The Dove

The Dove

by Kristy McCaffrey

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The Dove by Kristy McCaffrey

Reunited with Logan Ryan on the steps of the White Dove Saloon, Claire Waters hides under the guise of a fancy girl...and lets the ex-deputy believe the worst.

"Ms. McCaffrey writes from the heart...a definite must read." ~ The Romance Studio

Disappointment hits ex-deputy Logan Ryan hard when he finds Claire Waters in the midst of a bustling Santa Fe Trail town. The woman he remembers is gone--in her place is a working girl with enticing curves and a load of trouble. As a web of deceit entangles them with men both desperate and dangerous, Logan tries to protect Claire, unaware his own past poses the greatest threat.

Plagued by shame all her life, Claire is stunned when Logan catches her on the doorstep of The White Dove Saloon dressed as a prostitute. She lets him believe the worst, but with her mama missing and the fancy girls deserting the place, she's hard-pressed to refuse his offer of help. As she embarks on a journey that will unravel the fabric of her life, one thing becomes clear--opening her heart may be the most dangerous proposition of all.

A steamy historical western romance set in 1877 New Mexico Territory.

"Fans of historical romance are sure to find The Dove a delight." ~ eCataRomance

"The storyline is fresh and holds several surprises." ~ Romance Junkies

"The Dove is a wonderfully told story of how a woman can overcome and strengthen her resolve against adversity." ~ CoffeeTime Romance

"...glorious descriptions of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, Las Vegas of the late 1800's, and the Ryan homestead." ~ Love Romances

Don't miss all the books in the series~
The Wren: Book 1
The Dove: Book 2
The Sparrow: Book 3
The Blackbird: Book 4
The Shiny Penny: Short Story, Book 4.1 (available exclusively to newsletter subscribers)
Song Of The Wren: Short Novella, Book 4.2 (available exclusively to newsletter subscribers)
The Bluebird: Book 5
Echo of the Plains: Short Novella, Book 5.5

Product Details

BN ID: 2940157353230
Publisher: K. McCaffrey LLC
Publication date: 02/01/2017
Series: Wings of the West Series , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 262
Sales rank: 7,101
File size: 513 KB

About the Author

Kristy McCaffrey writes historical western romances brimming with grit and emotion, and in 2018 she will branch out into contemporary adventure stories packed with smoldering romance and spine-tingling suspense. All of her work is filled with compelling heroes, determined heroines, and her trademark mysticism. Life is a wondrous endeavor, and she strives to bring that sense of awe and joy into the tales she weaves, along with in-depth research into settings and time periods. Kristy holds a bachelor's and master's degree in mechanical engineering, but writing has been her passion since she was very young. Her four children are nearly grown and gone, so she and her husband frequently pursue their love of travel to the far corners of the world. Kristy believes life should be lived with curiosity, compassion, and gratitude, and one should never be far from the enthusiasm of a dog. She also likes sleeping-in, eating Mexican food, and doing yoga at home in her pajamas. An Arizona native, she resides in the desert north of Phoenix. Sign up for Kristy's newsletter at to receive her latest book news as well as subscriber-only content.

