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Blood Oath

(Laura Elliston/Sawbones #2)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  218 ratings  ·  45 reviews
Outlander meets post-Civil War unrest in this nonstop sequel 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. Exhaust
Paperback, 359 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
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 attac
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  ·  review of another edition
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"
nikkia neil
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
Vishaka Rajan
Jun 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 07, 2017 rated it liked it
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.
May 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
*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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lone-star-lit
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
Nina DuBois
Oct 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Katie Sholty
Blood Oath is the journey between two destinations, Sawbones and Badlands. Blood Oath, is that epic road trip, where you stop to see the world’s largest rocking chair. It’s that nail in your tire as you are going down I-45. It’s standing up through the sunroof as your friend speeds along the road out of the plains, as you let the wind whip your hair free as you get that perfect shot on your phone of the looming mountains. It’s getting seasick on a boat after spending hours over the rail trying t ...more
Tangled in Text
Jun 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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
Deborah Carter
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  ·  review of another edition
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 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The second book in this trilogy. Dr. Catherine Bennett, now using the alias Laura Ellison and Kindle are on the run. Both are travelling under assumed names but it seems there are people intent on tracking them down. The $500 reward for bringing Laura back to New York to face charges for the murder of a man she once knew from her days working as a physician is a powerful incentive during the frontier days of the US. Fate does not seem to be on their side. When they finally decide on a place of r ...more
Kim McGee
May 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017, books-to-review
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
May 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
The West in the later part of the 19th century was full of hardships but especially for women. Blood Oath is the 2nd in the Sawbones Series by Melissa Lenhardt. Not having read Sawbones prior to Blood Oath made characters and relationships hard to understand. Catherine Bennett is a doctor who because she is female has had to hide her identity as a women in order to practice her profession. Escaping a murder charge in New York City; Catherine becomes a fugitive who faces the brutality of an unciv ...more
Michelle Trainor
Jun 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A few months ago, Sawbones appeared on Amazon as a recommended book for me. I bought it and zipped through it so fast. So I was over the moon when I was approved for an ARC of Blood Oath. The second book of the Sawbones trilogy begins were the first ended. Laura and William must continue on the run after the horrific events of book one. Just like the first book, Lenhardt is extremely authentic to the time period. I am so excited for the final installment. A special thanks to netgalley for my adv ...more
Jul 02, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
this is 2nd in the Sawbones series, when I picked it up I had forgotten how crude and graphic this series is. A strong stomach is needed to read this series. Laura a female doctor in the 1800's and William a ex army man are on the run from the army , bounty hunters and everyone else who wants the reward placed on their heads. They both have pasts they are trying to hide. Be prepared for graphic scenes.
Mar 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hold on because this book moves, and fast. It was impossible to put down so don't plan on doing anything until it's done. One warning, this is NOT a book for young people or those who are faint of heart. There are some seriously horrendous things that happen that I could have done without reading and the use of the "f" word.
I did not find this followup to Sawbones as captivating as the first book, but nevertheless enjoyed the overall storyline. I do feel some elements were added to the storyline that were unnecessary for plot advancement. Hopefully the third book in this trilogy will be as action packed and thrilling as book one.
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Jun 24, 2016 12:48PM  
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Melissa Lenhardt is the author the Sawbones historical fiction series as well as the Jack McBride mystery series. 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 Li ...more

Other books in the series

Laura Elliston/Sawbones (3 books)
  • Sawbones (Sawbones #1)
  • Badlands (Sawbones #3)