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Shot Through the Heart

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Gunslinger Shiloh Coltrane has returned home to work the family's Wyoming ranch, only to find there's still violence ahead. His sister and nephew have been murdered, and the killers are at large.
Dr. Sydney Cantrell has come west to start her medical practice, aiming to treat the people of a small town. As she tries to help and heal, she finds disapproval and cruelty the pa
Kindle Edition, 241 pages
Published August 31st 2020
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Julie - One Book More
A story of revenge, redemption, and fighting for the people and things that are most important to you, Shot Through the Heart is a great historical romance. The story begins when Shiloh seeks Dr. Sydney Cantrell’s help in removing glass from various parts of his body. Shiloh is intrigued by the fiercely independent doctor, and a relationship slowly forms. However, Shiloh seeks vengeance against the men who killed his sister and nephew, and Sydney refuses to let anything get in the way of her car ...more
Whispering Stories
Nov 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Andrea Downing’s novel, Shot Through the Heart, starts with Wyoming rancher Shiloh Coltrane crashing through the plate glass window of the Painted Lady saloon for asking the wrong person about the whereabouts of his brother-in-law, Oswald Parmeter, who he believes is partly responsible for the murder of Shiloh’s sister and her little boy. The saloon owner suggests that Shiloh go across the street to see Sydney Cantrell, the new doctor in town to attend t
Dec 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
When Dr. Sydney Cantrell meets Shiloh Coltrane, a handsome cowboy, she has little time for anything but taking care of her patients. Then he shows up in her rough little clinic with charm and a physique that is “a prime example of why a female shouldn’t be a doctor, according to her last professor.” He also reveals an injury that makes her blush. Committed to her healing work, the deprived and starving Indians near the fort, and her unfinished business back East, she fights the attraction. Besid ...more
Dec 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shot Through the Heart by Andrea Downing is an old-fashioned cowboy story with a little romance thrown in. Shiloh Coltrane has come to town to discover that his sister and her son are dead, probably at the hand of her husband. He has been a hired gun for years but this is personal. He is a good man at heart. His friends, Bones, is an example of that. Bones is black and some people in Texas didn't take kindly to that fact. Shiloh got him out of there and they became a team. He meets the doctor af ...more
Kat Doran
Nov 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shiloh Coltrane and Sydney Cantrell could not be more opposite in every aspect of life: He’s a rough, uncultured Westerner while she’s from a wealthy Eastern family who values education. In spite of several roadblocks, Sydney put that education to good use by becoming one of the first female physicians in 1800’s America, much less the Western frontier. She’s got a rough path in front of her, as does Shiloh. He’s given up life as a hired gun and now searches for the killers of his sister and her ...more
Patti Sherry-Crews
Sep 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shot Through the Heart begins with a bang with the hero flying through the glass of a saloon. This leads to the best hero meets heroine scene you can imagine as she is the new lady doctor who has to pull glass out of his toned bottom.
Once a gun-for-hire, Shiloh Coltrane, has returned to his family ranch in Wyoming which is his to run now his sister and nephew have been murdered. Getting revenge on the man who is responsible is the only thing on his mind...until he meets the beautiful, independen
Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
It’s been quite a while since I’ve read such an original plot. I’ve honestly never read a storyline quite like this one. I found it especially clever when I connected the title of the book to a scene within it. I’ve never read anything by Andrea Downing before and I was impressed with her intelligent writing style.

The hero, Shiloh, and the heroine, Sydney, both have strong moral beliefs that oppose each other’s values. I felt like I was caught in the middle, trying to understand both points of v
Melanie Adkins
Aug 31, 2020 rated it liked it
Shiloh Coltrane is a ranch owner who keeps to himself. His purpose in life is to right a family wrong. He just hasn't decided how to go about it. Sydney Cantrell came west because it was the only place she might get to do her job. Sydney, I mean Dr. Cantrell wants more than anything to be a practicing doctor. Will Shiloh and Sydney each find what they are looking for?
This book includes some fabulous characters whose personalities are very well defined. The writing is first rate and easy to fol
Darlene Fredette
Sep 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars. This historical western romance couldn’t have started any better. On the very first page the hero goes flying through the glass window of the Painted Lady Saloon. There’s an instant pull into the story with the action and the chemistry from the main characters. Shiloh, the hired gunman, is the perfect wild-west cowboy, and Sydney, the doctor, is a determined and strong woman. The author places the reader in the setting with every action scene and there are several that have the pages ...more
Kristy McCaffrey
Oct 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This old west romance has well drawn characters and realistic settings, so settle in for a great read! Shiloh is trying to leave his violent history behind but circumstances compel him to one final showdown. He didn't plan to fall for Sydney, a woman doctor struggling to establish her practice, and she is adamantly against his need for vengeance. As they both face their life choices and the consequences of those actions, they work to find a path toward each other. A well written journey during t ...more
Laurie Gommermann
Nov 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
The heroine, Sydney, is an intelligent, independent woman who perseveres when family and friends don’t support her decision to become a doctor. She heads West where doctors are in short supply. She meets ex-bounty hunter, Shiloh, who’s one goal is to find and kill his sister and nephew’s murderers. Their conflicting views, healer vs killer, cause her to deny her attraction and desire and love. He leaves to pursue his goal. Andrea had me engaged and rooting for Sydney to accept the man she loves. ...more
Oct 06, 2020 rated it liked it
This was an interesting read with a fairly realistic nod to the past. Shiloh was a man bent on avenging his sister’s murder. Sydney was a doctor trying to practice her profession during the time when people frowned upon women doing ‘men’s work’. Great characters, lots of drama, low steam but a bit slow moving for me.

I received a free copy from Netgalley. This is my unbiased review.
Judy Esposito
Apr 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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I love this book written by a new author to me. I'm following her and will be checking out her other books. Recommend. JudyE
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A native New Yorker, Andrea Downing currently divides her time between the canyons of city streets and the wide-open spaces of Wyoming. Her background in publishing and English Language teaching has transferred into fiction writing, and her love of horses, ranches, rodeo, and just about anything else western, is reflected in her award-winning historical and contemporary western romances.

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