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Welcome to Bent, Wyoming

Where the Wild West Never Died

Resident bad boy and saloon owner Grady Carson knows his brother is not a murderer, and he’ll do anything to prove it. But partnering with Laurel Delaney? Worst idea ever.

The beautiful by-the-book cop challenges him like no other. Bad family blood–and a killer at large– make their attraction unthinkable. Dangerous. Reckless. How can they solve a crime to prevent a family war and then let forbidden love ignite it anew?

Titles in the Carsons & Delaneys series include –  Wyoming Cowboy Justice – Wyoming Cowboy Protection – Wyoming Christmas Ransom

Carsons & Delaneys connects to the Carsons & Delaneys: Battle Tested series which includes – Wyoming Cowboy Marine – Wyoming Cowboy Sniper – Wyoming Cowboy Ranger – Wyoming Cowboy Bodyguard

Title:  Wyoming Cowboy Justice
Series:  Carsons & Delaneys #1
Author:  Nicole Helm
Genre:  Modern Western Romance, Romantic Suspense
Published:  September 18, 2018
Publisher:  Harlequin
My Rating:  4.5 stars

There is little that intrigues me more or gets my curiosity engaged as a feud between families that goes on for generations. And that is exactly what we’ll encounter in Wyoming Cowboy Justice as the backdrop to every story in this series – a feud between the Carson family and the Delaney family that has gone on for over a hundred years. Now that’s a long time to hold a grudge, ya know?

The tensions between Grady and Laurel are very real, but not necessarily based on their families continuing that feud. Neither really holds firm to the need to see the other family as the tarred and feathered totally bad guy like the rest seem to do. There is an edge to their banter, an underlying attraction that is left unsaid but felt… right up until Grady’s half-brother is accused of being near the scene of a murder and then things begin to change for this couple. As a deputy, Laurel has to investigate, like a big brother, Grady has to protect his younger brother – together, reluctantly, they’ll track down the truth. And maybe fall in love, shatter the feud and discover the true bad guys. But not before each is injured in the quest for the truth, and each faces some hard truths about each other. Family matters, but loving the one person who is right for you matters more.

I was so caught up in Grady’s and Laurel’s story that I didn’t even notice the time passing… and I can’t say that about every story I read. Wyoming Cowboy Justice kept my attention, gave me very little clues about who the ones at fault were and built a world through conversations, emotions, and descriptions that I can’t wait to get lost in once more. The tensions between the Carsons and the Delaneys can be easily felt, and so can some cracks in those tensions as well. Grady and Laurel sizzle with sexual tension throughout this story yet the main focus is the murder mystery, the second focus is the feud between families in a very small town… and then the electrifying steam between a couple falling in love. Everything about this story felt natural and believable. I felt at home in Bent, Wyoming and liked people on both sides of the feud that has taken over an entire town for a very, very long time. Now my curiosity is engaged and I’m planning on diving into Wyoming Cowboy Protection later today — love when I can binge read to get caught up on a series.

If you love a good mystery, enjoy romantic suspense and absolutely love anything with a touch of cowboys… then this story and this series would be perfect for you. I’m hooked and can’t wait to start the next adventure. So yes, I’d definitely recommend Wyoming Cowboy Justice to any reader who enjoys a good romance, some steamy tensions, a solid story, and believable characters. I loved this world, and I believe you would as well.

I own a Kindle edition of Wyoming Cowboy Justice.

(This review originally appeared on Lovin’ A Cowboy Romance, a website of mine that no longer exists.  I’ve brought several reviews of series that I’ve enjoyed over to Keeper Bookshelf – just because they are that good.)

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