Monday, January 8, 2018

Tucker's Justice by Maggie Carpenter

I received an ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

The story follows a gun for hire who has been brought in to clean up a town in the old wild west. This is a departure from the author's previous works. While still a book about a cowboy, or in this case an out-law turned good, it's not set in the modern day and is more of a action/suspense book than a romance. Although there is definitely love afoot after the first few chapters, and spankings.

The cast of characters each has their own personalities, although some are fairly predictable. Duke, the man on a mission to save his town but lacking the ability to do so. Dolly - Duke's spoiled brat daughter that can't follow a rule to save her life. The Sheriff - who just can't seem to control the crime or Dolly. The McGill brothers - standard thugs who are trying to take over in standard gangster style. And Tucker - the muscled gunslinger who works in mysterious ways - the biggest mystery is how he went from rabble-rouser to good guy for hire.

The story has a steady pace between the budding, and distracting, romance and the tension/action of Tucker's antics in town. The book was a quick read with a few twists to make you wonder just where the story was going. I finished it in a few hours. It will be interesting to see if the next book in the series is about Duke and mysterious woman who helped raise Dolly or about Lucy and her boyfriend who seemed to be an unwilling participant in the McGill brother's heists. Or maybe Rose finds a nice man to help her run the inn. The book sets some good groundwork for a series, the question is where will it go from here.