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Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca
Released on March 26, 2019
The untamed land of the Wild West drew people from many walks of life and became the great equalizer. To survive and thrive, these people had to respect this land and adapt. The author brings the stories of two such people to life and gives them a long hard road separately and together in a dark, gritty and sensual western romance.
Logan’s Lady tells the story of determined, but innocent Lady Elizabeth Baylor who leaves the cold, calculating and confining life in her oldest brother’s home along with her willing, but troubled younger brother to find their dreams in America. When Elizabeth encounters Logan, she has already experienced loss, grief, disillusionment and an education from the school of hard knocks. She wants to recover what was stolen from her and have justice served on the men who robbed her. For that, she needs one of the toughest hard men in the west. She needs bounty hunter, Logan Best.
Logan has lost his wife and child, fought a war, and now his life is bare of anything, but the satisfaction of hunting down the vilest criminals and bringing them to justice one way or the other. He prefers the ‘dead’ in ‘dead or alive’. A spoilt English aristocrat as a riding partner was never in the cards, but his cold heart thaws little by little as Elizabeth sticks it out through rough times and bad, learning and growing from the inside out. He fights it, but she may just be his second chance at love if he can get over his past losses. Meanwhile, a band of raping, pillaging killers are ready to turn things around and make the hunters to be the hunted.
Logan’s Lady is full of lore and attention to historical setting. There is a wealth of background and attention to the greater cast of characters and circumstances. It takes it’s time letting Elizabeth come into her own and for Logan to fall in love. It reads more like saga at times or even western fiction taking a much less romantic view of the west and putting Logan and Elizabeth through the ringer. I appreciate this style of storytelling. I thought Elizabeth was woefully naive at first and wasn’t really into her until the author began the process of change. I could totally buy into this unlikely pair because, while attraction was instant, companionship and love came along at a more steady pace. Now, that said, Logan was a lusty man and Elizabeth lost her inhibitions in private with him. She learned to become a confident lover and a match for Logan in all ways.
Incidentally, I should caution some potential readers. Some rather brutal things happen. Gun battles, sexual assault, and more, but it is not gratuitous and fits the times and setting.
In summary, this is a powerful historical western romance that tosses in some class difference and second chance, journey of the heart and mind as well as the actual trail. I count this author as one of the premier western romance writers and point her stuff out when readers want romance set in a well researched authentic western setting.
My thanks to Sourcebooks Casablanca for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
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