Hunting the Colton Fugitive by Colleen Thompson

Her business is finding criminals…

But can she risk falling for a fugitive?

Capturing Ace Colton is the solution to bounty hunter Sierra Madden’s troubles. The bounty will pay off the vicious loan shark whose goons are after her.

Too cynical to buy Ace’s protestations of innocence, Sierra tamps down her growing attraction.

But when she’s the ultimate target, she might be forced to rely on the absolute last person she should trust.

Titles in the multi-author series, Coltons of Mustang Valley include – Colton Baby Conspiracy by Marie Ferrarella – Colton’s Lethal Reunion by Tara Taylor Quinn – Colton Family Bodyguard by Jennifer Morey – Colton First Responder by Linda O. Johnston – In Colton’s Custody by Dana Nussio – Colton Manhunt by Jane Godman – Colton’s Deadly Disguise by Geri Krotow – Colton Cowboy Jeopardy by Regan Black – Colton’s Undercover Reunion by Lara Lacombe – Deadly Colton Search by Addison Fox Hunting the Colton Fugitive by Colleen Thompson – Colton’s Last Stand by Karen Whiddon

Title:  Hunting the Colton Fugitive
Series:  Coltons of Mustang Valley #11
Author:  Colleen Thompson
Genre:  Romantic Suspense
Published:  June 1, 2020
Publisher:  Harlequin Romantic Suspense
My Rating:  4.5

It’s always with great anticipation that I come to the final two stories in any “Colton” mini-series.  It’s then that the pieces of the puzzle really begin to form a clear picture with the final story wrapping up all the loose ends.  And that was no exception in ‘Hunting the Colton Fugitive‘, the eleventh story in the ‘Coltons of Mustang Valley‘ mini-series, and the next to the last book.

We’ll finally get Ace’s perspective of all that has happened to upend his world from discovering that he was switched at birth, losing his CEO position in the family company because of a stipulation in the company bylaws, and finally being accused of shooting his father, or the man who he believed to be his father, Payne Colton.  The final straw came when an arrest warrant was issued and Ace went on the run after a false witness swore that he’d confessed to the shooting and the gun used was found hidden in his condo.  Now we discover that Ace has been hiding, if not in plain sight very close by to everyone he loves… and his life is about to get even more complicated when Sierra uncovers his hideout bunker.

Sierra is a bounty hunter on a mission.  She’s accustomed to always getting the runner she’s after, but this case has a bad taste from the very start.  Yet she’s ignoring that gut instinct because she needs this huge payday desperately for personal reasons.  Discovering Ace’s hideout and her own troubles collide rather quickly and soon they are both in a desperate search for the truth and a way out of their current situation.

Hunting the Colton Fugitive‘ was an emotion pack, fast-paced suspense/romance for me from the start.  We know that Ace didn’t shoot Payne, yet it’s an almost perfect set-up for the newly non-Colton to take the fall for someone else.  Sierra’s troubles come in the form of loan shark goons and the actual vile Ice Veins himself coming after money her deceased father owes.  Talk about a case gone downhill fast.  Soon both Ace and Sierra are on the run from villains out to end them and trying to discover who is framing Ace.  Their sizzling chemistry from the very beginning adds another layer of complications in an already complex situation.

Sierra and Ace fit together from the start for me, and that feeling only increased as they face down troubles, betrayals, and victory together.  Ace has a lot to discover about what’s been happening while he’s been in hiding – like discovering he has a daughter and a grandchild on the way.  There are some threads closed in ‘Hunting the Colton Fugitive‘, others come closer to being explained, and Payne surprises just about everyone.  I had such a good time back in this world for this couple’s story.  If you’ve followed the series then this is one you do not want to miss.  Now the final book is all that’s left to give us answers that have plagued us from the start – definitely wanting that experience.

I own a Kindle edition of this story.

Available in paperback and for your favorite e-reader, mine is the Kindle

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