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Between Love and Lies (Gambling Hearts Book 1) by [Nelson, Jacqui]
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If you enjoy gutsy characters in legendary Old West settings, you can't lose with this bold gamble for love & redemption in Dodge City, the Sin City of the 1870s.
In a town ruled by sin, will he earn her love or her lies?

(Kansas, 1877) Sadie Sullivan lost everything when a herd of longhorn cattle bound for Dodge City trampled and destroyed her farm. Now she works in Dodge—one of the most wicked and lawless towns in the West—at the Northern Star saloon. But her survival in this new world of sin and violence depends on maintaining a lie so deadly it could end her life before the town of Dodge can.

The one man capable of unraveling all of Sadie's secrets is Noah Ballantyne, the Texan cowboy whose herd destroyed her home. Back in town and taking up the role of deputy alongside legendary lawman Bat Masterson, Noah vows he won't leave until he's made things right. But with the saloon’s madam unwilling to release Sadie and a rich cattle baron wanting her as well, the odds aren’t in favor of finding love…or leaving town alive.

Between Love & Lies is the first book in the acclaimed Gambling Hearts series that reviewers are calling a must-read.

Purchase this Western historical romance by Golden Heart® and Laramie® award-winning author Jacqui Nelson and start your action-packed Wild West adventure today!

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 5254 KB
  • Print Length: 296 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Jacqui Nelson (30 August 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B014BNUCKO
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #456,902 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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^Jacqui Nelson’s Between Love & Lies is a Historical Romance set in Dodge City. The Texas cattle drives, lose women and Bat Masterson rule in this Wild West murder mystery. It is Book One in Jacqui Nelson’s Gambling Hearts series.
Noah Ballantyne brought his herd up from his Texas ranch a year ago and changed his life and Sadie Sullivan’s in ways he did not get over. He is back in Dodge City to check on Sadie. He found her alright, in a saloon and mixed up in something she was not ready to share. “She held him stronger than any guilt or fear…He would not abandon her again. He’d figure out a way to help her…”
Sadie needed help but has found out the hard way, the only one you could rely on was yourself. She had no one to trust or to turn to, everyone had abandoned her. Noah had returned and she was to slowly find “He was reliable and steadfast and everything her heart desired.”
Jacqui Nelson grew up on a cattle farm watching old westerns and her Historical romances set in America’s Old West are a wonderful reflection of this background. Between Love & Lies is a great old west who done it with great characters to keep you guessing. If you love cowboys, wronged women, and shoot’um ups- who done it’s; you are in for a treat. I was given this book for an honest review. Give Jacqui Nelson’s Wild West a visit, I think you will come back for more. I know I look forward to the next book in this series.

Thanks Jacqui Nelson & Good Writing
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It took me awhile to get into this story but once things got moving it was very enjoyable. Lot of action towards the end.
I think I prefer Heaven and Hell
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love, Longhorns, & the Lady 21 November 2015
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This was a fun, spunky, & down right enjoyable book. This was my first book by Jacqui Nelson, but it won't be my last. She wrote a gritty, fun historical book with a little spice added in.
5.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling, exciting and OH LORD the lies really enjoyed it 14 August 2017
By Cyn - Published on Amazon.com
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Started out a little slow and took a little while for it to take off but once it did you are hooked. What can be worse than losing your home to a bunch of cattle that plowed it down? That would be to lose your freedom to a Madam who buys you and puts you to work as a saloon girl. Life has not been easy for Sadie since her mother past away years ago. Her father is a dunk and loves to gamble which will be his undoing but not before the paves the way for Sadie future at Madam Gertie house of ill repute. Sadie is on a mission to help a friend find justice. There is no way she can leave until she does what she has promised. Sadie has a BIG secret that could get her killed if it gets out, you won’t believe what this women is willing to do to keep herself safe from those that want her in their bed.

A year ago Noah cattle destroyed Sadie’s home he has come back to right that wrong. No one is more shocked then he when he finds her in a saloon, she might be signing but she has done much worse with the body and he is to blame. He carries a lot of weight on his shoulders, so many he has failed and his eyes done wrong and no way to correct that. This is one time he will do right getting her out of this mess and back where she belongs. The only thing in his way is one bullhead stubborn women named Sadie who won’t leave no matter what the cost.

The author does what she is very good at weaving a believable story full of excitement, adventure, danger wrapping it around death, evil, revenge, hurt, pain and sorrow following it up with a very touching heart search romance. I really liked the plot and the strength of Sadie. She is full of herself and she fools not only the madam but the men who chase after her with one word she has them running the other way. There is a little mystery as the plot unfolds with lots of action as two people work to right wrongs. They must learn to trust each other and work together to bring the evil in this town to its knees. This whole story is based on lies by so many. We are taught from a young ages lying is wrong one of the worse things you can do. But I have to say if I was in Sadie’s shoes I would follow right in her footsteps and lie through my teeth. As with all true love there is nothing more precious and worth saving then the person you hold the dearest to your heart. You will even put yourself in harm’s way to keep those you love safe. The story starts out all about Sadie and her friend how she can keep herself safe and men at arms link. It doesn’t take her long to but others before her and putting her life on the line to save the man she loves.

