Review: A Kiss in the Shadows by Marie Patrick

A Kiss in the Shadows by Marie Patrick
Release Date: October 26, 2015
Publisher: Crimson Romance
Pages: 280
Source: Book provided by the publisher for review



Danger lurks in the mountains of New Mexico when sheriff-turned-bounty-hunter Brock MacDermott goes on the prowl for infamous outlaw Zeb Logan. Logan killed Brock’s brother and his family in an ambush, and Brock has never forgiven himself for failing to keep them safe.

Driven by his single-minded mission to make Logan pay, he rides from town to town on a lonely quest, careful to keep emotional attachments at arm’s length – until young, beautiful Stevie Rae Buchanan insists on joining his hunt. Stevie Rae’s father was also brutally murdered by Logan, and she won’t rest until the outlaw is either behind bars or dead.

There’s no room for romance when you’re chasing down a dangerous criminal, but when undeniable feelings develop between them, Stevie Rae and Brock must decide whether capturing Logan is worth sacrificing everything else.


Review:  Take a trip to a time when outlaws were chased on horseback and having the quickest draw meant you’d live to see another sunrise. Author Marie Patrick delivers a tale straight from the Wild West with A Kiss in the Shadows.

The twist, though, comes in the form of Stevie Rae Buchanan. She is certainly not your typical refined young lady, nor is she a painted lady from the saloon. Instead, she’s a woman determined to avenge the loss of her father at the hands of outlaw Zeb Logan. She’s resourceful enough to know that she needs Brock MacDermott’s help.

As the male lead character, Brock MacDermott provides an example of a man determined to fight for justice. He, too, has lost loved ones because of Zeb Logan. He’s a quiet man, but there’s a lot of emotion under the surface.

Although drawn to Stevie Rae, the last thing on his mind is romance. For Stevie Rae, thoughts of revenge have to take first priority. When Logan’s trail gets hotter, life starts getting complicated for this duo. While drawn together by a shared goal, they soon have to decide whether they want to sacrifice a possible relationship in order to achieve revenge.

Although historical romances set in this time period are not my favorite, the author did a good job delivering a story featuring a strong female character. In spite of Stevie Rae’s bravado, her skills aren’t quite up to par, which leads to a humorous scenario. The characters have a solid rapport, making it easy for the reader to develop a connection. It was refreshing to find a story set in this time period with a female character like Stevie Rae.