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Ethan’s Heart by Vickie King
Series: The Blackwood Brothers, Book #1
Sheriff Ethan Blackwood is obsessed with bringing his wife’s killers to justice. A simple errand at the Cooper’s Creek Bank put her in the middle of a robbery-turned-bloodbath. Ethan vows to find the outlaws, but he needs a caretaker for his two small daughters.
After killing her stepfather, an abusive, heartless man who wagered her in a poker game, Annie Benton Holt is on the run—with a weak, newborn baby. Even though she killed the man in a struggle for her own life, when her stepbrothers find out she’s killed their father they’ll be out for blood. If the law doesn’t put a noose around her neck first.
When the baby’s health forces Annie to stop in Cooper’s Creek, she is befriended by the town’s doctor. Broke, homeless, and with her baby’s health unstable, the doctor proposes a marriage-of-convenience between her and his widowed brother. Annie believes this mutual arrangement is the perfect solution.
But her perfect solution has a major flaw. The doctor’s brother—and Annie’s new husband—is the sheriff of Cooper’s Creek.
Honestly, I didn’t realize this was a historical romance before I started reading. Although I’ve never actually read a historical Western romance book, I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed Ethan’s Heart. With sweet moments and three little girls that will break your heart.
This is a clean romance and is set in the wild west. I found myself quickly invested in these characters and the love story underneath it all. Ethan and Annie have many troubles to overcome and I enjoyed watching their story unfold.
Annie is running from her past and Ethan is struggling with a loss. They are both strong characters, which made for interesting dialogue with lots of conflict. Those little girls, though, will steal your heart and make you want more for this couple.
This is the first book I’ve read from the author and I will be looking for her other books so that I can read those, as well.
About the Author
Vickie King is the author of the bestselling contemporary romances CARLY’S RULE and DUSTY’S FATE. Her new book, ETHAN’S HEART, takes Vickie’s writing back to her first love: historical Western. This is the first book in her new The Blackwood Brothers series.