This book is everything a good Western historical romance should be! I wavered between 4 and 5 stars on this one. Ultimately, I chose 5 because it was riveting, and I loved the way the book was ended.
Annabel Lee Foster is notorious as "Outlaw Annie." She is the only female to run with the "Mundy Gang," a group feared throughout the West for its increasingly bold string of robberies. Rough around the edges, Annie is distrustful of everyone, especially men. She is about to be hung, when Jake Moran passes through town.
Jake Moran is a Civil War Vet who now earns his living playing poker - and he's damn good at it, too. He is a wanderer who is seemingly just trying to figure out where he fits in the world. He also believes that finding the Mundy Gang will be the ticket to clearing his name, and he hopes that sticking close to Annie will bring the gang straight to him.
So, after saving Annie from the noose, Jake offers to escort her to Cooperton, Colorado.
And their journey begins.
I did have one issue with the story (And this is a true spoiler, so don't read it if you haven't read this book! Seriously, it's nothing bad enough that would have prevented me from reading the book, just a little annoyance): I did not like how Jake reacted after finding the note from 'Pete' in Annie's saddle bag. It seemed to me that after everything they had been through and shared, he would have questioned her about it immediately. I didn't like that he suddenly acted cold towards her with absolutely no explanation, and how she just readily accepted his behavior as 'oh he's just having a bad couple of of weeks.' It seemed out of character for BOTH of them. Now, I understand that the author needed to have that conflict so that they could have the big reuinion where he realizes the depth of his feelings for her. However, Instead of the silent cold-shoulder treatment, I wished Jake would have confronted her, and had a big argument ensue from that. It would have seemed more in line with their personalities But, in the end, I was glad to see how remorseful he was over having treated her that way.
This is a great read if you're in the mood for a good Western! Accurate historical facts are blended very well into the story. A great romance with a great HEA.