With his work in Montana completed now that the Callahan-Warren feud has ended in marriage rather than bloodshed, Degan Grant sets out for California because it is far away from the home he wants to forget—until the US Marshal who saved his life calls in a favor. All Degan has to do is apprehend three outlaws on the marshal’s list and turn them over to the law. Easy enough, he figures, for a man no one wants to tangle with.
But then a bold young woman crosses his path. Maxine grew up so pretty and attracted so much unwanted attention in her Texas hometown that events spiraled out of control. She will try anything to escape the handsome, enigmatic gunfighter who intends to turn her over to a corrupt sheriff who will hang her instead of putting her on trial.
Saddled with a sassy, spirited young woman who insists she is innocent, Degan must hunt down a vicious killer and keep an old enemy at bay. But forced into intimate proximity with his beguiling prisoner, he finds his desire sparking into a wildfire of passion, and he can no longer deny that it is time for them to risk confronting their pasts so he can have a chance at a future with her in his arms forever.
I rarely ever read historical romance. It has to be something that has a bit of suspense and mystery to it that won't make me fall asleep. With this book, I was hooked by the blurb that included a gunslinger and bounty hunter.
As I read along, I didn't feel as though I was completely living in the wild west. There was mention of sheriffs and brothels and trains, but I didn't feel completely lost or as if I was sent to a life that didn't interest me. There was just enough of the historical facts included. Too many facts and I would have been bored.
The meeting between Degan Grant and Max Dawson was unexpected and humorous at the same time. Where was he supposed to go from there with someone who had a "Wanted" poster?
Degan was intent on bringing Max back to Texas which meant that Degan had to take her along for the other criminals he was going to capture. I was able to imagine how awkward it felt at first for the both of them. Not just as two strangers, but also as being a man and woman having to go to these different towns together.
It would be expected that they learn about one another as they continue on their trip back to Texas. I really enjoyed their interactions and adventures along the way. It all seemed realistic to me. Max's way of trying to get more information about Degan's past wasn't always successful, and I liked the way that she was able to break down his walls little by little.
I didn't expect to enjoy this as much as I did, and I'm really glad that I read it. I've now heard more good things about this author and I may have to pick up some of her other reads too.
I received a copy of this book as a member of XOXperts, XOXO After Dark's official street team, in exchange for an honest review.
In 1970, when she was still in school, she married Ralph Lindsey, becoming a young housewife. The marriage had three children; Alfred, Joseph and Garret, who already have made her a grandmother. After her husband's death, Johanna moved to Maine, New England, to stay near her family.
Johanna Lindsey wrote her first book, Captive Bride in 1977 "on a whim", and the book was a success. By 2006, with over 58 Million copies of her books have been sold worldwide, with translations appearing in 12 languages, Johanna Lindsey is one of the world's most popular authors of historical romance.
Johanna's books span the various eras of history, including books set in the Middle Ages, the American "Old West" and the popular Regency England-Scotland. She has even written a few sci-fi romances. By far the most popular among her books are the stories about the Malory-Anderson Family, a Regency England saga