Clover City, Colorado - 1888
A mysterious letter and the drop-dead handsome town marshal are the last things Mariah expects to find making rounds as a midwife.
Mariah McAllister plans to be married before her next birthday. Too bad Marshal Virgil Kincaid barely knows she's alive. Not one to give up easily, she's determined to show him she has an abiding passion for more than her work.
Virgil Kincaid loved a woman once - after she broke his heart, he spent three years in prison. Women can't be trusted, no matter how good they look. He's sworn off relationships in favor of Saturday night poker games. Life is simple - the way he wants it...until a stranger turns up dead in the road.
Forced to work side by side with Mariah, Virgil begins to wonder if she might be his second chance at love. As they trade kisses and oh so much more, he's willing to take the gamble. But when a killer threatens their once peaceful town, all bets are off.
I got this story via audiobook boom and this is my voluntary review. This was a pretty good western that combined Scotland Yard with a small town sheriff, a spunky doctor's daughter, and a saloon girl turned hero. These characters produced a good storyline with some sex thrown in. The narrator brought out the emotions needed and made the story come to life. There were some predictable moments but overall the story was a quick listen that moved my day along. The sex did not overwhelm the story. There was a real story with two very nice HEAs.
Virgil and Mariah are one of the best love stories I’ve read in a long time. The author is a fantastic western style writer. Don’t pass this novella up! The story is short and sweet, and worth your time.
I really liked this book. I’m always a bit skeptical of novellas. Too often they feel rushed and under developed. I was pleasantly surprised by this book which did not lack for a full storyline or supporting characters despite its brevity. I look forward to more stories by Gini Rifkin.
Short, but packs a lot of story and action in that little time. Loved the story and the characters. Great narrator too! I received a free review copy of this audiobook at my request and I have voluntarily left this review.
This story is supposed to be in the 1800s, and I requested it because usually the language and content used in Historical novels is cleaner than what’s now out there, but it was not the case in this one. It seemed unrealistic for the era - too much sex in the minds of the heroes, etc.
The narrator’s voice was good for this type of Western.
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The narrator has a very deep voice that is lovely to listen to, I was impressed by how well he managed the female character voices. In fact all the character voices were well done.
The story was enjoyable to listen to, the mystery remained a mystery until the reveal. The characters are well developed and the romance between Mariah and Virgil was hot for a historical romance, this was not a sweet clean romance.
The setting is well done with excellent descriptions, although I'm not sure it's factually accurate, an ice cream social in the 1880's?
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