"Sparks fly between naïve Cassie and gun-for-hire 'Angel'"
Cassie has done it again. She's gotten herself in
trouble. She didn't mean to. Her intentions were good,
but then her intentions are always good. Cassie meddles.
When she sees a problem she attempts to fix it. This time
she's tried to fix the feud between the MacKauleys and the
Catlins. She's done this by encouraging a romance with
hopes of a marriage between the youngest in each family.
Unfortunately on the wedding night they had a fight and
went back home to their respective families. Now both
families are angry with Cassie and have given a date by
when she has to leave the area.
Cassie writes to Lewis Pickens a Peacemaker to come and
help her out with her little problem. It is not Lewis
Pickens but Angel, who we met in Johanna Lindsay's
previous book Savage Thunder. Lewis has gotten himself
shot so he in turn asks his friend Angel to go in his
place as a favor. Cassie is not impressed. She wanted a
peacemaker not a hired gun. She's worried that if the
MacKauleys and Catlins see Angel they'll think she hired
him to fight them instead of talk.
The sparks fly from the beginning. Angel thinks Cassie is
naïve not to mention mouthy. Cassie thinks all Angel
knows is how to kill. Thinking to throw the MacKauleys
off the track when she meets them in town; she claims
Angel is her fiancée. After attempts to scare her into
leaving fail; R.J. MacKauley comes to the ranch with a
preacher in tow and insists at gun point that Cassie and
Angel marry. Now the excitement really begins between the
two of them.
I like the two main characters. Cassie is not afraid to
speak her mind, which is unusual in that time period when
women really had no voice especially in marriage.
Marriage is a 50-50 proposition and they exemplify it very
well in this book. There are other strong women in the
book as well. The men are not weak but they accept the
fact that women have a mind as well. Johanna Lindsay has
given us another keeper.
Sophie Murphy © Copyright July 2002
Reviewed by Sophie Murphy
Posted December 28, 2003