The Particulars: Historical Romance, Avon, available as e-book and in print.
The Source: The bookshelf
The Grade: B
The Blurb:Hoping to cool off a twenty-five-year-old feud between two neighboring families, Cassie Stuart only succeeds in pouring kerosene on the flames. Both sides have warned her to get out of Texas pronto. . .or they will burn her father's ranch to the ground. What Cassie needs is a peacemaker but she ends up with a widow-maker instead.
He is called Angel, a ruggedly handsome hired gun with eyes as black as sin. Unwanted and unwelcomed by his ungrateful employer, he would just as soon leave Cassie to fend for herself. But a stubborn sense of duty, and a desire to taste the sweetness of her kiss steels Angel's resolve to make Cassie want him, come hell or high water. . .and for more than his gun alone.
This is one of the classic, old skool, historical romances. I bought it years ago, and had forgotten about it when I found it in the wardrobe at my mum's place. (My wardrobe there is BIG and filled with books.)
I know from experience that some books doesn't survived the test of time. But I was happily surprised when I started to re-read this one.
I fell in love with the characters, especially Angel and Cassie. Cassie's nosiness and tendency to poke her nose into other people's business made me laugh. Angel had a core of honor that I liked, even though I had to blink away tears when .he spoke about his childhood.
And the setting.The setting felt well researched. It was interesting to get a glimpse of the wild west, and one that at least felt believable. In fact, it felt so believable that I sometimes could feel the burning sun, and taste the dust in the air.
The plot was fast paced. I admired Cassie for her refusal to back down, and do the sensible thing which would have been to head back to Wyoming. I loved how Cassie's stubbornness kept Angel on his toes. There were plenty of plottwists that took me by surprise, yet in hindsight they made sense.
I enjoyed this book, for ¾ of the book ,but after awhile I started to get a bit annoyed, since it felt like their road to their HEA was stretched out a bit too long. But it was a good read, and one I plan to re-read.