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A Wild West Trilogy That’ll Rope Your Heart!
Sexy lawmen and the women who tame them. (Sort of.) Follow the adventures of the Garrett family and their colorful friends as they tangle with lethal desperadoes, volitile secrets, shady pasts . . . and the complications of true love. Intrigue, high adventure, and sizzling romance abound in this fast-paced historical western trilogy.
Motivated by a childhood promise, Paris Garrett travels to the wilds of Arizona Territory (1877) to seek fame as a stage actress. Never mind that she doesn’t possess a lick of experience or that her true passion is songwriting. Before he died, her papa encouraged her to reach for the stars. She promised to lasso the moon! She’s already slipped free of her over-protective brothers. Nothing and no one, especially some badge-wearing Romeo, is going to stand in her way.
Joshua Grant’s life went from diamonds to dirt in less time than a rattler strikes. His uncle bequeathed him an opera house he doesn’t want, forcing him to quit the law enforcement job he loved. The topper: In order to keep his sidewinder snake of a cousin from inheriting, Josh has to honor his uncle’s will and marry within two weeks. Life can’t get much worse, and then he falls for an eccentric, spitfire songwriter with a mysterious past and a passel of troublesome admirers. Marrying Paris is about as smart as kissing a coyote, but that’s exactly what Josh intends to do–whether she likes it or not. Together they could realize their dreams. That’s if they don’t drive each other crazy first!
I’ve always been a Ciotta fan. It never ceases to amaze me how she can write so spectacularly in multiple genres. Her Cupcake Lovers series is one of the best. While her Wild West series is entirely different, it certainly does not disappoint. It all begins with Lasso the Moon. Paris and Josh don’t quite fall in love, more like tumble into it.
This book made me laugh out loud, hide under my covers and stay up way too late. Trust me, Ciotta’s work is worth the book hangover. Josh and Paris not only have their own story to tell, but perfectly introduce you to Paris’ group of lawmen brothers. I couldn’t put one book down without wanting to pick up another. You’ll be swept up into a whirlwind romance in the wild, Wild West.
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Emily McBride is in a pickle. The preacher’s daughter writes scandalous romantic adventures under a penname and someone’s uncovered her true identity. If the blackmailer exposes her double life her small town friends and the man of her dreams will never speak to her again. Worse, she’s growing fond of her new friend, a literary poet, who would surely be horrified by her dime novel fame.
When lawman Seth Wright is recruited into the covert government agency, The Peacemaker Alliance, he’s eager to kick desperado butt. Instead his first mission is to travel to California to propose to Miss Emily McBride on behalf of his boss. Worse, when he arrives, the small town librarian mistakes him for a dandified poet! With two unwanted suitors and a blackmailer hounding her, Seth pretends to be that poet so he can stay close and protect her. It’s what his new boss would want. Unfortunately, Seth develops genuine feelings for the passionate book lover, which risks his future as a Peacemaker, especially when he learns she is not what she seems. More jolting . . . neither is he.
While I loved the entire Wild West series, I think Romancing the West is my favorite title in the series. I instantly fell in love with Paris’ best friend. Emily is a girl with a story in her head, and she definitely marches to her own drum. She wants to be Annie Oakley, not a “proper lady.” Seth doesn’t want to fall in love, until he’s literally blindsided by Emily. Witnessing these two dance around their mutual attraction, until they finally are honest about one another was a pleasure. Seth was a surprise. I thought he’s be more brash, more like Josh. He truly is a gentle soul with a deep sense of loyalty and duty.
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Famous for bending the law to get his man, former Wells Fargo detective Rome Garrett signs on with the Peacemaker Alliance, a covert government agency intent on taming the west. His first assignment, bringing down cold-blooded killer Bulls-eye Brady, will help return his tarnished career to glory. Even better, when he learns he must team up with the only woman who ever broke his heart, Rome considers it a bonus. He vows to show his old flame how it feels to love and lose, vanquishing the hellcat from his dreams once and for all.
Retired cardsharp, Kat Simmons, has been in hiding from Bulls-eye Brady for six years. Now she’s being asked to risk her obscurity and join a whirlwind poker tournament to bait Brady into reclaiming the woman who “got away.” Trapping Brady, a man she fears, means teaming up with Rome Garrett, the only man she ever loved. She should feel safer having the Peacemaker with her, but the passion that reignites between them is frightening and past betrayals difficult to forget, especially when a secret is revealed that could doom any chance at love.
My immediate reaction to Fall of Rome was just that this book was so much fun. Rome is a larger-than-life character in the first two books. I wanted him to get his own story and Ciotta definitely does not disappoint. I always find it amusing when the bad boy finds himself completely head-over-heels in love. What I don’t always enjoy is when the woman tames the man.
That’s what I love about Fall of Rome, Kat is a much a character as Rome. They are both fiery, strong-willed, sharp and brash. But together, it’s all heat and softness. The chemistry might set your e-reader on fire. However, Kat makes no attempts to change Rome. They need to learn to love one another again, but they are both content to love the whole person, not an ideal.
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About the Author
Storytelling comes naturally to award-winning author Beth Ciotta. Dubbed “fun and sexy” by Publisher’s Weekly, Beth specializes in writing Romantic Comedy with a Twist of Suspense and is published in contemporary, historical, steampunk, and paranormal romantic fiction.
Beth lives in NJ with her husband, two zany dogs, and a crazy cat. A veteran professional performer, Beth now pours her artistic passion into her writing. To learn more about her colorful life, visit her website at www.bethciotta.com
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