s difficult being around someone I don’t like, it’s far more difficult being around someone I find myself intensely attracted to, but cannot have.
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Jennifer Millikin is a best-selling contemporary romance and women’s fiction author. She lives in the Arizona desert with her husband, two children, and Liberty, her Lab who thinks she’s human. Jennifer loves to cook, practice yoga, and believes chips and salsa should be a food group.
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The Outlaw” is the third book in the Hayden Family series by Jennifer Millikin. While this can be read as a standalone, I recommend reading the first two books because they are both quality, and it will increase your reading enjoyment of this one.
“Love out loud, and love internal, is still love. It’s strength, no less fierce. It’s voice, no less heard.”
Jo crushed on Wyatt in high school, she threw caution to the wind and acted on those feelings one night but come morning he didn’t remember it at all. It’s been over a year, she’s shoved those feelings down and turned them into anger towards him. She finally has the opportunity to make her dreams of opening a teen therapeutic ranch come true. Only she needs labor, and she can’t refuse the offer of free labor even if it is in the form of Wyatt Hayden. Everyone thinks the worst of Wyatt, and he ignores it while he continues to help the people he cares about in the only way he knows how. He has to help out Jo as his community service, and while he’s at it, he’s determined to find out why she hates him and prove to her that he’s not what the town has painted him as.
“What I do know is how it makes me feel, to be someone she thinks deserves defending.”
I have been anticipating Wyatt’s book because I knew he was so much more than meets the eye, and I’m glad I was right! I don’t even know where to start. Wyatt just evoked all the emotions from me between living under the weight of his father’s disapproval, trying to take care of his best friend’s family without turning on him, bonding with his nieces & nephews, and helping out elderly citizens who have no one. He was sensitive in the best ways, his ways might not be conventional, but he shows how much he cares with his actions. Jo is such a strong character, working hard her whole life to keep her head above water and having an end goal of helping troubled teens. While they tip toe around each other in the beginning there is some serious sexual tension between them.🔥 However, the actual intimate scenes were surprisingly low steam. They were good, but I just wanted a bit more from them. Both Joe and Wyatt just have such huge hearts, they are perfect for one another. I loved the communication and trust between them from the start.
“I’d never utter a word I don’t mean when it comes to Jo. Wild ways and desperado-like behavior aside, Jo gets the best of me.”
The Outlaw has the enemies to lovers trope meshed a bit with the second chance trope. Jo is in a relationship at the start but it is dissolved before anything physical happened between her and Wyatt. NO cheating makes me a happy reader. The Outlaw is definitely my favorite of this series. Wyatt stole my heart and never let it go. A romance with emotion, a bit of danger, family, and mending relationships.