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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Outlaw Trail by Stacey Coverstone

Outlaw Trail by Stacey Coverstone
Publisher: Champagne Books
Genre: Action/Adventure, Historical, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full (215 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 4 Books
Reviewed by Fern

A man on a quest for justice and a woman determined to change her life battle the perils of a long journey to realize their dreams at the end of the Outlaw Trail.

What happens when you take two people, a treasure map, and mix in a bit of danger? The answer waits in the pages of Outlaw Trail, a western romance filled with suspense, intrigue, and heart.

When Josie Hart learns her father is due to hang for stealing a horse, she isn’t surprised. Her old man has been on the outs with the law for a long time. What she doesn’t anticipate is the envelope he gives her prior to his execution. Once in her possession, a slew of undesirables begin showing up. She’s not sure who she can trust, especially as the envelope contains a treasure map. However, one of the men tailing her isn’t as bad as the rest. Grey Paladin is dark, mysterious, and captivating. When he tells her that the gold hidden away on the map belongs to him (and was stolen by her father), she knows he’s telling the truth. Before they can reconcile or decide what to do, a turn of events brings Josie and Grey together and, as they fend off dangerous men who would kill for treasure, the stakes remain high. It will take a bit of luck, a lot of smarts, and a devotion to each other to see things through to the end. Still, the question remains. Will Josie allow herself to fall in love with a man who seems to want gold more than he wants her?

Although Outlaw Trail starts off a bit slow, it quickly gains momentum and pulls you in. Josie is a wonderful young woman yearning for something more, while Grey is fantastic as the man who is far more complex than he seems. When they finally meet on the page, sparks fly. I enjoyed their chemistry and felt that their relationship develops in a very organic and believable manner. There were a few decisions I questioned as they travel to the destination that houses the gold, such as when Josie presses Grey to stop and assist people along their journey (and they are being pursued) but the sum of them is far less than the overall enjoyment gained from the story itself. You get action, adventure, and just about everything else you could possibly ask for in a western romance.

Well written, with memorable characters romance fans will love, Outlaw Trail will satisfy western enthusiasts and romantics alike.