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According To Hoyle

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By the close of 1882, the inhabitants of the American West had earned their reputation as untamed and dangerous. The line between heroes and villains is narrow and indistinct. The concept that a man may only kill if backed into a corner is antiquated. Lives are worth less than horses. Treasures are worth killing for. And the law is written in the blood of those who came be...more
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Published January 21st 2011 by Dreamspinner Press
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Damon Suede
SMashing historical adventure from Abigail Roux... Phenomenal characterizations and slam-bang action. Thoughtful and deftly engineered, the book features two nineteenth century couples finding their way towards a wry HEA that is as perfect as it is funny. The richness and complexity of the plotting works as a kind of extended magic trick, seducing the reader into a balls-out showdown that kept me reading far into the wee hours. I can't think of any real criticisms! A few minor anachronisms to qu...more
I really loved this book. The interaction between the marshals and the prisoners is priceless. While it did not have an overabundance of smexing, I really enjoyed the slow build up and realization of attraction between the various characters. I would love to read another book with these four in it (sequel, Abigail??). Also, what the hell was in the box?!?!
Book Utopia
3.5 stars, but I'm rounding down because I wouldn't read this one again or pursue sequels.

If there’s one word to describe this novel, it’s complex. It starts with the basic plot, the tale of two US marshals responsible for transporting three criminals for their judgments. Flynn and Wash are a little bit older, a little more world-weary, each fascinating in his own right. Their prisoners are a trio of diversity – the mute Cage, the thug Hudson, and the dandy gunslinger Dusty Rose. Men are out to...more
Val Kovalin
An outstanding historical that should especially delight those fans who love reading about the American Old West after the Civil War. It features a huge, complicated plot that is epic in scope, but which unfolds with tremendous skill and readability from the alternating third-person viewpoints of two of the four main characters. There are also strategic glimpses into the mind of an important supporting character, and the transitions are handled smoothly, scene by scene.

The novel hints at a stor...more
A nice break from stories full of sometimes excessive sex or scenes that try to be shocking. Not that there's anything wrong with that, but sometimes you want something different. Just an entertaining, well written story with fun banter, tension, some action and wonderful characters all around, I even liked the dog.
Emanuela ~plastic duck~
This was different and great. I grew up watching Western movies because my father is a fanatic and even if my favorite movies in the genre are Sergio Leone's movies, which were different than those of American directors, the imagery of the Wild West has a very definite taste that this book was able to convey. I must confess that there are a few moments when I had a feeling there was less historical accuracy, or simply it sounded just a tad too modern, but I'm not an expert, and anyway I was impr...more
Apr 04, 2014 Trish rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: m-m
this was an ok story for me. i loved dusty rose. i actually enjoyed all 4 of the MC's. Flynn was a smart ass but was loyal and true!

just not sure the story was that exciting for me.
Edina Rose
Well, one thing is sure: this book is very well written.

Until the heroes were in the boat, I wanted to give the book 5 stars. The first part of the book was peeeerrfect: excellent timing for all the actions, great introduction of characters, great description of characters. They are all very interesting men, very different from each other, and the interaction between them is amazing.

But in the second part of the book, I felt like the "harmony" was gone. It was a bit boring (when it should have...more
Jo * Smut-Dickted *
I really enjoyed this even though I'm not a huge Western fan. I did have a hard time the first 25% keeping people and plot straight and some of the plot points don't really go anywhere which surprised me. I'm used to a much tighter book from this author. I'll temper that by saying perhaps there is a sequel which I would eagerly read.

I enjoyed the way Flynn and Wash interacted - and I appreciated Flynn not breaking character. He maintained his own internal consistency (which we get a look in on)....more
While I find that frequently romance books give up on plot to just go for sex, sex and more sex, I have to confess that I have the reverse complaint for this one. I liked the plot and characterizations, but there was too little romance and sex in this one. It was a pretty good book, but if you are looking for romance, it falls short. And if you are looking for hot sex, it falls way short.
Aug 04, 2011 Snowtulip rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Snowtulip by: Kathleen Hayes
Shelves: m-m, favorites
This was such a well written book with great pace, character development and plot. I enjoyed the adventures and revelations throughout the book and was very sad to see it end. I'm absolutely ready for the next adventure. The relationships that were forged between these four men were great to see grow in either friendship or love. Such a great read!
Westerns aren't normally my thing, but this one - everything from the unusual setting on a Mississippi steamer to the characters is just perfect, the tension and the characters building alongside each other. a great entertaining read that would make a fine movie, too
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Tami (synchro from BL)
Simply loved it. Great story, great MCs, great writing. This book directly wandered into the favourites folder on my ereader.
Hope we see the Dusty, Cage & the Marshal's again.
It took me a while to getting around to reading this novel. Mainly because I’m not really bit on the Western-Historical genre. According to Hoyle wasn’t bad, though.

