Review: The Preacher’s Outlaw by Patricia Bates

The Preacher’s Outlaw by Patricia Bates
Release Date: August 26, 2012
Publisher:  Decadent Publishing Company, LLC
Pages: 51
Source:  Publisher

Escaped convict Abigail Murphy’s on the run while plotting revenge on the man responsible for her imprisonment and the deaths of her parents. When she gets to Freewill, Wyoming, she gets lost in the bustle until she comes face to face with Daniel Yuleman, a man who could ruin everything.

Daniel is a man wearing two hats. Preacher and lawman, he’s been in Freewill for a couple of months waiting to pick up the trail of two killers when Abigail arrives. Told to watch her, he’s drawn by the shadows in her eyes. The closer he gets to her, the more dangerous it becomes. As her secrets come out, he finds himself fighting to keep her and their burgeoning love alive.

Can an outlaw capture the heart of a preacher turned lawman, or will they both end up on the run?


Review: Abigail has escaped prison to hunt down the man that has made her life miserable. When she arrives in Wyoming she gets accustomed to the life as she is plotting revenge. Things change when she meets up with Daniel.   Daniel has been in Wyoming for the past few months waiting on two killers to come along. He was not expecting to find Abigail while there. He has been told to watch out for her, but had not intention of falling in love for her.

A great short read that has a bit or romance along with some suspense.   I enjoyed the book for several reasons. One of the characters being a lawman and a preacher is not very common. At least for the books I have read.  We can see Daniel struggle with both sides of dealing with Abigail. The struggle within him, falling in love and doing the right thing.  Abigail’s character draws you into the book immediately as we would all feel the same way.  I would want revenge if someone took a loved one away from me in such a tragic way.  Second, the banter between the two characters makes one laugh and get frustrated.  You can feel the love slowly coming about and happens at the end.  Which in this case works for this novella.  It would have been nice to learn more of Abigail and her past. Last, the author did a great job with the setting.  It fit the story for the right time period and help draw the reader into the storyline.

I enjoyed the book.