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Redeemed by a Rebel (Destiny in Deadwood #1)

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Jake Anderson killed a man defending his fiancée from a brutal attack, but lost her and his freedom in the process. Now he's on the run, hunted by one of her murderers and tormented by the need for vengeance.

Becky Finnegan will do anything to escape her drunken father's fists, including slave away at their mine. Her only hope is to strike gold and make a new life for hers
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Kindle Edition, First Edition, 149 pages
Published January 24th 2014 by Cynthia Woolf (first published January 23rd 2014)
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Mary
Jul 11, 2016 Mary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wicked
I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.

The Spring of 1876 was a turning point for the Anderson family. Forced to leave St. Louis in the middle of the night to save his brothers, Liam Anderson, the oldest of the Anderson brothers, led his family to the ramshackle town of Deadwood -- about as far away from St. Louis as he could take them.

Jake, his youngest brother, was wanted for murder of the man who had raped and killed his his fiancee'. His other brother, Zach,
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Theresa
Feb 11, 2014 Theresa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jake Anderson is on the run from the law after being falsely accused of murder. His brother Zach is also on the run because he helped Jake to escape. They joins their eldest brother Liam on the journey to Deadwood in the Dakota territory. Becky Finnegan’s life is very difficult, every day she has to go and bring her drunken father Billy back from The Gem where he has once again gambled and drank away all of the gold. She has to lie to Billy in order to save a little of the gold that she mines ...more
Maria
Feb 03, 2014 Maria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jake and Becky come together under some very difficult circumstances and great pain, but thankfully love and perseverance conqueres it all. This book had me hooked from the beginning and I could not put it down. An excellent and highly recommended read.
Liberty Ann Ireland
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A couple of years back, I acted as travel agent for my Mom, planning, organizing and preparing a trip for her and a friend to visit South Dakota. They traveled all through southern South Dakota, taking in Mt. Rushmore, The Badlands, Sturgis and Deadwood. Imagine my surprise and delight when I realized that JAKE is primarily located just outside of Deadwood, South Dakota, a place I feel I have taken a virtual tour of. Combine that with my love of history and the old west in particular and
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Annie
Ok, I’ve got to admit this is my first book from Woolf but the cover I just couldn’t pass up. I’m a sucker for a six pack, smooth skin and the promises to come a cover can give me.

I was not disappointed with Cynthia Woolf writing style. I love Historical Romance especially the Western era. It tells of a time when women were strong, could shoot a gun and ride a horse like any man. But it also tells of how women back in the day had to work right beside their man, they had to fight for their right
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Julie
Aug 22, 2014 Julie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Redeemed by a Rebel by Cynthia Woolf is a 2014 Cynthia Woolf publication. I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This western historical romance felt like the old west dramas I watched on Saturday afternoons, only of course this story was not watered down. The author addressed the rough life women were subjected to in this time period as they were at the mercy of men, be it their fathers or husbands. For Becky it was her father, a man who climbed inside a bottle and
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Dali Castillo
Dec 10, 2014 Dali Castillo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love Those Westerns!

For the longest time I had stayed away from Westerns and Western romances. Why? I really don't know. Especially considering how I grew up watching Westerns and always loved them. I sure am glad that I have rediscovered this genre, and Cynthia Woolf's Redeemed by a Rebel definitely helped me solidify that fact.

I loved the characters in this book, especially Becky and Jake. Becky is not a girlie girl by any stretch. She is strong, independent, and a little rough around the edge
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Tina
Sep 07, 2015 Tina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lacy Stewart
Interesting premise. Takes place during the early wild west gold rush period. Three brothers on the run for murder. One brother, Jake Anderson, comes across this fiance right before she expires from being raped brutally shot by her former boyfriend and another man. He shoots and kills the former boyfriend, but the other man got away. Unfortunately the other man is his brother's commanding officer. Jake is now a wanted man for murdering the ex-boyfriend and thought to be responsible for his ...more
Rhomy
Feb 27, 2014 Rhomy rated it really liked it
I'm guilty. I fell for the sexy cover hehe. But also I decided to give this book a try because eventhough I'm not a fan of historical romance, I've read another book by Cynthia Woolf and really enjoyed it.

