Antonie Ramirez could ride and shoot as well as any man–and better than most. Now, the headstrong beauty had come to Texas to honor her father’s last words: find the cattle rancher named Royal Bancroft and repay him for saving their lives long ago.

Royal Bancroft didn’t know who was behind the outlaws trying to drive him off his land, but he would fight to the death rather than lose it. Yet with his sister and brother kidnapped, he felt defeat run through him like a chill wind…until a girl with cornsilk hair and a steady gunhand rode into his life.

Antonie was wild, hard, and hurting inside, and Royal knew from the moment he saw her, that if he tried to tame her, he’d break her spirit. Instead, he would let her ride with him as an equal partner and fight beside him for a future together…


I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

This is a re-release of a book that was originally published in 1988. Wow! It has been that long ago. I wasn’t able to read the original release because I was only 4 years old then. Hahaha. But this release of the old book is just what I need. I really enjoyed reading it.

It did feel kind of dated. It wasn’t a western historical romance, but I did feel like the things happened a long time ago. It’s okay. I still really enjoyed the story. I really liked the heroine. She’s a bit kickass. I liked the way the romance developed for Royal and Antonie. Royal himself was such a good hero. I couldn’t help but root for them.

I’m not sure if I prefer Hannah Howell’s paranormal romances or her contemporary romances. I think I like both genres for her. I especially like this western story. I don’t always get that many western romances, so I really enjoyed this story right here.


Hannah Dustin Howell is a best-selling American author of over 40 historical romance novels. Many of her novels are set in medieval Scotland. She also writes under the names Sarah Dustin, Sandra Dustin, and Anna Jennet (see below).

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