Roan’s Redemption by BK Reeves
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press, Cactus Rose
Length: Short Story (38 pgs)
Heat Level: Sweet
Rating: 3.5 Books
Review by Azalea
Oklahoma Territory 1892
Addie McKenna finished digging the grave at sundown. She had to get Mattie in the ground tonight; tomorrow would be another scorcher. The dog barked as Addie climbed from the grave. A stranger driving a buckboard loomed from the shadows. As he came closer, Addie's breath caught. Roan McLeod! She kept her face blank. He was a married man.
Roan McLeod looked at Addie McKenna, alone beside the open grave. Four months since he'd seen her. His nights had been haunted by this red-haired girl, haunted by forbidden images of them together as he opened his mouth on Addie's and removed her clothes. Those were shameful thoughts for a man who had buried his wife and daughter only ten days ago.
Roan's Redemption is the first romance in a series called "The Orphan Train Legacy."
Roan McLeod is a handsome strong man who comes to the beautiful Addie McKenna’s rescue. Addie was an orphan adopted by the Driggers family whom she came to love. As fate would have it, Roan is a married man with a young child and propriety will not let these two young people engage in anything more than a platonic friendship.
Roan is in an admittedly loveless marriage and his heart is captured by the beautiful auburn-haired lass, Addie. Addie is captivated by the handsome Scotsman and will depend heavily on him to see her through the burial of her beloved Mattie who is the last in a series of losses for the winsome heroine.
The story takes place in the 1800s out west and features friendly Indians which is a welcome change from the stereotypical depiction of these people. The love story is sweet and enjoyable but I did find myself wanting a bit more at the end of the story.
I wanted to read about Roan hugging and kissing Addie instead of just imagining it. The romance was in both their minds but the lack of culmination of these two would-be suitors left me wanting more. It's a compliment to the author that I was caught up enough in her characters to feel the loss. The imagery of that era was very well done, and I felt like I was right there, back in time.
There is a lot to be enjoyed with this story. Yet, I hope there is a follow-up to their budding romance. I'd be first in line to grab a copy!