Reviewed by Mandi
I accepted this review request because this is a debut author and the premise of an “heiress-turned-outlaw” really appealed to me. While I liked the heroine and I think this author has a good writing style, this book suffers from lack of pages. It’s way too short for the reader to become invested in what could have been a really fun story.
Charity is an heiress from Boston, whose family’s fortune was stolen by the uncle in the Davenport banking family. Heading west with some friends to exact revenge, Charity finds herself holding up a Davenport bank to steal back some of the money this family took from her. As the robbery is in progress, to her surprise she sees Brent Davenport in the bank. Brent and Charity started something along the romance line back in Boston, before the drama erupted between the two families. Now Brent is the enemy, and in a rash decision, she takes Brent as a hostage and rides out of town with him and the money. Brent soon discovers who is under that scarf and waits patiently to make his move.
As I mentioned at the beginning, I like this entire set-up. I don’t get to read a lot of books set in the late 1800’s out west where heroine is a bank robber. She is pretty kick-ass too. But this book is so short. Once Charity has Brent kidnapped, their previous lust starts to resurface. Brent is a growly sort of fellow, but unfortunatley we don’t get to know him all that much. In the blink of an eye, Charity and Brent are having hot sex and the book is wrapping up. While there is an explanation as to why Brent was way out west and why his uncle stole the money from her family, I wish that part had been acutally played out in the book, not just recapped. And while I found Charity and Brent to have good chemistry, I’m not sure I totally belived in the rushed HEA ending.
This book definitely had potential. I’d like to try another one from this author – with another 100 pages. (and per her website, she may have a full length book coming out with a “Viking raider with a dark past who steals a Saxon maiden.” I like the sound of this).