The Gunslinger

Avon Impulse. 2014. NAp. ebk. ISBN 9780062353078. $1.99. WESTERN ROMANCE
Heath's Western romance, originally published in 1999, has a slightly retro feel and something traditional in the way it reads. Not that this is a bad thing. Chance Wilder lives by his guns, and though he wants to hang them up, he knows that the minute he does, someone will come along to make his reputation by challenging Chance. He's been hired to run off Lillian Madison, but when her kid brother offers everything he has to save his sister from a gang of thugs, Wilder can't resist the offer or the woman. The entire populace think that Lillian is no better than the town whore, but nothing is as it seems.
VERDICT The Gunslinger is a surprisingly sweet historical Western, with a twist at the end that takes the story off the standard path. These unlikely lovers find each other through a minefield of secrets and lies, and the reveals make the happy ending that much more deserved. Recommended for Western romance fans.
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