Historical Western Romance
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Stacey Coverstone, Western Romance
At nineteen, Josie Hart has lived a hard life on her New Mexican farm. A cryptic letter gives her a chance to change all that and guides her on a perilous journey toward freedom. But, there are others who want what she's after, and will stop at nothing to get it.
Grey Paladin seeks justice after having had his fortune stolen out from under him. He'll do whatever it takes to retrieve what's rightfully his and reunite with the only family he has left. That is, until a feisty girl stands in his way.
When Josie and Grey form an uncertain partnership, they must battle outlaws, nature, and each other while riding two hundred miles of dangerous trail to reach their destination. What they discover at the end is something that's been sorely lacking in both their lives--leading them each to rethink what the future holds.
She tossed a few more sticks on the fire and placed the rolled-up shirt behind her head.
“There’s one more thing,” Josie reminded the mule. “We don’t know who stretched that rope across the path back there. Whoever it was, I owe them one. It was a mighty fine trap, whether it was meant to be or not.”
She let her weary eyes skim over the parchment once more. The trail will be long, her pa had said. Will I have the courage and strength to follow it? Will I be able to fulfill his last wish and make my own dreams come true?
For the first time in her life, she felt hopeful about the future as she clutched the map tightly in her fist.
Though excited, she was dog-tired, both mentally and physically. Her eyes started to drift shut.
She had barely nodded off when the sound of snapping branches roused her. Her head jerked and her eyes flew open.
Josie’s spine went rigid when a low voice addressed her. “I’ll take that map now.”
Josie fished around in her pants pocket for the Derringer. Her hand touched the cold metal, and she squeezed her finger around the trigger of the gun and stumbled to her feet.
“Stay right where you are, and take your hand out of your pocket,” the voice ordered. “You won’t get hurt if you do as you’re told. Do it!”
She squinted at the tall figure standing in the shadows at the mouth of the cave and heard the click of a revolver. Ragged breaths escaped her throat. “Are you going to kill me?” she asked in a throaty whisper, as she showed him one empty hand.
“That depends on how much trouble you decide to cause. Just hand over that map and I’ll be on my way.”
Inhaling deeply, her eyes roamed over the parchment still clutched in her fist. The trail will be long. Don’t give up. Her pa’s words rang in her ears. Nothing was going to stop her from going after whatever lay at the end of that trail. Her pa had died so she could have a better life. No one was going to take that from her.
“If you want it, you’ll have to pry it from my cold dead fingers.”
The Romance Studio
5 Hearts! Ms. Stacey Coverstone has, once again, given her readers more than we could possibly expect. This book was fast-paced, action-packed, and another hit for Coverstone. Readers, me included, have come to expect a certain level of expertise from Ms. Coverstone. This book, if possible, was better than her previous works. The sensuality was woven throughout the storyline. The chemistry between the two main characters was sizzling. Once again, Coverstone has earned her place as a top notch author. She is a must-read for me. I highly recommend that you read this book. It's definitely bound for greatness. Each book I read just gets better than her previous ones.
- Brenda at TRS
Night Owl Romance
Reviewer's Top Pick! I thoroughly enjoyed this story. Ms. Coverstone penned an emotionally filled story that allows her readers to feel their heart beating rapidly in their chest. This is one you should definitely pick up. I assure you won't be disappointed. It will grip you and hold onto you until the very end!
- Diana at NOR
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