Arizona Territory, 1882
Maggie Bullock’s father needed expensive medical care and if that meant stealing from their friendly swindling banker, so be it. Once her father was on the path to recovery she would face the consequences. The whole thing was surprisingly easy until she’s kidnapped by bounty hunter Dean Collier.
Collier is tired of tracking down worthless scum. He’s afraid he’ll lose his last scrap of humanity and become a stone-cold killer, just like the men he brings to justice. He jumps at the chance to become sheriff of Fresh Springs, Arizona. The one condition—capture Maggie.
He figured it’d be easy. Until beautiful, loyal Maggie breaks through defenses he’d thought cemented. His feelings for her run the range from fury to confusion to love, but if he doesn’t bring her in someone else will. Can there be a future between a sheriff and a fugitive?
I’m not a big fan of Westerns. It just isn’t my preferred time period. The blurb intrigued me, so I decided to try Catch Me. I’m glad I did. It turned out to be a great story.
Maggie needs money to help her father heal. She goes to her father’s best friend, the owner of the town bank, and is refused for a loan. So she does what any good daughter would do..she robs the bank. She’s determined to get to the sanatorium where her father is convalescing.
Bounty hunter Dean Collier is worried that he’s losing his humanity. When the mayor and bank owner of Fresh Springs offers him the position of sheriff if he brings in the bank robber, Dean considers it his last chance at salvation. He’s determined to bring in the criminal not matter what, though he is a bit taken aback when he realizes the man he’s searching for is really a woman. She proves to be more wily than he figured, but it still isn’t long before he catches up with her.
On the long trip back to Fresh Springs, Dean and Maggie realize they’re very attracted to each other. Dean is hesitant to become involved, but Maggie sees it as her last chance to have a normal life before rotting away in prison.
Female bank robber + Sexy bounty hunter + Weeks alone on the trail = a sexy, emotional, edge-of-your-seat read.I loved how Dean and Maggie battled wits and traded barbs, but came to rely on one another as the novel wore on.
This is a book I’ll read time and again.
This book is available from Carina Press. You can buy it here in e-format.