7.04.2022

finished reading

I didn't realize this is part of a stand-alone series--and I can't wait to read more.  The wild west is the setting and the characters fit the mold of an old western.  That's what makes the book fun!  The witty banter and the stubborn, independent streak in Nora and Adam lead to a satisfying romance.  The setting is vividly described--creating a mental map of the key places.  And the community's loyalty and camaraderie left me wanting more of these characters and their backstories.  A very fun summer read!

From the publisher:
At the ripe old age of twenty-eight, desperate-to-retire gunslinger Adam Brady has exactly two rules. And one of them is never, ever get married. So he’ll be danged when his dreams of permanently avoiding the bounty hunter on his tail in Desolation, the only town where notorious men like him can find respite, comes with one helluva string attached. The town has a new rule: gunslingers welcome—if they get a job…or marry.

Without realizing it, Adam stumbles into a big town wedding and accidentally marries Nora Schumacher, a sassy-mouthed mountain of a woman with legs as long as his wanted poster. So what’s a gunslinger to do but get himself unhitched and find a job. Any job. Except Adam keeps getting fired, one odd circumstance after another. And he’s running out of options.

Desolation was supposed to be his safe haven. Except, he’s not only running from his past but from the irresistible woman he married. And worse, he’s finding that he rather likes the enticing, if damnably independent, wife of his. But some men just aren’t the marrying kind. Only, if he leaves, his own life won’t be worth living. If he stays, he puts the lives of his newfound family and the woman he loves on the line. So much for Desolation being the answer to all his problems. 

Thank you NetGalley and Entangled: Amara for allowing me to rate and review this e-ARC title.

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