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Ruby Run

(Tin Star Witches: The Witches of Ruby Gulch #3)

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4.28  ·  Rating details ·  120 ratings  ·  40 reviews
Augustus Ambrose never planned to return to the United States after graduation. His mother’s final letter, with its dire threats about what would await if he did, had been more than enough to keep him away. But when his Aunt Grace dies unexpectedly and leaves him her ranch in the New Mexico Territory, he can’t ignore it. Grace gave him everything, and he can’t let her lega ...more
Kindle Edition, 208 pages
Published May 10th 2020

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Cadiva
Jun 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Sam Burns' Ruby Run is my favourite so far in this paranormal cowboy series that I have to admit, I wasnt sure I'd like.

Well, colour me chastened, because each one has been thoroughly enjoyable and I love the shared world the authors are working in.

This one's my fave because it's too of my best tropes, the strong hero type and the younger, appearing weaker one who actually has a core of steel at his heart.

It's also super hot and features a few really memorable side characters who just added to
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Kit (Metaphors and Moonlight)
Old West + witches + mlm romance! A bit too immediately focused on sex for me, but still a fairly believable romance. A cute, quick read. 3.5 stars.
Amanda
4.5 stars! Sam Burns is one of those authors who I just always click with. I don’t even usually like westerns, but with this one I was hooked immediately and had to force myself to put the book down to get some sleep. While this book is most definitely a western, it’s more than that too. I absolutely adored Augie and Griff. Their romance was incredibly sweet, and developed very naturally throughout the story and their trek out west. The magic was interesting, although it probably could’ve been e ...more
Finnegan
This was my first book by Sam Burns, and I liked it a lot!! Hot menz? Checked! Magic and Fantasy? Checked! Believable, red hot romance? Checked and checked again!!

The book was easy to read, with likeable characters, interesting worldbuilding, and I am faintly disappointed that I don't have a cool talking-horse guardian.

My first Sam Burns was a total success, I am now on the hunt for more of her books.
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Anabela.M.
4.5 Stars

Range witch Griff took pride in being a scowling, rude, mean brute when it suited him. It kept unwanted attention at bay, allowing him to be just by himself and only with the company of his equally mean, bad tempered guardian(familiar) horse, Walt. Traveling all those miles from home just to fetch what he'd expected a prissy, fancy, greenhorn dandy heir has only increased his fowl mood and filled him with dread imagining the ride back. But, the heir turned out to be the complete opposit
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Megan
May 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

From the very beginning the MC's were interesting and complex. They're not remotely similar to one another and yet there's something more that brings them together. Their personalities are endearing in their own ways and for very different reasons. The overall plot moved forward at an acceptable pace that allowed us to focus on the MC's, their pasts, their current difficulties, and what kind of life they would look toward when they finally reached Ruby Gulch.

I think what I liked the
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Anne Barwell
May 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebook, m-m
So much to love about this story. I loved the mix of the old west, magic, and zombies, which is genius. The world building is fabulous and very well thought out. That and the characters pulled me into the story, and didn’t let go until the last page. I thought it was a sweet story yet with plenty of action, and romance.

I loved the characters. I felt for Augie with his upbringing and crazy mother, and how his self doubt because of it. Having him not being able to taste or smell is an interesting
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AshPenny37
May 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I'll start by saying I think Ruby Run is the best of the three books in the Tin Star Witches multi-author, shared-world series I have read so far. Action, adventure, mystery, witches, the undead and true love (of course) in the wild west...what's not to love?

I really liked Augie and Griff (and of course Walt, Griff's horse Guardian). Both men, despite their outward differences, have qualities they don't believe they have. Augie believes himself a coward and a poor witch because of the emotional
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R
May 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Augie was an Oxford trained doctor who got sick at the sight of blood. Mostly afraid of his own shadow, he surprised himself when he made it all the way to Boston to claim an inheritance from his aunt. Griff was there to escort Augie to New Mexico. He was a range witch who could talk with his guardian horse Walt. Griff wasn’t at all expecting the quiet, shy man waiting for him. Both men were pleased with who they’d be spending weeks with. Neither man had expected death to follow them though.

“Som
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Ashley
May 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
If you are looking for a light-hearted, quick read with a paranormal western edge then this is the perfect book (and series) to dive in to. Ruby Run is part of the Tin Star Witches: The Witches of Ruby Gulch series, each novel written by a different author.

