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Posted December 9, 2008
In 1884, Casey O'Hare is tired of her life as an outlaw and decides to leave the gang. However, though she tries to start over in a remote mountain of Utah, her past will not leave her alone to start over. First someone is blaming her for a crime wave with wanted posters containing a reward all over the west. Additionally her former gang leader Davis Jenkins accompanied by her brother Tim also a member, chase after her as no one rides out on them and lives to tell it especially his woman.------ However, instead of Jenkins abducting her, Morgan Andrews captures Casey in an isolated campsite. He insists he will keep her safe, but she believes he, like all men, is using her. She is not sure why at first, but soon realizes she is an expendable pawn for Morgan to get to Davis Jenkins. Though attracted to her warden, Casey plans to escape from him just as she has from the law and from the Jenkins brood. Morgan is reconsidering his values as he has fallen in love with his guest (prisoner if you ask Casey) and would die before allowing her to be harmed yet needs her as the bait to capture Jenkins.----- The first Texas Legacy western romance is a terrific tale starring a delightful lead couple, a nasty villain, and a sibling pulled in two directions by his love for his sister and his loyalty (and fear) of his leader. The story line is action-packed as readers expect a High Noon showdown and get this and much more. Sub-genre fans will want to read this strong late nineteenth century romance.------ Harriet Klausner
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Posted November 16, 2007
Casey O'Hare has faith the size of kindling sticks and a heart the size of Texas. What she doesn¿t have is someone to help rid her of outlaw Davis Jenkins. How does a woman leave an outlaw gang and live? It took a long time for Casey to build up the courage to leave Jenkins, but now she has to hide from both lawmen and outlaws. Morgan Andrews points his rifle barrel at her one snowy night and takes over her plans, complicating her flight to freedom. He¿s a man with a grudge, a bad temper, and turquoise eyes that steal her heart. When she¿s finally able to leave Morgan behind, she wishes she could stop thinking about him. Casey's life is all about running, and she can¿t stop yet - not until Jenkins is no longer a threat. She hates endangering the kind people who give her work and help her along the way, but she can¿t survive alone. She has to learn to trust. Her journey to freedom is filled with problems. When she faces her problems with faith and patience, she finds God leading her to the solution she's been longing for. Casey's story is an exciting ride through dangerous territory. You don't know what to expect next in DiAnn Mills' adventure of faith, love, and the wild west.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 21, 2006
The first thing that came into my head when I received my copy of ¿Leather and Lace¿ by DiAnn Mills was, ¿I don¿t do westerns¿. However, I loved ¿When the Lion Roars¿ and I had committed to read the book, so read I did and I loved it! It just goes to prove that an excellent story, well told, does not depend on the genre or setting. Starting with the prologue this is a page turner from beginning to end. This story is about Casey O¿Hare the ultimate bad girl, a legend who rides with an outlaw gang, and the subject of wanted posters. Yet somehow she has retained a kernel of the good planted in her by a Godly mother and she tries to leave it all behind and start a new life, but it¿s not that easy. No one resigns from the Jenkins gang and lives to tell about it, especially not Jenkins¿ woman. Who can Casey trust even if she can learn to trust again? How can she fit into society after living the outlaw life? Who would want to be around someone who has live the life Casey has? All these questions and more assail her as she strives to make changes. The story is timeless and DiAnn Mills is the ultimate story teller. So find a comfy place and be prepared to stay up all night.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 1, 2006
Casey O¿Hare is running for her life. What starts out as a quick getaway from an outlaw band and the man who thinks he owns her, ends up with a mysterious stranger, looking down the barrel of his gun. Casey can¿t decide whether to shoot the handsome lawyer, Morgan Andrews, or trust him. Author DiAnn Mills takes the reader on a wild historical western ride with Casey and Morgan and the bloodthirsty Jenkins gang. Casey wonders if running away is worth the risk. Can she start her life anew? Or is her desire to do so putting everyone else in danger? Or worse, is Morgan friend or foe¿is he setting her up for the kill? I found the characters in this story entertaining and engaging and enjoyed this trek into the old west¿the time of horses and wagons and small towns and outlaws. Ms. Mills does a memorable job of weaving this historical tale.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 10, 2006
