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Margarita and the Hired Gun
by Patti Sherry-Crews

My rating: 5 stars

Publisher: Prairie Rose Publications (April 21, 2016)
Publication Date: April 21, 2016
ISBN-13: 9781532777318
Genre: Historical Romance | Western
Print Length: 236 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Pampered Margarita McIntosh is not used to being forced to do things she doesn’t want to do—but when her father, Jock, sends her away for her own safety, she has no choice. The long journey from Flagstaff to Durango tests her personal strength of will as never before, and the secret she carries in her saddlebag could be the death of her.

A rough Irish gunman, known to her only as “Rafferty”, is entrusted with getting her to her destination “safe and intact”—something he fully intends to do to claim the reward he’s been promised by Jock McIntosh. With a price on his head, the promised money is Rafferty’s ticket to a new life, and he’s not going to jeopardize that for anything—not even love.

But there are steamy nights and dangers all along the arduous trail for MARGARITA AND THE HIRED GUN, with deadly secrets between them that passion cannot erase. With her father’s enemies after her and the secret she conceals, will Rafferty’s protection be enough to save their lives? And will the heat of their passionate love be enough to seal their future together—if they do survive?


“Rafferty,” said Homer, nodding his head in the direction of the man, who was now moving toward the stairs, eyes still on Margarita.

He walked slowly, swinging one long leg after another, a slight swagger in his shoulders. Unable to bear up under his direct gaze any longer, Margarita looked down at her coffee. Her ears were burning, and her throat was constricted in anticipation, but still, he moved down the stairs and across the room at an unnervingly slow pace.

 When he arrived on the scene, the women at the table stopped talking and looked expectantly at him. He didn’t register their presence as he walked past them—to their apparent disappointment. The men playing poker watched him with wary eyes. One of them touched the gun in his holster, nervously. The cowboys stopped talking and drew closer together.

Without a word or invitation, the tall man pulled out the chair across from Margarita. The gun sticking out of his waistband put a lump of fear in her stomach.

 He jerked his head in her direction, looking at Homer.

 “Why is she here?” he asked in a deep voice, speaking in the same slow pace as he walked. He had an Irish accent, she noted. Homer poured out a cup of the thick, dark liquid for him.

 “Rafferty. This is Margarita McIntosh, Jock’s daughter.”

“And she’s here for what reason?” he asked again, in a brusque tone.

 Margarita looked up, her face burning with indignation. She was met with quite a sight. The man across from her had a few days’ growth of black whiskers covering the lower part of his face. Jet-black hair stood in loose curls around his head in an uncombed mass. His hair was in need of a wash, strands clumping together with something she didn’t want to dwell on. It was hard to guess his age. Older than she, certainly, but she couldn’t discern much beyond that.

He was without a jacket or shirt, and his long john’s undershirt was pushed up at the elbows, showing long, muscular forearms. Worse, the top buttons of his shirt were unbuttoned, exposing the patch of black hair on his chest. The tight, sweat-stained garment showed every bulge and indent in his lean torso, including his nipples. He was as good as naked.
Margarita tried to hide her shock at this unseemly display. She’d never seen so much of a man’s body before, up close. His eyes bored into her. They were steely eyes the color of indigo set in bloodshot orbs. Her discomfort seemed to amuse him. He narrowed his eyes at her, and a smirk twisted his lips as he observed her watching him. Other than his lips and eyes, he was as still as if he’d been carved in stone. Very economical in his movements, Margarita thought.
“Well, here’s the thing. She’s the job. Jock wants his daughter delivered to his sister in Durango. He wants you to make sure she gets there. Safe—and intact,” Homer said, in a way which made her redden.
The man called Rafferty grinned rakishly, displaying surprisingly even, white teeth. “If it’s safety he after, there’s better ways to transport his precious cargo, I would think.”
“He wants her movements to go undetected.”
Rafferty leaned over the table. She could smell him now. He smelled like sour sweat, whiskey—and cheap perfume. There was some other odor Margarita couldn’t identify, but it was a smell, which repelled her.
Repelled her, yes, but she felt an odd measure of arousal at the same time. She raised her handkerchief to her nose to breathe through its lavender-scented folds. Catching her gesture, the dark man glowered at her briefly before the smirk returned to his lips.
 Margarita and the Hired Gun by Patti Sherry-Crews

Margarita and the Hired GunThe Wild West, home to some of the original bad boys and feisty heroines. Saddle up, the heat of the sun is nothing compared to the heat that is coming off the hired gun, Rafferty and the pampered daughter of a wealthy cattle baron, Margarita as they set off on a journey filled with secrets, danger and passion.

Rafferty has a job to do, for which he is being paid handsomely, little did he know, he should have asked for hazard pay when he took on delivering Margarita to safety when her father’s past underhanded dealings catch up with him. Although na├»ve to the ways of the wild side to the Wild West, Margarita has attitude in spades and the determination to never quit or show weakness to this cold-hearted man.

Rafferty has his own secrets and one of these is that this aggravating woman has stirred something long dead in him, his heart. Not a match made in heaven, but as they cross the hell of deserts, mountains and foul weather alone, they reveal more to each other than anyone has seen, too bad one of them forgot about the biggest secret they hide, the one that puts them in mortal danger.

Margarita and the Hired Gun by Patti Sherry-Crews has it all, humor, romance, high-tension aggravation and secrets! The horses, guns and grit of the trail are an added bonus as two people from polar opposite worlds find a connection of the heart. The question becomes, is that connection strong enough to endure deadly lies and deceit? Characters that come alive, dialogue and actions that play out like a movie in my imagination and scenes that have me thinking that sleeping under the stars by the campfire may have its benefits, from start to finish, a delightful escape into the past without the saddle sores
I received this copy from Patti Sherry-Crews in exchange for my honest review.

Patti Sherry-Crews lives in Evanston, Illinois, a town she is proud to say both sides of her family have lived in for generations. Her first novel, Smoke Damage, is a memoir, which is in part about the experience of raising children in the same town she grew up in in a post 9/11 world.
Patti has a BA in anthropology from Grinnell College. A junior year spent at the University of North Wales studying archaeology was a pivotal year for her as she fell in love with the British Isles. After graduating from college she opened an Irish and British Import store for the main purpose of giving her an excuse to go back across the pond. After 15 years she closed the door on that shop when she and her husband decided to increase their family from four to five.
Since getting out of retail, Patti has gone back to her day job of caning and rushing chairs, a craft she learned from her mother. She reserves the afternoons for writing.
Under the name Cherie Grinnell, she has written a series of steamy romance, which she tongue in cheek calls American chicks hooking up with Brits and Micks.
What she tries to do in all her books is to make her characters compelling people who are smart, funny, and who have interesting stories to tell. She also likes to throw in a little armchair travel in her books. The Selkie Series is set in Dublin and Pairings is in set in Wales. Patrick III by Patti Sherry-Crews is set in Newfoundland.
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1 comment:

  1. If you love the old west and bad boys, you have to get this book by an awesome author, Patti Sherry-Crews!