The Temptress by Jude Deveraux


Christiana Mathison aka Nola Dallas

I thought this was a pretty good period romance. It never gives an exact year but the setting is sometime in the Old West; in the time of brothels, gunslingers, and damsels in distress.

“Chris” is a reporter who’s father just wants her to settle down and start a family. He gets a gunslinger released from prison to, more or less, kidnap her if need be in order to bring her home. Dad also sends Ashton to accompany them home who couldn’t be more different from Tynan. Ashton is polished and well-mannered and Tynan is brooding, dark and dangerous; you know, all those “D” words that romance heroines just can’t seem to resist. Ashton doesn’t let that stand in the way of his plan to be engaged to Chris, and her money, before the end of the trip.

The little group are always running. People want to kill Chris because of the newspaper articles she has written telling of their “dirty deeds”. A variety of people would like to kill Tynan for a whole host of reasons. Of course, they get into trouble and Tynan always manages to save the day.

The story moved along nicely and the characters are easy to like. Overall, I’d say this was a pretty darn good book. Recommended!


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