This is my first Linda Lael Miller read and I don’t think it will be my last. While this one was a very quick read and HEA it was still a good enough read that I will take a look at the back-list in the series.
Sawyer has just arrived in Blue River, TX in the middle of a snowstorm. He is in town to take over as marshal for his cousin but ends up with more than he had ever imagined. As he is riding to the hotel he is shot by an unknown assailant and ends up falling off his horse in front of the schoolhouse. Lucky for him he ends up being found by Piper who brings him in and binds his wound as best she can.
Piper is a strong woman but in those times it just isn’t proper (no matter how innocent it actually is) for a single woman to share a house with a non-relative male. She ends up having her reputation tarnished but Sawyer proposes a marriage in order to keep the gossips at bay. Yeah sure they have only known each other for a few days, most of which he was sleeping and recovering from the gunshot, but hey we are in the world of romance books so all must work out in the end.
I think the reason I liked the romance even in such a short span was that Sawyer didn’t push her to truly do anything Piper didn’t want to. I also liked what you saw of Piper and her willingness to do what’s right even at the cost of her reputation in a time where a single woman with no family desperately needed to hold on to it otherwise she could end up jobless and resorting to prostitution to survive. She’s strong and mouthy which will suit Sawyer and his extended family perfectly in the long run.
This was an enjoyable quick read and I thank NetGalley.com/Harlequin Books for letting me read it in exchange for my honest review.
An Outlaw’s Christmas – Linda Lael Miller – 3 Stars