Griff and Augie are complete opposites of each other. Griff is a Range Witch working at the Lost Chance ranch. Augie has just inherited the Lost Chance ranch from his aunt. The journey to Lost Chance bring a lot more trouble then a city boy no
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Dixiecowgirl
May 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Magic, the Old West, witches and guardians all combine for a good story!   I enjoyed the story-line and read it in one sitting.  The characters were delightful and both charming in their own way.  The writing flowed well and i definitely enjoyed the mixing of the paranormal and the old west theme.  I truly loved the banter between Griff and his guardian horse Walt.   I loved the gruffness of Griff.  i was really touched by the an interaction with Jules, Augie's brother later in the book, really ...more
Joyfully Jay
May 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sue
A Joyfully Jay review.

4.75 stars


Ruby Run was just about everything I enjoy in a book. A tad angsty, with well-developed characters and an evenly paced story. It’s a western, at its core, and that appealed to me right away. Additionally, the book also had real heart and that made Ruby Run enjoyable from start to finish. I will say, it’s the third of the Tin Star Witches, a multi-author series, but I had no knowledge of that when I started. This book seemed to stand well enough on its own, so I d
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Susana
May 17, 2020 rated it liked it
Augustus Ambrose has nothing. No job, no family, no money. He returns to the US after studying to be a witch doctor in UK to claim the inheritance of his aunt, only to find himself a rich man all of a sudden. But to claim his inheritance, he has to survive the trip to Texas to claim his ranch. He has the help of handsome and capable Griffith Taylor. But Augie’s deranged mother will stop at nothing to end him, even raising the dead…
I’ve enjoyed this story quite a lot. It is quite simple, but the
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Samantha
Oct 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
So good I died

This book was so fantastic I almost died. Maybe really dramatic, but I enjoyed this so much I feel like a bit of drama is necessary.

I don't usually get into multi-author series but this has been one gem after another. This might be my favorite though just because the "rough cowboy/ innocent green horn" trope is just sooooo... Yeah.

Augie was ADORABLE. He was a perfect blend of cynical and naive. Griff was a surly cowboy with a serious soft spot. They just worked so well. It was in
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Devoted❤️Reader
May 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A place to call home

I can’t get enough of paranormals and when you add in a western historical theme, it’s love at first neigh. Augie is the best. He’s sweet, shy and has more to him than even he knows. Griff, I found to be quite the charmer but I am a fan of grumpy, sexy men. Together they are perfect, dusty or not. I want to visit Lost Chance to meet them and of course, the horses. I adore the guardians in this series. They are the driving force behind the people. I hope we see Augie and Griff
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gimmethosebooks
May 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was a fast read, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Griff and Augie fit together so well from the moment they met. I loved watching Augie grow and accept his new lot in life. And Griff is the perfect partner and quite spectacular in his own right.

Basically this was a road trip romance set in the old west with the occasional only one bed and characters who had zero issues with that.

It’s a part of a series, but I didn’t know that. It reads fine as a standalone (and I am always demanding to read b
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Celine
May 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was my third read from Sam Burns and I have to say, I really love it so far.

This one was great from start to finish. I knew from the first chapter on that I wouldn't be able to stop and I was right.

It had the right amount of adventure, falling in love, magic, mayhem, and heat.

It was a great pace, so well written you get lost in the adventure with them.

