by Pat Pritchard

August 2002
ISBN: 0-8217-7255-4
Reviewer Graphic Button Zebra Books
Mass Market Paperback

Wade McCord is undercover and Lady Luck has turned her back on him. Haunted by memories of losing his family ranch and the woman he loved to another man in a card game, Wade is now a U. S. Marshall who is on a dangerous mission to track a disreputable outlaw gang. Posing as a gambler, Wade is taken aback by the powerful feelings that one strong-willed woman, Lottie Hammond, inspires in him. But is he willing to take a chance on love again, especially when she just might be in cahoots with the gang he’s after?

Lottie Hammond has been raising two children while working as a stagecoach manager and she and the children know enough not to trust the strangers that stay temporarily. When Wade shows up dehydrated, ill-nourished and fainting at her feet, she is still wary and wants him gone as soon as possible. Soon however, the man is getting under her skin, and Lottie and the children are allowing Wade to slip easily into their lives. There is a secret that Lottie is keeping and Wade wants in on it, but will Lottie ever trust him with all that she holds dear?

King Of Hearts is a character driven story that is filled with love and forgiveness. A nicely drawn-out story that kept me reading, with characters that were strong and convincing. Especially when reading about Lottie learning to trust Wade, and Wade learning to forgive himself, made the time to read this book well worth the effort. King Of Hearts is the second installment in Pat Pritchard’s “Gambler’s” series which follows the first book, Luck Of The Draw. The story did seem to stall in some places and occasionally the children seemed to act older then their years, but all in all a satisfying story that will easily keep you entertained.

Reviewed in August 2002 by Thea.

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