Rating: 4/5 stars
The third book in the exciting and sexy “Once Upon A Time In The West” Series from Lori Austin.
Rose Varner needs a man …
But not just any man. The one known as “White Ghost with Hair of Fire.” He may be the only way to rescue her daughter, Lily, from the Cheyenne. Legend has it he was once the Cheyenne’s captive, but his courage impressed them so much that they accepted him as one of their own. Yet the man Rose finds seems far from legendary
Luke Phelan’s tortured past has driven him to live as a recluse in the Smoky Hills of western Kansas. Having vowed to keep his distance from the Cheyenne, Luke refuses to accompany Rose on her rescue mission. But her bravery in the face of dangerous odds changes his mind. Now as they ride toward their destination, they’ll battle outlaws, bounty hunters, and their own rising desires before finding Lily. But the cost to Rose will be high, and her budding love for Luke will be put to the test
This was a really interesting read for me. I started with the first in the trilogy, because I don’t like to read things out of order. I was sucked right into Beauty and the Bounty Hunter right away and loved the characters, so whipping through the books wasn’t an issue. When I got into Lone Warrior, I was hooked on Austin’s strong, yet beautifully broken female leads. I was so glad that this book was on par with Beauty. I also really enjoyed Luke’s character; that slightly crazy, feral thing was surprisingly sexy on him.
What… is that weird? Okay, stay with me here.
Luke has been alone in the hills for a long time, hearing voices that tell him to do terrible things. When the voices tell him to kill Rose – he doesn’t. And that one decision changes his world forever.
Rose isn’t your typical “wild west” woman. She’s definitely wild, but she’s also strong and self sufficient. I love a good, strong heroine and Rose is definitely a member of that club. She’s not without fault, but being able to relate to her as a mother made me connect with her character, and I really felt for her throughout the book.
This was the first time I had read any “wild west” themed romance novels. I had always thought that they weren’t my thing. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed these books, and I loved getting a peek at what Alexi and Cat were up to as well.
The love scenes are steamy without being raunchy, and chemistry is intense, and the plot is full of twists and turns. I really enjoyed all three of Lori Austin’s books, and I bet you will too!