This is a wonderful historical western romance with some twists that make this story totally unique. Ms Lindsey is known for her awesome historical novels, though mainly set in England. This story brings the western US alive and her characters show the diversity that was the US. Not everyone fits in the stereotypical role that they ought to. Visions of grandeur are alive and in some circles the norm. Things that we look at as normal, become questionable during this time period. All in all, I was immediately hooked and stayed that way until the end of this story. I absolutely loved the characters, the settings and the interactions. Degan isn’t your typical gun slinger. In fact, it comes out that he was very much against guns growing up. Max is tough, out spoken and independent. She is also very loyal. Putting them together becomes an interesting lesson in patience with sparks flying. Fantastic story from beginning to end that has Ms Lindsey’s storytelling talent shining.
Degan is a very well-known gunfighter who prefers not to shoot anyone. His demeanor alone is usually enough to deter most people. He doesn’t like to stay in any one place for any length of time so his presence won’t attract young fast guns. He has friends but few that he would go out of his way for. However, when one of those friends asks for a favor, he agrees. The favor is to find 3 wanted men and turn them in within a few months. Immediately, things don’t go as plan. Degan finds the first man, but Max isn’t a man! In fact, Max’s real name is Maxine and she swears she is innocent. Degan become intrigued but is it enough to not turn Max in to the law?
#1 New York Times bestselling author Johanna Lindsey’s passionate new tale about a gunfighter running from his past who finds his future when he escorts a beautiful outlaw to her hanging. Featuring one of Lindsey’s most intriguing heroes: the dangerous and mysterious Degan Grant from One Heart to Win.
With his work in Montana completed now that the Callahan-Warren feud has ended in marriage rather than bloodshed, Degan Grant sets out for California because it is far away from the home he wants to forget—until the US Marshal who saved his life calls in a favor. All Degan has to do is apprehend three outlaws on the marshal’s list and turn them over to the law. Easy enough, he figures, for a man no one wants to tangle with.
But then a bold young woman crosses his path. Maxine grew up so pretty and attracted so much unwanted attention in her Texas hometown that events spiraled out of control. She will try anything to escape the handsome, enigmatic gunfighter who intends to turn her over to a corrupt sheriff who will hang her instead of putting her on trial.
Saddled with a sassy, spirited young woman who insists she is innocent, Degan must hunt down a vicious killer and keep an old enemy at bay. But forced into intimate proximity with his beguiling prisoner, he finds his desire sparking into a wildfire of passion, and he can no longer deny that it is time for them to risk confronting their pasts so he can have a chance at a future with her in his arms forever.