by Kaki Warner

June 2010
ISBN: 978-0-425-23430-3
Reviewer Graphic Button Berkley
Trade Paperback

East of El Paso, Texas, 1871 - Molly McFarane is on the run from her dead sister's brutal husband. She promised her sister she would protect her children at all costs from him, the only way to do that was to take them and hide where he would not ever find them. The train she is on happens to derail and she finds herself without a new plan until she meets Hank Wilkins, a fellow passenger who was injured and close to death. Molly comes up with this outlandish plan; pretend she was engaged to the man and marry him before he dies in order to receive the widow's benefits. There is a flaw however, Hank does not die, and he recovers but is suffering from amnesia. He however takes Molly and the children to the family ranch and realizes he is falling in love with her.

Molly and the children settle in and Molly knows she will have to tell not only Hank, but also his family the truth, but is afraid they will turn her and the children out and she has no place to go. She didn't gather she would start falling in love with Hank and wonders how she is going to be able to come clean. Hank learns of Molly's deceit through a tracker Molly's brother-in-law hired and the real problems begin for everyone associated with Molly and Hank.

I really enjoyed this book, even though I had not read the first book in the Blood Rose Trilogy, it was easy to catch up, as they reference situations from the first book. The characters are witty, gritty, and down to earth. There is something for everyone, romance, mystery, family secrets and even a bad guy or two.

Reviewed in January 2011 by Pat.

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