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This is the second novel in a series of 5 books about the MEN OF DEFIANCE. Sheriff Kemp is up to no good; he has the town so tied up in his evil clutches that Defiance, Dakota Territory, is dying.
Kemp controls Audrey Sheridan by threatening the eight town orphans she's raising; he forces Audrey to rob Julian McCaid. When Julian catches her and takes her to the sheriff for punishment, he makes Audrey work on Julian's ranch as cook for a month. This has been Kemp's goal ? to get her near Julian so she keeps him busy while Kemp is up to other (illegal) devilment.
Frankly, I found this part of the novel to be rather contrived, but the rest of the book was great. Once Audrey moved to Julian's ranch, the story's pace picks up and things start happening.
The characters and their motivations are what make this into such an interesting story. Julian plans to create a hunting lodge on his sheep ranch, where he will bring friends and business associates.
He is looking over the pedigrees of the women he's considering having for a wife; because of his mixed heritage, he wants children who will be able to welcome in any drawing room in America. Obviously, love has no part in this selection process.
Audrey, because of her humble beginnings, would not be a candidate. However, Julian is extremely interested in this handsome woman and he offers her $1000 for a summer of ?romance (with no strings).? Audrey declines.
Audrey and Julian are interesting characters with dramatic back stories; it keeps the reader turning the pages. At the outset, they seem to have little in common. But Julian recognizes Audrey's goodness and before long Julian starts revising his requirements for the perfect family.
Men of Defiance
1. Rachel and the Hired Gun (2009)
2. Audrey and the Maverick (2010)
3. Leah and the Bounty Hunter (2011) 4. Logan's Outlaw (2012) 5. Agnes and the Renegade (2014)
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