Reviewed by Martha Artyomenko
A Colorado beauty abandoned at the altar. A rugged bounty hunter haunted by his past.
In this dramatic historical novel by best-selling author Robin Lee Hatcher, two wounded hearts join forces in a pursuit across the Old West. Silver Matlock is a Colorado beauty in search of revenge against the man who stranded her at the altar and fled with the remnant of her family’s fortune. She is determined to find the man who betrayed her trust. Jared Newman, rugged as the West itself, is relentless in his pursuit of lawless men—but unable to escape his own tragic past. Hardened by his life as a bounty hunter, he must learn to forgive before he loses his soul. Joining forces, the two set out in search of Silver’s betrayer. The handsome but embittered Jared finds himself powerfully drawn to the beautiful woman whose drive for justice equals his own. But lack of honesty keeps Silver and Jared from fully trusting each other, even as a shocking revelation intensifies their pursuit of the cunning – and deadly – quarry.
Robin Lee Hatcher has been writing books for awhile, and some of her earlier books are ones that stay in memory as touching my heart and mind. This book was more of a lighter read, which is not to say that it didn’t touch on some harder topics. The bride, left at the altar, the feelings of betrayal just from that, to say nothing about her family losing everything because of it. Jared has his own demons to fight, which he faces by pretending to be hard and cold.
The one thing I struggled with about this story, was the fact that no one seemed to really push the issue of them being a man and woman alone together in that time period. It was mentioned, but glossed over. I don’t know that this was completely accurate for that time period, but she was or felt as though her reputation was so bad already, it couldn’t get any worse, maybe?
As the two of them battled out their own demons, the search for the Western serial killer continues, along with the hunt for the missing money/fiancé. The detailed account of the bounty hunters, even though they were not called that then, were fascinating.
Robin ties the story together very well, with a satisfying ending for a good, predictable storyline, but with some twists and turns along the way. This is one that you might enjoy taking along on a vacation, it will keep your interest, but not require a ton of attention!
This book was given to me for review by BookLook Bloggers. The opinions contained herein are my own.