|Isabella knew a good con when she saw one, and had conned others most of her life. But when her only friend's death sent her west to 1896 Colorado pretending to be poor Sara to survive herself, it was no longer just a con but life or death. When she met the man Sara had promised to wed, in a long series of letters Isabella had helped write, she knew Samuel Bisson wasn't a man she could con. The former Texas Ranger, now rancher, was a man who would see a lie at twenty paces. Samuel was tired of lonely winters when his partner went south to get away from the snow. He wanted a wife and companion... he just didn't know if he could let any woman into his life.
To say I enjoyed this book would be on the mild side. I started it in the evening thinking to read just a chapter, then read all the way to the end, long into the night. I couldn't put it down. The characters are strong, sassy, and entertaining. Even Samuel's partner, a half Indian/former Ranger named Jake, and Jake's brother Moose Jaw, add both comedy and insight as the story progresses. Isabella is a strong, reliant woman who stands up to the taciturn Samuel as well as standing by him. Samuel wants a companion and bedmate, not a woman to love. He's been there and gotten badly scarred, but Isabella isn't a woman he can ignore. Watching these two dance around their attraction to each other is really fun.
Lyncee Shillard is an excellent writer. The characterization and descriptions are great, the plot flawless, and the motivations strong. Colorado of 1896 is not a totally civilized place or time and the story reflects the situations as well as the people who lived them. I can strongly recommend this book and I definitely plan to read more of this author's work.
Reviewer: Kathy F.
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