Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Historical Romance
Heat Rating: 3
She was one step away from a hanging, not because of anything she'd done, but because of who she was.
He was one step closer to capturing the most notorious outlaw in Texas.
When U.S. Marshal Trey Thornton saves Charlotte "Charlie" Daughtry from a lynch mob, he plans to use her as bait to capture her father and brothers. One thing stood in his way, he fell in love with the outlaw's daughter.
Charlie felt stirrings deep in her heart for the handsome lawman. She wished he could look beyond the Daughtry name and see her for who she truly was - someone who desperately yearned to be loved by him. But could she love a man who wanted to send her father and brothers to the gallows?
Trey and Charlotte meet when he rescues her from being hanged by the townspeople for no other reason than her father and brothers are outlaws. After her mother died, Charlie was left to fend for herself after her father took off. She has spent her time since then just trying to survive. The townspeople had mostly left her alone, until that morning, when they decided that if they couldn't hang her family, they'd hang her instead. Trey is the US Marshall that arrives just in time to save her life.
Charlie has spent her life wanting to have someone to love and take care of her. She wants to be accepted for who she is instead of being hated for who her father is. Trey has spent the last few years searching for Charlie's father because Bill Daughtery killed Trey's partner. Trey figures when the Daughtery gang finds out that he has Charlie with him, they will come to him. Both characters are searching for something that they find in each other.
I was excited to read this story. I haven't read a western in a long time, and this one sounded like it would be fun, action packed, and very sexy. For the most part, it held up to my expectations. I hope I get a chance to read more by Ms. Hampton.
4 Tea Cups!