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True to the Law (Bitter Springs #2)

3.7 of 5 stars 3.70  ·  rating details  ·  142 ratings  ·  29 reviews
He was on the hunt for a runaway beauty

Find her” is the only instruction that private detective Cobb Bridger receives from Richard Mackey. The scion of a wealthy Chicago family, Mackey is desperate to know the whereabouts of the woman who disappeared from his employ, taking with her something of great value. Intrigued as much by what Mackey won’t say about the missing ite...more
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Published May 7th 2013 by Berkley
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Misfit
"Miss Morrow has something that belongs to me. I want it back."

I guess you could call this a sequel to Goodman's The Last Renegade since it is set in the same town, Bitter Springs, Wyoming. Cobb Bridger is hired by wealthy businessman Richard Mackey to retrieve property he claims was stolen from him by Tru Morrow (she used to be a caretaker/companion of his ailing grandmother). Cobb finds Tru working as the new schoolteacher in Bitter Springs, but he's intrigued with Tru and curious as to *what*...more
Keri
Cobb has been tasked with a job of locating Ms. Gertrude. Once Cobb found the pretty little teacher in Bittercreek, he was determined to be the teacher's pet. Once Tru had a taste of Cobb's kisses she was determined that he was going to pet the teacher. :-) I am loving this series and Jo Goodman continues to deliver. This story was a lot of fun and had unexpected depth as these two figure out how to love one another. Can't wait for the next one.
Laura (Kyahgirl)
3.5/5; 4 stars; B+

I am a fan of Jo Goodman, predominantly because I like her characters so much. There are a lot of basic decent principles underlying the behaviour of most of her characters. Plus, I'm a sucker for small towns and the whole dynamic that prevails when everyone knows everyone else.

This book wasn't quite as strong as The Last Renegade by Jo Goodman,which also took place in Bitter Springs Wyoming but it was still an engaging western romance with a bit of mystery thrown in.

I sincerely hope the author is going t...more
Shauni
Originally reviewed for Bodice Rippers, Femme Fatales and Fantasy

I have long been a fan of Jo Goodman. She has this unique style of writing that just draws a reader in. In a Jo Goodman novel you will find strong characters with not so traditional views on life. Of course they are probably more accurate than we would think.

True to the Law is part of her Bitter Creek series and once again the Pennyroyal hotel plays an important part. And the characters of Bitter Creek are great. Just what one woul...more
Lynsey A
Reading this book and other more recent works by Jo Goodman I've noticed a difference in tone in her writing. I can't say exactly what it is but it is different enough from her older books that I take notice. I'm not sure I like it but not exactly sure that I don't. It is just different and will take some getting used to.

In parts I felt very little emotion from Tru and I think part of that is the change in writing tone for Goodman. After the first sex scene I definitely wanted more emotion, espe...more
Cocktails and Books
I loved this book. Intriguing, sexy, and exciting, the author has put together a cast of fun, sharp witted characters who bring to life a western romance full of secrets, mystery and lust. The pace is perfect, keeping the suspense in the air and the character development flowing beautifully. The storyline is familiar, yet unique. Set in Wyoming in 1889, True to the Law is so well written, reminiscent of a John Ford classic.

The heroine in the book, Tru, was my favorite character. She is easily li...more
Emma
Consider yourself warned : between Tru and Cobb the sparks fly... NOT. And I mean really really NOT.
Why, Jo Goodman, did you do that to them ?? The writing is great and the Wide West setting is wonderful but poor Tru and Cobb needed more time.
I can't say they didn't have any kind of chemistry but it was so tiny it needed a lot more time to grow. Why did they start sleeping together, I wonder, because it didn't seem like they wanted to at that point.
Maybe Tru and Cobb were this kind of B story...more
Silver James
True to the Law (Bitter Springs #2) by Jo Goodman This second book in the Bitter Springs, Wyoming series gives us further enjoyment as the citizens of Bitter Springs face new challenges. The children are back in school because Raine Berry Coltrane has hired a new schoolmarm, Ms. Gertrude "Tru" Morrow. All the regulars are back in full force and effect, especially young brother Rabbit and Finn.

Enter the powerful Mackey family from Chicago, the heirs of Tru's former employer, Charlotte Mackey. Andrew Mackey has been charged by the family to fin...more
Mary Beth
While the plotting and climax in this book were not as good as the first one, it was still an enjoyable read. Because I had read the third book in the series first, I was already familiar with the hero, Cobb Bridger. I liked his character well enough to want to read his story.

Goodman's villains in this book are very manipulative and sneakily evil.