This author is well known for her strong characters in men and women as she gives us lesson on love, what is right and how to bring excitement into our lives. I was holding my breath hoping for the best but not expecting it. Wardell is one character I didn’t like from the start and turns out I had reason not to. A few surprised me like John and Cora. Gertie is a whole other basket of eggs, at some point they will have to crack leaving you wondering who will be left standing. The characters are really, normal and for the most part down to earth. Ms. Nelson really brings the West to life with her delightful stories and wonderful characters you can relate to. They pull you in holding you tight as the plot unfolds leaving you holding your breath.

It did take me awhile to get into this story it starts out slow but by the time Norah starts rocking the boat it get very interesting leaving you holding on as the boat just about tips over. There are some wonderful characters here and some you really aren’t going to like. I loved the excitement, the breath holding moments, the danger and the thrill of not knowing. It was a fun read that really has you right in the mix yelling at the characters as well as a feeling of lose for a time. The ending is great I just loved it. Men can be so silly and unable to read what is before their eyes. They do things that make them look silly but then so do some women. All in all I was thrilled at being held on the edge jumping at every turn waiting to see the outcome.
4.0 out of 5 stars All in all, a satisfying read 6 March 2017
By Lynn T - Published on Amazon.com
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Cowboy and saloongirl romances are not uncommon in this genre, but parts of this story were unique and clever. The author is a good writer, the characters are well described and made me care about them. I liked that the place (Dodge City Kansas) and some of the characters ( Bat Masterson and Wyatt Earp) were real and historical, making it more interesting and seeming like a true story. There were plot changes and twists that made it interesting and kept me reading to find out how it would end.

The subject matter of Sadie sold into prostitution and her trying to escape, was a bit sad and depressing. The story did drag some about half way through. I kept wanting Sadie to just TALK to Noah, knowing he could help her with her problems and keep her safe. But of course she didn't talk and so the story went on longer than it needed to do. The author has Sadie acting rather strange at times, and a few things were never explained adequately, but the story ends well and happily. All in all, a satisfying read.
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling! 8 September 2016
By Diane Blaser - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm thrilled to have discovered the books of Jacqui Nelson! From the very beginning of the main characters' back breaking existence on her tiny ranch I knew I had struck Historical American Romance gold. I found an emotionally compelling, and deviously twisted storyline of lust, greed, and murder that held me in its grasp and wouldn't let me go until the oh-so-satisfying conclusion. Life in Dodge City in the mid 1870's, with cowboys, gamblers, prostitution and debauchery swallows poverty stricken Sadie Sullivan leaving her no chance for a normal life until a stranger from her past arrives, compelled to save her and to make up for his unwittingly participation in her deadly circumstances. On every page I felt her steely determination, her clawing desperation and the tender feelings that Noah's presence brings out in her, despite her insistence that he must leave her be. Brimming with historical details and the appearance of some familiar historical characters, this dramatic love story will steal your breath and pull at your heartstrings. You can't help but fall in love with historical romance that is this expertly crafted and I can't wait to devour the next book in this awesome series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The hard way to get out of Dodge! 19 April 2016
By Julie Lence - Published on Amazon.com
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Between Love and Lies by Jacqui Nelson takes the reader back to Doge when the west was wild and dangerous. Texas cowboy, Noah, has accidentally destroyed Sadie's farm. Or rather, his longhorns have. To compensate, he gives Sadie's father enough money to rebuild. But Sadie's pa gambles away the money and sells Sadie to Madam Gertie. A year later, making another trail dive to Dodge, Noah is plagued with memories of Sadie. Hoping to find her and see for himself the money he gave has indeed saved her farm, he's shocked to find her singing in the local saloon. Worse, she's a sick prostitute dealing stud and in need of help. But Sadie has other plans that don't include accepting the cowboy's help or his apologies. Her friend has been murdered and it's up to her to identify the guilty person and fight her way out of Dodge to a better life.

Ripe with twists and turns, Between Love and Lies captures not only the dangers of living in Dodge, but a wonderful thought-out story of a rough and tumble cowboy trying his best to right a wrong and earn forgiveness, and a strong heroine who expertly handles the horrible situation she's been forced into. With secondary characters who entertain and make the reader think, this is a great story. I enjoyed how Ms. Nelson included Bat Masterson in the plot. Some of his lines were and mannerisms were funny.

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