I don’t know what I’d call this. I think it’s just a regular western with the all-male leads just happening to end up together. When I started reading and it turned out to be multiple MCs, I thought it was going to be as sexually graphic as The Archer, but it was really just a few chaste kisses throughout and one sex scene at the end...more
Crys Harris
I rounded this up but I wish I'd liked it more. I've been thinking on this for a few days and the book is hard to review.

1. I like the four main characters. They're interesting and complex. Wash and Cage are probably the most developed and Flynn the weakest.
2. The bones of the plot are interesting. I like historical fiction. I love a good road book/movie. There's a villain, a treasure, action.
3. Who doesn't love US Marshalls, gun fighters and dapper outlaws?

All that said, something doesn't work...more
According to Hoyle tells the story of U.S. Marshals William Henry "Wash" Washington and Eli Flynn, and their prisoners Gabriel Rose (also known as Dusty Rose) and Cage. Wash and Flynn are charged with escorting Cage and Rose to St. Louis and New Orleans, respectively, to be tried for their "crimes." Over the course of their travels, there are several bumps in the road and eventually the four men are forced to work together, forming a kind of friendship, and manage to learn from each other.

I love...more
Barb ~rede-2-read~
I really enjoyed this story. It was an action packed adventure from start to finish with some nice slow burn sexual tension between the two sets of MC's, Flynn with Wash and Gabe with Cade.

But it was mainly a complex action story set in the wild west of the late 19th century. I found the setup of the story for the first quarter of the book to be somewhat confusing - there was so much going on and so many characters to keep straight. The main problem with that being that no one was who they seem...more
This reminded me a bit of Megan Derr's The Bastard Prince, where most of the storyline are filled with good fast-paced plots and actions, and witty humor all throughout the journey. But of course, Abigail Roux's According to Hoyle here has it's own unique sense of humor and twisted plots that has made me another one of her newest core-heartened fans! It was an easy read too, which kept me turning the pages the entire night, curious to know what to happen in the next chapters. All in all, I would...more
I'm not typically a Western fan, but this story really kept me interested. I'd love to see a sequel to this one!I really want to know what's next for this double-duo. And what the heck was in that box!

This is one of the few M/M fictions that I've read with very little actual on-screen sex (only one scene, actually). Honestly, I didn't even notice until there actually was a sex scene towards the end. And that's high praise. The story caught my interest so much that I got drawn in. I felt there we...more
Not much to add that hasn't already been commented on, but when I first started reading, I was all for giving this story a 5. But the more I read, the stars kept falling off. Not sure what it was exactly, but the thing that bugged me the most at the end was the detailed sex scene between the prisoners, and nothing but some heavy breathing post encounter for the two main characters of the story!

The other thing that threw me was all of a sudden getting the POV from Cage. It seems the author fell...more
What a delightful read. I loved According to Hoyle. It has a wonderfully authentic old west feel to it. It's not your contemporary angst ridden faux-gay-cowboy story, which every M/M author takes a stab at, but rather it's a high octane shoot 'm up outlaw vs Marshall blowout that held my interest from the beginning to the end. I certainly hope that this isn't the last we see of these characters.

I think Ms. Roux hit a home run with According to Hoyle and I give it four stars.

I recently reviewed a book and said it was, to me, the best historical romance ever. Then I had to check myself and change that to best Regency historical, because According to Hoyle is definitely the best Western historical romance ever! Abigail Roux created amazing, wonderful, real characters and put them into an exciting, funny, heart stopping tale. You really do NOT want to miss this one!

FTR, it's even better the second time :)
I love Abigail Roux. This is a very fine book. It's jam packed with adventure and extremely likeable characters. I'm looking forward to the sequel.
According to Hoyle is an exciting, fast-paced Western story about two Marshals escorting prisoners to trial and getting pulled into a much bigger adventure along the way. To me this was heavier on the action/adventure than the romance, although there is some relationship-building in it and a lot of entertaining banter. The characters are all interesting and often mysterious - even the dog! There is only one steamy scene in it, which to me was a shame since I think Abigail Roux is great at writin...more
Margo (
This book is not as engaging as Abigail Roux's other work. The characters aren't as much fun and the romance is stilted. The old west setting has lots of detail and is well done. However, it's not enough to make the book worth it.

Save your time/money and spend them on the Cut & Run series or The Gravedigger's Brawl.
Aleksandr Voinov
Can't rate this, as I read it before publication, but I really enjoyed it.
Ugh. Kicking myself for just now getting to this. I don't know why I ever doubted that I would like this book, after all, I love westerns, I love Abigail Roux, and I love M/M, so I really don't have any valid reason why it took me so long into finally reading it especially since i've had it sitting in my Kindle for a year . . . In any case, I really ended up liking this book, and the characters reminded me sooo much of Ty and Zane and, given the situation, Julian and Cameron; it was like these s...more
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Abigail Roux was born and raised in North Carolina. A past volleyball star who specializes in sarcasm and painful historical accuracy, she currently spends her time coaching high school volleyball and investigating the mysteries of single motherhood. Any spare time is spent living and dying with every Atlanta Braves and Carolina Panthers game of the year. Abigail has a daughter, Little Roux, who i...more
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