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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

ARC Review: Beauty and the Bounty Hunter by Lori Austin

Beauty and the Bounty Hunter (Once Upon a Time in the West, #1) Beauty and the Bounty Hunter by Lori Austin

Cathleen Chase is no killer—but as Cat O’Banyon, she is a ruthless bounty hunter who always gets her man. Catching one lowlife after another, she continues her search for the only man she really cares to locate: the one whose voice she will never forget; the man who murdered her husband. She'll stop at nothing to find him.

Con artist Alexi Romanov taught Cat every trick she knows. He is a master of deceit, of disguise and of desire. He’s difficult to trust, and even more difficult to resist, but he has news she can’t ignore. The man she’s after has placed a bounty on her head. To get him before he gets her, she’ll have to team up with Alexi again. And just like before, the two of them together are nothing but trouble.

I'm embarrassed to say that this is the first historical western(romance) I've ever read. If the genre is anything like this novel was then I'll be reading it more often. Lori Austin(Lori Handeland) is a genius. I really felt as if I was in the wild west along side Cat, Alexi & Mikhail.

This romance had a different feel than the usual. No damsel in distress here, but deep down Cat is emotionally scarred. After her husband was murdered Cathleen Chase died along side him, the only one left now is Cat O`Banyon, "the ruthless bounty hunter who always gets her man".

At first I wasn't sure about her personality. Disguising as a loose woman at a brothel house to get close to any man she suspects is "the one". It felt weird, but you soon see why she does it. She definitely has a way with men and a body for seducing. The one person knows that body well is, Alexi.

Alexi is a dream. Beautiful, smart, cunning and caring. Although, he doesn't really show that to Cat. I found it odd, yet refreshing that the male was the one with more feelings. It was actually funny seeing the famous for being perfect Alexi, stutter and slip around Cat.

That being said, this novel wasn't just about the romance between Cat and Alexi. There was plenty of action, murder and relived horror. I loved Mikhail. He was an original sidekick and also a new favorite of mine. I hope to see more of him in Lori's next western romance release. Which I believe features Ethan from this novel.

Over all, this novel was fantastic. I loved every bit of it and look forward to more! Check it out, you won't regret it.

My rating:

Lori will be stopping by this September for my 2nd Annual Historical Romance Event! Don't forget to check back! 

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Texas Book Lover said...

Love the cover and title. This looks like a really fun read!

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