Sunday, September 11

Book Review: Wildfire In His Arms by Johanna Lindsey

Author: Johanna Lindsey
Title: Wildfire In His Arms
Series: (Callahan-Warren #2)
Genre: Historical Romance
Format: ebook
Pages: 400
Published: June 16th 2015
Where I Got It: Borrowed from library

With his work in Montana completed now that the Callahan-Warren feud has ended in marriage rather than bloodshed, Degan Grant sets out for California because it is far away from the home he wants to forget—until the US Marshal who saved his life calls in a favor. All Degan has to do is apprehend three outlaws on the marshal’s list and turn them over to the law. Easy enough, he figures, for a man no one wants to tangle with.

But then a bold young woman crosses his path. Maxine grew up so pretty and attracted so much unwanted attention in her Texas hometown that events spiraled out of control. She will try anything to escape the handsome, enigmatic gunfighter who intends to turn her over to a corrupt sheriff who will hang her instead of putting her on trial.

Saddled with a sassy, spirited young woman who insists she is innocent, Degan must hunt down a vicious killer and keep an old enemy at bay. But forced into intimate proximity with his beguiling prisoner, he finds his desire sparking into a wildfire of passion, and he can no longer deny that it is time for them to risk confronting their pasts so he can have a chance at a future with her in his arms forever.

Been meaning to read book 2 for a minute, but kept forgetting to grab it from the library. 

Here we follow Degan and Maxine. Degan has finished his work when the Callahan-Warren fued ended with a happy marriage. He sets out for California until the US Marshal who saved his life calls in a favor. All Degan has to do is capture three outlaws and turn them in. But then a beautiful woman crosses his path. Maxine grew up pretty and was given unwanted attention in her hometown. An event will spiral things out of her control and she runs. Degan has to take her in and she will try anything to escape him. On top of dealing with her and her insisting she is innocent, he has to deal with a vicious killer and keep an old enemy at bay. 

This would do well as a standalone. There are few references to events from the last book. Degan was a gunslinger for one of the Feud families and once that feud was ended, he was allowed to go. 

I adore Degan. I liked Max too. They were for sure made for each other but they have a lot to weed the main fact that Max is wanted and whatnot. That is a big wedge for love ;) Their dialogue was fun and they made me laugh. Max is a hoot.  

Now...I did enjoy our characters' cat-and-mouse game and them falling in love, but I hated the solution to all their issues and problems. It was...too easy. And it was for sure so unrealistic. 

Besides that, I really enjoyed watching these two muddle through. They really are perfect for each other. 

In the end, this was a fun romance. Yes, some unrealistic solutions, but fun. I'll give this 3 stars. 


- #23 for Romance Reading Challenge - Someone riding a horse on the cover


Sophia Rose said...

I like the sound of a gunslinger bounty hunter and the woman being the would-be criminal. Too bad about that pat solution.

Yay for being so close to filling your Bingo card.

Carole Rae said...

Yesss but it was fun in the end. Just a little too easy. And yayyyy nearly there.

Jen Twimom said...

OMG! You found someone riding a horse. I don't know if I am going to finish my bingo sheet - too many review books! Can I count riding a dragon! LOL

Blodeuedd said...

I have read so many cowboy roms and not a single horse!

Carole Rae said...

Jen, it might be the only challenge I do complete hahahaha. LOL maybe a half-horse-half-dragon?

B, sameeee this was the first one with someone ACTUALLY on the dang horse.