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Blood Oath

(Laura Elliston/Sawbones #2)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  312 ratings  ·  60 reviews
Outlander meets post-Civil War unrest in this action-packed follow up to Sawbones.
Laura Elliston and William Kindle are on the run -- from the Army and from every miscreant in the West eager to claim the $500 bounty for Laura's capture as their own. But the danger isn't just from those pursuing them. Laura and Kindle have demons of their own and a past that won't stay dead
Kindle Edition, 368 pages
Published May 23rd 2017 by Redhook
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Mogsy (MMOGC)
4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

Last year I fell head over heels in love with Melissa Lenhardt’s Sawbones, a post-Civil War western filled with equal parts gritty adventure and passionate romance. Needless to say, I was barely able to contain my excitement when I found out there would be not one but two follow-ups to the novel, rounding out a trilogy chronicling the extraordinary journey of a woman doctor on the run from the law.

While Blood Oath picks up
Kris - My Novelesque Life
2017; Orbit Books/Redhook

Blood Oath continues Laura's journey in the west. She and William are on the run trying to keep one step ahead of the law and other outlaws. This sequel continues the story and also sets up stories for the concluding book. I liked the realistic, very flawed, characters. Like every western there is the flawed "hero" with good intentions and the villain with the stomach for sadism. This novel is even more grittier than the first novel, and more action pac
Empress Reece (Hooked on Books)
Not as good as the first book I thought but still a hell of a story!
Anna's Herding Cats

Reviewed for herding cats & burning soup. (live on the blog 2/5/18)

I'd heard good things about this series and was excited to dive into the gritty wild west adventure but in the end wasn't totally enamored by Blood Oath.

The Gist: Laura and Kindle are on the run. She's been accused of murder and he's abandoned his military post to help her escape and flee though the dangers of the frontier--battling harsh climates, nature, bounty hunters, outlaws and Indian attacks--
Karen Kay
3.75 stars
Sydney Young
"More Please! And Ahem . . ."

I loved Sawbones. And Blood Oath is no different, I still love Laura and Kindle's fun banter, and I'm still in complete AWE of the incredible narration, and the writing, where this world is absolutely believable and on point. So why is this only 4 for me? A couple of reasons. First, I Do honestly equate the books with Outlander, the characters and their stories are that strong(not the time travel part). As I said in the Sawbones review, the books aren't as long. So t
May 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Book two in a trilogy, and no it does not stand alone well. It's literally a continuation of the first book, so you really need to start there.

If you loved Sawbones, you'll need to read this one. Fall out from everything that happened in book one, plus it sets the stage for the final book in the trilogy. Once again the violence level is high here - but it's in a similar vein as Sawbones, so if you got through that book, this one shouldn't be a problem.

I liked this, but it's very much a "bridge"
Jul 07, 2019 rated it liked it

A good followup to the first in the series. I did have some issue with (view spoiler) but the adventure was there. It ends on a cliffhanger and I'm looking forward to reading the 3rd (and final) book next month. Lots of adventure and I still appreciate all the rawness and grit, no sugar coating and that's what makes this a strong story. There is definitely a strong underlying feminist stance here which isn't bad but sometimes I feel like it might di
nikkia neil
May 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Thanks Orbit Books and netgalley for this ARC.

The pain that Laura goes thru will sting your heart. This series feels so real, honest, and tough like jerky. I love it!
Kristine Hall
This series makes me want to start a book club or fan club or SOMETHING where I can just sit around and talk about the stories -- and I haven't even read book three (yet!). I am thoroughly hooked.