Griff and Augie were amazing characters that I really enjoyed making this journey with. I loved how they were with each other. It felt so sim
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Lee Hall
May 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Amazing! This series features a different author for every book. This one was by Sam Burns, an author I have read before and loved. One of the things that make this so enjoyable is the feel of the “Old West” in each book. It truly drops you right into the Wild West and just keep going from there. The characters in this book were wonderful. Angie and Griff had work to do in order to get their HEA, but all throughout the book their romance was sweet and sincere. Truly a great read that I’ll be rec ...more
PaperMoon
Jun 13, 2020 rated it liked it
A M-M paranormal historical romance that is long on the romance and short on the paranormal. The insta-attract between Augie and Griff stretches out across their road-trip across several states on train (Pullman carriage no less) and horseback till their final destination in New Mexico. Witch-powers are mentioned (magical skills including necromancy, mental connections with animal familiars) but surprisingly little detail on the mechanisms of such magical craft. I'm not sure I'd try the others i ...more
Jodi
Jun 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is book 3 and oh these books are addictive. Augustus/Auggie is returning home from England as his Aunt Grace died and left him her ranch. Griffith has come to put him on the train to send him on his own to the ranch. The plan goes awry as an undead is out to kill Auggie. Griffith and Auggie head across country, staying ahead of the necromancer and the undead, falling in love and learning that you are braver then you think. Auggie was just so sweet, innocent and is so much more the anyone ev ...more
MaryAnne
Apr 03, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: supernatural
I wanted to like this. There was hunky witch cowboys after all. However, Augie was a hard character to like. He was just written as this small (not physically, but that too) character with zero self-esteem and trying his hardest to be a wallflower except in bed, which doesn't really make for an interesting read. I get that he had a shitty past and awful mother, but he's just so uninteresting as a character and it made no sense why Griff wanted to be with him beyond sexual attraction. I usually e ...more
Faye K
May 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
A good setting the scene as the book begins Augie is about to explore his new ranch and all that goes with it. Both MCs are silently attracted to each other.. An okay story that is read with good guys vs bad guys and including everything that happened. I liked the story but it didn't really pull me to love it.
Augie 25 was in Boston to hear his aunts Will unknowingly what he'd hear. Griff was sent to escort Augie to the ranch. Trouble wasn't far away.
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Xochitl
May 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love multiauthor series because usually every author put his/her style into the book they wrote giving to a single topic different points of view and different ways to carry on the story. Now is the turn of Sam Burns that brougt us a magical adventure in her characteristic style. Augie and Griff’s story is a complex and interesting western full of action, danger, and betrayal while learning about each other trying to stay alive long enough to get their forever. A wonderful reading!!
Mer
Sep 30, 2020 rated it it was ok
I wasn't familiar with this series, and witchy stories are not exactly my go-to, but I decided to check out this 3rd installment because I wanted to read more from Burns and also, cowboys...

This started out fun. But at some point the plot took a turn that just wasn't my cup of tea. Also I enjoy paranormal romance / suspense but there was hardly anything paranormal about this, until things started picking up towards the end. I did enjoy the last 20 % or so.

Personally I also wasn't a huge fan of t
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dameolga
This book is probably my favorite Sam Burns book, but the climax of the story was so anti-climactic I had to dock off a star. Perhaps if Burns had wanted to write a longer book, the story would've been a bit more fleshed out and she could've provided more layers to the "villain." Nevertheless, the first three-quarters of the book was such good fun. I'm disappointed there won't be more in the world. ...more
Peter Leslie
Sep 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book. It’s a bit brief and rushed. I really enjoyed the originality of the world that it’s set in and I wish a bit more was explained and described. But it’s fun, just dirty enough and humorous. I see that there are other books in the series and I’ll have to have a look at them. I highly recommend this for a light read and some fun escapism.
Dwight
Nov 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
A good romp around the weird west!

I enjoyed this book immensely, the only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is I felt it was a bit too rushed in some areas, and too long in others, and not enough action. But that's okay because this book was really focused on Augie and Griff and that was more than enough for me.
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Maggie
May 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
A fun and enjoyable paranormal western romp with an lgbtq twist from Sam Burns!

The plot was an intriguing one - a slip of a thing MC inheriting a ranch, a family member with a vendetta, a reluctant bodyguard who soon realizes the MCs true worth, so flirtation, some jealousy, a sizzling attraction. Oh yeah, this one just worked for me.

I will say there were some flies in the ointment for me, though, there were some questions raised, like why Auggie thought his magic was so weak, that were never re
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Fluffy
May 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
As usual, I love Burns' style and the tone of her stories. To me, it's sweet, comfy, and warm with a hint of spice. The magic system is intriguing. The world-building was great, and I love Augie, Griff, and the horses! I hope she writes another story in this western universe. ...more
Ali
May 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
I really enjoyed this story. Griff and Augie's futures are a bit uncertain when we meet them but are also intertwined. I liked their connection and how they supported each other and made each other better. I liked the world this took place in and it seemed to be built fairly well.

I received a copy of this book and am giving an honest review.
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