“Hunter’s Heart” by Laurel Natale is a book of romance, suspense and intrigue set in the Old West. Kate Melrose and her brother Toby and their big wolfhound are being pursued by unknown men for unknown reasons. Thankfully a good looking stranger Jake comes along at just the right time to help them get away. The three, Jake, Kate and Toby travel across the southwest on their way to Phoenix and Yuma, followed by three unsavory characters for reasons unknown to Kate and Toby. Also unknown to them is the ulterior motive Jake has for sticking with them on their journey. The three of them get into many dangerous situations along the way. Jake and Kate are drawn to each other from the first meeting and their relationship continues to grow as they trail along. The reasons for the pursuit become evident towards the end of the story. The author is very descriptive, writing eloquently about the scenery that is displayed along the trail. I very much enjoyed reading this book. Although the plot is one that has probably been used often in romance stories of the west, this author puts a little different spin on it. I found myself reading way past my bedtime to try to discover just what was going on with the characters. I will be looking for other books by Ms. Natale.
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Kate Melrose sets out to escape two dangerous men and begin a new life with her teenaged brother Toby and their dog Sergeant. On their way out of town, they meet Jake Hunter, also going to Phoenix. Kate feels safe with Jake, but something about the tall, handsome cowboy shakes her to her core.
Is there something more to him than the friendly help he offers?
Jake hides his reason for traveling with Kate and Toby, a reason that battles with his growing attraction to Kate’s beauty and grace. She fills his heart and mind with thoughts of a life of love and tranquility, far different from the life of danger he lives now.
Will he have any chance with her once she learns what he really is?