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Fri
Apr 4 2014 9:30am

It Had to Be You by Delynn RoyerAs the longest, coldest winter in recent memory emits a last gasp, we welcome April with a spring in our step and a song in our hearts. A new crop of not-usual historicals bloom this month, offering readers some interesting variety. A plucky girl reporter, a passion that nearly consumes Salem, Massachusetts, and a bookseller hero to make us swoon are just a few of the intriguing offerings.

The Roaring '20s!

It Had to Be You by Delynn Royer

New York City, 1924

Determined to pursue her dream of becoming a crime reporter, heiress Trixie Frank believes she's off to a running start when she lands a job at the most successful tabloid in Manhattan. Unfortunately, her high hopes fade fast when she's assigned to the rewrite desk.

Sean Costigan is a demoted homicide detective on the commissioner's blacklist. The last thing he needs complicating his life is a perky debutante with delusions of becoming the next great American journalist. Too bad she happens to hold one of the keys to solving his latest case, the Central Park murder of a notorious gangster. The other key? Sean's childhood sweetheart, the victim's widow, who has gone missing.

Sean soon has more trouble with dames than any good man deserves. But that's the least of his worries. When he suspects deadly corruption within his own department, it's not just his and Trixie's careers that depend on finding the killer. It's their lives.

[Outside of the box is where these books live...]

Fri
Mar 14 2014 9:30am

More Than She Expected by Karen TempletonKaren Templeton
More Than She Expected
Harlequin / March 18, 2014 (print); April 1, 2014 (digital) / $5.50 print, $4.99 digital

Neighbor, handyman and…husband? One woman finds her heart's desire right in her own backyard in award-winning author Karen Templeton's newest addition to her popular miniseries Jersey Boys! 

He's just a friend! is the mantra pregnant Laurel Kent lives by while pretending not to stare at sexy Tyler Noble, the gorgeous neighbor who's been all-too-kindly playing Mr. Fix-It in her house. After all, she needs the help more than she cares to admit—her sharp-tongued grandmother is her only family. But it's getting nearly impossible to ignore the sparks and butterflies she feels in her tummy every time he smiles at her…and that's not the baby talking! 

It's ironic to Tyler that he's repairing the fence separating his yard from Laurel's when all he wants is zero barriers between them! Sure, she's pregnant, and no, she insists she's not looking for Husband #2. But he knows if she'd give him a chance, he could prove that he's the missing piece needed to complete her new family…. 

Romance readers constantly get called into question for their reading choices. Every book published is escapist fluff, ergo all romance readers are so worn down by reality that they need this genre to give their pathetic little lives meaning. Category romance readers get this sort of nonsense from both camps though—non-romance readers and fellow romance fans who cannot fathom why you’re reading a book about a sheikh. Category romance does play upon certain tropes and a lot of them do have a certain element of escapism to them. Royal characters, sheikhs, secret babies, amnesia plots, hunky cowboys—they are all staples of the category universe and I love every single one of them. But the category books none of those naysayers ever seem to know about? Those are the books Karen Templeton writes.

[What makes them so distinct?...]

Wed
Mar 12 2014 9:30am

Love's Revenge by Joan AveryEvery month I scour for the new releases for historical romances that offer up readers something a little different. Some months are a boon, and some months feature only a few select titles. When I started this post for March, I found myself getting smacked in the face with only a few titles. Surely, that’s not all there is? Surely, there must be more? I took my quandary, my disappointment, directly to Twitter—where lo and behold my prayers were answered. Yes, there was more! I was looking for love in all the wrong places, and like all trusted friends should do, Twitter was there to hold my hand and offer me advice. March isn’t a lamb, March is a lion! Here her roar!

American-Set!

Love’s Revenge by Joan Avery
St. Louis, Missouri, 1879

Heiress Kate Barker thought she’d met the man of her dreams the night the mysterious English viscount swept her off her feet at the masquerade. Until his real identity is revealed—the cold, calculating scoundrel is really there to rip her world apart.

The only things that have kept widower Stephen Worth alive for the past two years are the pomise of revenge against the man who framed him for murder and the love for Andy, his son, who was taken by the beautiful but vexing sister of his dead wife. He didn’t know what to expect when he met Kate, but it wasn’t undeniable desire.

[Always the perfect unexpected reaction!]

