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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: 4145 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: #407,625 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 Getting Back to Dodge 14 September 2015
By Jo-Ann Carson - Published on Amazon.com
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Time to go Back to Dodge
Between Love and Lies is a historical romance set in Dodge, Kansas in 1876, during the days of Wyatt Earp and Bat Masterson. It’s filled with adventure, romance and enough plot twists to keep the pages flying faster than a gunslinger’s hand.
The Wild West is a place where anything can happen, where lawmen fight hard for justice and evil men often got their way. Jacqui Nelson draws this world with a delicate hand, letting us feel the grit and danger of the times. Her detailed setting becomes an integral character in the story.
Dodge is not a place for a young, innocent woman to find herself when her luck runs out. But petite, red-headed Sadie Sullivan has enough backbone for an army, and brains to boot. Despite the horrible situation her father and fate deal her, she fights to regain her independence and respect.
Getting what she wants involves a bit of sleuthing, and the handsome Texan keeps casting his shadow on her plans. Can she retrieve a hidden treasure, avenge the death of a friend and set herself free? And what the heck is she supposed to do with all the stirred-up feelings the cowboy gives her?
Noah Ballantyne, the Texan, is a good man with a heart drowning in guilt. First his brother dies in a stampede, and then his cattle run over a ranch. He can’t bring his brother back to life, but he wants to make amends to the man and his beautiful daughter whose livelihood he destroyed. He goes back to Dodge to set things right. The memory of the woman on the ranch, the woman with the amazing emerald eyes, has haunted him for a yearp.
Noah finds Sadie in a bordello. Discovering how low her life has fallen hits him hard. He feels responsible and wants to help her… protect her… make things right by her. She wants nothing to do with him. There`s a sizzling chemistry between them he can’t deny. Never has a woman bewitched him the way she does. He schemes to find a way to her heart.
Their adventure is hot, steamy and treacherous.
If you like visiting the Old West, you`ll enjoy Jacqui Nelsons, Between Love and Lies, a story spun with a complex web of emotion and conflict, love and lies.
My favorite line: “He may have held her face in his hands, but she held his heart in hers.”
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love, Longhorns, & the Lady 21 November 2015
By Little piggy's - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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.