I have to say thank you to all my Twitter friends who had read this and made me really really want it. I was lucky enough to be one of the winners that Edie picked out and got my greedy little hands on this early. I must say how can you go wrong with an ex-nun who gets shot by the hero the first time she meets him… Ok.. It was a mistake but…
Moira is enjoying her morning ritual of walking in a clearing near her house when a strange man rises out of nowhere with a gun cocked and pointed at her head. She isn’t a fainting type of woman so stands up to him and puts him in his place. After this momentary distraction he melts back in to the forest and she continues her walk until she hears a noise and feels something sting her ear. In a bit of shock she realizes she’s been shot and instead of fainting, gets pissed. Yeah this mystery man shot her but then finding out he also shot her friend just pisses her off even more. She’s got her own problems as the reason she renounced her vows and moved to the wild west becomes clear as the book continues. I really liked her and loved watching how strong she was in the face of horrible things but also how even with their less than perfect first meeting she never felt like she wasn’t safe with our hero. She is a very strong woman and doesn’t like anyone to tell her what to do no matter why they are doing so. It was refreshing to see such a strong woman emerge from the hell she was put through in Boston.
When we first meet Del he’s a bit of a rough soul. I mean his job is to hunt and kill Indians who are terrorizing and killing settlers. He’s a tortured soul and as you get to see more of his history your heart will bleed for him. He carries the weight of the world on his shoulders even though he doesn’t deserve all the rep he has. He’s labeled as a deserter/turncoat by those who don’t know the real story and by others who just know his current profession a cold killer. He is torn up by shooting Moira and as he quickly learns the shooting of an innocent Indian. As he gets to know the town better and all the people in it he’s torn by need to move on (he’s not the family kind) before he hurts Moira or staying to put down roots with a woman he is finding it harder to resist every moment he spends with her. What he does when he finds out her past was heartwarming and watching the true man come out and shine was wonderful.
The two of them share a great sense of humor and banter with one another which was refreshing but I would have loved to have this be a bit longer cause I wanted more of them together. Yeah so I’m greedy… *heh*
Thanks again to Edie Harris for giving me my copy and I can’t recommend grabbing this enough. Pre-order it today….