Mon
Mar 10 2014 2:00pm

The Rancher Rescuer by Donna AlwardThere is a moment in every woman’s life where she comes to the realization that no matter how much she loves, how much she pours her soul into a relationship, no matter how hard she may try, she cannot fix what doesn’t want to be fixed. If someone does not want to change, if someone does not want help, there is nothing you can do to will it so. Sure, your love for that person might be a driving force behind them wanting to change, but just you being there and loving hard enough isn’t all it takes. The other party has to want it too, and if they don’t? Sometimes the only thing you can do is let go.

That’s what Amy Wilson realizes about Jack Shepherd in Donna Alward’s latest, Her Rancher Rescuer. Living in a small town, and being single, Amy’s dating pool has been the size of a wading pond. Naturally she’s dated most of the eligible bachelors in town, and naturally none of those relationships worked out. So now it’s “poor, desperate Amy who cannot find a man.” She’s sick of it, tired of it, and knows that if she wants any sort of life she needs to get out of the rut she’s in, which means going to work at Jack Shepherd’s Montana ranch, which doubles as a corporate retreat.

[A change could do you good...]

Sun
Mar 9 2014 11:00am

Boyd and Raylan in JustifiedThere’s nothing like a smooth talker. That guy who always knows the right thing to say and has a way of saying it that will make a girl lose any small shred of common sense that she’s still hanging on to. Oh sure, guys with movie star looks are all well and good—but a man who can turn a phrase? That’s the stuff of true love right there, and it’s what has turned millions of women on to Justified. Half the fun of watching the show is waiting for those few breathless moments when the writers are going to finally, mercifully, put villain Boyd Crowder, and U.S. Deputy Marshal, Raylan Givens on screen together. When that happens the dialogue is fantastic, the chemistry is electric, and you begin to wonder why these guys are even bothering with the women in their lives. Whatever they think they may have with their respective female partners, it’s a pale shadow of what happens when these two guys get into the same room together. C’mon Raylan and Boyd; just admit it to yourselves and the TV viewing public. You’ll never be as good with anybody else as you are with each other.

[+5 more ridiculously hot pics...]

Fri
Feb 21 2014 3:03pm

City of Jasmine by Deanna RaybournThanks to Valentine's Day, February is the month when all our fancies turn to romance. In reality, a lot of us are tired of being buried under snow drifts and thinking about murdering a certain groundhog in Pennsylvania. While many of us may have the winter blues, why take a trip to a more inspiring locale, courtesy of some historical romances that take you off the beaten path?

The 1920s!

City of Jasmine by Deanna Raybourn

Famed aviatrix Evangeline Starke never expected to see her husband, adventurer Gabriel Starke, ever again. They had been a golden couple, enjoying a whirlwind courtship amid the backdrop of a glittering social set in prewar London until his sudden death with the sinking of the Lusitania. Five years later, beginning to embrace life again, Evie embarks upon a flight around the world, collecting fame and admirers along the way. In the midst of her triumphant tour, she is shocked to receive a mysterious—and recent—photograph of Gabriel, which brings her ambitious stunt to a screeching halt.

With her eccentric aunt Dove in tow, Evie tracks the source of the photo to the ancient City of Jasmine, Damascus. There she discovers that nothing is as it seems. Danger lurks at every turn, and at stake is a priceless relic, an artifact once lost to time and so valuable that criminals will stop at nothing to acquire it—even murder. Leaving the jeweled city behind, Evie sets off across the punishing sands of the desert to unearth the truth of Gabriel's disappearance and retrieve a relic straight from the pages of history.

Along the way, Evie must come to terms with the deception that parted her from Gabriel and the passion that will change her destiny forever...

[But wait, there's more!...]

Tue
Feb 11 2014 10:30am

To Tempt a Viking by Michelle WillinghamThere is nothing quite as tragic as unrequited love; when one person yearns for another and circumstances invariably end up keeping them apart. In Michelle Willingham’s recent Forbidden Vikings duet (To Sin with a Viking and To Tempt a Viking), she took the idea of an arranged marriage that was miserable and slowly dying. Eventually the couple realizes that this relationship is no good, a reality that must be acknowledged after they land in Ireland and are separately kidnapped.

The husband ends up falling in love with an Irish peasant (in To Sin with a Viking). After he is reunited with his wife, Elena, they try to start over, but it is too late. While he has not said anything, and is determined to do the honorable thing by staying true to his vows, Elena knows the truth: their marriage is over. She sets her husband free, which is the right thing to do, but it does not make her feel like any less of a failure. She was terribly unhappy in the union as well, but it doesn’t change the fact that, in her mind, her inability to be the wife her husband needed and wanted is a black mark on her soul.

