A charming rogue…an abused woman. She greeted him with her gun—he disarmed her with his love.
Saloon owner Boyd Grayson is intrigued by his new neighbor, Claire Ashier, and considers her temperance crusade to shut down his noisy tavern nothing more than a game. While matching wits with the beautiful, aloof widow, he uncovers her torturous secrets that shock him to the core. Her pain affects him deeply. He wants to free Claire from her self-imposed prison, but she guards her heart with a gun and memories she can’t forget. As the battle intensifies, so do their feelings for each other. Their unexpected friendship changes the game—and also Boyd. Can he disarm Claire with his love and show her he is a man worthy of her trust…and her love?
©2005, 2012 Wendy Lindstrom (P)2013 Wendy Lindstrom
~~"HOPEFUL ROMANTIC" ~~ ( 5 = Excellent, 4 = Very Good, 3 = Good, 2 = Poor, 1 = Awful ) ~~ "Reviews Should Never Contain 'Spoilers' " ;-)
This is such a wonderful series!. This book highlighted the romance between Boyd and Claire with the backdrop of alcoholism and spousal abuse. As with the other books, the author beautifully featured family honor, loyalty, integrity and wit along with a well written engaging story. It is delightfully sweet, romantic, and the ending was perfect! All the characters have great personalities......even the charming "Sailor" the dog! Also, the narrator does a great job with this series too.
Such a delight!! If you love sweet, romantic, chivalrous stories with wit then don't miss out on this one!
This book is well written and is a great addition to the continuing saga of the Grayson Brother's books. The characters were well thought out and believable. I was moved to both smiles and tears. The imagery enticed me to get into the story. I would definitely recommend to a friend.
Boyd is my favourite character as he embodies the characteristics of a perceptive, concerned person gently and courteously making his way into the friendship and ultimately love for the bruised and fearful Claire. His thoughtfulness and support of her was endearing.
There were so many touching and emotional scenes that it is difficult to choose one above all else. However, when Claire revealed the existence of her grandmother's Journal and then the reading of it by the clandestine lover and his reaction, my heart overflowed for a love so strong and selfless, spanning decades.
This is a great read, it keeps you enthralled and it flows smoothly along. Would recommend to anyone who enjoys historical romance. You never quite know what is coming next. The Grayson family saga is a wonderful mix of love, hope, devotion, friends, that embraces the family traditions of honour and caring for others who are hurting.
Claire and Boyd both have pre-conceived notions of what they think their lives should be, until they meet each other. Both have their reasons for the paths they have chosen. Antagonism to begin with and the sparks fly and what starts out with friendship turns to a longing to be more and a love that cannot be denied.
Can't wait to read the next episode/book in this marvelous series.
Amazing how a family will stick together, no matter how many troubles you have, they all love each other.
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