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Landry Barlow has little interest in putting down roots until Nadine Harper barges into his saloon with an innocence he can’t resist.

Landry Barlow’s gambling and outlawing has garnered him the reputation of a menace, and a handful of enemies. But in sleepy Jackson Creek, his foremost concern isn’t someone gunning for him. His brother wants him to trade his saloon for a homestead, partner with him outfitting the army with horses. Raised in a bordello by a mother who valued her parlor more than him and deceived by another, Landry isn’t sure he’s meant to put down roots. But then, Nadine puts her faith in him and something inside awakens.

Camped for the night along the trail to western Texas, Nadine Harper’s father loses his footing in a gopher hole and breaks his leg. Nadine gets him to the nearest town, but the only business with a light glowing is the saloon. Swallowing her qualms, she barges inside the watering hole and freezes at the glint in the eyes of the heavily-muscled man barreling down on her. But when he loses his steeliness to take charge of her father, she’s swept up in the tingles peppering her skin. Dangerous and handsome, Landry is a man worth knowing.



This book reminded me of a good old western movie--a manly hero, a sassy heroine, sidekicks with charm, and action that kept to me watching/reading to see what would happen next. Lence's writing style and voice are refreshing and unique. Her use of a quickened, rhythmic pace moved the action along and sped up the book's rhythm. Lence is also exceptionally skilled at setting up a scene, helping the reader to visualize the setting and mood of the characters. I loved how the love story developed within the suspense and mystery of the book's ever-twisting plot. If you enjoy a thick slice of life on the western frontier, with a lovely love story, LANDRY is your book. Well done!5 Stars by D. Wiley

Landry was a tough gunslinging, gambler who had won a saloon. The man was definitely swoon worthy yet danger was everywhere he went. Nadine was a sweet, innocent daughter who was traveling a long distance with her father who was injured. Landry saved the day...but could Nadine trust him? You’ll need to read to find out! I give 5*****stars! By Ruthie L Manier

I found this to be a fun read. Landry was a relatively hard man, not sure about permanence in any aspect of his life. He had his own home set away from everyone else for his solitude. Enter Nadine who flipped his world upside down. With danger floating around town, following Nadine and Landry, their attraction to each other helped them move forward with their feelings. I loved this story and highly recommend it and the series. 5 Stars by Christine Woinich

This is another wonderful book by one of my favorite authors, Julie Lence. This is the second book in this series and I love it as much as book one, Slade.

Unloved from birth, Landry left home as soon as he could and following in his brother's footsteps, found his livelihood as a gunslinger. Meeting Nadine and thinking thoughts he didn't want to think like love, marriage and at last a loving home, he turned away from her. I loved our heroine, sweet and loving, caring for her father, she fought her reaction to a former gunslinger. I loved both Landry and Nadine and their story, along with the secondary characters living in the little town of Jackson Creek!

This book is chock full of romance, angst and bits of suspense which made it hard to put down. I'm looking forward to the next book. 5 Stars by JudyE.



“Spent some time on a Mississippi riverboat. Learned to waltz.” Landry glanced around the room. “Not a lot of space in here, but it’ll do.” He took her hand in his, set their feet moving in a square pattern.

“I know this waltz.” Nadine smiled. “Pa taught me at one of Mr. Smith’s barn dances.” She kept pace with him around the L-shaped area before the stove and sink.

“Who’d you dance with besides your pa?”

“Mr. Smith. Sometimes the sheriff.”

“Anyone your age?”

“No. I’ve never had a suitor.”

“You do now.” His blue eyes bore into her and her pulse quickened. “I’m a gambler and an outlaw. Not many folks cotton to that. If you do, you’ll be mine until you leave Jackson Creek.”

He pulled her flush against him and Nadine gasped.

“Before you say anything, some things you should know. I tolerate lies at the poker tables. They’re part of the game. I don’t tolerate lies away from the tables.”

“A-all right.” She shivered, and stepped out of his embrace.

“I grew up in a bordello. Ma was the owner. I know all about working girls, have Patsy and two more in my employ. I don’t mistreat them and I won’t mistreat you.” He caressed her cheek and some of her unease lessoned. “Won’t let anyone else hurt you, either.”

“Are you telling me this to scare me away? Or because you think I’ll lie to you?”

“Neither. Just want you to know who I am before you agree to let me kiss you again.” His fingers shifted to cup her jaw bone, squeezed gently. “I will kiss you again.”

I hope so! “If I promise to be truthful, do you promise the same?”

“I promise to tell you what you need to know. Some things aren’t safe for you to keep secret.”

“I’ve got enemies. Men who wouldn’t think twice to hurt you if they thought you could lead them to me. The less you know, the better.”

Can I not ask about the photograph?