ROMANCE

This Gun for Hire

Berkley Sensation. Apr. 2015. 384p. ISBN 9780425277430. pap. $7.99; ebk. ISBN 9780698180840. HISTORICAL ROMANCE
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With her rough-and-tumble upbringing, it's difficult to picture bounty hunter Calico Nash going undercover as a tutor. It's also the last thing bodyguard Quill McKenna can imagine when he witnesses the quick-witted, cool-headed Calico deal soundly with a bunch of brutal thugs. But when mining mogul Ramsey Stonechurch needs protection (and a tutor) for his 17-year-old daughter, Quill knows Calico would be perfect for the job. It would also be the perfect chance to get to know the unexpectedly tempting sharpshooter better. Danger, treachery, and clever subterfuge infuse this complex and multilayered story that boasts more than one despicable villain.
VERDICT Nonstop, sometimes violent action; wicked and witty banter; tender, laughter-laced ardor; and a passel of vividly rendered characters will sweep readers deep into Goodman's adventurous Wild West. Another addition to her growing canon of must-read historicals. Goodman (In Want of a Wife) lives in West Virginia.

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