Melissa Lenhardt is a master at manipulating her readers. We're high! We're low! We're yes, and we're oh-hell-no! (Thank you, Train/Save Me San Francisco, for that inspiration.) As with book one of the series, Sawbones, Blood Oath is brutal in its depiction of the mentality of life on the frontier. Len
Jun 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received this novel as an advanced copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Sawbones, the first book in this series, was one of my first forays into the Western genre. And I really liked it. The story was good, the theme was good, nothing felt overdone... it was just a great experience overall. It was with high hopes that I began to read this sequel... so here is my review:

After escaping danger, Laura Elliston and William Kindle are on the run -- from the Army and from every bounty
Sep 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Melissa Lenhardt's Blood Oath (Redhook May 2017), second in the Sawbones series, is a story of the post-Civil War West when both Indians and the white conquerors were fair game. The only law was a man's gun and his wits with a little help from Pinkerton. At this point in the series, Laura is running from the law after escaping from an Indian tribe who has gang-raped her and being accused of murdering one of the white men involved. To help her escape, John Kindle must desert his post in the Army ...more
Jun 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
In this second book in the Sawbones Series, Kindle and Laura are heading to Fort Worth disguised as brothers trying to stay one step ahead of the bounty hunters and Pinkerton detective looking for them. Laura's voice is still hoarse after her encounter with Cotter Black and she is recovering from her physical ailments after her brutal attack at the hands of her kidnappers. Kindle has grown a beard and sports an eye patch attempting to hide his scars and evade the military consequences of his des ...more
I really had hoped that William and Laura would have their HEA after they went through in the last book. Instead these 2 went through more drama around every turn. Just when you thought they were going to make it friends turned against them and more bad things happened, again and again. With how this one ended I'm not sure that there will be a HEA, but I'll be checking out the next book and hope it does.
*Source* Publisher via NetGalley
*Genre* Historical Fiction, Romance
*Rating* 3.5-4

*My Thoughts*

Blood Oath is the second installment in author Melissa Lenhardt's Laura Elliston series. As you may have learned from reading my review for Sawbones, Lenhardt doesn't go easy on her characters. She doesn't give them easy ways out. She knows that the late 19th century was filled with unhappy Confederate soldiers, uncouth and unsavory bounty hunters looking to make their fortunes, and renegade Indians tha
Jun 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Rollicking is a gross understatement. There is no point at which this book can be put down since the reader is in a constant state of breathlessness. Can't wait for the next installment.
Ruthie Jones
Jun 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
After the cliffhanger at the end of Sawbones, Blood Oath starts off nice and slow, easing you back into the story. But don’t be fooled. William Kindle and Laura are on the run, chased by the Army, bounty hunters, and a whole mess of bad memories.

Once again, Melissa Lenhardt doesn’t hold back when detailing death and destruction. Several scenes will raise your ire, curdle your blood, and make you run screaming from the room. Yes, Blood Oath is that awesome! And I for one can’t wait to read the ne
Sydney Young
I loved Sawbones. And Blood Oath is no different, I still love Laura and Kindle's fun banter, and I'm still loving the writing, where this world is absolutely believable and on point. So why is this only 4 for me? A couple of reasons. First, I Do honestly equate the books with Outlander, the characters and their stories are that strong(not the time travel part). As I said in the Sawbones review, the books aren't as long. So this book felt incomplete to me. I don't know where we are going. There ...more
Nina DuBois
Oct 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: western

I was completely stunned with this second installment of the Sawbones trilogy. This book is definitely a lot more violent and grittier than the first book. My poor heart couldn't take all the obstacles Laura and Kindle continued to face while on the run.

In this book Laura is still traumatized after the incidents that occurred in Sawbones. She has a hard time being intimate and physical with Kindle and worries that he doesn't want her anymore. She also is afraid her profession is lost to he
Eva Scalzo
the second book in the sawbones saga finds laura and kindle on the run. in blood oath they continue to attract problems and bad guys galore. friends and enemies turn on a dime as they continue their quest to safety. but safety in the wild west is a relative thing. and laura and kindle go by at least five different pseudonyms throughout the novel. they can barely keep their stories straight and incredibly keep running into people who would know the bounty out on their respective heads.

laura is st
Twyla Rae Andersen
This is one of those series that I just have to devour all at once. I finished Sawbones the other day, and just tonight finished Blood Oath. Now I'm moving on to the third in the series, Badlands.

I don't expect to get any sleep this week, because so far the first two books have been up all night reads.

