Cal Riker is a man with a reputation
for being a ruthless killer. His name is known throughout
the west as one of the best gunslingers around, and with
this reputation, men from all over want to prove that they
are better than he. Cal doesnít stay in one place too long
because he knows that there is another hotheaded cowboy,
nosy sheriff, or murderous outlaw looking to put him in his
grave. When the gang he's been hanging out with for a while
brings to camp a female captive they kidnapped, Cal knows
enough is enough. Using his portion of the money, Cal trades
his take on the woman, and is lucky enough the gang members
agree to let him have her. Now all Cal has to do is convince
the woman to go along with his plan for escape.
Lauren Daniels life was worth almost
next to nothing when she was tied up and kidnapped away from
the train in which she was traveling. When the outlaws
arrived at their camp, Lauren knew their plans for her and
vowed to fight them with every ounce of strength she
possessed. When the handsome and enigmatic outlaw named Cal
pays his share of the trainís bounty to the other members of
the gang, Lauren is not thrilled to have been sold like
cattle. But with the arrival of night and hastily whispered
words in her ear, she goes out on a limb and trusts the man
with whom she is sharing a bedroll.
Lawless by Emma Wildes is
a story of exaggerated reputations and longings of normalcy.
Cal Riker was an outlaw; he had killed a man. Were the
stories being told about him true? Some of them. I loved
finding out that the shameless and murderous outlaw was
actually a man yearning for home and hearth and striving to
do the right thing. He didnít count on being in love and
that just made his life a bit more exciting.
Emma Wildes is an automatic read for me. Whether she is
writing western historical romances or romances set in
regency England, I can always count on enjoying her work.