A story like THE GUNSLINGER is a great example of why I am
such a huge Lorraine Heath fan. I don't normally read
historical romances set in the U.S., but I'm glad I took a
chance on this book. THE GUNSLINGER is full of the powerful
raw emotion that is a hallmark of Lorraine Heath's books.
Both main characters have a complexity that give them a
pulse and make you care about them.
The opening of THE GUNSLINGER is loaded with old west
atmosphere. Chance Wilder has a reputation as a very
dangerous man. He's supposed to have killed over twenty men
and always looking for the next one to set his sights on,
for the right price. However, things are not always as they
appear. He is thrown into the path of Lillian Madison when
her kid brother gets him to stop her from being assaulted.
In spite of the rescue, they appear to be an unlikely
Lil is a pacifist and Chance will use
violence if he feels there is no other way. The romantic
relationship between Chance and Lillian develops
organically and is very sweet and sexy at the same time.
They are both sympathetic characters. In spite of their
differences, they each have something in their pasts that
make them long for a home. This unspoken desire for a home
and somewhere to belong and put down roots is something
that is a motivating force for both of them.
For me, Chance
is the classic lonesome, sexy cowboy with a tough exterior
hiding a tortured man with a heart of gold. However,
Lorraine Heath gives the character depth and makes him so
much more than a cowboy myth. The relationship he has with
Lillian's younger brother is very touching at times.
THE GUNSLIGNER is Wild West gold -- intense emotional pull
and the great story and characters to back it up. There are
some twists and turns in this story that keep things
interesting. I look forward to the next book by Lorraine
A version of this work originally appeared in the print
anthology To Tame a Texan, under the title "Long Stretch of
A hired gun falls for the one woman who's completely wrong
for him in this Western romance from New York Times and USA
Today bestselling author Lorraine Heath.
Chance Wilder never wanted to be a hero. A road-weary
gunslinger with a ruthless reputation, he focuses only on
his next target-and his next payday. That is, until a young
boy offers Chance everything he owns-a piece of string, a
harmonica, and a bent penny-if he'll save his sister from a
couple of thugs. Chance agrees, only to discover that the
beautiful, fierce young woman in need of rescue is actually
the very person he's been hunting: his next mark.
But after he saves her, Lillian Madison awakens in him long-
buried dreams and possibilities. Facing the demons of his
past, Chance is forced to question his next move. Dare he
risk everything by following his heart … and trust that the
road to redemption begins with Lillian?