[Enter another sexy Viking, Ragnar...]

Thu
Feb 6 2014 10:30am

Crazy Stupid Sex by Maisey YatesMaisey Yates
Crazy Stupid Sex
Cosmo Red Hot Reads from Harlequin / February 11, 2014 / $3.99 digital

A multimillionaire by the age of 27, app developer Evie James is clueless when it comes to hooking up. So she does what any self-respecting geek-girl looking to get laid would do: she programs her own app for landing a hot guy. After a few failed attempts at making contact, beta testing leads her to Caleb Anderson.

Caleb is used to female attention, but finds himself attracted to Evie because of her unique brand of awkward. A master of one-night stands, he's more than happy to show her what she's been missing in the bedroom. But he quickly discovers that one night with a woman like Evie will never be enough for him…

I’ll admit that I was leery when I first read the description of Maisey Yates's Crazy Stupid Sex—Oh great, just what we need in contemporary romance, yet another socially awkward heroine who gets schooled in the ways of seduction by a filthy rich playboy hero. Lather, rinse, yawn, repeat. Also the dreaded “smart heroine” description was thrown about.

So often when “smart” is used to describe the heroine that is code for until the hero gives her spectacular orgasms and then she’s going to forget all about her great career and morph into a pod person. What does Yates’s heroine do? She stays awesome, that’s what.

[Now that's what I like to hear...]

Fri
Jan 24 2014 10:30am

January means a new year, new resolutions, and recovering from our collective post-holiday hangover. It’s that magical month of the year where we vow to change our ways, cut back on our chocolate and caffeine intake, drop ten (okay twenty….) pounds, and just be an all-around better, more positive person.

But if you’re also a romance reader? It’s that time of year when you’re looking forward to the new year in books and maybe making a few reading resolutions. Why not make a resolution to stretch your wings, step outside the box, and try an unusual historical? Here are a few hitting the shelves in January!

Paris!

Portrait of Scandal by Annie Burrows

Her heart and hope long since shattered, Amethyst Dalby is content with her life as an independent woman. With wealth of her own, and no one to answer to, she is free to live as she pleases.

Until a trip to Paris throws her into contact with the one man who still has a hold over her—the bitter but still devastatingly sensual Nathan Harcourt! Living as an artist, this highborn gentleman has been brought low by scandal—and he is determined to show Amethyst that life is much more fun if you walk on the dark side….

[More new unusual historicals...]

Mon
Dec 23 2013 12:15pm

Badlands by Jill SorensonJill Sorenson
Badlands
HQN / December 31, 2013 / $7.99 print & digital

Every day, bodyguard Owen Jackson puts his life on the line—and keeps his feelings for Penny Sandoval locked away. Assigned to protect Penny's father, a presidential candidate, Owen can't get emotionally involved. That is, until Penny and her young son, Cruz, are abducted and taken deep into the California badlands. 

Owen knows the bleak territory from his childhood. Worse, he knows the gang leader making ransom demands—his own brother, Shane. When a terrified Penny escapes into the desert with Cruz, Owen has to save her: from the elements and from the gang in close pursuit. Owen has hidden the darkness in his past from Penny. Now his only chance of keeping her alive is to let her see the man he really is—even if it means losing the only woman he'll ever want.

You cannot throw a rock these days without hitting dozens of ongoing series within the romance genre. Even though we all like to complain that there are too many series and whatever happened to the stand-alone romance, we readers are our own worst enemies. The truth is, we love series. Not only do we want to get hooked, we secretly hope that the author will create a power couple. The future romantic couple that is introduced early on in the series that works us up into a frenzy for their promised future book.

[Enter Penny and Owen...]

Wed
Dec 18 2013 3:00pm

Touch and Geaux by Abigail RouxMay old friends be forgot? We don't think so! We're celebrating our favorite reads with four days of the Best of 2013. We asked our bloggers for their favorite books of 2013, with one stipulation, they had to be new to them and not necessarily new to 2013. We know we got a few recommendations to add to our to be read piles and it's a great way to feed those readers you hopefully get for Christmas!

Want more? See the recommendations from Day 2Day 3, and Day 4 as well!

