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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Unlawful Hearts by Suzi Goode

Unlawful Hearts by Suzi Goode
Publisher: Turquoise Morning Press
Genre: Historical Western
Length: Short Story (61 pgs)
Heat Level: Hot
Rated: 4 books
Reviewed by Snapdragon

Dead or Alive?

1871. Courageous Amanda Bodreaux has no idea if her secretive husband is dead or alive. He's run off leaving her to fight in an aggressive man's world with a pistol in her dainty hand. When a strikingly handsome and mysterious man shows up needing a wife, Amanda figures his problems, whatever they might be, aren't hers. How wrong can a woman be?

Emery Cobbs knows even before his arrival in Water Springs, Missouri, that Amanda is his problem. And more. She is prettier and pricklier than a man has a right to lay eyes on, and she must also know the location of the diamonds her irresponsible husband squirreled away. With a gun pointed at his head, Emery doesn't have many options left.

Will he marry Amanda for the diamonds or will he die in the process? At her hands?

Unlawful Hearts is the classic western romance, but there is an unexpectedly quirky element that gives this one a twist. It’s part love story, part treasure hunt, with a delightful dollop of deception thrown into the mix.

Emery and Amanda are all too plainly attracted to one another, but both have other things on their minds (like a husband, a bag load of diamonds, and the little matter of operating the ‘Happy Go Lucky” saloon, just for starters). Everything about this unpredictable adventure is fast and furious.

Life running a 1870’s saloon is hardly a safe one – and certainly not for a lady. Amanda plays a tough role, and is always aware of the more predatory sort out there. And she does have the odd friend to rely on. Mac might even be considered too protective…

Emery is all the man any woman could dream of having. Readers are drawn to him as surely as Amanda is, no matter what she suspects him of. Who cares? It must be time to be ‘gettin’ hitched!’

The twists and turns in this story never steal the focus from the romance – they just make readers more impatient! A wonderful read that I thoroughly enjoyed.