Men are optional. That’s the credo Emma Chandler’s suffragette aunts preached and why she started a successful women’s colony in Harper’s Station, Texas. But when an unknown assailant tries repeatedly to drive them out, Emma admits they might need a man after all. A man who can fight–and she knows just the one.
Malachi Shaw finally earned the respect he craved by becoming an explosives expert for the railroad. Yet when Emma’s plea arrives, he bolts to Harper’s Station to repay the girl who once saved his life. Only she’s not a girl any longer. She’s a woman with a mind of her own and a smile that makes a man imagine a future he doesn’t deserve.
As the danger intensifies, old feelings grow and deepen, but Emma and Mal will need more than love to survive.
No thanks to a rough past, demolition expert and former street kid Malachi Shaw might have a great deal of difficulty opening up to people, but he’ll always be there for them, especially his special childhood friend Emma Stone. Years ago she and her aunts gave him a home. Now she’s called him for help, and he’ll do everything in his power to stop the threat encroaching on her and a group of other innocent women.
The banker of Harper’s Station, Emma’s calling in life is protecting and helping the women of the town. The place is an all-woman society where they can escape their pasts, abuse, and men, to have the freedom they always wanted. But now threatening letters are showing up, and the danger is escalating.
Whitemeyer never fails to impress with her combination of sweeet romance and quirky characters. I loved them all, especially old Betty. I’d hate to be the one on the wrong end of her gun! Emma was such an endearing character wth an incredible depth of mercy and forgiveness. The idea of a woman-only town was a different setting from what I normally see in westerns, and it works wonderfully. I am eagerly anticipating the sequel: Heart on the Line, which will be the story of quiet, pistol wielding Grace, who we didn’t see nearly enough of in this book.
My Rating: Five Flames
Romance: clean. Kissing only.
Blood/violence: a couple of fights, beatings, and some shooting. Very little blood.
Happy Reading y’all!