Jennifer Myers

Touch & Geaux by Abigail Roux
The Cut & Run series is really my everything for the year, favorite book, series and new author.  I read them all in two weeks and then did it all over again.  Touch & Geaux ripped me open, put me back together and then did it all over again.

Written in Red by Anne Bishop
The first book in what promises to be an amazing new Urban Fantasy series, Written in Red was un-put-downable.  The world building and graphic nature of the story were amazing.  I adored the unapologetic brutal nature of the shifters.

[See who else made the list!...]

Tue
Dec 17 2013 10:30am

Forged in the Desert Heat by Maisey YatesMaisey Yates
Forged in the Desert Heat
Harlequin / January 1, 2014 / $4.99 print & digital

The Gypsy Sheikh, betrayer, modern-day marauder—Zafar Nejem has been called many things. And now he is to be called Your Majesty. Returning to the throne of Al Sabah, his first act is to rescue American heiress Analise Christensen from her desert kidnappers. 

Since Ana is engaged to the ruler of the neighboring kingdom, her discovery must be concealed until Zafar can explain her presence, or else he risks war. But as the sun rises over the sand dunes, so does the forbidden heat that burns between them, threatening everything….

Personally, I do not read romance novels for escapism. Certainly a really good romance can make me temporarily forget an awful day I had at work, an argument I had with my boyfriend, or the fact that I still haven’t finished my Christmas shopping, but it’s not the driving motivation behind why I personally like the genre. That being said, I understand how important escapism is for other readers. They like that ability to travel outside of themselves, their daily lives, and get swept away to some other world—a world completely foreign to their own personal, day-to-day experiences. Be it a romance set in a paranormal world, a historical setting, or even that staple of the Harlequin Presents universe, the sheikh romance.

[Take me away...]

Tue
Dec 10 2013 3:30pm

Rancher Wants a Wife by Kate BridgesDecember is a notoriously slow month when it comes to new releases, and the list of off-the-beaten track historicals holds true to that fact. But while the list may be light, that does not mean there is a shortage of intriguing sounding options. This month offers readers everything from a mysterious female pianist to a mail order bride to a Regency male escort!

The American West!

Rancher Wants a Wife by Kate Bridges

A marriage to save them both…

Among the responses Cassandra Hamilton receives to her advertisement as a mail-order bride, one stands out—Jack McColton's. The last time she saw him, she was a carefree girl, but tragedy has made her a cautious woman.

Jack is mesmerized by his new bride—Cassandra might bear the scars of recent events, but she's even more beautiful than he remembers. They both have pasts that are hard to forget, but under the cloak of night, can their passion banish the shadows forever?

[We sure hope so!...]

Fri
Nov 22 2013 2:45pm

Somewhere to Dream by Genevieve GrahamWhen I look at the new historical romance offerings every month, hoping to pinpoint settings and tropes that are off-the-beaten path, what I usually find is all over the map. Everything from Vikings to westerns to a Regency historical set in France. But for November I found myself looking at a calendar to make sure we had not time-travelled back to 1776. This month it’s all about those upstart Americans and some not-so-typical Brits.

Those Brash Americans!

Somewhere to Dream by Genevieve Graham

The Cherokee call her Shadow Girl. A white woman adopted by Indians, Adelaide is haunted by the dark dreams she hides—of her murdered family, of the men she fears, and most of all, of the ones that foretell the future. After her visions cause her to make a terrible mistake, she renounces her power and buries her dreams deep in her soul.

Until Jesse Black is captured by the tribe. His life is spared because the Cherokee believe his warrior spirit belongs to their fallen brother. Though he hates all Indians, Adelaide illuminates their way of life for him, just as he shines light into her shadowed heart. But when her dreams return, Jesse must help her face them…or die trying…

To Have and To Hold by Leigh Greenwood

Colby Blaine has been a loner his whole life. And he isn't about to change now. But that doesn't mean he can ignore people in trouble. When he rides up to an inexperienced wagon train under attack, he doesn't hesitate to jump into the fray. It's only after the raid that he really lands himself in hot water...

Naomi Kessling is certainly grateful to Colby for saving her family and agreeing to lead their train to safer territory. But the man has an infuriating way of knowing just how to get under her skin—he asks too may questions about a past she doesn't want to remember, and his touch makes her long for far more. Yet the more time they spend together, the more Naomi sees that perhaps it's Colby who needs rescuing the most...

[+ more new unusual historicals...]

