Desperate to escape an unhappy marriage, Boston socialite Evelyn Perkins flees west in hopes of losing herself to the dusty frontier. But when her train is boarded by outlaws, Evelyn is taken for ransom. Despite her terror, Evelyn fears being returned to her husband more. Refusing to co-operate, she becomes the responsibility of a man whose steady gaze threatens to pierce her brave façade and reach the wounded heart within.
Gabriel Sloan has his orders, but the haunting shadows in the pretty young woman’s eyes spark an intense protective instinct he can’t deny. Every look, every touch brings them closer together. He would do anything to protect her, but dangerous men are on their trail, and soon the two must face Evelyn’s darkest nightmare―or risk losing the unexpected joy they’ve found forever.
If you are a reader who needs to know about every possible connecting story to a series, there is a short “introduction to the series” story entitled A Christmas Reunion in the 2017 Christmas Anthology Christmas in a Cowboy’s Arms.
Title: The Outlaw’s Heart
Series: Runaway Brides #3
Author: Amy Sandas
Genre: Western Historical Romance
Published: October 29, 2019
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
My Rating: 4 stars
There are triggers in THE OUTLAW’S HEART so first off, be aware that there may be domestic abuse triggers for some readers in this story. The abuse that Eve experiences is handled as carefully as possible but it is very obvious to the reader. Aside from that, there is what technically can be called adultery, as well. To be frank, I didn’t see Gabriel’s and Eve’s relationship in that light since her monster of an abusive husband is lower than dirt and if I’d had my way would have been shot quite spectacularly ending that question forever — however, having expressed my intense dislike of Matt, some will see Eve as still married when she fell in love with Gabriel. You have to make up your own mind about that, I’ve already made my choice.
There is a line in this story, and I’m paraphrasing because I didn’t mark it but it goes like, “I’ve never seen two people say so much with so few words.” Both Eve and Gabriel are extremely quiet people, they can say a lot in a few words or with a look. Because of that, there is a lot of external information around them, not always directly from them. In many ways, this is a slow burn romance and the pace of their story reflects that. Most of what you’d need to know before picking up THE OUTLAW’S HEART is in the cover description – and I’ve already mentioned more than perhaps I should have without true spoilers.
My heart broke for Eve, and for Gabriel as well. They’ve each faced hardships, danger, and loss in their pasts. Finding each other, even in these circumstances seems almost like a miracle to them. I enjoyed their story, the only thing that would have helped me in wrapping up this series would have been a bit of an epilogue – but that’s on me, not the author. I like stories tied up neatly, and sometimes that’s just not going to happen. I would not hesitate to recommend this story or the entire series to any reader who enjoys Western Historical Romance.
*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*
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