DescriptionThird in a riveting series from New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Linda Broday, featuring tough Texas outlaws and the women who steal their hearts.
When the West was wild and man’s law favored the few… These extraordinary women could be found…in the heart of an outlaw.
When three young children show up on outlaw Tait Trinity’s doorstep, he knows he can’t help them—a wanted man has no business raising kids. And yet he can’t bring himself to turn them away. At a loss, he sends for the mail order bride he’d been writing to, hoping the demure dressmaker will be the answer to his prayers.
Melanie Dunbar is nothing like the bride Tait was expecting. She’s rough and tumble…and hiding an ulterior motive. Dangerous men have taken her sister hostage, and if Melanie wants to see her alive, she’ll have to betray her new husband. There’s only one problem—the more time she spends with Tait, the more she comes to care for him. Yet as the noose begins to tighten, Melanie will have to make a terrible choice: save her sister…or the man she loves. AMAZON LINK
The unusual story line caught my attention right away. I thought, " Oh the troubles that this could cause should make things really interesting." So I crossed my fingers and plunged ahead. And boy, did it deliver!
Both Tait and Melanie bring a lot to the table as main characters. They also bring a lot to the table when it comes to trouble. I liked how Tait had a whole lot more tenderness and caring in him than you would have thought an outlaw would have. And Melanie has more grit than she ever knew she had too. When push came to shove, she might be scared but she pushed back!
There is a good balance in this story. A good mix of action, danger, friends and allies showing up, periods of time spent just like a family would. There is also this sense of waiting for the next threat to show up. Which of course it does and more than once.
The kids (Jesse, Joe and Becky) add to the story. The twin boys add some attitude and mischief and of course, the little girl adds some sweetness.
Hope's Crossing is one unusual town with some out of the ordinary residents. All, I'm going to say about that is it houses many "criminals". Many of them who are wanting to turn their lives around or already have. Because of that common goal and friendships that develop they truly do have each other's backs. It made for some interesting secondary people in the story. Mac is Melanie and Ava's father and he is one piece of work. You never knew if and when he would show up. Would trouble follow him? It usually did. From one con to another, he was always on the hunt for making the most money.
The action really takes off and keeps pretty steady until the end. That other shoe had finally dropped and it will get to be a fight to stay alive to the end.
Speaking of the end, I liked how it all finished up for everyone.
"I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.”