Today I am pleased to present a review and giveaway for The Preacher’s Outlaw by Patricia Bates. To see what others thought about the book – check out the Tour Stops – and while you are there – enter the Rafflecopter to win one of 5 eBook copies of The Preacher’s Outlaw.
Title: The Preacher’s Outlaw
Author: Patricia Bates
Genre: Western, Romance, Historical
Publisher: Decadent Publishing
Pages: 51 / 15,000 words
Purchase: Decadent Publishing | Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Book Description: 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?
A simple and sweet romance novella, this book takes a damsel in distress and puts her into the midst of a federal investigation, with her as bait and fugitive. The story moves quickly, as does the romance with the heroine and the hero, until circumstances and bad attitudes pull them apart.
The characters arrived with a great deal of history that was only shared in a piecemeal way, with the real reasons for the heroine’s tension not revealed until past the midpoint, when the story had reached a climactic point of action. As this is a novella and only 54 pages long, that technique worked for this story – but there was still room for growth and development in the characters that would have helped to serve the story. This is, ultimately, a romance, although it was brought to the last pages and a cliffhanger to discover if it was even possible. It was a decent, quick little read that fits the genre perfectly, with a few shared kisses and embraces to keep it true to the time in which it is set.
I received an eBook copy from author for purpose of honest review for Full Moon Bites tours. I was not compensated for this review, and all conclusions are my own responsibility.
About the Author: Patricia Bates currently lives in a small city in Canada with her husband, son, and a multitude of four legged friends. An avid reader, she loves historical movies, books…and is hard at work on the next book.