Shane Cordell, raised by the Cheyenne, is savagely handsome. Women are drawn to him like a moth to a flame, and he’s every bit as dangerous. His heart never gets involved…until now. Ashley Clayton is beautiful and independent, She was raised without a mother’s touch, having only her father and ranch hands to ease her into womanhood. She is naive in the ways of etiquette but not in the ways of the flesh, horseflesh mostly. Upon her first encounter with Shane, she feels a strong attraction immediately, but there is a lie…a lie she is sworn to keep. A lie that seems so innocent now bodes heartache for their future. Shane must face his past in a courtroom where he is charged with rape and murder. Just as he’s found not guilty, Ashley’s innocent lie sends him running again, this time into a prostitute’s arms.
Publisher and Release Date: Siren Publishing, July 2013
Time and Setting: Western Historical, 1867
Genre: Historical Romance
Heat Level: 2
Reviewer Rating: 3.5 stars
Review by Vikki
The story starts out with Ashley Clayton looking for her stallion, Dante. He’s gotten loose and without him, she’ll lose her ranch. As she searches for Dante, she’s caught up in a terrible snowstorm and a low hanging branch sweeps her off her horse, knocking the wind out of her and she passes out.
Along comes Shane Cordell. He finds her in the storm and takes her to a nearby hunting cabin. When Ashley wakes up, he uses humor to help her forget how improper it is to wake up with a strange man, and unclothed. Unsure of Shane, she tells him she’s a widow. This fact becomes very important later on in the story. Shane takes her back to her ranch, and she hires him to find her stallion.
Shane, who was raised with the Cheyenne Indians, is able to track her stallion, but night comes before they can find him, so they spend the night in an abandoned cabin, and they let passion take over. Imagine his shock when he discovers she’s a virgin. It’s beyond him how any man married to her could stay away from her.
Shane continues to track her stallion during the day and make love to her at night. The following day, he spots the horse with a herd of wild mares and decides to wait before he tries to capture him. Ashley grows impatient and tries to capture the horse herself, sending the herd into a panic. She falls and when Shane comes to her rescue, he ends up badly hurt.
Thank goodness Shane’s friend, Red Wolf, finds them and helps Ashley get him to another’s friend’s ranch where she nurses him back to health. Just when the emotional connection begins to blossom between them, Shane is arrested for murder and rape and is hauled off to jail.
The rest of the story is about overcoming adversity to find true love and I enjoyed it book immensely. It’s fast paced and has an intriguing plot. I found it very hard to put down, because I wanted Shane and Ashley to have their ‘Happily Ever After’. The only reason I couldn’t give this book four stars was because, the author did quite a bit of head hopping, which at times made it hard to follow and a bit annoying. Nevertheless, it was an enjoyable read and I look forward to other books by this talented author.