I bought the series on a whim. Yes, I know. Buying one book on a whim is one thing. Buying all three at once? A risky venture. And in this case, one I'm glad I took.

Something about the synopsis of
Laurie • The Baking Bookworm
Disclaimer: My sincere thanks to Redhook Books for providing me with a complimentary digital copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

When I read Sawbones, the first book in this trilogy, I was smitten with the gritty writing of what life was like in the post-Civil War Wild West for a young, female doctor who was on the run from the law. In Blood Oath, Lenhardt continues the story quite literally where the first book left off. It had been a year and a half since I had read the first bo
Tangled in Text
Jun 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing

Melissa Lenhardt holds no bounds. This author is gruesome, real, and raw. She crosses the line so many times that it sure makes for an intriguing story. You truly will have no idea where the storyline will take you because she doesn’t care to keep the plot in any confines. I love the attitude and spunk she gives her characters and her writing style reads like a motion picture. I will give a warning to those who get queasy easily that at one point a woman mounts a ma
Jan 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Deborah Carter
Jun 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is the second book in the series. I have not read the first, Sawbones. I mention this as it is very important. These books need to be read in order. That being said, this was an incredible book. There is plenty of action and adventure. This is not, however, a sweet romance. This book should not be read by anyone under the age of 18 or by anyone that has been sexually assaulted. There is graphic violence, the hero loses his eye. The story line is complicated. The hero and heroine have a hist ...more
Nov 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Blood Oath, a wild and adventurous sequel to Sawbones, captures the rugged west of the post civil war era. By this time the army is fighting the Indian wars and chasing fugitives through the untamed countryside. One such fugitive is Catherine Bennett, aka Laura Elliston.

Readers were left with a cliffhanger at the ending of Sawbones and Blood Oath picks up the story and takes readers on a wild adventure through Indian territory with Laura and Captain Kindle.

I think I enjoyed this one even better
May 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
4 Stars!!!! I liked it!

Heart Pounding, blood pumping...this book is a hair-raising, intense ride through the Old West!

I decided to dive into the 2nd book of the SAWBONES trilogy and I really liked it! Not sure if I just enjoy westerns or if I really like Melissa Lenhardts version of a western. Either way, this continuing saga is wonderful!

Catherine Bennett (aka, Laura Elliston) and William Kindle are on the run. They are being called "The Murderess and the Major". They are running from the Army
Jenn Belden
Oct 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Finishing Sawbones, I settled in for a binge of the trilogy. Blood Oath picks up where Sawbones let off - but Melissa Lenhardt wasn't going to let up up on Catherine (now going by Laura) or Kindle. Laura is subjected to horror after horror, and comes back fighting. Kindle can't cut a break either.

Through the entire book I rooted for them, I covered my mouth in horror at what Laura endured, and Lenhardt dragged me through the ringer. The era and the setting of the book is a time of brutality, and
Kim McGee
May 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
A terrific western where the characters are people you would want to hang out with and better still - want to see win. William and Laura are on the run. Laura has been blamed for William's brother's death even though he was a monster and brutalized Laura and now they are on every wanted poster this side of the Mississippi. Dubbed the "Major and the Murderess", they have run ins with buffalo hunters, Indians, the cavalry , the Pinkerton detectives and other hornery characters. The banter is witty ...more
Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
The second book in this series and you do need to read in order because this book picks up after the first book and where Laura and Kindle are in their adventures.

This series is definitely gritty and gory/violent, but accurate when it comes to describing life in the west in the late 1800's and what it might have been like in these various towns and how the indians reacted to the white man taking over their land.

Laura is a strong woman, but also arrogant and stubborn. While sometimes that attitud
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Melissa Lenhardt is a women’s fiction, mystery, and historical fiction author. Her debut mystery, STILLWATER, was a finalist for the 2014 Whidbey Writers’ MFA Alumni Emerging Writers Contest, and SAWBONES, her historical fiction debut, was hailed as a "thoroughly original, smart and satisfying hybrid, perhaps a new sub-genre: the feminist Western" by Lone Star Literary Life. The New York Times cal ...more

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