My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source: Netgalley (to review)
Genre: Western Romance
Book Description: A jilted bride desperate to save her family from ruin.
A bounty hunter seeking vengeance for a ravaged past.
An arduous trek toward justice—or redemption.
Silver Matlock and Jared Newman know traveling together is a bad idea. Bad for Silver’s already tarnished reputation in her small Colorado town. Bad for bounty hunter Jared’s secret, single-minded mission for revenge. But Silver is determined to track down the rogue who left her at the altar and stole the last remnant of her father’s fortune. And Jared’s in a hurry to hunt down the murderer who destroyed his family—even if Silver is too distractingly beautiful for comfort.
The pair takes off over mountain and desert, past bleak homesteads and raw mining towns, hot on the trail of the two villains who took what wasn’t theirs to take. Soon supplies dwindle, secrets emerge, and suspicion leave Silver and Jared at odds when they need each other most. To confront an enemy deadlier than desert rattlesnakes and rocky cliffs, Silver and Jared must learn to forgive and trust and face the question they haven’t dared voice: What happens next?
My thoughts: Silver is desperate. Her fiancee just left her at the alter after stealing her families jewels and money. They will loose their home and business. Her desperation becomes inspiration when she hires a bounty hunter by the name of Jared.
This book was a match of wit and skill. Jared doesn't want a traveling companion but is unsure how to convince Silver to remain behind. He is a man of honor and keeps his word, not matter the amount of inconvenience.
This book was interesting from start to finish. I loved the pacing and the placing of important events. I enjoyed how Silver and Jared came to understand and trust each other. The road to love and romance was slow because neither was looking for someone to love. It just happened as an evolution of the characters.
The book has mystery, suspense, evil characters, revenge, gambling, danger, and murder. It shows the trauma left to those who suffer from the tragedy of a relative who has been murdered. It depicts the hard life of living and traveling in the Old West and what it may have been like to live travelling by horse.
This is a clean romance with violence and kissing.
My thanks to Zondervan Publishing for accepting my request to read this book on Netgalley. I apologize for the amount of time it took to read and review. I have had it on my shelf to read since 2014.