Unlawful Hearts

Suzi Goode
Unlawful Hearts
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Turquoise Morning Press
Release Date
October 2010
Historical Romance, Western Romance

Dead or Alive?

1871. Courageous Amanda Bodreaux has no idea if her secretive husband is dead or alive. He's run off leaving her to fight in an aggressive man's world with a pistol in her dainty hand. When a strikingly handsome and mysterious man shows up needing a wife, Amanda figures his problems, whatever they might be, aren't hers. How wrong can a woman be?

Emery Cobbs knows even before his arrival in Water Springs, Missouri, that Amanda is his problem. And more. She is prettier and pricklier than a man has a right to lay eyes on, and she must also know the location of the diamonds her irresponsible husband squirreled away. With a gun pointed at his head, Emery doesn't have many options left.

Will he marry Amanda for the diamonds or will he die in the process? At her hands?

Book Review by SherryG (author)
Nov 10, 2010   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
117 people found the following review helpful
Ms Goode is a builder of strong characters. Immediately we see her heroine and bar owner, Amanda Bodreaux, is still anxiously awaiting her errant husband's return. But in his absence she's not wilted and pined, she's toughened up and learned to look out for herself. It's not long before the reader discovers her missing husband is no knight in shining armour nor does he keep company with those who uphold the law. The day Emery Cobbs rides into town is the day things begin to turn pear-shaped for Amanda.

Ms Goode's hero is an enigma. We soon learn how he can declare his love to a woman he's never met and mean it. And yet… There is something about Cobb that has the reader reserving judgement. His previous association with the no-good Bill Bodreaux create conflict and suspense. Is he really the good guy, or is he the front runner for the long ago demised Bill's shady pals?

The story plot is a good one, her characters are well formed and creditable but the time-line slips in a few places and on several faulty sentence structure pulls the reader out of the story. Trying to get enough information into sixty-one pages is also not easy, and for me, Ms Goode hasn't quite pulled it off. That said, for lovers of Western romance asset in the late 1800s this book is for you. It is warm, suspenseful, and full of substance and introduces you to characters you can root for.
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