A Kiss To Die For

A Kiss To Die For

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by Claudia Dain

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Abilene 1873.

Bounty hunter Jack Skull is on the trail of a killer working the old Abilene Trail, tracking him north from Texas to Kansas. Jack has been tracking him through the dust and the desolation of lonely miles, determined to catch the man who kills pretty, lonely women, women who fall under the spell of a man's lying promises.

Jack rides


Abilene 1873.

Bounty hunter Jack Skull is on the trail of a killer working the old Abilene Trail, tracking him north from Texas to Kansas. Jack has been tracking him through the dust and the desolation of lonely miles, determined to catch the man who kills pretty, lonely women, women who fall under the spell of a man's lying promises.

Jack rides into Abilene, a hard man on a cold trail, and Abilene, a town grown peaceful since the herds have moved west, just wants him gone. Jack looks like trouble, and Jack is trouble for Anne, who takes one look at him and falls hard.

The trouble with Jack is, he knows he's no good for Anne. The trouble with Anne is, she wants what's no good for her. Anne is tired of living such a careful, proper life. Anne wants a taste of the kind of rugged danger that Jack represents. Jack, a drifter, wants the brand of home and family that Anne is sick to death of.

They've got nothing in common, but the trouble is, they're hungry for each others' kisses. With a murderer on the loose and Jack distracted by Anne, it could be a kiss to die for.

A Romance Writer's of America Rita Finalist book.

Editorial Reviews

Kathe Robin
Though the romance takes center stage, the murder mystery is a close second, as Claudia Dain weaves in tight suspense until the final, chilling climax...Dain is a fresh voice in the genre, always striving to make the usual unique, and she succeeds with a book that hold your attention from page one.
Shelley Mosely
Dain, popular and increasingly visible, provides lots of suspense and a nice twist in this nice and creepy tale...
Mrs. Giggles - Mrs Giggles
The hero is dark, sinister, ruthless, but utterly devoted to the heroine...while the heroine is anything but ordinary. A Kiss To Die For has me from the first word... I love stories where the characters are fascinating and ambiguous, where the suspense is well-drawn, and where elements like religion actually play a prominent part in the scenes of epiphany.

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Claudia Dain
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The Wild Americans , #1
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Claudia Dain has been published in romance since 2000. A graduate of the University of Southern California, she is a native of Los Angeles, but currently lives in North Carolina. She is a USA Today Bestselling author and a two-time Rita finalist. She writes Women's Fiction as Claudia Welch.

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Kiss To Die For 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
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You don¿t often find romances willing to explore ¿timid¿ women, even in historicals. This Western historical romance tackles a timid woman who comes into her own by the end. In many ways, it¿s not just a romance but also a coming of age story. Anne, the heroine, has a beautiful character arc and that was the part of the story I enjoyed reading most. Claudia Dain not only creates lovable characters, but characters that are accurate to their time period. This was a pleasure to read and I can¿t wait to read Dain¿s The Courtesan¿s Daughter next!
harstan More than 1 year ago
Legendary bounty hunter Jack Skull arrives in Abilene seeking a serial killer stalking women in the area. To Anne Ross, Jack is the MAN, as he seems so exciting. Anne especially notices the way people healthily avoid Jack and that when he forces interaction, most people are uncomfortable around him until they can safely get away from him. Knowing that failed marriages run throughout her family and she doesn¿t want to add to the family legacy, Anne believes he can keep her from marrying someone she refuses to spend her life with. Jack has enough on his plate tracking the murderer who has killed young ladies' all over the state. He has no time for this innocent miss, but also feels he needs to keep the feisty Anne safe from his prey as she fits the victims¿ profile. However, insuring her safety from a killer seems mild compared to keeping her protected from him. This is an engaging Western romance that stars two delightful lead protagonists who the audience will cherish. Jack is an intriguing hero who believes he has crossed the line too often for Anne to love him. Anne is an intrepid individual who loves deeply but does not trust in forever. Though the final emergency seems improbable, readers will relish this charming story. Harriet Klausner
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really liked Claudia Dain's To Burn, but A Kiss to Die For is light-years beyond that. Very strong in creating characters, leads and supporting, Claudia score of powerhouse knock out with this Western. And when you compared the two heroines it is amazing. In To Burn, her heroine is a warrior woman in spirit, willing to die rather than be conquered. Anne Ross is precisely the opposite. Dain's writing is mesmerising. Let's say I am not a big fan of Westerns. Give me a Highlander in a Kilt or a Knight in Amour and I am one happy lassie. But from the start, this book hooked me and would not let me go. I would get SO exasperated with Anne's 'yes, ma'am's that it about made me scream, but she balanced Anne's timid mouse with a gamma rouge of Anne Stuart's bad boy league: a bounty hunter the whole town of Abilene shuns. Jack Scullard was such a marvellous character that he kept me reading when Anne ticked me off. Anne let's the whole town treat her like some half-wit, her grandmother demoralise her and browbeat her, so that I wanted to smack her. But Anne slowly starts to change, as does the whole town after Jack comes to stay, and her slow transformation from a milquetoast to a grown woman who will fight for what she wants keeps you spellbound to the end. Anne Ross meets every train that comes to Abilene, watching, waiting. So she is there when Jack Scullard comes to town, shoving his latest bounty prison before him. The whole town is ready to jump and blame Jack for everything, and he does little to correct this reputation. And when it slowly becomes knowledge there is a serial killer following the old cattle trail, killing young beautiful women as he goes that suspicions falls on Jack. Or is it Bill doing the killing, the sly land dealer who courts Anne when he comes to town? Anne lives in a house of abandoned women. Her grandfather left her grandmother, though we could hardly blame him. Her father left her mother; a lawman that turned bad and became an outlaw. Her uncle left her aunt, driven off by a women too weak to stand up to her mother. And Anne, a beautiful women too timid of her own shadow, watching the trains coming and going in her life, waiting, hoping for someone to come or to someday get enough spine to run away from a house of abandoned women, from a town that was dying. At first, she hopes to use Jack to scare Bill away from proposing marriage, but she is drawn to him. But she knows to love a man is to watch him leave and never come back, to grow old before your time. Jack is on the trail of the killer and will not rest until he catching him and sees him as dead as the young women he leaves dead on the trail coming straight for Abilene. He knows he is not the kinds of a man a woman like Anne wants, but that does not stop him from wanting her, and from being determined to protect her. Anne and Jack will take over your heart. The mystery is strong enough, but does not overpower the romance. The writing is vivid, rich in historical detains, provocative, moving, mesmerising, and once again, shows Dorchester Publishing has some of the best writers around and gives them the freedom to produce works from the heart that are fresh and original.