Diann lives up to her 'expect an adventure' brand with this tale set in the Old West. A former outlaw--female no less!--and a man with a score to settle combine forces and sparks fly...for a variety of reasons. This coming-into-the-knowledge-of-God tale will please western and romance readers.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 20, 2006
Fugitive Casey O¿Hare had joined the gang of outlaws as a teenager with her brother Tim. After seven years of being used and abused, she longs for something better than life on the run. She makes a run for it only to be captured by a man bent on killing the outlaw leader, Davis Jenkins. Morgan Andrews, a once bright and promising attorney, has pursued the outlaw Jenkins in a quest to avenge his wife¿s murder. Jenkins has been an elusive target. But his luck changes when he encounters Jenkins woman. He kidnaps her believing she will lead him to his quest. But she is not the hard-core, leathered woman he thought. When these two disparate individuals clash, love is ignited. Casey is on the run again, this time from the one man who could save her from the end of a rope and give her the home she craves. Set in the old west, the story propels the reader from the first page to it¿s conclusion. Diann Mills has once again weaved a story of adventure where love is challenged and faith overcomes a hardened past. Even the worst of mistakes find forgiveness in God¿s grace.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 29, 2009
I read Leather and Lace in one day. I can honestly say I've never read a more engrossing western with such a complex and intriguing heroine. The author did an excellent job portraying the villian so that the reader was tense through much of the story waiting for something bad to happen. Though the hero and heroine both had 'secrets from the past' it wasn't presented in a stilted, tiresome way as I often see in novels. The romantic element was perfect. I loved it! In regards to the plot, the author had a fresh presentation of the 'wild west' element in her novel. The spiritual transformation in the characters was believable. Not once did I feel that the content or the way the author delved into spiritual matters was preachy. How refreshing! I could easily picture this book being made into a movie. With all of the harshness of the Old West vividly portrayed within its pages, this story holds nothing back. I'm truly impressed. It's too bad the cover is so pink and feminine, because I can see a lot of men enjoying this novel as well.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 6, 2006
DiAnn Mills delivers up another gripping tale of faith and forgiveness wrapped in romance. Casey and Morgan both have seemingly insurmountable pasts to overcome. Casey has a price on her head in more than one state, and Morgan has his own ghosts to put to rest. Not an unusual romantic plot, except perhaps for Casey's former occupation. What makes this story stand out is the way Mills creates characters who are memorable. While the title refers to the hero and heroine, I found Casey herself to be both leather and lace. Worn weary from running, she longs for a new life¿to be ladylike. She delights in the new dress she buys, but is completely at home on the back of her stallion, Stampede, galloping at breakneck speed. When needed, she can handle a pistol like a gunslinger. While hiding out from the law and outlaws, Casey encounters other characters that are terrific. From the wise Sarah, whom Casey nurses, to the irrepressible Bonnie, Mills has given us another novel that induces a sigh when you turn the last page¿a very pleasurable read I recommend highly.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 7, 2006
Gritty and real tender and enveloping all at the same time. Casey O'Hare is a heroine that you will be thinking about for a long time. Through no fault of her own, Casey is led into an outlaw's life. She lives through abuse and deception. You don't see what keeps her from giving up. The plot twists several times and won't let you put the book down. This book is about running. Running from life's injustices, from fear, from God - and from yourself. Although the book is a gallop through the frontier, I identified with Casey on so many levels. You won't realize until you're finished reading that Casey, Morgan, Sarah and even the foul Jenkins have taken up residence in your mind. They each have a story to tell and Mills relays it perfectly.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.