I Got You, Babe by Jane Graves
Reading Level: Adult Romance
Release Date: October 6, 2012
Pages: 550 pages
Reviewed By: Kate McMurry
Twenty-five-year-old Renee Esterhaus doesn't have a chance. The offspring of an uncaring, alcoholic mother, she has a juvenile record in her hometown of Tolosa, Texas, and is positive she'll serve time for an armed robbery she didn't commit. Someone has framed her, stashing a gun and stolen goods in her car, and the cops and her court-appointed attorney are convinced she's guilty as sin. Renee panics and jumps bail, but her aging Toyota breaks down far too few miles down the road, and a sleazy bounty hunter catches up with her.
After extraordinary effort, Renee escapes, but she knows she needs help to avoid recapture. Unfortunately, she picks the wrong man for assistance when she hitches a ride with vacationing Tolosa police detective, John DeMarco.
Burned-out John is supposed to be on vacation, far away from the riffraff he puts up with on the job. The last thing he needs is a gorgeous, blond grifter, willing to seduce him to evade paying for her crimes.
But in spite of his cynicism, Renee's claims of innocence soon begin to make sense to John. If she's a cold-blooded criminal, who's allegedly committed assault with a deadly weapon to rob a store, why is she so unwilling to have anything to do with guns? In particular, using John's gun to shoot =him= and flee when she gets the chance.
Maybe he's not just thinking with his hormones, stupidly taken in by hot curves, and deceptively honest eyes.
Renee is an extremely sympathetic heroine. She's had a very hard life, yet refuses to give up, even when everything seems to be stacked against her. John is a hero worthy of her, as he digs beneath his pessimism, and Renee's "obvious" guilt, to discover the real truth and help Renee, for once in her life, find justice and love.
A real keeper!
I rate this book as follows:
Romance Plot: 5