My Rating: 4 Stars
Written by: Anna Schmidt
Series: Where the Trail Ends
Sequence in Series: Book 1
Page Count: 384 pages
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Publication Date: September 1, 2015
Genre: Historical Western Romance
She ran the backs of her fingers along the line of his jaw. "And what if I don't want to keep my distance?" Her voice was barely a whisper. "Fair warning," he murmured, and pulled her close.
Caught between a greedy corporation and a desperate love of the land, Maria Porterfield barely has time to mourn her father's death. If her family is to survive, it'll be up to her to take charge-but she can't do it alone. When a mysterious drifter rides into town, the handsome cowboy seems like an answer to her prayers. But Chet isn't interested in settling down, no matter how tempting the offer...
Chet made his way West looking for a fresh start-the last thing he wants is to get involved in someone else's fight. But something about Maria awakens a powerful need to protect the fierce beauty at all costs. He never thought he'd find love, but as danger presses in, he may find there's more beyond the next horizon than just another long and dusty trail.
The Drifter by Anna Schmidt
A cowboy running from his past, a ranch in jeopardy and a woman willing to pull out all the stops to save the family farm. The Drifter was a great slow building western romance.
Chet is a drifter in need of work, Maria is struggling with male egos and a fierce cattle monopoly that threatens her land, life and family.
Chet is the reluctant hero while Maria is a strong fighter that will do what it takes to survive in a man's world.
Bottomline, the story is well thought out and the characters had lots of depth. The plot did slow from time to time but the overall flow was strong.
I found The Drifter to be entertaining and packed with lots of drama that will fit the fancy of those who enjoy a good ranch based romance.
I received this ARC copy of The Drifter from Sourcebooks Casablanca in exchange for a honest review. This book is set for publication September 1, 2015.