Nobody Bodine came from a nobody and will always be a nobody. He can disappear into the shadows—no one can see him if he doesn’t want them to. He exists on the edge, in neither the white man’s world nor the tribe’s, dispensing vigilante justice when he sees fit. There’s no other place for a man like him in this world.
Until Melinda Mitchell shows up on the rez. From the first moment he lays eyes on her, he can tell there’s something different about her. For starters, she’s not afraid of him. She asks where his scars came from, and why he has so many. But more than that, she sees him. For the first time in his life, Nobody feels like a somebody in her eyes.
Melinda has come west to run the new day care on the White Sandy Reservation. She’s intrigued by this strange man and his tattered skin, and when she discovers that he’s a self-appointed guardian angel for the boy in her care, she realizes that there’s more to Nobody than meets the eyes. But how far will he go to keep the boy safe? And will she be able to draw him into the light?
After reading the first two books, Mystic Cowboy and Masked Cowboy, to say that I was curious about Nobody Bodine is an understatement. How can one not be intrigued by a man who people don’t see, either because they choose not to or are unable to, who speaks little, has a menacing countenance but always seems to appear to help when one is in a jam? So I was thrilled to find out that he had gotten his own book and was not disappointed.
Nobody’s past is filled with fear, pain and loneliness. He doesn’t know the meaning of love or friendship so he sticks to the shadows and does what good he can in his own special way. Melinda is in White Sandy to head the new daycare center while staying with her sister Madeline and her husband Rebel licking her wounds from another relationship gone down the tubes. And when the two of them meet, total opposites in more ways than one, their worlds get rocked to their cores. They each have to learn to trust in each other and while it is difficult, for so many reasons, they work through it all. I love how we learn about Nobody’s past and get inside his head, which is a lot because speaking isn’t something he enjoys, and see how he thinks, especially when Melinda does things that go against how most people react to him. And Melinda is a true firecracker, she doesn’t give up on Nobody, she treats him with a firm, yet gentle hand and helps him to see that he is so much more than a nobody.
I enjoyed reading the story as a whole and being able to get caught up with characters from the first two books. Also, what I admire about this series is how Ms. Anderson doesn’t over glorify life on the rez, nor does she hide the ugliness from the reader. She makes it real with a good balance of the good and bad, while adding a nice, healthy dose of Native American mysticism to the mix.