Redeemed by a Rebel didn't dissapoint. It is a really fast paced book and easy to get into. Very entertaining with a great setting. I loved the way the author described Deadwood, a town with no law and where people is only interested in gold and bars.

Jake and Becky, the two main characters hav
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Tonileg
Historical Western romance set in a tough no law mining town with only seriously damaged characters because who else is looking to hide in the middle of nowhere mining town?!
So we start out getting to know the Anderson family at its lowest point because they are being wrongly accused as murderer/rapist when they were only trying to protect their family and fiance. So We get the damaged farmer Jake Anderson who falls in love with the also damaged Becky Finnegan who is a tough survivor. Jake is no
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Dee/ bookworm
Feb 25, 2016 Dee/ bookworm rated it it was ok
Shelves: gave-up-on_dnf
This was listed as a historical romance and from the description sounded interesting… But it was actually a cross between an old language and modern slang. And whores and gambling was mentioned in an overloaded capacity. While I wanted to connect to the characters, you had almost nothing to go on. I gave up after about 100 pages.
Pat Christie
Feb 29, 2016 Pat Christie rated it it was amazing
Ebook

another free kindle book that is a really good story. So many stories that I would have never chosen to read but so enjoy. Fibromyalgia made it so hard for me to read, I am glad I can enjoy these easy short books.
Kimberley
Feb 12, 2014 Kimberley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book had me gripped from the start. Jake and Becky get together in difficult circumstances and start to have feelings for each other, but is this enough? Could not put it down. I would highly recommend.
Matschmomma
Dec 19, 2015 Matschmomma rated it did not like it
Shelves: ibooks
Got this as a free download. Meh. Not a very good story. Predictable, depressing and had really odd details that didn't need to be in for the story. I really felt I was reading a rough draft.
Toni Pulley
Dec 02, 2016 Toni Pulley rated it really liked it
Good

I really liked this author. First time I read anything from her. I liked Jake's story. Becky was good also.
Barbara "Cookie" Serfaty Williams
Jake (Destiny in Deadwood Book 1)

The love story of Jake and Becky. Jake is on the run from a murder he did not commit. His fiancé was rape and kill by her ex fiancé and his commander. Now he is on his way to Deadwood with his brothers. Becky is a young girl who is abuse by her father. Jake meet Becky and he tell her father to stop. Can he save her or will her father keep abuse her. You love it.
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“I think we saved each other, I love you Becky Anderson, my rebel, my redeemer, my wife.” ~ Jake



It’s been a while since I've read a Western romance. I think I stayed away from them for so long because the ones I had read always, without variation, included the rebel but vulnerable virgin and the renegade but sexy outlaw, or the man on a mission, being it a bounty hunter, or the willing-to-break-the-law-if-needed man in uniform, but it was always the same.
I was gladly surprised this lovely stor
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R J Mckay
Apr 23, 2014 R J Mckay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this book from Goodreads in exchange for a review.

Two of the three Anderson brothers are running for their lives. The year is 1876 and young Jake Anderson has gone to visit his fiancée. What he finds are two military men standing over the body of Elizabeth, who has been raped and shot. Jake is able to take one of the villains down, but the other escapes. Jake reports the events to the town sheriff, who is satisfied with his account and feels Jake is innocent, but both Elizabeth’s fath
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Julie Hillman
Sep 18, 2016 Julie Hillman rated it really liked it
Wild west and wild women.

I enjoyed reading this whilst the story was about gun fights and cowboys. The story derailed near the end to wild women rather than a mixture of both. The story flatlined rather than continuing with how Liam absolved the murder charge and AWOL. What happened to the two cowboys that came to their camp with gold lust on their mind? Still a thoroughly entertaining read hence the four stars
Lindsey Gray
Feb 25, 2014 Lindsey Gray rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gold. Flakes, chunks, or nuggets. It didn't matter what form it took, just as long as it could be traded for food, drink, or women in Deadwood. Becky Finnegan was lucky if the gold she had panned would pay for some food in her belly and not for the drink in her father's stomach. At twenty-three, Becky was one of very few women in Deadwood who hadn't made a career on her back. She mined her father's claim while he reaped the rewards and beat her for kicks.

