The Devil's Own Desperado by Lynda J. Cox

The Devil's Own DesperadoWritten for The Romance Reviews

Title: The Devil’s Own Desperado
Author: Lynda J. Cox
Rating: 5 Stars
Source: Review Copy


He's everything she fears... Wounded gunfighter Colt Evans stumbles onto a remote homestead never expecting to find compassion. But beautiful Amelia McCollister is like no other woman. Suddenly, his dream of settling down with a wife and home is within reach--but only if his past never comes gunning for him. She's everything he dreams of... Amelia had to grow up fast after outlaws murdered her parents, leaving her to raise her siblings alone. With a young brother who idolizes shootists, she dreads having a notorious gunman in her home. But as Colt slowly recovers, he reveals a caring nature under his tough exterior that Amelia can't resist. Just when Colt starts to believe he can leave the gunfighter life behind, his past returns, bringing danger to them all. Can a shootist ever hang up his hardware? Or will their dreams disappear in the smoke of a desperado's gun?

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My Thoughts
The past can come back to haunt you.

Colt Evan’s was wounded in a fight and while running away stumbles upon a remote homestead owned by Amelia. Amelia is wary of this man, but something about him keeps drawing her in.

As Colt get’s to know more about Amelia the more he wants’ to stay, but can a gunfighter ever truly put up his guns?

This is a beautiful story about acceptance and changing for the better. It was very well written with a decent pace. There was plenty of action while still allowing readers to get to know more about each character and how they came to be where they are.

Colt is a rugged and somewhat gruff man who isn’t used to kindness. I liked getting to know more about him and his true nature. Beneath his rough exterior he truly is a good hearted man who only longs for a true family and a peaceful life, but his choices haven’t been the best ones and they are preventing him from having that.

Amelia is a strong woman, but she also has a generous heart. She fears Colt at first, but soon learns that there is more to him than meets the eye. Despite her misgivings, Amelia slowly but surely falls in love with 
Colt and hopes it will be enough. She was a wonderful character and one I could definitely see becoming friends with.

This is a story of becoming better than who you used to be, not letting bad decisions rule your life, and giving love a chance.