When the West was wild
And man’s law favored the few
These extraordinary women could be found…
…in the heart of an outlaw.
He may be a wanted man, but all outlaw Jack Bowdre ever desired was a second chance. Now he’s on his way to jail, completely unaware that his unexpected–and unexpectedly beautiful–traveling companion is none other than Nora Kane…his mail order bride.
It’s too bad Nora doesn’t know Jack is her groom-to-be. All she sees is a scoundrel. But when their stagecoach crashes and the truth comes spilling out, they’re suddenly left to fend for themselves–and each other. The longer they’re together, the stronger their feelings grow. Hounded by desperate men bent on doing them harm, Nora and Jack will do whatever it takes to find their happily ever after…but first, they’ll have to shake the devil from their trail.
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Fly Girl’s Review:
If this book doesn’t make you laugh at something, you really need to look at your sense of humor. We are given a look at what it was like to be on the run during the Wild West days of the Midwest and it’s hilarious. All of the little things we take for granted get bungled in this book, housing, food, transportation, oh and did I mention the lovers are handcuffed?? Yep, they are handcuffed to one another and it couldn’t be funnier. Lucky for them it is the correct hands so they can both walk forward.
I liked the adventure in this book, but found a few things strange. I don’t remember from my history that the lady would act in any way how Nora did. She was super outgoing, no frills, no sensitivity, and no comportment. I felt like it was a serious breach of etiquette the way she just jumped right in, handcuffed herself to him and then the rest of her behavior didn’t work for me. I was hoping for more of a traditional lady and him actually trying to treat her as such. He never did and if he was going to meet his future wife, and after he found out she was his bride, he never did treat her as the precious lady he should have. That was some of the lure for me when I used to read a lot of Westerns. I wanted to see the demure, self-assured woman, not the outgoing hussy.
While this was supposed to be the Wild West, there were lots of things that made the time and space relationship to close for foot or horse transportation. Them continuously running into the same people after going in opposite directions and leaving them in the proverbial dust for a few hours of walking. I just didn’t buy it.
What I did buy was how crazy and adventurous the couple was and I loved the town of Hope’s Crossing. How great is this series about a town full of outlaws making amends and becoming upstanding citizens starting a new town?!? I love this part and will continue to read the series even though I feel she writes a bit out of time. The love story was over for me about a third of the way through. For these reasons, I’m only giving this a 3 of 5 rating.
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I’m a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author and make my living writing western historical romance. I am truly fortunate to live in the Texas Panhandle on land where the American Indian and Comancheros once roamed. I’m inspired every single day by the voices that whisper in the wind. I’ve always been fascinated with cowboys and the American West way of life because to me these men and women embody the spirit and strength I want in my characters. My desire to keep history alive is what drives me. Also, these pesky characters in my head that refuse to go away! I can’t imagine writing anything else. My wish is to touch a reader’s heart in some way and have them coming back for more. If I can do that, I’ll have succeeded.
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