Published by Harlequin Special Releases on August 21, 2018
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Running from her past…
Into the arms of an outlaw!
In this Outlaws of the Wild West story, gunslinger Zane Pierce is the only man who can shield brothel madam Glory Winters against a dangerous threat. But safety at the smoldering Zane’s side comes at a price, and soon it’s not just the secrets of her past that have Glory on edge…it’s the realization that she might be losing her heart to an outlaw!
~~Reviewed by Monique~~
Zane Pierce’s work in Helena, Montana Territory was done; he would be leaving soon, but he still wanted to know more about Glory Winters, Victoria House’s madam. They had met a few times in the past, had talked a little, but she intrigued Zane, more than he wanted to admit. He had heard a man speaking menacingly to Glory, but when she admits she had received a threatening message, Zane knows he will not leave this town while Glory needs his help.
Harper St. George’s superb descriptive prose makes the Wild West alive once more in this latest instalment of the Outlaws of the Wild West. Because of the author’s subtle inclusion of past events, AN OUTLAW TO PROTECT HER stands perfectly on its own, but readers of the series will be happy to see how featured characters from the previous books have fared. The Wild West fascinates me: it was a perilous, but very exciting time, and Harper St. George incorporates the dangers and the romance seamlessly. The characters are complex, very appealing, flawed, and real. I also loved the diversity they represent, which respects the reality of the times: Zane is part Native American, Able – Glory’s friend, and business partner – is African American, and Glory is a late nineteenth-century woman who overcame terrible odds and has succeeded in the world. The story is impeccably paced and flawlessly balanced as the intrigue and the romance are woven in a very skillful manner, one never completely overshadowing the other. The tone of the book is quiet and intimate, and what introspection there is works in favour of the story, instead of against it, as neither of our main protagonists is prone to outbursts.
Zane does not believe in love, and given what had happened to him in the past, no one could blame him, yet a more attentive, caring, understanding hero would be hard to find. He’s a gunslinger, but he knows what it is to hurt, and Glory has been through hell and back. AN OUTLAW TO PROTECT HER is a fabulous example of how wonderful a slow-burn romance can be, and how satisfying it is when everything occurs at the right time, for the right reasons, and when there are no artificial conflicts to mar the story. I never expected such a tender romance between an outlaw and a madam; it was a thing of beauty. The suspense angle is just as successfully exploited, and the reason behind the threats was truly revolting, and yet only too real. The ending is explosive, and just as emotionally potent as the romance because there was so much as stake, and the epilogue hits all the right notes. What a great story!
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.