Sunday, August 30, 2009

A Wanted Man by Linda Lael Miller

HQN Books
May 2008 Paperback

The past has a way of catching up with folks in Stone Creek, Arizona. So schoolmarm Lark Morgan and Marshal Rowdy Rhodes are determined to hide their secrets-and deny their instant attraction. That shouldn't be too hard, since each suspects the other of living a lie. Her too-fancy clothes and big-city ways inspire gossip all over town; his blond good looks and impudent grin belong to a man sporting a gunfighter's coat.

But Rowdy and Lark have one truth in common: the very real dangers they face. Like the gang of robbers wreaking havoc on the railroad heading toward Stone Creek-the men Ranger Sam O'Ballivan expects Rowdy to nab. And as past and current troubles collide, Rowdy and Lark must surrender their stubborn pride to the greatest power of all-an undying love.

My Thoughts:
I read the first, The Man from Stone Creek, in the Stone Creek series a few years ago, and thought what could be a better way to help celebrate the Great Western Drive (Ramblings on Romance) than to read the second in the series, A Wanted Man. I didn't count on not remembering much more than the hero and heroine. This created a feeling of picking up the series mid stride and experiencing this world for the first time. Linda Lael Miller did not disappoint by any means.

I enjoyed going back to the Old West and reading about train robberies, people with their troubles in a simpler time, and the loyalty of an old dog. A Wanted Man reminded me why I started reading HR in the first place and made me question the why of leaving the Old West for so long. If you have not yet had the pleasure of reading any part of the Stone Creek series, I suggest you take time and settle in. I am sure you won't be disappointed.

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