Rating: 3 stars
I was given this book by the author in exchange for an honest review.
It's been a while since I've read a historical romance. I tend to prefer contemporary, but I do, on occasion, pick up a historical if it peeks my interest.
Unfortunately, I wasn't all that impressed with this one. From the blurb I was expecting a heartfelt romance with the hero struggling with the ghosts of his past. While I liked Noah well enough, the blurb made it sounds as if he'd be dealing with issues from his time as an officer in the Union army during the Civil War. Instead, the war had nothing to do with what was keeping him from going after the woman he wanted.
Abby was a good character and for the most part I enjoyed her. While there were a few things she did that irritated me, I had to remind myself that she was only twenty years old and living in a very different time.
There were a lot of characters in this book and a lot of point of view changes. The romance between Noah and Abby ended up getting pushed to the side with everything else going on. I felt the driving romance took a backseat to setting up future stories.
Also, I feel I should mention that this is a 'fade to black' romance. There is a lot of angst...a lot of build up...and then nothing. We make it to the bed with them, and then it's the next morning. After all that build up I was expecting more.
I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a sweet romance set in the frontier west.