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Romancing the West (Peacemakers: Old West - Book 2)

Romancing the West (Peacemakers: Old West - Book 2)

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by Beth Ciotta

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Romancing the West is the second "Peacemakers: Old West" novel from award-winning author, Beth Ciotta. Previously published: 2007. Updated reissue: 2015

Emily McBride is in a pickle. The preacher's daughter writes scandalous romantic adventures under a penname and someone's uncovered her true identity. If the blackmailer exposes her double life her small town


Romancing the West is the second "Peacemakers: Old West" novel from award-winning author, Beth Ciotta. Previously published: 2007. Updated reissue: 2015

Emily McBride is in a pickle. The preacher's daughter writes scandalous romantic adventures under a penname and someone's uncovered her true identity. If the blackmailer exposes her double life her small town friends and the man of her dreams will never speak to her again. Worse, she's growing fond of her new friend, a literary poet, who would surely be horrified by her dime novel fame.

When lawman Seth Wright is recruited into the covert government agency, The Peacemaker Alliance, he's eager to kick desperado butt. Instead his first mission is to travel to California to propose to Miss Emily McBride on behalf of his boss. Worse, when he arrives, the small town librarian mistakes him for a dandified poet! With two unwanted suitors and a blackmailer hounding her, Seth pretends to be that poet so he can stay close and protect her. It's what his new boss would want. Unfortunately, Seth develops genuine feelings for the passionate book lover, which risks his future as a Peacemaker, especially when he learns she is not what she seems. More jolting . . . neither is he.

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Storytelling comes naturally to award-winning author Beth Ciotta. Dubbed "fun and sexy" by Publisher's Weekly, Beth specializes in writing Romantic Comedy with a Twist of Suspense and is published in contemporary, historical, steampunk, and paranormal romantic fiction. "I can't think of anything more fulfilling than writing stories where everyone (except the villain, of course) gets a happy ending!"

Beth lives in NJ with her husband, two zany dogs, and a crazy cat. A retired professional performer, Beth now pours her artistic passion into her writing. To learn more about her colorful life, visit her website at www.bethciotta.com

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Romancing the West 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This novel is another fun western romantic adventure by the talented Beth Ciotta! Don't miss any of her books. Romancing the West will take you away to the days of old and the lively characters who epitomized the spirit of the west. Under Ciotta's deft hand, this book will make you smile with the humorous twists of this story.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1878 in California, librarian Emily McBride lives a double life as a prim and proper preacher's daughter and as the author of somewhat heated romantic adventures. However, she is somewhat ashamed that she loves writing these tales. That is until someone apparently knows about her clandestine vocation and threatens to expose her. Emily worries how her parents, especially her father will react and even worse, her new friend, a literary poet, who would find her novels distasteful-------------------- President Hayes established his top secret pet project The Peacemaker Alliance (PMA) to bring law and order to the Wild West. PMA Acting Director Athens Garrett hires lawman Seth Wright to enforce the law by bringing outlaws to justice. However he is stunned and a bit chagrined when his boss assigns him to deliver his proposal to Emily in Napa Valley, and when she accepts bring her to him so he can marry her. Still Seth does the job only to find the bride thinks he is a poet and confesses to him that she is doing some illicit activity. Seth wants to escape this obvious staid lunatic until he finds suitors hounding her. He goes undercover as a dandy poet to insure Emily is safe but also to not ruin her reputation because he is falling in love with the book nut.--------------- ROMANCING THE WEST is an entertaining late nineteenth century romance starring two likable seemingly opposites and an eccentric support cast. Emily is a terrific character whose ¿steamy¿ novels embarrass her yet she enjoys writing them those books showcase how far society has changed with the modern day romance novels. Seth is a courageous soul who throughout wonders if becoming a PMA agent is his thing as first the bride escort assignment, then undercover as a poet, and finally falling in love with an author. Fans will enjoy his courtship.------------ Harriet Klausner
KelliJo More than 1 year ago
Ciotta definitely knows how to Romance the West!! This is a very fun story of mixed signals, mix up of names, and definitely mixed up intentions! Beth teaches us to never marry for anything less than love - don't just marry to give your children a mother, never think you can't be faithful because your father wasn't, and sometimes, sometimes love is waiting just around the corner in the very last person you thought. Oh, and, be very careful of wolves in sheep's clothing! Read this book!!
deeeee More than 1 year ago
Librarian and daughter of a minister Emily McBride seems to fit the double stereotype. She's shy, demure, loyal and has been in love with Rome Garrett her whole life. Almost everyone on Heaven adore her. After her father died, men suddenly began proposing, but Emily's backbone was strong, and she said no. Yet Emily had other problems which included a blackmailer. Why would this sweet woman have a blackmailer. Former sheriff, Seth Wright received 3 assignments from 3 different people all with the same results. Bring Emily to Chance to see her friend Paris, who would soon have a baby. Each person had special reasons from bringing Emily to Chance. Josh, Paris's husband wanted Emily there because the baby would be due soon, and he wanted to please his wife. Athens Garrett wanted Emily there for Emily, but also to be his wife and to take care of his two lively children. It wouldn't be a love match, but it would free him up for his newest assignment. Paris wanted Emily there because she missed her, but she also knew Emily was being blackmailed and Paris wanted Emily safe. Paris has telegrammed Emily that Phineas Pinkerton would be arriving and would Emily please take him as a boarder. As Phineas wasn't the most manly of men, there really should be no questions as to his boarding with Emily. There was a last minute change in plans and Seth would be going to save the day instead. When he arrived, the situation demanded he keep the Pinkerton persona and he had no opportunity to tell the shy little librarian who he really was. How can Emily suddenly begin feeling things for the gentle Poet when she has always been "in love" with Rome? There seems to be a powerful connection between the two souls. How can this be? And Seth is fighting his feelings because he is suppose to deliver Emily to his boss to be his bride, so the ruse really seems to suit his purposes, too. But Seth is determined to help Emily solve her other issues, especially her blackmailer. Ciotta has written other cute Western filled with fraught, humor and passion. Historicals aren't my favorite books, but I really did enjoy this and will definitely read the 3rd installment in the series. Review in exchange for copy.
Stew32s More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book! I don't want to give away any spoilers, but I can say I did NOT expect it to take the turn it did, and that was a wonderful plot twist that Beth handled very expertly! What a fun, fun adventure!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago