US Marshal John “Hawk” Hawking is one of the most respected lawmen in the West, so when a telegram arrives from the small town of Sand Creek warning him of a death threat against him, he immediately begins an investigation.
Posing as a farmer, Hawk heads to Sand Creek, a town ruled by a violent and corrupt sheriff. Only one person is trying to stop him—Liesl, the sheriff’s own daughter. When she meets the self-assured and attractive new farmer, John, she hopes he might help her in the fight for justice.
John is completely unfazed by Sheriff Hodges’s attempts at intimidation, and Liesl is quickly swept up by Hawk’s courage and integrity. Just as quickly, Hawk finds himself falling for Liesl’s strength and bravery, as well as her grace and beauty.
When Liesl discovers John’s true identity, she feels betrayed. Despite her lingering distrust of him, Liesl agrees to work with him to enact a dangerous plan that will put the criminals away forever. Liesl must put her life, and her heart, in the hands of his lawman if she has any hope of saving her family and her town.
It was so good to return to Savage Wells and see some old friends again. Western romances are a fun change of pace for me so I was excited to delve into this one. I read through it quickly and really enjoyed myself!
I think Liesl is my favorite. The beginning finds her aiding the people of her town who are being hurt and tortured by her father who is the sheriff. She is smart and brave. I loved how hard she tried to protect people at the risk of her own well being. Then she reluctantly joins forces with John to take her father down. It's quite the bumpy road with more sneaking, pretending to be married and hiding out in a new town. Liesl just handles everything with so much dignity and grace. She is intuitive and definitely gives more than she takes. What's not to love about that kind of heroine?!
Hawk finally find someone to love and trust. That's saying a lot. It was a longer road to get to that place than Liesl, mostly because he denies it for so long but he gets there. I love his fierce determination to protect people and bring peace to his territory.
Welcome to the rough and wild west. They say "ain't" and lots of other words that might have you scratching your head. Horse rides, shoot outs and plenty of bad guys that will have you rooting for the good guys.
Content: mild peril, violence, kissing.
- I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions expressed are my own.