This is not Ms. Nelson’s first rodeo or her first visit to Dodge. She gives us first timers a very detailed vista of the mud and the muck, the adventure and the dangers lurking about in our view of the setting. This story is filled with such wonderful romance as well and plot galore with twists and turns enough to make a sharpshooters gun cylinder spin but it’s the romance that I truly lov…Hold on. I am getting the cart before the horse. Before we start talking about any romance, we need to meet the characters.
Ms. Nelson’s knack for detail is not lost when we meet petite, re-headed Sadie Sullivan. While Dodge is far from the ideal place for a young, innocent woman, Sadie knows how to play the cards she’s dealt. Smarter than a whip and with enough backbone to stand up to just about anything or anyone, she wouldn’t know good luck if it jumped up and slapped her. But she has plans, plans that some tall, no-good, handsome, pain in the neck, good-lookin’ Texan keeps messing up! And oooh, he gets her all riled up! Now what is she supposed to do with all of those feelings that Cowboy gives her?
Noah Ballantyne, the Texan in question, is a good man but he is drowning in guilt - guilt for his brother who died last year during a Longhorn stampede. Guilt for the ranch that said same cattle ran over and destroyed. He wants to right the wrongs that he can. His brother, he cannot return him to the living but the old man and his daughter and their ranch that was their livelihood, that he could do something about. But things may not be that simple, as they are not always what they seem.
Sadie hates that Noah has come back into her wrecked life, rubbing salt into her wounds. Noah vows he just wants to make things right for her but there is danger lurking about everywhere, especially in the shadows. He wants to protect her but there are secrets worth killing for and more than a single debt is owed. All the while Sadie and Noah are beginning to falling in love although Sadie says she still wants him gone. There is chemistry between them and it’s beginning to sizzle. He comes up with a plan to win her heart. Thankfully everything comes together somehow in the end. Hey, after all, this is a Romance. ;) Just remember, Jacqui writes some of the best historical Western Romances I have read and does so with loads of details and exciting dynamics. The Wild West is a place where anything can happen. Anything! 5 Stars!!
Rating: 5 Stars - A MUST Read!
Heat: 2/5 Flames - Flirty
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