Author: Patricia Bates
Genre: Western, Romance, Historical
Publisher: Decadent Publishing
Purchase: Decadent Publishing |
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?
Abigail cringed at the faint ping of metal on metal as she settled on the edge of a bench before the hotel. Nervous, she scanned the street. Experience was a bitter teacher, and she wasn’t about to be drawn into O’Neill’s game. Smoothing her palms over her skirt, she chewed on her lip. There were two things she needed—a blacksmith and a horse. Somehow she couldn’t see herself finding either one with everyone out on the street.
“Goodness, child, you look lost.” A shorter, plump woman bustled up to her, a big smile on her face. “Can I be of some help?”
Abigail leapt to her feet, her eyes widening. She stared down at the woman, her head coming up to her chin. “Um, thank you but no. I was to meet my brother, but sadly, he doesn’t seem to be here just yet. I think it best if I just—”
“Nonsense. You’re waiting to meet kinfolk, why not come in and sit and have a cup of tea?”
“Oh, I couldn’t.” Abigail glanced around, desperate for an opening. If this woman found out the truth, she’d get a one-way ticket back to Bucksaw, and she wasn’t in a big hurry to go back. “I spent the few coins I had for my ticket on the stage. I’ll just sit here and wait.”
“You poor child. Come inside this minute. Why, ain’t right a lady being left alone in this cold weather. Come, I’ll get you situated and we’ll wire your brother.”
The woman, Abigail shuffled inside, her gaze darting through the glass to appraise the street. Across the frozen road, she caught sight of a tall, dark haired man. His hat pulled low over his face, he lounged against a support column next to the marshal’s office. Blue eyes stared through her as he straightened his coat. The weak sunlight flickered and danced over the badge on his chest. Her heart in her throat, she hurried after the still chattering woman, the weight of those blue eyes heavy, almost as heavy as the fire licking through her blood. “Don’t be a fool, Abigail. He’s a federal marshal. He’ll string you up before you’d get a kiss out of him.”
About the Author:
Patricia Bates currently lives in a small city inCanadawith 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.
I enjoyed The Preacher’s Outlaw and give it four sweet kisses out of five! It was a quick read and I finished it in one sitting. I thoroughly enjoyed the characters–the mysterious Abigail and the sexy and somewhat dark Daniel. It would have made a great novel had the characters been expanded a bit further, but I would recommend this book to my friends. Patricia Bates did a great job in only a few pages. I look forward to what she comes out with next!