|Ruth Jameson had lost her family and everything important to her. Her last living relative sold her into a proxy marriage to a rancher in the Colorado Territory. Her life is already falling apart when the train is held up. Her only hope for a new life is stealing the horse of a man she had to kill in the commotion and following the lawmen on the tracks of the robbers. Marshal Beauregard Jackson knew his duty and he couldn't go after armed outlaws with an innocent woman in tow. His best option was taking her to his ranch until the men were caught. Now, if he could only convince her to stay.
Ruth is a very courageous character, heading out on her own in an untamed land. I would be more proud of her if she hadn't continued to lie to Jackson and her other new friends long after it was necessary. She allows Jackson to "court" her when she isn't free. Jackson, on the other hand, thinks she's engaged and still tries, repeatedly, to seduce her into marrying him. Those are personality flaws I just couldn't get around. The consequences of her lies and a husband looking for her increase the tension but their conclusions are not as satisfying as I'd expected.
The action scenes worked for the most part. The seduction scenes were well-written even though they didn't really fit the situation or time period as far as modesty and a woman's reputation are concerned. I liked the story in general. I would have liked it more if some of the dangerous situations had been made stronger parts of the story.
Reviewer: Kathy F.
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