Lafayette Riordian was raised to be a gentleman, maybe too much of one at that. His mother, insistent that he travel the road of a kind-hearted artist, is not prepared for Faye’s seeming rebellion to try his hand at being a man…. A REAL man. One his father would be proud of – that he could be proud of – a rough and tough man of western justice.
Rosa Ramirez has grown up well, despite a hard life. With a sickly father and younger siblings to look after, her hardened heart and strong-willed attitude have seen her through more than her fair share of heartaches and pain.
Book One of the Western Justice Series brings together Lafayette and Rosa. Rosa, determined to fight for her land enlists the help of the local Marshalls and winds up with Riordian, green in the ways of the land but more skilled than anyone may have suspected.
When danger strikes the ranch, Rosa and Riordian are thrown together. As first impressions are shattered and lives hang in the balance, the two find each other forming a united front against the trouble lurking on the sleepy ranch. As the days roll by, an unlikely alliance of the heart is formed as well.
A wonderful tale of the western world, filled with chivalry, faith, and plenty of adventure, Gilbert Morris’ enticing story is sure to leave you with a smile on your face.
All in all, I very much enjoyed this novel. I’m naturally drawn to the old west – its untamed landscape and windswept grasses. The story definitely improved as it moved along, as I found Part 1 to be a bit choppy both in the storyline and the writing style. But, Morris gained momentum with the plot and the scenery as Rosa and Faye’s paths grew closer. In some ways, the rough beginning was cause for an even greater conclusion.
Rated PG-13: The book begins with Rosa’s circumstances as a young woman in a town filled with rowdy men and touches on a few issues of relationship better suited toward an older audience.
This book contains multiple instances involving violence and gunfire, not described in grave detail, but present nonetheless.
Review copy provided by the publisher. Thank you!