Beauty and the Bounty Hunter: Once Upon a Time in the West

Beauty and the Bounty Hunter: Once Upon a Time in the West

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by Lori Austin
     
 

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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.

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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 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.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Austin's worthy debut blazes a diverting trail of sagebrush, guns, and romance. Bounty hunter Cat O'Banyon, aka Cathleen Chase, always gets her man. Even when said man isn't Mr. Right—as in the man who killed her husband—she turns him in for the cash and keeps on looking. The only man this willful beauty really yearns for is the faceless stranger who destroyed her idyllic life, or so she says until con man Alexi Romanov appears with the promise to help her find the man who has put a price on her head. It's a tempting offer, but Cat prefers to keep her quest uncomplicated by the steamy history she shares with Alexi. She tries to shake him but eventually succumbs to their shared passion, also coming to rely on the bounty-hunting help of his oversized sidekick, Mikhail, as they scam and shoot their way across 1870 Kansas. It's a fine yarn played out against the colorful hills and dusty trails of the old west. Agent: Robin Rue, Writers House. (Oct.)
From the Publisher
“Will knock you out of your boots!”—Sabrina Jeffries, Author of ’Twas the Night After Christmas

“Riveting, poignant, and unforgettable.”—Lorraine Heath, Author of She Tempts the Duke

 

“Hang on and enjoy the ride!”—Claudia Dain, Author of the Courtesan Chronicles

 

“You’ll fall in love with these characters and the American West.”—Susan Mallery, Author of Summer Days

“A wild ride!”—Kaki Warner, Author of Bride of the High Country

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780451238276
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/02/2012
Series:
Once Upon a Time in West Series, #1
Edition description:
Original
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
1,342,740
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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From the Publisher
“Will knock you out of your boots!”—Sabrina Jeffries, Author of ’Twas the Night After Christmas

“Riveting, poignant, and unforgettable.”—Lorraine Heath, Author of She Tempts the Duke “Hang on and enjoy the ride!”—Claudia Dain, Author of the Courtesan Chronicles “You’ll fall in love with these characters and the American West.”—Susan Mallery, Author of Summer Days
“A wild ride!”—Kaki Warner, Author of Bride of the High Country

Meet the Author

Lori Austin is the pseudonym of two-time RITA Award–winning romance author Lori Handeland. She sold her first novel in 1993 and has written many since. Lori lives in southern Wisconsin with her husband, enjoying occasional visits from her two grown sons.

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Beauty and the Bounty Hunter: Once upon a Time in the West 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Shortstride More than 1 year ago
Loved this story but not as much as the third book in the series The Lone Warrior. I still want to know what happens to Mikey
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ms Austin is an extremely talented author and tells a compelling story of a widow who is determined to track down her husbands killer at all cost. In telling the story there is a lot of western history following the Civil War. Cat and Alexi have both suffered a lot, she with her husbands murder and Alexi in the war.. The secondary characters add a great deal to the story... I will not be a "spoiler" and get into the plot but I will tell you that this is a book you won't read while watching TV or carrying on a conversation with family. It demands your full attention and a tissue or two to go with a lot of smiles. Read and Enjoy!
MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
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. Rating: 4.5 Heat Rating: Mild Reviewed By: AprilP, My Book Addiction Reviews
Cheryl-S More than 1 year ago
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!
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dwatson More than 1 year ago
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.