Almost an Outlaw has everything you could want in a good historical Western. I loved the inclusion of some notorious bad boys. Austin is a hot hero who will make the reader beg for more, and Darcy was a feisty interesting character with her familial connections to the famous Jesse James.
The story is a short read at around 22,000 words and could have been expanded more. In fact I wanted it to be a bit longer. However, if you're looking for a spicy short Western period piece then Almost an Outlaw by Ms. Preston is for you.
Rancher Austin Cade rides into Liberty looking for his old comrades, the James-Younger gang. He needs their help tracking down the horse thief who's stolen his prized mare. In town, the former gunfighter is reunited with Darcy, the first girl he ever kissed—and never forgot.
Young widow Darcy Branson owns a shop full of fashionable ladies' attire, but continues to wear mourning black so she won't forget her role in her husband's death. Austin stirs a passion inside her that has long been dormant, but can Darcy learn to believe in Austin—and love—enough to let go of her tragic past?
Time is rapidly running out... As a cousin to Jesse James, Darcy has attracted unwanted attention, thanks to her rumored association with the gang. Soon Austin and Darcy are faced with confronting not only their growing desire, but danger in the form of a deadly bounty hunter...