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Gambling on the Outlaw by Margaret Madigan
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Jun 11, 2015

really liked it
bookshelves: historical-romance, cowboys

Several years ago, Beth Caldwell lost her card-shark husband to a bad game of cards. Since then, she’s run her homestead and taken care of the local misfits – a Native American woman raped and left for dead with a child on the way, another woman abandoned by her family and deserted at the altar, and a retired prostitute. Beth has a big heart, but she’s practical too with a spine of steel. When the neighboring cattle-baron comes sniffing around demanding Beth marry him, it’s easy to reject the sleezy, but powerful tycoon. But that same tycoon has also framed Issac Collins for multiple-murder and stagecoach robbery, so when Beth finds Issac hiding in her barn she believes his story of innocence and helps him escape the sheriff’s posse on his tail.

Beth is one determined woman! When she sets her mind to something, there is absolutely no wavering from her path. She will make whatever-it-is happen and woe-be-tide anyone who has the misfortune to get in her way. Beth’s nerves of steel and stead-fast nature allow her to thrive in the tough Nevada desert, not just against the harsh climate but also against the equally-harsh men who run the town. She’s also as great a card-player as her late husband and the men in the story all underestimate her and her abilities, which comes in handy when later gambling with Issac’s life.

Issac also possesses a very determined nature, but in a very different way from Beth. Issac’s near-single-minded focus throughout the novel was the murder of the cattle-baron tycoon who framed him for murder at the beginning of the novel. This focus clouds everything he does until very slowly, his love for Beth begins to take root and weed out the hatred in Issac’s heart. Issac is quite heroic and a take-charge kind of guy, ready to ride in and rescue his damsel in distress. Except he quickly learns that while Beth may be a damsel, she can get herself out of her own distress thank you very much!

I really enjoyed watching Issac and Beth learn how to work together. Issac needed a goal and focus beyond the tycoon’s murder and Beth needed to learn how to let others take care of her, that she didn’t always have to have all the answers. A good read, especially if you enjoy novels set in the wild west.

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June 11, 2015 – Shelved as: historical-romance
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