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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
ebook, 260 pages
Published January 21st 2011 by Dreamspinner Press
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Court I sure hope so but dunno. It was reissued because it was previously at a different publisher (Dreamspinner) and is now with Riptide. Possible? But I…moreI sure hope so but dunno. It was reissued because it was previously at a different publisher (Dreamspinner) and is now with Riptide. Possible? But I haven't heard anything about one being in the works on Abi's blog. *crosses fingers anyway*(less)

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Damon Suede
Feb 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
Impossible for me to follow in audiobook format. DNF.
ᴥ Irena ᴥ
I am both sorry and glad for waiting this long to read this story. I hope there will be a sequel. The four protagonists got under my skin.

Two US Marshals Eli Flynn and William Henry Washington get a prisoner escort assignment of their lives and they don't even know it. It is wonderful and frustrating to read about Flynn trying not to show more than he thinks would be wanted or accepted. Unfortunately (or fortunately) for him, he has very perceptive company.

I loved this story. It is not only a
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Kathleen
Dec 30, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
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♣ Irish Smurfétté ♣
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This was a slow starter for me in all aspects, with a lot of set up, multiple locations and several different sets of characters in each. This isn’t all that unusual in some stories and I’m always willing to go along for the ride, to see what happens and why they’re all important. It held my interest thanks to the excellent physical descriptions of both place and people. It was very easy for me to see everything in my imagination. I felt like I was sitting on th
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Wart Hill
Feb 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, arc2015
Things I Find While Shelving

I received a free ARC via NetGalley

I have such a thing for westerns. ngh. I’m not sure how I developed this. Possibly the Sergio Leone’s trilogy (A Fistfull of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More, and The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly). Anyway, whatever, I love me a good western.


So, I really enjoyed According to Hoyle. There are kind of a lot of threads that start out really separate and slowly finagle their way together, but I am very much not opposed to that sort of story
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T's Book ~ Tanja
Very different from what I usually read from Roux, According To Hoyle is very much about the story and not so much about the romantic relationship(s). A great romp through the west is what I found. The times were tough and the situations sticky. As always Roux injects her humor and character charisma.I liked the story and the flow very much. I just wish it DID have more romance.
Trio
Sep 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mm, audio-book
great story - and oh my gosh, how adorable these two couples!
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
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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).
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Td
Feb 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
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.
Brandee Price
This was an amazing story and the narrator was perfect for a Western. ;)

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"According to Hoyle" - in accord with the highest authority; in accord with a strict set of rules.

I admit I had to look up this phrase. I'd never heard it before and I appreciated how Roux incorporated it into this story. It was brilliant, really. Especially when you think about whether or not life is black and white or shades of gray.

According to Hoyle is historical - a western really - set in the west followi
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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
Snowtulip
Mar 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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!
Trish
May 04, 2012 rated it liked it
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.
Sophia
A Western suspense story that takes the reader into the world of lawmen, outlaws, secret government agents, mysterious treasure, raw and wild towns, riverboat showdown, and a trail of growing friendship and romance for four hard-bitten men.

This is not my first encounter with this book, but it is my first time getting the audio version. Mason Lloyd was a new to me narrator. He did a remarkable job with four main characters and a handful of minor characters, three perspectives. I thought he matche
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Sophia
...still trying to turn pages...It can't be over!!!!

Yep, it was that kind of book for me. I want a sequel, yesterday. I settled into this story with its stunning characters, twisty plot, authentic western backdrop, and overall splendiferous storytelling. Secret agents, gunfighters, adventure on the plains and down the river, good-guy marshals, mysterious artifact, and people who may or may not be more than they seem in this hard, gritty, tale that made me a happy western romance fan.

So what is a
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Veronica of V's Reads
4.5 stars.
This book is in interesting, well-paced, historical m/m romance between two pairs of lovers in 1880's western US. There is a complicated plot, and few romantic interludes until the closing chapters.

It seems, in the West, everybody's got a secret (or six) to hide. Gabriel "Dusty" Rose is a well-known English gunman living out his exile in the western states in company of any of many Native American tribes. He's hunted out for use by the Secret Service for information about a Native ar
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Kelly H. (Maybedog)
I don't usually like historical stories, but I keep reading ones that are great. I think I'll just not flinch and instead pick up those my friends have really liked. :)

Finally a book where there's someone wearing a duster and it's appropriate!!!

Flynn is such a vindictive asshole. I know what he does, thinks and says were common for the time, but not all men were that way, and I don't like my main characters to have no compassion at all. He's that way through most of the book. I really don't like
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Edina Rose
Feb 15, 2011 rated it liked it
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
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Yael3
Dec 04, 2011 rated it it was ok
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.
Feliz
Mar 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Recommended
Ruth
Dec 28, 2010 rated it really liked it
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Tami (synchro from BL)
May 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites-m-m
Simply loved it. Great story, great MCs, great writing. This book directly wandered into the favourites folder on my ereader.
DeWanda
Jan 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m-read
Hope we see the Dusty, Cage & the Marshal's again.
Nisie draws
OMG SO MANY GAY COWBOYS WHAT A GREAT BOOK
The Novel Approach Reviews
Sep 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
In a post-Civil War America, US Marshalls Eli Flynn and Henry Washington are charged with transporting notorious gunslinger Dusty Rose, a mute former Confederate scout known as Cage, and a third man, to their respective trial sites.

Through the course of the book, the third prisoner is handed over to his jailers fairly quickly. But an attempted escape means that Dusty and Cage must be taken to a Federal Judge in another state. As the story progresses, what had been two Marshals and two prisoners
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K.
Solid three, mostly for the setting and Gabriel Rose, the dashing English dandy with some serious knife skillz. I appreciated the fact that Roux didn't play off the connection between Gabriel and Cage as instalove, rather a chance meeting between two men of complementary character.

Cage's struggle when faced with a past friend and lover was an interesting conflict in the overall plot, but it lacked depth. We were already led away from empathizing with said past lover by a unflattering portrayal
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Whitney
Aug 05, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: western-cowboy
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
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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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