January 18, 2017
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Notorious outlaw Buck Grayson is set to hang for the one murder he didn't commit, until a last minute pardon sets him free. But there's a condition to the pardon, one that sours Buck's gut. He's to cease outlawing and bring law and order to Revolving Point, Texas. The border town along the Rio Grande has a reputation worse than his, even after a fire destroyed the saloons and chased away the rabble rousers. But Zanna is there and still in danger from the fancy-pants attorney seeking revenge against her. To keep her safe, Buck will pin the star to his chest and settle the matter for good. Then he'll give Zanna what she wants--his name.
Former soiled dove Suzanna Reynolds wants respectability, a home and children, and she wants them with Buck. Trouble is, Buck isn't the settling type and has never openly acknowledged she's his woman. Convinced Buck only took the sheriff's job to settle a score and not to please her, Suzanna demands he court her to prove his love or leave town for good.
Sometimes I like a little sweetness in my westerns and the author gives the reader that. It isn't sickning sweet but has just a little sweetness mixed in with the sauce in this western historical romance. Suzanna is tarnished or as they used to say a soiled dove. Her lover is an outlaw and Buck has been doing time in prison, not for something he has done but for a murder he didn't commit. He has been sentenced to hang. I loved this part, Buck has been offered his freedom, that is, freedom to a point, if he becomes the sheriff of Revolving Point. The town was almost completely destroyed by a fire and needs to be rebuilt, along with having law to protect the people of the town. Zanna is already there so Buck decided to accept this pardon and become the sheriff of Revolving Point. They both know they won't be able to have a real relationship until Buck hunts down the men who have him and Zanna on their death list. The author gives you a real outlaw, but there's something you have to love about Buck. He's a gentleman. Now most outlaws in the westerns you read aren't gentlemen, but Buck is the exception. He takes good care of Zanna, treats her with respect. Prostitutes weren't important but Buck didn't take kindly to Fancy, the town's prostitute being beaten up. He let it know in very plain terms that women in his town weren't going to be treated that way. I love that part. The author gives us a real man, true, an outlaw, but an outlaw with a gentle side, a good side. But Buck is stubborn and so is Zanna. Buck doesn't want to get too close to Zanna for fear it will put her in more danger and Zanna just doesn't understand why he keeps his distance. The author makes you want to take these two characters and shake some sense into them. Sure, you understand Buck's reason and you understand why Zanna doesn't get it but let's have a little honesty here, just between the two people who really care, need and want each other. I loved this story from start to finish. A really sweet love story that took place in the wild west. Buck was one charming outlaw and Zanna, although a soiled dove was one special lady. The author gives you all, outlaws, second chances, gunfights, romance, the gentler and softer side of a tough outlaw and so much more. Don't miss out on this sweet and charming historical romantic western. Nothing makes a heart warm like a good love story. Good writing, good characters, good plot. There you have it!
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I would give this book 4 STARS.
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Posted by Gayle Pace