Review: Outlaw’s Honor by B. J. Daniels

Outlaw’s Honor by B. J. Daniels
Series:  Cahill Ranch (# 2)
Release Date:  May 30,  2017
Publisher: Harlequin Books
Pages:  384
Source: book provided by NetGalley for review

 

 

She never expected this Cahill to be her hero or the only man she’d need

It’s hard to forget a beautiful woman who picks your pocket the first time you meet. Darby Cahill recognizes Mariah Ayres the moment she walks into his bar looking for a job. He shouldn’t hire heror crave more after one impulsive kiss. But what starts as curiosity about her motives turns to concern when he senses how much danger she’s in.

Mariah has been running ever since she left her fiance at the altar. Now she’s playing the part of the perfect employee, terrified that her past will catch up with her. But Darby has already seen through her act. He’s the kind of guy who saves people. And even if Mariah’s given him no reason to trust her, he’s determined to protect herand he’ll risk his life to do it.

 

Review: Outlaw’s Honor was a quick read that had me turning the pages far into the night.  The book was fast paced with a great deal of action and adventure taking place in rural Montana with lots of law enforcement, ranchers,  rugged cowboys and strong women who seem to meet their match. I was drawn into the story immediately and loved the vivid descriptions of the lands and the town along with the many storylines going on that were interwoven seamlessly.  Mariah is a Romani and has a lot of secrets whereas Darby is more the what you see is what you get type of person.  They have instant chemistry but different agendas when they do meet again after their paths unexpectedly crossed at the fair or do they?  Watching them take one step forward and two or three back was often heartbreaking as was his brother Flint’s relationship with Maggie due to his crazy ex-wife’s involvement.  The Cahills were always there for each other, even their offbeat dad at times, but Darby and his twin, Lillie, could almost read each other’s minds.

There was a lot of violence, break-ins and several mysteries to solve along with danger, fear, anger, hurt, injuries, sadness, disbelief, mistrust, tears, laughter, happiness, loving and love.  The characters were well-developed and there was a nice flow to the story. Harper, the sheriff’s deputy, was a hard person to like and I wasn’t thrilled with the way he led the young waitress, Vicki, on even though she seemed to know what she was doing and welcomed his attention.  There were several happily-ever-afters in the offing but several that didn’t come to fruition.  There was nice closure with enough loose ends to lead us into the next book about the Cahill Ranch, Cowboy’s Legacy, and I for one can’t wait!

B. J. Daniels is a new to me author only having read Atonement in her Beartooth, Montana series.  Guess I have a lot of reading to do and more books to add to my always growing TBR pile!


joanne