Bounty Hunter. For me, the term evokes an image of an ugly cowboy dressed in black with leathery skin and a scowl on his face. And a skinny cigarette dangling from his lips. Looking rather like Jack Elam, or Eli Wallach. With that creepy, twangy Western music score (probably written in the 1960s) playing in the background.
Aren’t stereotypes fun? Well, author Kari Trumbo breaks this one with one of her bounty hunters in Bounty Beyond Reason.
Bounty Beyond Reason
by Kari Trumbo
Series: Brides of Blessings #7
Published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Publication Date May 5, 2018
Genres: Clean Romance, Historical Fiction
Setting: California Civil War Era - US - 1849-1865
Written for: Adults
For the last four years, she's wanted to watch him hang.
Hannah Gale has to avenge her husband's death and the loss of her future and watching Emitt Hayes swing will do just that. When she's able to catch him, she can bring him back and claim the bounty, redeeming some of the wealth Emitt stole.
Emitt stole a horse to redeem a debt.
It started a landslide of events that changed many lives, and a has eaten at him ever since. He's taken on the name Cort Nelson to hide. When his past catches up with him, Hannah is more fire than he's expecting. His quiet, hidden life will never be the same.
A hidden danger appears that could cost them both their lives, can Cort admit to what he's done and be the man Hannah needs and can Hannah release her grudge to grab hold of a future worth having?
I received a complimentary copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
I really appreciated how Emmet/Cort and Hannah weren’t so gorgeous that they couldn’t help falling in love with each other. Cort actually didn’t think Hannah was attractive when they first met. Once he began to appreciate her, he found her to be beautiful. Kudos to the author for that!
It was fun to see Hannah forced into a role so different from what one would expect of a woman at that time. Though the bounty she sought for capturing Emmet was not money but the return of a stolen horse, she was a bounty hunter nonetheless. She had to figure out how to do so many things to obey her father’s demands. My heart went out to her as more and more of her life with her dad was revealed.
I did have mixed feelings about Cort. He was a great guy in so many ways, and yet he wasn’t. There was no evidence that he repented of stealing the horse. He was sorry, but he seemed to justify what he did a little too much. He also thought it was not wrong to run a gambling tent.
This is the first book I’ve read by this author. Though there were hints that the stories of a few other characters have been told in other stories in the series, they are clearly intended to stand alone.
Preview of Bounty Beyond Reason
Kari Trumbo is giving away a $25 Amazon gift card, as well as signed copies of Blessed Beyond Measure and Bounty Beyond Reason! One winner. US only. (International winners may be eligible but for gift card only.)
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