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Cathleen Chase is no killer—but as Cat O’Banyon, she is a ruthless bounty hunter who always gets her man. Catching one lowlife after another, she continues her search for the only man she really cares to locate. The one whose voice she will never forget; the man who murdered her husband. She’ll stop at nothing to find him. Con artist Alexi Romanov taught Cat every trick she knows. He is a master of deceit, disguise, and desire. He’s difficult to trust, and even more difficult to resist, but he has news...
Cathleen Chase is no killer—but as Cat O’Banyon, she is a ruthless bounty hunter who always gets her man. Catching one lowlife after another, she continues her search for the only man she really cares to locate. The one whose voice she will never forget; the man who murdered her husband. She’ll stop at nothing to find him. Con artist Alexi Romanov taught Cat every trick she knows. He is a master of deceit, disguise, and desire. He’s difficult to trust, and even more difficult to resist, but he has news she can’t ignore. The man she’s after has placed a bounty on her head. To get him before he gets her, she’ll have to team up with Alexi again....And just like before, the two of them together are nothing but trouble.
Posted May 1, 2013
From start to finish, this book is action packed! I was hooked from the first chapter and couldn’t wait to read more! Cat O’Banyon is a ruthless bounty hunter who fears nothing and no one, not even death. Having learned everything she knows from Alexi Romanov, when he shows up in her room one night while she’s working on a bounty, she knows it’s not good. The man she is after wants her to stop trying to find him. So what better way than to put out a bounty on Cat? Especially when the bounty for her is dead or alive.
While Cat is continuing to look for the man who murdered her beloved husband, Alexi is determined to make sure she doesn’t get killed or captured while doing it. Not an easy job when the two of them are together. When things start to get tough, the action slows a bit, and the reader gets to learn a little more of the background between Cat and Alexi. I love the deep feelings Alexi has for Cat, and how Cat is running scared. I found myself falling in love with Alexi’s character, ruthless con man on the outside, loving and protective on the inside. This book is such a great book, words just can’t do justice! If you love romance, action, westerns and suspense, then this book is a must read! I can hardly wait to read the next book in the series.
Heat Rating: Mild
Reviewed By: AprilP, My Book Addiction Reviews
Posted April 3, 2013
I haven't read a lot of romance novels in my time but I've heard a lot about Lori Austin's work lately and wanted to give it a try. while I wasn't sure what to expect from this book, I was familiar with some of the books that Lori has written under the name of Lori Handeland so I had high expectations. Beauty and The Bounty Hunter by Lori Austin is a historical romance set in the wild west in 1870.
The story begins with Cathleen Chase searching for a wanted man. You could say Cathleen lives a double life, Cathleen is a woman with a horrific past but as Cat O'Banyon she is a ruthless bounty hunter and master of disguise. Cat is on a mission to find the man who killed her husband and she is putting an end to every wanted man she finds along the way. The problem is she is also a wanted woman with several bounty hunters on her trail.
Cat learned her skills from a man named Alexi Romanov who is a con artist with a complicated past. Alexi and Cat worked together on the road but Cat left him to follow the trail of the murderer she is after. Alexi catches up with her and has some information on the man she is looking for. Her husband's murderer is in Denver City and has put a bounty on Cat's head. The two travel together to find the man that destroyed Cat's world and they run into nothing but trouble on the way.
When I first started reading this book I thought, what did I get myself into? In the beginning it seemed like it was going to be way to heavy on the romance for my tastes. I kept reading though and I quickly fell in love with this book. When you first start reading you don't know anything about Cat and Alexi and the details are filled in as you go along. All of the characters in this story are very complex and have a good back story including the supporting characters.
I loved the characters of Ethan and Mikhail, even though they weren't a big part of the story. Lori Austin makes you care about them by telling their story and it added a lot more depth to the book. The villains in the story are also very deep characters and you get the feeling they are what they are because living during this time period was so brutal.
While I loved the characters, I also loved how the settings are described. The west really comes to life in Beauty and The Bounty Hunter. I liked the scenes in the Indian territory and the civil war prison. There is also a scene in the saloon where the patrons were talking about the health problems they had and I found myself thinking that is probably exactly what they talked about in the saloons during that time. I got the feeling that Lori Austin put a lot of research into the history of the west. The world these characters live in is a brutal place and it shapes who they are.You see that in Cat and Alexi, they've done some bad things but its because they are doing what they need to do to survive and not because they are bad people.
They actually become better people by being together. They have tortured pasts and they understand each other's pain. I think this is an excellent romance but it is much more then that. The story is excellent and halfway through the book I was hoping that there was going to be a sequel because I felt there was so much more you could do with these characters. I was glad to see that there is a sequel to Beauty and The Bounty Hunter coming soon. So give this book a shot no matter what kind of genre you like, a good story is a good story and you won't be disappointed.
Posted March 27, 2013
What a fabulous book! The detail written by author, Lori Austin, was fantastic. I felt like I was actually in the story, watching everything happen. For me, that is the measure of a truly great book. Cat and Alexi are incredible characters and each of their stories progressed in the perfect amount of time throughout the book. Lori Austin has written the first of what is sure to be an amazing series set in the American West. Thank you for bringing the old west back. I can't wait to read about Ethan in the next book of this series!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 15, 2012
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