Marshal of Hel Dorado by Heather Long #Review

Marshal of Hel Dorado by Heather Long #ReviewMarshal of Hel Dorado by Heather Long

Series: #1 Fevered Hearts
Genres: Historical Romance, Paranormal Romance
Published by Indie/Self Published on November 17, 2013
Pages: 330
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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A while back, I read the second book in this series and I had plans to come back and get the rest.  Finally, I did and the second wasn’t a one fluke wonder because Sam and Scarlett’s story was as good as the other.

While I did manage to read book two first and I did fine, I can see how getting them in order would be more the thing.  Lots of stuff makes better sense now.

The story opens with Sam Kane, the Marshal of Dorado, settled in to watch the bank.  A recent army gold shipment is housed there and several banks in that part of Texas had been robbed.  He had a twitchy feeling so was not surprised when he saw a light in the bank.

Sam goes into action and surprises seven robbers.  Six get away with a portion of the gold and his youngest brother with a posse on their heels.  The seventh, however, is in his custody.  He was never more surprised when he realizes that he has a fiery, beautiful woman on his hands.  A few members of the town call for her blood and it is only Sam that stands between her and a hangman’s noose.

Scarlett is fearful, knowing what can happen if the marshal turns her over to the mob or if they get past him.  He has been rather kind considering she is a thief and a prisoner.  He is attractive and she is taken by his cool, calm demeanor in the face of everything.  He takes her to his family’s ranch where his father, brothers, and the hands can protect her.  Scarlett knows her brothers will be back and she worries that someone will be hurt in the process.  She doesn’t want the Kanes or her family to be injured so the only thing for it is to get away on her own.

Sam is confused and frustrated by his attraction to the red-haired minx who his family treats as a guest and he is forced to look on as a prisoner.  He plans to do what he can to keep her alive, but he needs the gold back along with the rest of the robbers.  And then he sees Scarlett do something unbelievable right before she escapes him.  Her fear and secrets start to make some sense and complicate things a whole lot more.

I loved the blend of historical western and paranormal romance.  There was a gritty aspect to it, but it didn’t go too far toward the violent path.  The situation of Sam being a marshal and Scarlett being caught red-handed in a robbery made for an interesting conflict of interest.  Just like Scarlett’s dilemma of keeping the family secrets and keeping everyone alive goes up against her desire to be with Sam and stay with him and his family.

The surrounding cast of their families was a huge draw.   Sam’s father and brothers are fantastic just as Scarlett’s adoptive father and brothers are equally a bunch of scene-stealers.  Definitely want more of those stories and glad to see that the series will include them.

The action came and went and provided some good excitement.  I felt it resolved rather quickly, but there were a few good moments there near the end.

The romance was slow-burn yet full of tension and passion.  Loved that.  It was fun because neither Sam nor Scarlett are good at courtship and their efforts and ignorance made them a cute pair.  But though Sam doesn’t have a suave flirtiness, he does know how to sweep a gal off her feet and passionately love her.  And he had plenty of help from their brothers both protecting and advising.  Oh yum, I want a Kane or Morning Star brother of my own- any will do.

All in all, this was great and I can definitely recommend it and the series.

NOTE:  This was free through Amazon and ARe at the time I read this and still might be.

Challenges Met: 

Romance Roundabout #37 HR
Literary Pickers #36 Safe
Mt. TBR #24

About Heather Long

National bestselling author Heather Long likes long walks in the park, science fiction, superheroes, Marines, and men who aren’t douche bags. She writes snarky women tangled in romance as hot as Texas summertime. From paranormal historical westerns to contemporary military romance, Heather might switch genres, but one thing is true in all of her stories—the characters drive the books. When she’s not wrangling her menagerie of animals, Heather devotes herself to her family, remembering a time when her Nan used to read her steamy Harlequin novels instead of picture books. Heather believes if you like your heroes so real you could lick the grit off their chest and your heroines so likable, you’re sure you were friends with someone just like them once, you’ll enjoy her worlds almost as much as she does.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.
  • Yes I do like cowboys 😉

  • Debbie Haupt

    I’m glad you got to go back and read book one and that you really liked it. it looks really good Sophia Rose!

    • I have so many series where I jumped into the middle and never seem to take the time to go back for the others. It felt good to get back to this one, Debbie.

  • Blending of two genres like historical and paranormal sounds really interesting.

    • I liked that part of it, too, Mary. The author’s Fevered World is interesting how people survive a ‘fever’ illness and end up with paranormal gifts.

  • I was reading and POW, paranormal elements? This does sound interesting. Great review!

    • Oh yep, she and her adopted family all have paranormal gifts and each one is different. I look forward to exploring each one. 🙂

  • I love the old town western feel of this with bank robbers! Glad to hear that book 1 was as good as the book 2. You have me so curious about the brothers now.

    • LOL! Delicious brothers for both of them. Book two is about one of her brothers and now stuff in it made more sense after reading Scarlett’s story. The rest of the series alternates between their brothers I think.

  • Oh my gosh. That sounds so good, Sophia. I love that about their families and that they’re little bits of scene stealers. I love a good secondary cast of characters.

    • Ha! Just went to Amazon to grab it. Yeah…it’s been on my kindle for months. *hangs head*

      • Just burst out with one of those guffaw sounds. Sorry. Not laughing at you, but it reminded me of a few times when I did the same thing. Haha! Thank goodness for the storage capacity on a Kindle is all I have to say. 😉

        Hope you enjoy it when you get the chance. This was good, but I was licking my lips over several of the brothers, too. I already read Cody’s story and that was pretty good. Now just need to squeeze in the others (I have four books from the series sitting on my Kindle, um yeah…).

        • LOL I was going ooo new book new book….aaaaand should have read this one ages ago. Poor ebook languishing on the kindle. lol

          Mmm on the lickable brothers. Hope you’re able to fit them in soon!

          • Such grandiose plans I have to work through so many old books on my pile and on the Kindle. 😉 I’ll probably come across several that I didn’t realize I already had.