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The Lawman:

Marshal Shay McQuillan has a lot on his hands - stagecoach robbers to hunt down, a murdered fiancée to avenge. He certainly doesn't need an identical twin brother he never knew existed turning up out of the blue and telling him what to do. Even less does he want pretty Aislinn Lethaby trying to rescue him from danger. Because, to tell the truth, Aislinn is a sweet distraction from duty whom Shay just can't resist.

Aislinn Lethaby has a fine job at the town hotel. Soon, she'll have saved enough to buy the broken-down homestead she has her eye on and bring her young brothers west. She has no business jeopardizing everything when she sees Shay in danger. But something about the man makes Aislinn lose all the good sense she thought she had - and follow the longings of her heart.

The Gunslinger:

Now that he's finally found his twin brother, all Tristan Saint-Laurent wants is to be a peaceful rancher. What he gets is Miss Emily Starbuck, a determined package of trouble from back East. Tristan knows he should tell Emily and her aggravating sheep to move along, but he doesn't have the heart. Suddenly this man of danger is dreaming of weddings and babies. But the life he's left behind may yet come between him and the woman he's growing to love.

Emily Starbuck is making a fresh start by raising the sheep she's bought with a meager inheritance. She's willing to fight every cattleman in the West, but she can't resist Tristan. His handsome face and lean, strong body make her knees buckle, and her thoughts move to sharing a blissful ranch life with the man. But what Emily doesn't know about Tristan could jeopardize their dream of happiness.

©1998 Linda Lael Miller (P)2015 Recorded Books

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OKAY

like the book did not care for the narrator. thought the characters were interesting. love the twin concept

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I thought the narrator was great, but the story is lacking

I actually just checked to make sure that I hadn’t somehow mistakenly picked up an abridged version of this book. I dislike abridged versions - if the author put it in there, they wanted it in there, and taking it out isn’t okay.

But, this is the full version, which just makes this book even more puzzling. Is LLM getting too big that no one dares to tell her that her storylines don’t make sense? I can’t think of any other explanation.

I don’t want to give the plot away, so stop reading if you don’t want it ruined. But why was Leander’s lawyer pretending to be Dory’s lover? Why is Dory blaming Cory for this? How are they so sure that Leander is dead without a shred of proof? Why would Billy be willing to blow up a bridge and kill a bunch of people just because Cory asked him to? She had all the money afterwards, so she didn’t pay him. Why would he do it?

That’s just a small portion of the questions / problems with this storyline. I could keep going for another couple of paragraphs. It’s a mess of a book. LLM used to be a really talented author, but apparently no one is telling her no, your stories don’t make sense and we need to fix them.

Which is really too bad.

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An Interesting Premise that Half-Delivered

This audiobook is split into two stories. The first is the story of Shay, the twin who is a drunk sheriff who turns things around after meeting his long-lost twin. There are some fights with stupid townspeople and then he gets the suddenly easily-won girl. The second story is of Tristan, the former bounty hunter who falls for a girl with a lot of sheep. Apparently having sheep means people gonna hate. And since this is sort of a western, hateful cowboys means gunfights.

This wasn’t awful, but it’s still kind of a miss for me in that while it wasn’t bad, I don’t have strong feelings about it one way or the other. The characters were fairly likable but somehow kind of superficial and only mildly interesting. While the narration wasn’t awful, it felt somewhat too removed from what was going on for the characters. I felt more engaged and intrigued by the premise of the second story: two people fighting over the same land and that competition turning into something romantic. But there weren’t really any sparks between Tristan and Emily. Simply writing that there are sparks when they look or briefly touch the other is not the same as characters actually having chemistry and personality. Of their whole story, maybe the most memorable moment was their meeting. Perhaps this book would be good for a light read, but it didn’t really satisfy my romantic reading itch.