The Bushranger’s Wife by Cheryl Adnams. (2019 as an ebook, 2021 in physical print).
**4 out of 5 stars**
**Thank you to Harlequin Australia for sending me a free copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review; published 6 January 2021**
Central Highlands of Victoria, 1861. Jack the Devil is a notorious bushranger and nothing throws him off his game until he robs Prudence and her grandmother. Jack is captivated by the feisty and brave Pru. Weeks later, Pru crosses paths with respectable businessman Jack and quickly works out he is the bushranger. His price for returning her stolen locket is her silence…and a kiss. A kiss that sparks something inside them both. When Pru discovers her grandmother’s secret, she runs away with Jack. The dangerous nature of his secret double life appeals to her and fuels their passion. Until the danger becomes a reality and the couple must fight for their future together, or risk losing everything.
I’ll happily admit that I enjoyed this a lot more than I was expecting to. While I don’t mind a romance here and there, it’s not my preferred genre. However when I picked this up I was definitely in the mood for a good romance and this one hit the mark for me. Pru is a fiery young woman ahead of her time who is craving some adventure in her life and finds herself attracted to Jack after he robs her; an unconventional start to their love story but sure does make for entertaining reading! The banter between Pru and Jack is quite witty and amusing for the reader as they develop their passion fueled relationship. There are a few obstacles for their happily ever after and they are forced to consider if the bushranger life is a good long term plan…
I would definitely recommend this one for those readers that enjoy romance, and in particular if you are into Australian historical romance than this is one you won’t want to miss.