Every now and then this reader likes to find a good western to sit down and read. Especially since I grew up reading lots of Stephen Bly books. Robin Lee Hatcher's latest release looked fun and I was excited to have the chance to review it.
The heroine of the story is Silver Matlock, whose fiance left her waiting at the altar on their wedding day while he emptied the safe at her father's store and then high-tailed it out of town. Silver is a very determined young woman, and has always been a little too spunky for what was appropriate at the time. The fact that she now feels foolish and taken advantage of only gives her more motivation to track the man down and recover what was stolen from her family.
Bounty hunter Jared Newman allows himself to be talked into taking Silver's case because he has nothing to do while waiting for payment from his last job to arrive. He doesn't expect that they'll be able to find her fiance with the few small clues and limited budget she has to offer him. But when it becomes apparent that Silver's former fiance is traveling with a man Jared has been hunting for years, Jared's goals and motivations go into another gear.
Jared's past was an interesting part of the story. He became a bounty hunter specifically to find the man who murdered his family. Along the way he's tracked down a lot of other people, but this man has always been the focus. Until he met Silver he didn't even know the man's name. Now with a better chance than ever, Jared plans to go after Carlton even if it means leaving Silver and her search for her fiance behind.
While I enjoyed this story overall, I found it lacking in several areas. New characters introduced in the second half of the book were very underdeveloped, even if they ended up being integral to the finish. The resolution was also extremely predictable. Not just what would happen, but exactly how it would come about. A little predictability is fine, but a reader likes a nice twist or surprise now and again. If you enjoy western novels, though, this could make for a good summer read for you.
I received an advanced reading copy of this book from LitFuse Publicity in exchange for this honest review. All opinions are my own.
Robin Lee Hatcher's latest novel, The Heart's Pursuit, is receiving critical praise: "The Old West lives again in this inspirational romantic adventure. . . . Themes of forgiveness, justice and mercy dominate the story and add to the characters' depth. Hatcher treats readers to a rich sensory experience—you can taste the desert dust and smell the smoke and stench of a crowded gambling hall." (Publishers Weekly)
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