Lady Broke by Rachel Donnelly
Released July 8, 2013
Genre: historical western romance
East meets west when a high-principled Boston socialite teams up with a revenge driven bounty hunter to catch a gang of outlaws.
It’s tough being a witness when the last one turned up dead. But Christie Wallace is determined to bring the Everett gang to justice. Unfortunately, the law can’t protect her from pistol-toting outlaws or the intoxicating lure of a dangerous man. But, after escaping the suffocating prospects of an arranged marriage she has no intention of allowing her heart to rule her head, even when temptation comes in the form of an incorrigible lawman named Nat Randall.
Dead or alive—it made no difference to Nat Randall. He’d tried to bring the Everett gang to trial once before, but the law let him down. It seems frontier justice is all he has left. But, he doesn’t count on protecting a bewitching Easterner whose courageous spirit challenges him as much as her beauty distracts. It’s not long before he’s torn between pursuing her or the outlaws.
A timeless, rollicking adventure of unlikely lovers, set in the wild west.
Lady Broke is a great historical romance set in the Wild West during late 1800’s, with a cast of ruthless outlaws, a handsome bounty hunter bent on revenge, and a strong-willed young lady determined to defy her father’s demand that she settle for a marriage she does not want.
The heroine of the story is Christie who travels to Nevada to help her Uncle Will and Cousin Leigh after the recent death of her aunt. Her offer of assistance also provides a temporary reprieve from her father’s insistence that she get married. He has already found a suitable husband for her athough she’s never even met the man. During a time when women’s options for the future were limited, I admire her quest for independence, even if it means she must leave behind a family that she adores and the comforts of living in a genteel Boston society.
Just as Christie is adjusting to life in the uncivilized world of the west, she inadvertently becomes the target of a notorious gang of outlaws, after she witnesses a robbery by the Everrett brothers who are able to elude bounty hunter, Nat Randall, and make their escape. Nat is hot on their trail and his sole mission in life is to capture the brothers and bring them to justice. His search for them brings him into contact with the frustratingly stubborn Christie who can identify one of the brothers and wants to testify against him knowing that this may put her life in danger. She refuses to heed Nat’s harsh warning to stay out of the fray if she wants to stay alive, and their antagonistic relationship becomes even more complicated because Nat can’t seem to stop kissing her. Christie is the first woman in a very long time that’s turned his head, but he refuses to let her distract him from finding the Everett brothers. Very few people know how important their capture is to him. He has a personal vendetta against the men and will not stop until he gets revenge.
The arrogant, bull-headed Nat Randall is the last thing Christie needs in her life. He awakens a passion in her that she has never known, and she does not need a man like him to complicate her life. However, a series of dramatic events keep drawing them back into each other’s lives no matter how much they try to resist each other. Christie is young and a bit naïve, but her quick wits, confidence, and determination help her survive the danger she faces. I like that even in the midst of perilous situations, Christie is still able to show compassion, put others before herself, and forgive the mistakes of the people she loves. I know that Nat is a good man, but the guilt he carries with him and his single-minded search to find the Everrett brothers are barriers that prevent him from moving forward with his life and cause a lot of heartache for both Christie and him. Nat is a flawed hero, and the undeserving way he treats Christie some of the time shows he isn’t ready for an emotional commitment no matter how attracted he is to her beauty and sassy personality. Nevertheless, they are a great match for one another, and I can’t help but root for them to eventually find their way to each other.
Lady Broke is an engaging, well-written story with the flavor typical of westerns, complete with a robbery, stagecoach holdup, gunfighting, kidnapping, and a sensual romance with steamy passion that made for a pleasant reading experience.
I received a copy of this book from the author for an honest review.
The clang of bells sounded against the front door.
Christie’s belly gave a sickening lurch.
The robber ducked down behind the counter at her feet. In his haste, the red bandanna slipped down to his chin.
For a split second their gazes locked.
His green eyes narrowed in a murderous glare.
She hastily looked away.
The click of his gun cocking made her swallow hard.
He settled himself like a laying hen, on a half empty crate of canned peaches at her feet.
Christie swallowed hard.
The tall stranger striding toward her in the brown duster appeared far more dangerous than the robber under the counter. His blue eyes snapped as cold as spring water against his bronze skin. It was difficult to determine his features through the stubble on cheeks.
But there was purpose behind his steady advancing swagger, urging her to take a stepback.
The gun against her thigh held her still.
She managed a small frozen smile—a smile one might give when a rattler lay
curled inches from your feet. Her heart raced so fast, she could barely breathe.
The stranger cracked a lazy smile. His voice held a raspy edge. “I’m looking for a
no-account robber, by the name of Everett. You haven’t seen him, have you?”
“He’s gone.” Christie attempted to swallow past the fear in her throat. “Out the
His cool gaze slid to the wide-eyed, silent McDermotts, then back to her.
Her mouth went dry.
He didn’t believe her.
Somehow he knew.
Rachel Donnelly is a Golden Heart and Golden Pen Finalist. She lives in Canada with her husband, two children, and a crazy cat.
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