Thu
Oct 31 2013 4:30pm

Expecting a Bolton Baby by Sarah M. AndersonSarah M. Anderson
Expecting a Bolton Baby
Harlequin / November 1, 2013 / $5.25 print, $4.99 digital

In this Bolton Brothers book, first comes the baby…and maybe then comes marriage? 

He'd never expected to see Stella Caine again. After one wild night, she'd walked away—right after revealing that her father was the one man who could threaten the biggest business deal of Bobby Bolton's career. So Bobby left her alone. 

Until now. 

Now Stella is pregnant and staying in his condo. This is a complication that can be solved only one way: marriage. Bobby wants to do the right thing. Hell, he wants her—has never stopped wanting her. Surely he can convince her to say yes, even without those three little words….

I have a confession to make: I don’t get the latest trend of motorcycle guys in romance. I’m sorry, I don’t. Maybe it’s a personal preference issue. I tend to prefer men who look like they’ve showered, shaved and had a hair cut in recent memory. And tattoos? Tattoos officially jumped the shark when it became socially acceptable for every frat boy, grandmother, and celebrity poser to have one.

But the way Sarah M. Anderson writes motorcycle guys? I might have to come around to a new way of thinking. Bobby Bolton may have a reputation in his family of being the youngest “screw-up” brother, but he’s actually the brains behind the family motorcycle operation.

[Smart is always sexy...]

Mon
Oct 28 2013 3:30pm

The Sword Dancer by Jeannie LinMy one hope whenever I pick up a romance novel to read is that the author will give me a moment of truth in the story, that moment when you know exactly what these fictional people are feeling, going through, and tormented by. When that happens, you bleed for them. They stop being fictional characters conjured up from the author’s imagination. They become real. They become flesh and blood, with hopes, dreams, hurts and triumphs.

Jeannie Lin seems particularly skilled at creating this moment for me. She has a way of tormenting her characters, making them figuratively bleed on the page, and knocking the wind out of the reader. The Sword Dancer is rife with these moments, in large part thanks to the plot. Li Feng, a sword dancer living on the wrong side of the law, finds herself having to elude a notorious thief-catcher, Zheng Hao Han, our hero, while she works to unravel the mystery that is her own past.

Naturally the two characters are drawn to each other, never mind that she’s a criminal and he’s essentially a bounty hunter. He has a defined, strict moral code and has a sense of justice that is very black and white. Meanwhile, she’s willing to blur, and outright break, various laws to find the truth of what happened to her family. Once their attraction becomes too much for both of them to ignore, it makes for some gut-wrenching moments.

[Go angsty or go home...]

Sun
Oct 27 2013 10:00am

A Cadence Creek Christmas by Donna AlwardDonna Alward
A Cadence Creek Christmas
Harlequin / November 1, 2013 / $5.99 print / $4.99 digital

Taylor Shepard has come to Cadence Creek to organize her brother's Christmas wedding. Organizing such a special event might be a little bit stressful—but she can't deny she's swept away by the town's holiday charm…and by brooding rancher Rhys Bullock.

Loner Rhys has been burned far too many times in the past. He's sure he has city girl Taylor all figured out—she'll be hightailing it straight back to the city in a few days! But as the snow starts to fall, Rhys and Taylor embark on a tentative winter romance. Could Taylor be the Christmas present Rhys never even knew he wanted?

Any novel, let alone a romance novel, cannot exist without some form of conflict. Not only does conflict keep the plot chugging along, it also gives something for the characters to do other than stand around and look pretty. So it’s really no wonder why Romance Novel Land can sometimes seem overwhelmed with vile parents. Bad parents give characters ready-made baggage and can easily lend themselves to the sort of angst found in primetime television dramas and daytime soap operas.

I wouldn’t classify myself as a relentlessly optimistic person determined to see the good in everybody, but I sometimes have a hard time wrapping my mind around the Mean Mamas and Despicable Daddies that like to set up camp in the genre. I think parents are a lot like your average person. That is to say they’re not all bad. More often than not? They’re just hopelessly clueless. Which is definitely the case with Taylor Shepard’s father in Donna Alward’s latest entry in her Cadence Creek series.

[That's nice for a change...right?]

Thu
Oct 17 2013 9:30am

Rebel with a Heart by Carol ArensOctober brings a nip in the air, and the dawning realization that the holiday season is just around the corner—whether we’re prepared for it or not.  It is also the traditional time of year when publishers start pushing through their annual offering of holiday reads. While none of these not-your-usual historicals are Christmas-themed, the sheer variety of “different” here certainly feels like an early present. Merry Christmas, to one and all!

