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Between Love and Lies (Gambling Hearts Book 1) by [Nelson, Jacqui]
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Length: 293 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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In a town ruled by sin, will he earn her love or her lies?

Dodge City, 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 rancher 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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2848 KB
  • Print Length: 293 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Jacqui Nelson (30 August 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #335,549 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.
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3.0 out of 5 stars It was like watching the old spaghetti westerns 29 May 2016
By Rolanda Caves - Published on
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I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for a review.

This book never grabbed me. I skimmed it, looking for the
hook. It was like watching the old spaghetti westerns,
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5.0 out of 5 stars Getting Back to Dodge 14 September 2015
By Jo-Ann Carson - Published on
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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.”
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Historical Romances - Loads of Detail, Exciting Dynamics, Tons of Chemistry! 3 October 2015
By Liberty Ann Ireland - Published on
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You’ve heard the phrase, ‘Time to get out of Dodge’? Well this time, we’re going back. Back to Dodge City, Kansas circa 1876 during the prime days of the Wild West, when men like Bat Masterson and Wyatt Earp walked its streets. This is the setting of Jacqui Nelson’s Between Love and Lies.

This is not Ms. Nelson’s first rodeo or her first visit to Dodge. She gives us first timers a very detailed vista of the mud and the muck, the adventure and the dangers lurking about in our view of the setting. This story is filled with such wonderful romance as well and plot galore with twists and turns enough to make a sharpshooters gun cylinder spin but it’s the romance that I truly lov…Hold on. I am getting the cart before the horse. Before we start talking about any romance, we need to meet the characters.

Ms. Nelson’s knack for detail is not lost when we meet petite, re-headed Sadie Sullivan. While Dodge is far from the ideal place for a young, innocent woman, Sadie knows how to play the cards she’s dealt. Smarter than a whip and with enough backbone to stand up to just about anything or anyone, she wouldn’t know good luck if it jumped up and slapped her. But she has plans, plans that some tall, no-good, handsome, pain in the neck, good-lookin’ Texan keeps messing up! And oooh, he gets her all riled up! Now what is she supposed to do with all of those feelings that Cowboy gives her?

Noah Ballantyne, the Texan in question, is a good man but he is drowning in guilt - guilt for his brother who died last year during a Longhorn stampede. Guilt for the ranch that said same cattle ran over and destroyed. He wants to right the wrongs that he can. His brother, he cannot return him to the living but the old man and his daughter and their ranch that was their livelihood, that he could do something about. But things may not be that simple, as they are not always what they seem.

Sadie hates that Noah has come back into her wrecked life, rubbing salt into her wounds. Noah vows he just wants to make things right for her but there is danger lurking about everywhere, especially in the shadows. He wants to protect her but there are secrets worth killing for and more than a single debt is owed. All the while Sadie and Noah are beginning to falling in love although Sadie says she still wants him gone. There is chemistry between them and it’s beginning to sizzle. He comes up with a plan to win her heart. Thankfully everything comes together somehow in the end. Hey, after all, this is a Romance. ;) Just remember, Jacqui writes some of the best historical Western Romances I have read and does so with loads of details and exciting dynamics. The Wild West is a place where anything can happen. Anything! 5 Stars!!


Rating: 5 Stars - A MUST Read!

Heat: 2/5 Flames - Flirty

Note: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Word Painter! Excellent! 8 October 2015
By L. Broday - Published on
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Excellent story! I loved the twists and turns this book takes. This story of a woman caught up in something from which she can't escape is gripping and suspenseful. How can a woman survive in a brothel where beatings and murder are commonplace? By telling the biggest lie she can think of and prey on men's fears. Sadie fights to save herself in the only way she knows and finds herself mired in the lie that is bound to get her killed. She knows the only escape is death. But then she falls in love in the midst of it all and shifts her fight to save the man who holds her heart. I loved how Jacqui Nelson turned Sadie's concern for herself to someone who matters even more--Texan Noah Ballantyne. She can't bear the thought of pure evil touching his life as well as hers. Guilt that he might die trying to save her drives her to take a drastic step that almost costs her everything. The price of a love of a lifetime might be more than she can pay. But for one more night in Noah's arms she'll do anything.

Noah Ballantyne is as tough as they come and can draw and shoot before his opponent can blink. It doesn't hurt a bit either that he's drop-dead gorgeous. He can put his boots under my bed anytime! I love this cowboy. Also, I loved that Ms Nelson wrote the legendary lawman Bat Masterson into this story. It was an unexpected treat. History and fiction collides.

Jacqui Nelson has woven a rich and multi-layered story against the backdrop of Dodge City, Kansas, a place known as Sin City. She paints such a vivid picture with colorful, descriptive words that plant images in your head. She's very gifted and I can't wait for her next book to come out. I'll be first in line for it. If you like a good quality historical romance full of adventure, suspense and drama then this book is for you. I guarantee you won't be disappointed.