Finn and Rabbit, two young brothers who appear in each of the three books did have me laughing out loud with their antics in this one. I also liked Co...more
Sandy M
When I began reading this book, I had no idea it’s related to The Last Renegade. I just wanted a good western, and I know Jo Goodman always delivers one. Something niggled in the back of my mind during the prologue, but it wasn’t until Finn, and then Rabbit, appeared on the pages that I knew I was back in Bitter Springs, Wyoming. It’s going to be a very long time before I forget these two brothers. They are stars in their own right in these books, and I sure hope Ms. Goodman either keeps writing...more
Sharon
True to the Law, Jo Goodman - I love Jo Goodman's books and this is the first western of hers that I've read. This book didn't unfortunately work that well for me, but I don't attribute that to the setting as I enjoyed reading a romance set in late 19th-century Wyoming. One thing I really love about Goodman's writings are the way we enter the world she constructs for her characters as they require the reader to immerse themselves into them and allow the characterizations and the mystery at the h...more
Pat
After reading The Last Renegade, the first book in this series, I couldn’t imagine how Goodman could possibly follow up such a delightful and enjoyable tale with anything better. Now I know since she’s outdone herself with this book.

Set again in Bitter Springs, Wyoming, the story opens with detective Cobb Bridger being hired in Chicago by Andrew Mackey III to find Gertrude Morrow, who Andrew says has stolen something from him. Although Cobb asks, Andrew refuses to say what was stolen. He only wa...more
Ellie
True to the Law by Jo Goodman
Grade: C+

“I want to breath the same air you do.”

Tru Marrow left her old life in Chicago and has started fresh as the new school teacher of Bitter Springs, Wyoming. Tru is finally at peace with her past and ready to start her future when a stranger comes into town and starts bringing up her past. Tru doesn’t know what to make of Cobb Bridger but she knows she feels something for him she has never felt for another. Soon her past makes it to Bitter Springs and the truth...more
Barb Klein
Jo Goodman wrote The Last Renegade, which I read previously, and as a companion novel, wrote True to the Law. I enjoyed reading each one. I recognized some of the characters who were noted in the second novel and that gave me a basis for things that occurred in the current novel.

Cobb Bridger was employed by Andrew Mackey to locate Gertrude Morrow, who had been a companion to his Aunt Charlotte. He hinted that she had stolen something from her employer before she left and that he wanted her found...more
Tina
3.5 stars.

A double shot review with this book and it's follow-up, In Want of a Wife -- Can be found Here

cheryl ann crenshaw
Really enjoyed.

Really enjoyed.

Great second book in No Goldman's Bitter Springs series. Well thought out characters that everyone can enjoy. And the ever funny Rabbit and Finn. They keep the story light-hearted and fun to read.
Jackie
3.5 Really enjoyed the laconic hero and smart, teasing heroine, as well as Goodman's strong writing and the appealing small-town she creates. Could have done without the last hero-rescues-heroine scene, though...
Phyllis Laatsch
I didn't love this as much as the first and third in the series. Still very good. Maybe I read them in too-short sequence, because it sends like I liked it better the first time I read it when it was first out.
MB
2.5 stars. A good book and enjoyable but I question the plot premise and really doubt 'real' people would behave this way. (view spoiler)...more
Betsy
Characters: school teacher with a past, private investigator
World Building: schoolroom?
Plot: A question of stolen goods and inheritance
Sex: Medium to tepid
Read another: Probably
Laylah
What can I say? I love Jo Goodman. I've been waiting for this book. I loved loved loved the previous books in the series. I hope this is just an aberration. Actually, I really hope this is not hers. It doesn't read like hers, especially after Andrew Mackey showed up in town. It is fine until that point and then it's like I'm reading a totally different author's. Something is really off. The dialogues, the love scenes, everything. Again, I love Jo Goodman. I threw away a book I was reading while...more
Jennifer
Absolutely lovely. The romance is great, but (as always), I read the book for Rabbit and Finn.
Joycee
Well, more like 3.5.

Ms. Goodman knows how to spin a compelling tale and create lively full characters. I like that the heroes are rugged and soft-spoken, but tough when they need to be. The heroines are flawed but still likeable.

The resolution @ the end seemed a little rushed, though.
Macaron
For the first time I got bored while reading a novel by Jo Goodman. And yet, I'm a great fan. The story is quite slow and the heroine has strange reactions. But I really like the hero.
Darlene
Another wonderful Western romance from Jo Goodman, with characters quirky enough that you wish you could take them out to lunch and get to know them better.
Kim
well written. Cobb ( short for jacob) tracks down Tru Morrow as a case - and really doesn't think she is guilty...
Jenn Dee
This is a great series. I liked book 3 a little bit better, but overall I really enjoyed it.
Jennifer
Just okay. Rather slow pace. A little dull. I've read better
PWRL
Sep 11, 2014 PWRL marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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