Published by Harlequin Special Releases on August 1st 2017
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A dangerous attraction in Montana!
Castillo Jameson has been hunting a murderer for years. The notorious outlaw never expected his search to lead to a standoff on a train--or having to save a beautiful woman caught in the crossfire...
Caroline Hartford has her own troubles--she wants to become a physician, but her parents demand she marry first. Then Castillo arrives at the wedding she's attending, and Caroline has the perfect solution. She will keep the outlaw's true identity a secret...if he'll pretend to be her fiance!
Outlaws of the Wild West Pistols at dawn, seduction at sunset!
~~Reviewed by Monique~~
Castillo Jameson is still on the trail of Buck Derringer, who murdered Castillo’s grandfather three years before. Castillo is on a train to the Montana Territory, along with his friend Zane, two of the outlawed Reyes Brothers. Caroline Hartford is also on the same train to attend a family wedding. Her Aunt Prudie has asked Caroline to fetch her some scones before the pastries are all gone, and that is when Caroline is grabbed by a bad man: Bennett Derringer, Buck’s son. Zane and Castillo had caught a glimpse of Bennett prior to the incident, a scuffle ensues, they rescue Caroline, but Bennett escapes.
Caroline has been accepted to Boston University School of Medicine, and she is determined to follow in her father’s footsteps. However her parents agree on one condition: Caroline must marry if she is to attend University, and they will find her a suitable husband. Caroline doesn’t like the idea, but when circumstances throw her and Castillo together, a plan starts to form in her brilliant mind: neither she nor Castillo can deny the attraction they feel, so why not go along with it? She will keep to herself that he is a wanted man if he helps her realise her dream.
And with what seems a simple premise, Harper St. George created a magnificent and unforgettable story! A MARRIAGE DEAL WITH THE OUTLAW is a fantastic story of very complicated family relationships, colliding values, and a most fabulous romance! Oh my, and how the sparks fly! There is so much genuine chemistry between Castillo and Caroline, I nearly felt it through my reader! Caroline is sensible, proper, passionate about what she wants and determined to have it, and Castillo is pretty much the same. I loved her and it was so easy to relate to her. Castillo is one of the most charismatic heroes I have read in a good while. I was completely under his spell, especially with that smooth Antonio Banderas accent I could hear in my head. Be still my heart!
On top of this glorious romance, there is the terrific hunt for Derringer with pulse-pounding action and suspense, and always wondering how it will turn out for Castillo and Caroline – separately and/or together – because nothing seemed a sure thing until the very end. Ms. St. George brings the Wild West to life with vivid descriptions of the colourful vistas, and precious historical details that complete the grandiose tableaux of Montana, but also of life in Boston. I was completely entranced by the romance, at how genuine it felt, at how everything was just right on every page, and worrying all the while at how it would end. I am generally not a fan of epilogues, but the one in A MARRIAGE DEAL WITH THE OUTLAW was exactly the ending the book needed. As everything else in this book, it was perfect. The writing is flawless, there are lovely humorous touches, the pacing is impeccable, the dialogues are witty and absolutely brilliant, and the cherry on top: the cover is just ho I imagined Caroline and Castillo. A MARRIAGE DEAL WITH THE OUTLAW is outstanding on all counts!
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced readers’ copy of this book.
**Mass Market Paperback releases on 18 July**