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Thursday, July 7, 2011

The Outlaw Bride by Kelly Boyce

The Outlaw Bride by Kelly Boyce
Publisher: Carina Press
Genre: Historical
Length: Full Length (228 pgs)
Heat Level: spicy
Rating: 4.5 books
Reviewed by Nightshade

Katherine Slade has two goals: to escape her outlaw husband and to find the family of the man who died saving her life. Taking the place of a mail-order bride isn't part of her plan—until she's forced to continue the charade and become Sheriff Connor Langston's housekeeper to stay out of jail. Pretending to be another woman is hard, but Katherine's real challenge is resisting her growing attraction to the handsome lawman...

Falling in love is the last thing Connor needs, even if the rest of Fatal Bluff wants him to. His hands are full with a band of outlaws threatening the safety of his town, and a child to raise. But Kate has a way of getting under his skin and into little Jenny's heart. Soon Connor can't get the fiery beauty out of his head—along with his suspicion that Kate isn't who she claims to be.

When Connor learns the truth about Kate, is there any way for this outlaw bride to become the sheriff's wife?

The Outlaw Bride is a true treat to read. Set in 1873, when the west was truly a wild and rough place to live, we find Kate. Beat down by life and the evil that follows her estranged husband, Rogan Slade, she attempts to keep her promise to a dead man. Taking a job as housekeeper to the sheriff of Fatal Bluff, she discovers a whole new world of love and laughter.

While the reader follows Kate on her adventure to keep her promise we meet a host of lovable and endearing characters including Jenny, the sheriff’s niece. Struck silent from the grief of losing her father, Jenny is befriended by Kate who helps the young girl blossom into one of the most lovable characters of the book. In contrast, the mouthwateringly sexy sheriff, Connor, is having his life completely turned upside down by his beautiful housekeeper. He is rocked to the core by his growing attachment to Kate, but fights himself every step of the way.

This novel is more than just a simple romance; it is a journey to find family and a real sense of belonging. Endearing and sweet with a touch of spice for flavor The Outlaw Bride is one of the best historicals I’ve read in a while. There was only one hitch, some of the editing hiccups were a little too noticeable and become annoying.

Still, it's clear Kelly Boyce has a lot to offer the world of the historical romance and I look forward to reading more of her works. It is rare that a historical is filled with this many memorable characters. She needs to host a workshop on character development so that others can benefit from her expertise.