In the shadows of the Old West, that untamed land, live bands of outlaws and outsiders. In a time when fevers could fell whole towns, these few survivors are marked. Marked…and forever changed.
Sam Kane is the oldest brother, the steadfast son and the confident marshal. He’s never met a problem too hot to handle until a gang behind a string of robberies across the territory set their sights on his town. Now with the bank’s gold inexplicably missing from a locked safe, the town hunting the elusive thieves and a passionate redhead with a fiery secret in his jail, Sam has his hands full.
Scarlett Morning Star lived in seclusion in the mountains of West Texas most of her life. She longs for adventure, but with seven very protective older brothers, adventure is hard to come by. When she tags along uninvited on their latest escapade, she is left behind during a bank robbery and finds herself in the custody of the very sexy town marshal.
The town wants to lynch her, the Marshal wants answers and her brothers want her back, can Scarlett keep it together or will her explosive secret burn them all?
Her life. His badge. Their fight.
Review: When ruggedly handsome Marshal Sam Kane discovers Scarlett Morning Star and her brothers robbing his bank you quickly realize this is not going to be your typical western romance. Ms. Long weaves paranormal elements into the Wild West so gracefully that shape shifting, fire-starting and psychic ability naturally blend into the rough and tumble town of Hel Dorado.
Sam Kane and his brothers are quintessential cowboys; every bit the alpha-male with a swagger and strength that define the Marlboro man. But don’t write off Scarlett and her band of brothers who are equally strong and defiant. The firestorm between Sam and Scarlett scorches through the pages. Rivalries ensue among both sets of brothers waging a war to keep and protect family names.
This is the first in a series and I fell in love with the Kane’s and the Morning Star’s. Not since Bonanza has there been such an interesting group of brothers (on each side). Sam and Scarlett’s tale is so rich that it leaves the reader longing for the next brother’s story. And once you meet them, it’s clear that each has a story waiting to be told.
I highly recommend this book even if western’s aren’t your normal read. WARNING: Bring water. It’s awfully hot out in Hel Dorado.