Format: .mobi (was free at the time I got it from Amazon)
Release Date: November 23, 2011
On the run from her ex-lover...
Jilted by a no-show husband...
And now mistaken for a whore in the Diamond Back Saloon...
Abigail Thornton doesn't think things can get any worse. That is until a single slap to a man's face starts a barroom brawl that lands her in the last place she expected to be.
Town Marshal Morgan Avery wants nothing more than to wash away the trail-dust and sleep for a week, preferably with a soft, willing woman by his side. Instead, he gets Abigail Thornton - all one hundred pounds of her thrust at him seconds before a fist connects with his face. Breaking up the fight takes more effort than he wants to admit and when the last man falls he finds Abigail still standing and not looking the least bit contrite.
Throwing her into the town jail for the night would salve his wounded pride and then he will let her go. Or that was the plan. When morning comes he finds himself oddly reluctant to do so. Miss Thornton is hiding something and he aims to find out what, even if he has to bed her to do so. But will one night in her bed be enough?
Another great free find, The Lawman joins a very small list of my favorite Western romances. There aren't all that many romances that take place in the wild west and even fewer that I've enjoyed. Just the opening scene itself had me laughing and loving the heroine Abigail. For crying out loud, she starts a barroom brawl and doesn't show an ounce of shame over getting the town Marshal, Morgan knocked out over it either! It's clear she's on the run from something but she doesn't let her fears dim her combative spirit, she faces Morgan head on and it's really a clash of wills between those two from the very beginning.
Author Lily Graison certainly writes a passionate love story! From the moment Morgan sees Abigail, he's torn between attraction, annoyance and amusement that such a little lady has caused such a big disturbance in an otherwise quiet, boring town. What begins as a way to teach Abigail a lesson soon turns into an excuse to keep her from leaving.
The Lawman has a great cast of characters going for it, from the main characters Morgan and Abigail to the town's residents to Morgan's family that consists of a gambler, an outlaw and a widower. All of whom are delightfully entertaining, particularly Morgan's brothers, only one of which actually appears in the book.
Morgan and Abigail's whirlwind romance is sexy, hot and distracts the reader from the fact that Abigail is running from someone very dangerous, the suspense builds and builds until the final confrontation between Morgan, Abigail and her past explodes onto the last few pages and brings the story to a satisfying, if speedy conclusion.
What surprised me the most about The Lawman was the fact that it's a novella! To me it was pretty lengthy, detailed and a perfect getaway for those boring days that seem endless.
Final Verdict: The Lawman introduced me to a new world that takes place in the west, where life is harsh, passion is fleeting and the cowboys are drop dead sexy. Lily Graison is officially on my radar!