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The Dove [Wings of the West Series Book 2] 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the book
Cynthia181 More than 1 year ago
I won this copy from the author. I was not asked to give a favorable review. All thoughts are my own. This book is the 2nd in the series, and it is wonderful that two of the characters from the first book have come together to help each other out. Logan went to check on both Claire and the gentleman who works for the family since he was sick. Only Molly knew what Claire's mother did for a living, and knew that Claire was only going back because of her brother and mother. Logan was in for a shock, but he cared for her and was not going to let anything hurt her. The writing is great in this story. And with living in NM some of the area that she has written about I have seen. This is a wonderful story about you cannot always judge people by what they have to live with. But I love that each of the women has something to do with birds. Can't wait to read book 3.
Anonymous 6 months ago
So interesting and fun to read
Anonymous 6 months ago
This book was an easy read with a good plot, plenty of steamy scenes and characters you root for. This one had a few too many characters so it was a smidge confusing here and there but it was easy enough to figure out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Book was good but it had so many charactors in the last half,it was too confusing. Skipped a lot. No more of this author's predictable books for my library.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book, it was hard to put down once you started. To bad there aren't men like that anymore!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book
LesiaCh4 More than 1 year ago
I'm a big fan of Kristy McCaffrey, Wings of the West series. Each book is very different from the last, and yet they bring together all the characters from each book at some point. This story is unique and different from any western historical I've ever read, and that's a lot of books and authors! Her characters are well developed and interesting, and each book is enjoyable. I hope you read this one and enjoy it as much as I did, and become a McCaffrey western fan like me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story was not as engaging as it first appeared. There is too much time wasted in the story line with characters roaming around in the wilderness and nothing happening. When all seems resolved and the lead characters should ride into the sunset happy, the female lead pushes the hero away with silly female doubts, and more wasted time. These plot twists make women look completely idiotic. If she was going to be so dumb, she did not deserve the hero. Seriously, as short as this story was, I thought it would never end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
birdladyvm More than 1 year ago
Author Kristy McCaffrey has penned another winner. This time we have the story of Logan Ryan and Claire Waters, characters from The Wren, Wings of West, Book 1. Logan heads to Las Vegas to check Claire Waters' welfare; their ranch hand, Lester Williams, has not returned to the ranch after delivering Claire to Las Vegas. Logan finds him recovering from a fever; he doesn't have a lot of information on Claire and her situation. Logan, outside the White Dove Saloon finds a woman suddenly barreling out of the Saloon, falling on her behind at his feet, dressed as a prostitute. To his surprise, his yellow-haired Claire is looking up at him with a head of black hair. Is Claire a soiled dove at the White Dove Saloon? Come with Claire and Logan as they solve mysteries, fight attraction, and resolve misunderstandings. CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, AND DEVELOPMENT: Claire's character is strong, determined, and smart . Claire has a dream and she has the strength to fulfill that dream. In The Wren, Claire met Molly, the only friend she has ever had, she was quiet, restrained, holding herself in, her past was a mystery, yet she was strong and intelligent. Claire is coming into her own; we learn more of her background and her situation with her mother, her sad life as an outcast, always standing on the edges of society. Raised in a brothel, Claire is an innocent to the emotions of love; she knows the mechanistic from the resident Doves and the things she has seem, but not the emotions or desires of her own body. Author Kristy McCaffrey skillfully developed Claire's personality and her awakening. The characters of Logan and Claire have emotional issues which Ms. McCaffrey skillfully crafted and resolved. I loved Logan's character. Logan has been hurt emotionally. Ms. McCaffrey created a cowboy hero who has a caring heart; always ready to help those in need. In Claire he sees a woman in need and the attraction he feels is deep and mutual. The pacing and development of this book was up to Ms. McCaffreys usual well-written style. The book never lagged, the plot was well planned, and the book had a variety of sub-characters. The story-line is intriguing; you will not lose interest as we discover the mystery of Claire, the attraction between Claire and Logan, the mystery behind a vicious assault, the villains, and the reasons for all the evil. Ms. McCaffrey has many threads in this book; she skillfully wove all the threads together to form a complete and cohesive story. We also get a look into the previous character's lives. I love a book that is a continuing story of characters as I begin to feel I know them, as I am sure you will as well. RECOMMENDATION: 5 Stars I enjoyed this book very much. I look forward to the next installment in the Wings of the West. I recommend this book for young adult and adults due to sexual content. Though part of a series, this book is a standalone. It is not necessary, but I do suggest to receive better understanding of the dynamics in the continuing story-line, you read the books in series order as they are all solid well-developed stories in which you will meet continuing characters. Review copy provided via Reading Alley in exchange for an honest book review. Book reviews of any novel are dependent on the book review author’s opinion; book reviews on line under my name and on my blog are my opinion.
MKReviews More than 1 year ago
After having read the first book, I really looked forward to the second. The author didn't disappoint with the characters. I enjoyed both Logan and Claire as the hero and heroine. Claire's upbringing didn't give her a lot of options in life, but she was tough enough to survive whatever life threw at her. Logan is a great western hero, and I liked that he was a bit rough around the edges. He and Claire came together in an unexpected way, and they didn't have an easy go of things, but neither let the obstacles stop them from being together. I did connect with the main characters in the first book a bit more, but Logan alone makes it worth the read. I look forward to the third book, and especially the hero in that one. Content Note: The book had more graphic sex than I prefer, and I could have done without so much of it, but if that doesn't bother you, then it shouldn't stop you from enjoying the story (just skip the pages like I do). There was some language, with most of it toward the end.
PureJonel More than 1 year ago
Well, the book is over and I feel like I just walked into (and unfortunately, I’m now back out of) the Old West. McCaffrey’s brilliant storytelling makes everything so lifelike that she literally drops you right into an amazingly vivid life straight out of the history books, but with a lot more flourish. She takes real places and real events to set the backdrop for this phenomenal love story. McCaffrey’s writing has a natural flow that is easy to lose yourself in. As a reader, you are immediately pulled into the world that she creates. The author is a phenomenal storyteller who has the ability to mesh description with narrative with action. Each and every sentence progresses in an amazing way towards a thrilling conclusion. They symbolism in this novel is also phenomenal. It is subtle yet multi-faceted, adding an extra element of depth to the novel. McCaffrey can capture you in a love story that keeps you completely captivated without relying on explicit scenes. This story definitely holds its own without it. Now, don’t get me wrong, she can also write one hell of a sex scene that has you on the edge of your seat. They definitely add to the aura of the story, but are supplemental to the already solid and enthralling storyline.  I absolutely love the characters that McCaffrey creates for this story. Each and every one is uniquely developed to suit their purpose in the story. They are also developed in a manner that suits their time period. Although they may be slightly left of centre in some of their thoughts, overall they are not out of place for the society and culture in which they live. The family and work ethic that the characters in this story embody is also heart-warming and refreshing. Overall this was a brilliant novel that I couldn’t put down. McCaffrey is quite quickly becoming one of my favourite authors.  Please note that I received this novel free of charge from the author in exchange for an honest review
LBShire More than 1 year ago
Another excellent story from Kristy McCaffrey. If you love stories set in the old west, with to die for cowboys and spirited heroines, this is the author to read! Loved the story of Logan and Claire in The Dove. This story kept the pages turning deep into the night to find out how this unlikely couple would find their happy ending. Can't wait to read Book Three: The Sparrow in the Wings of the West series.