Jake Anderson, his brother's, Zach and Li
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Jackie
Jun 04, 2014 Jackie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jake and his brother Zack find themselves on their brother’s doorstep running from the law. In that moment, Liam Anderson realizes he will be bringing two more people with him to his gold mine in Deadwood. Meanwhile, in Deadwood Becky Finnegan works her fingers in her father’s claim only to fuel his alcoholic nature. Little by little she saves until the day she will one day be free. This all changes when she meets the handsome Anderson brothers. But, only one in particular calls to her. Jake ...more
Bob Clarkson
This book popped up while I was searching for historical fiction westerns.

Yes, it's historical fiction, and yes, it is western (set in Deadwood, South Dakota, but it's a Romance novel.

Some of the information in the book was accurate, but the biggest error was the claimed distance between Deadwood and Jefferson City, MO of a 1,000 miles. Following modern roads, the distance is about 900 miles. As the crow flies, Jeff City and Deadwood are almost exactly 650 miles apart. The most likely route in t
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Laurie
Mar 06, 2014 Laurie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cynthia Woolf and Black Lion Book Tours gave me a copy of this book in exchange of an honest review. Thank you!


This is the first book I read by this author. I love a good historical romance and Cynthia Woolf definitely knows what she's doing.
When a book involves a fiery and determined heroine with a rough life, and then you add a ruggedly hansom man who is willing to protect her (even when she doesn't want to)... well, things get very interesting.

Becky Finnegan is the kind of character you just
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Cathy
Sep 08, 2015 Cathy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 STARS

I received this book, courtesy of the author, for an honest review.

Jake tells the story of Jake and Becky. They meet in Deadwood during the Gold Rush. Jake, one of three brothers, is running from the law. I liked the sense of family and loyalty these three brothers exhibited. Jake is a good man and a loving man. He wants to protect Becky, especially from her brutal father. Becky is working hard towards making a better life for herself. She endures living with her father but dreams of a
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Tracy Ehlers
I received this book in exchange for an honest review..

Jake Anderson on the run from the law, along with his brother an AWOL officer, AWOL due to the fact he helped his brother escape. Together with their older brother Liam and his two children they head for Deadwood, having bought a claim in the booming gold rush town, the family set out to escape the authorities and plans for their families future.

Becky an unappreciated daughter, who's father is an abusive man using Becky to take care of him a
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Lesia Chambliss
Jul 18, 2015 Lesia Chambliss rated it really liked it
Wonderful book, I enjoyed from start to finish. Jake is the kind of man I always picture as the perfect western hero. He won't stand by while another man abuses a woman, and Becky has had more than her share of abuse. But don't let that fool you into thinking you know what kind of woman Becky is. She happens to be a very strong, self-sufficient lady, who can take care her of herself if she needs to. Jake is ever the gentleman even when the lady in question is in breeches. This is a fun book to ...more
Janet Mace
The entire book felt rushed and not well thought out. My interpretation of this book is that the author saw the show "Deadwood" and decided that she wanted to write a book that takes place there. She introduces a ton of traumatic experiences and then quickly solves them in a matter of sentences. Not very deep and not very thought out. The problem with that is that I genuinely liked the characters. If she had taken the time to go deeper in one or two of their experiences rather than give them all ...more
Sue
Sep 01, 2015 Sue rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book One of the Destiny in Deadwood Series

This book starts the series about three Southern brothers who are forced to start a new life across the country when Jake, the main hero of this book, is accused of rape and murder.

Now panning for gold, the brothers meet their claim neighbors, and Jake takes an interest in protecting the young woman who works hers and her fathers claim, from her abusive and drunken father.

Lots of twists and turns in this story - but a good book for one of this kind.
Amber Daniels
Jan 26, 2016 Amber Daniels rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It has been a long time since I read a book I considered a western. And this book is really good. I will read the rest of this series as soon as I catch up on some other stuff. Very talented writer and it really shows through with her characters. Jake is a very likable man that trying to do what he thinks is right and save himself and his family during rough times and out in the middle of the gold rush. Also this is the first romance I have read in a while that doesn't just have sex every page. ...more
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Cynthia Woolf was born in Denver, Colorado and raised in the mountains west of Golden. She spent her early years running wild around the mountain side with her friends.

Their closest neighbor was one quarter of a mile away, so her little brother was her playmate and her best friend. That fierce friendship lasted until his death in 2006.

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