Western!

Rebel With a Heart by Carol Arens

Trace Ballentine, investigative journalist, has gone undercover to expose corruption at a remote South Dakota hospital. And when his long-lost sweetheart appears out of nowhere—beautiful, vulnerable and with two adorable children in tow—he can't risk blowing his cover.  

Lilleth Preston finds bumbling librarian Clark Clarkly curiously attractive…and strangely familiar. Is there more to the mysterious, bookish Clark than meets the eye? But she has secrets of her own, and revealing the truth could put both Trace and Lilleth in grave danger….

Colonial America!

Laird of Ballanclaireby Jackie Ivie

Kameron Ballan, heir to the Laird of Ballanclaire, has no respect for his father's titles and treaties. They've gotten him naught but trouble - and a betrothal to a sickly Spanish princess. So when his latest peccadillo gets him transported to America to subdue the restless colonies, he's ready to prove his worth as a man, not a figurehead.

Constant Ridgely, seventh daughter of an upright patriot family, discovers Kam beaten senseless by a crowd of colonists. She must hide him or watch him die, but the strange, brawny Scotsman inflames passions she's never guessed at...Under Constant's ministrations, Kam discovers a lovely, innocent woman whose hands stir his desires. But much is at stake and there is much to lose, and their happiness depends on a risk so great only the truly lost would dare...

[What else is new?...]

Wed
Sep 25 2013 2:30pm

Highland Ever After by Maya BanksSeptember seems to be a thin month in general for historicals, so there are only a few options for Prinny-free historicals this month.  Still, there’s a nice variety here among the offerings that I found. 

Highlanders!

Highland Ever After by Maya Banks

After Scotland’s three strongest clans forge a formidable alliance, an uneasy king plots to consolidate power. Knowing that true strength lies in possessing land, fealty, and hearts, he orders sweet Taliesan McHugh to submit to a marriage that will give him control of the coveted McHugh keep. A tender beauty, Taliesan accepts her fate, certain that her lame leg has made her undesirable to any man—until she is swept into the powerful embrace of rugged, devilishly sensual Brodie Armstrong, a warrior who vows to shield her from brutality at any cost.

Fearless and bold, Brodie refuses his king’s command to stand down. Instead, he conspires to rescue the rare beauty whose bravery and innocence stir his blood as no woman ever has. As desperate power struggles reverberate throughout the Highlands, Brodie defies his king and devotes himself to the only mission that commands his loyalty, his blood, and his honor: winning Taliesan’s heart.

[+Westerns, Vikings, and an Egypt-set paranormal!...]

Mon
Aug 12 2013 2:00pm

Under a Texas Sky by Dorothy GarlockI love the Regency, you love the Regency, but sometimes we all need a historical romance that doesn’t mention the weak lemonade at Almack's. Without further ado, here are some historical romances hitting the shelves in August.

Those Upstart Americans!

Under a Texas Sky by Dorothy Garlock

Growing up poor and largely abandoned on the streets of 1920s Chicago, Anna Finnegan has struggled her entire life. Until a talent manager discovers her and brings her into the world of theater. Now years later she's about to start shooting her first movie. Arriving on location in Redstone, Texas, in 1932, Anna steps off the train and collides into Dalton Barnes. He's lived in Redstone all his life and hates how the big city out-of-towners are gawking at the small-town locals like him. It doesn't take long, though, for Anna and Dalton to discover fireworks of a different sort between them. But the movie is plagued by one trouble after another, including a fire that destroys an elaborate set and costumes ruined by huge splashes of paint. Who is sabotaging the film and why? To what lengths will they go? When Anna finds herself threatened, how will she and the love blossoming between her and Dalton survive?

The Ballad of Emma O’Toole by Elizabeth Lane

After shooting a man, the stakes for gambler Logan Devereaux have never been higher. On trial for his life, he's offered a shocking alternate form of restitution…marriage to his victim's pregnant sweetheart!

Beautiful Emma O'Toole has sworn vengeance against him—and when a newspaper man puts her tragic story to song, the whole nation waits to see what she'll do. Their marriage is the riskiest gamble Logan's ever taken. But he'll put everything he's got on the line for a chance at winning Emma's heart.

[Fancy an unusual historical? Look no further!...]