Synopsis: With his work in Montana completed now that the Callahan-Warren feud has ended in marriage rather than bloodshed, Degan Grant sets out for California because it is far away from the home he wants to forget—until the US Marshal who saved his life calls in a favor. All Degan has to do is apprehend three outlaws on the marshal’s list and turn them over to the law. Easy enough, he figures, for a man no one wants to tangle with.
But then a bold young woman crosses his path. Maxine grew up so pretty and attracted so much unwanted attention in her Texas hometown that events spiraled out of control. She will try anything to escape the handsome, enigmatic gunfighter who intends to turn her over to a corrupt sheriff who will hang her instead of putting her on trial.
Review: I love to listen to books on audio! Typically, I listen to books I have already read, but once in awhile I will listen to a new book, especially if I am a fan of the narrator.
I will admit it, I am a sucker for a swoon-worthy voice!
Tad Branson, the narrator of WILDFIRE IN HIS ARMS, does an excellent job of bringing gunslinger Degan Grant to life. His narration adds a perfect touch of humor, danger, and vulnerability to the character. It was definitely my favorite part about the book.
The story line is classic Johanna Lindsey, a clever heroine struggling to survive verses the handsome gunslinger/lone-wolf honor bound to bring her to justice. Not surprisingly, the strong moral code that both characters live by is what brings them together, and yet keeps them apart.
I have not read many historical, western romances, so it was interesting to learn more about the changes that the first transcontinental railroad was bringing to the west. You definitely had the sense that the west was on the cusp of a new era. I do not remember reading a book where the characters traveled long distances by train, stage coaches, and horses!
Overall, WILDFIRE IN HIS ARMS was enjoyable, but nothing on par with Lindsey’s earlier books. Plus, the publisher is selling the e-book for $13.99, which I think is much too high. I was able to purchase the audio book for almost the same price!
Recommendation: Unless you are a huge, huge Johanna Lindsey fan, I would borrow WILDFIRE IN HIS ARMS from your local library. Due to Lindsey’s popularity over the years, they will most likely have several copies available. You can always wait for a price drop, too!