A Texas Ranger, a lady blacksmith, a fierce passion, a dangerous game.
Caleb Graham has spent the last four years in too many dangerous situations to count. As a Texas Ranger, he knows no fear, or at least he never shows it. When he’s sent to force a blacksmith off government seized property, he runs face to face into the woman who will change his life.
Aurora Foster grew up on the very land the obnoxious Ranger is trying to throw her off of. Her parents and her husband died for it and there is no chance she would leave without a fight. A lady blacksmith might be an anomaly but she has the strength of the steel she forges and the courage to fight for what she believes is right.
When Aurora is inadvertently injured by Caleb, he seeks medical help from a neighboring ranch. The sprawling hacienda is full of the finer things in life and the one person Caleb never expected to see again… his youngest brother Benjamin. Forced to flee from a man who has kept the boy captive, the trio become traveling companions in a deadly game where no one wins.
Life turns upside down and sideways for Caleb and Aurora, caught in a game neither of them expected while they desperately try to save the boy who was lost to his family. Pursued and hunted, the three of them ride for the Circle Eight ranch. The unlikely pair of rescuers fight their attraction and for their lives
I love, love, LOVE this series. In this book, Emma Lang (AKA Beth Williamson) has blended the perfect amount of American Frontier plotlines with sexy romance and it kept me hooked from the start. It is a series which should be read in order as the overarching series arc is vital to the sub-plots within the individual tales.
Caleb has decided that serving the state of Texas and searching for his little brother is more important than living with his family. When he goes to “evict” Rory from her forge (because women couldn’t own property at this time so the land had defaulted to ownership of the state of Texas), he doesn’t expect to find someone as feisty, or female, working as a blacksmith. I loved the fact that she amused him rather than shocked him. She wore trousers, did a man’s job and swore like a sailor but he didn’t bat an eyelid as he saw the woman that she felt she had to hide to succeed in her career. He seemed to understand, and even respect, her lifestyle choices. When she got hurt, and had to be taken to the baddies ranch to be treated, he didn’t baby her or treat her as a lesser being. He cajoled and supported her in such a way that she was able to help herself as much as she could and I swooned. J
Writing strong heroines is something that Emma Lang is very good at and Rory is amazing. She is larger than life without becoming a cartoon character. She portrays herself in a way that she feels she needs to, but has had to suffer the consequences because of it. I felt that she didn’t know how to feel like a woman and I adored that Caleb made her feel slightly more feminine. Throughout the tale, she was strong and compassionate when she needed to be and it made me want her to get her happy ever after. I knew her home was gone (stupid laws) and I got so angry that she was forced away from everything because of gender; it made her HEA even sweeter.
The romance was well fleshed out and completely satisfying. As Caleb and Rory transitioned from enemies to lovers, I was willing the story on at every step of the way. I loved the way that Caleb complimented her character without ever belittling her choices and I loved the way she made him softer. They made such a dynamic couple I wanted to keep reading about them. There were no real obstacles to them getting together as the conflict come more from the external storyline. I enjoyed the fact that I could sit and relax into the budding romance, content in the knowledge that these two wouldn’t fall foul of any communication issues. The sex scenes were scorching hot; neither of these two was shy about getting pleasure from the other. They were a fascinating couple to read about in a brilliant storyline….I do adore this series.
Overall this was a compelling story just like I knew it would be. With a dreamy cowboy hero, who just wants to make his family whole again, and a heroine who just wants to do the job she loves inspite of her gender, this was bound to keep me interested! I would highly recommend this book.