Renegade and Desperado by Lisa Bingham

January 8th, 2016 Kimberly Review 45 Comments

8th Jan

Today I am excited to share Renegade and Desperado by Lisa Bingham, the first two books in her Taggart Brothers series. Yep, I said BROTHERS and you know how much I adore series based on brothers. Did I mention they are cowboys? Yea-ha. First up is Renegade the second and newest book in the series. Both books work as standalone but I encourage you to read them both!

Renegade and Desperado by Lisa Bingham
by Lisa Bingham
Series: Taggart Brothers #2
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The rugged and wild Taggart brothers know how to tame a restless beast, but a restless heart is a different matter... When tragedy struck, Jace Taggart stepped in to run the family business and care for his brothers, sacrificing his own happiness to ensure their well-being. But after the beautiful Bronte Cupacek moves to town, Jace realizes he can’t ignore the hunger inside him much longer. However, the last thing Bronte needs is another man in her life. After the end of a painful marriage, she just wants to focus on her daughters. They need her now more than ever. Yet no matter how hard Bronte tries to stand on her own two feet, it’s hard to resist the handsome cowboy who keeps coming to her aid. Soon secrets from the past threaten everything dear to them. Only through embracing their undeniable connection can Jace and Bronte build a future together that no one can tear apart...


Lisa Bingham was a new to me author with the Taggart Brothers series and Renegade the second book solidified Bingham as author whose series I will continue to pick up. Depth, heart, family and a slow-burning, swoon-worthy romance made this small-town contemporary romance a winner.

Five reasons to grab Renegade

  • Each of the stories in this series involves one of the Taggart brothers and Renegade shared with us Jace Taggart’s story. Jace is the leader of this clan and Bingham continued to surprise me throughout the tale as she peeled back his layers. He is the good guy who has sacrificed for love of family and in Renegade; he discovers sometimes the good guy gets the girl.
  • Bingham brings surprising depth to her characters and stories. She skillfully weaves in multiple storylines surrounding our couple and secondary characters. This allows the reader to become completely immersed in the story. I found myself wanting to pack my bags and move to this small town in the Wasatch Mountains
  • Bronte Cupacek and her two girls arrive and quickly acclimate themselves with the town and our hearts. I connected with Bronte despite not having her life experiences. She is strong, but doesn’t realize it and seeing her blossom was enjoyable. I adored Lily and the side story involving Jace’s special needs brother. It melted my heart y’all!! Bingham shared their back story and made the characters feel genuine. She captured Bronte’s tween and the difficulties adapting to life outside the city all while balancing time between character growth and the budding romance.
  • While the story works as a standalone, the author shares updates on the previous couple.We also receive information on the next brother and local happenings. I loved that none of the threads suffered and that each character grew as the storylines weaved together towards our HEA.
  • The romance between Jace and Bronte felt genuine, and I enjoyed how they worked to find balance between their growing feelings and family. Bingham weaved in banter between the brothers. They were at times hilarious and will have you giggling aloud. The tale was not overly heated but she brought heat through words and stolen moments adding a nice zing to an otherwise clean contemporary.

Renegade was a strong, delightful second book in the series and one that shouldn’t be missed.


Desperado by Lisa Bingham is the first in the Taggart Brothers series and when I received an advanced copy of Renegade, I knew I had to read them in order. Filled with flawed characters and a hero who will melt your heart Desperado delivered a fun, sexy and heartwarming romance.

I love books involving siblings and lord did Bingham give us brothers that will make you laugh and swoon. First up is Elam Taggart. Ladies hold onto your heartstrings because this ex-Navy EOD specialist is going to melt your heart. His back story will touch you and his “reawakening” after meeting our heroine P.D. Raines will have you adding him as a book boyfriend.

Set in the Wasatch Mountains the author delivers suspense with an interesting and unique plot. The town is sponsoring “Wild West Games” where partners compete over a few days for a ten thousand dollar prize as they attempt to live like pioneers and complete challenges. The plot was perfect for getting to know our characters and witnessing their budding romance.

I loved P.D. and easily connected with her. We meet Elam’s siblings and loved the family dynamics. We get to see them teasing each other and how much they care about one another. I loved the meddling that occurred and found myself laughing aloud.

The romance was sweet, with a little heat and a whole lotta heart. Their attraction, friendship and connection felt real. Desperado was low on angst thanks to the challenges and suspense angle I mentioned. The story wrapped up wonderfully and I dove right into Renegade.

Grab both Renegade and Desperado now so you can be caught up before the release of next Taggart Brothers novel.

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45 Responses to “Renegade and Desperado by Lisa Bingham”

  1. Aurian

    Book 2 sounds better than book 1, I am not such a big fan of hurt ex-soldiers. But give me some cowboys!

  2. Lorna

    I don’t read many cowboy romances, although I recently read a cowboy vampire one 🙂 You do make these sound wonderful though 🙂 I like family books as well.

  3. Megan

    Romance isn’t always my favourite genre, but I really do have a soft spot for westerns because I am a farm girl!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      This has a nice balance as it deals with family, town and some troubles…so the romance isn’t always front and center..I hope you try one of them.

  4. Lexxie

    *swoons* Cowboy brothers, you said? Sign me right up, please! I only read that first line of your review, and knew straight away that the Taggart Brothers are made for me! I love series with brothers (or just family in general) where each sibling or cousin get their own book – and cowboys are awesome – at least they are in all the romances I have read so far 😉

  5. Melissa (Books and Things)

    Oh I like these kinds of series books. You get a full account of one couple per novel, but don’t leave out the others in the series. Plus, getting one book which made you pick up the other really speaks to this series. I might have to try these out.

  6. Debbie Haupt

    This is deja vu Kim I just left Anna’s Herding Cats and you guys both like Renegade thanks for bringing both they just went on my list!

  7. Cyn

    Cowboys! But oh no, tear jerker! I’ve been really getting into the wild west lately so these sound awesome, plus I do love sibling series. Glad both were awesome reads! Lovely review, Kim!

  8. Heidi

    I always enjoy a good cowboy romance, and these sounds terrific. Perfect for a winter afternoon.

  9. kindlemom1

    I would have already said you can’t go wrong with brothers and cowboys, but based on your reviews, apparently, you REALLY can’t go wrong. 😉
    Have a great weekend Kim!

  10. Ksenia

    I like small town contemporary romance, and I love when the author balanced romance with family and humor. This sounds good. Wonderful review, Kim!

  11. Quinn's Book Nook

    I’m not huge on western romances, but these do sound appealing. I also love brother stories. Or just family series in general. Glad you enjoyed these two.

  12. Lekeisha

    I do love me some brothers. Totally swooning over Renegade’s cover right now. *le sigh* I’m glad that these two cowboys made for some great reading time. Awesome reviews Kim!

  13. Bookworm Brandee

    Brothers and a small-town mountain setting? Yes please! And can I say that I found the fully-clothed cowboys on the covers really hunky?!? 😉 Both these stories sound fantastic, Kimberly. I’ve already added them to my tbr. 😉

  14. Rosa

    When I first saw the cover it instantly reminded me of Brokeback Mountain – I never read the book, but I loved the movie.

  15. Silvia

    So, I finally come back in the blogosphere and you already tease me with cowboy brothers? Bad Kimberly 😉 *off she goes checking the series*

  16. melliane

    yay cowboys books that’s fun! I didn’t know about these ones but it’s great to see you had such a great time there with the 2 novels!