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Gambling on the Outlaw (Entangled Select Historical) by [Madigan, Margaret]
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He's gambled everything...except his heart.

Beth Caldwell is no man's property. A gambler's widow with a willful, independent streak, she's already courting trouble after rejecting an offer of marriage from a foul-tempered and land-hungry cattle baron. But when Beth discovers a handsome outlaw hiding in her barn, she lands in a whole new heap of trouble...

Isaac Collins survived the Civil War only to find himself scapegoated for stagecoach robbery and murder. With nothing left to lose, he gambled everything on revenge and barely escaped with his life. Now he's relying on the kindness of a fierce, strong-willed woman...and God help him if there isn't something both sweet and forbidden simmering between them.

But Beth's rejected suitor is no gentleman. He'll do whatever it takes to get her land. And in Nevada, everything rides on a high-stakes game of chance...especially love and death.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1796 KB
  • Print Length: 306 pages
  • Publisher: Entangled: Select Historical (23 June 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00YM592E4
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Amazon.com: 4.3 out of 5 stars 13 reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! 21 November 2015
By Amber R Polk - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
A friend of mine told me I needed to read this book and she was right! I loved this book! She did a great job of making a strong female character during a time period that women were not heard, not only in the main character, Beth, but in Beth's entire household. I fell madly in love with Isaac! He is now my book boyfriend. The villains were realistic and evil (just like I like them)! I will be buying all of Margaret Madigan books I can!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars but this book might just have reignited my love for the genre 10 July 2015
By Eve Morgaine - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I"m not a big western romance reader anymore, but this book might just have reignited my love for the genre. Loved the chemistry between Beth and Isaac and the story kept me turning the pages. Strong female characters in this setting make it all the more enjoyable. Can't wait for the next book in the series. A great debut! Well done!
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5.0 out of 5 stars LOVED!! 25 June 2015
By Anneconley - Published on Amazon.com
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OMG... I can't begin to list all the great things about this book, but I gotta say I LOVED how effective Ms. Madigan wrote the story from the 1st person, which is a risk to take in Historical Romance, I think. But it does SO MUCH, I think, for the tone of the story. Sorry for all the yelling, but I'm just SO EXCITED! Great job.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This first in a series is worth the gamble... 24 June 2015
By Jen Valencia - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Gambling on the Outlaw is the first book in the Nevada Bounty series by author Margaret Madigan and is a historical western romance about a feisty and independent widow named Beth Caldwell and a proclaimed outlaw named Isaac Collins. Both Beth and Isaac are what you would consider outsiders, she being a former gambler and he being a former hired gun, but they obviously have good hearts and simply want to be left to lead their lives quietly. When Isaac is accused by the local sheriff and the town's cattle baron of having been the man behind a train robbery that resulted in the murder of several people, including the brother of the cattle baron, he knows it's only a matter of time before they hang him for crimes he never committed. With revenge in his sights, he doesn't expect to find himself falling for the widow Caldwell, knowing there isn't much of a future for them, what with him running from the law. But if it's one thing that Beth is, it's stubborn and she'll do whatever is necessary to help Isaac.

When I was trying to recall the last time I read a historical western romance, I flashed back to some of the pocketbooks that are lined up on my shelves, and I recalled a couple of Sandra Brown's published works that I read in the early nineties and that I still consider some of my all-time favorites. It's been a good long while since then, but Gambling on the Outlaw brought back my love for the sub-genre. With a fine pair of lead characters who could hold their own yet feel incomplete without the other and three other women--Daisy, Nellie, and Lydia--who represented Beth's patchwork family and who piqued my curiosity, making me wonder if the books to follow will be about them, it was easy to become invested in wanting to see them get out of their situation happy and alive. Heck, even the antagonists were memorable and then there were those who were stuck somewhere in the middle.

This is not to say, however, that the book was merely character-driven. The story itself felt original and certainly veered away from what I've come to expect in historical western romances. After all, even if the general story line in a book is similar to those that have come before it, you want something new and creative to make it stand out and the author certainly achieved that here. There were a number of times that I thought the story was going to go one way, only to be pleasantly surprised with how Margaret Madigan veered in a different direction but did so in a manner that made the story even more of a worthwhile read. This really was quite an enjoyable book and I look forward to reading the rest of the Nevada Bounty series. I'm giving Gambling on the Outlaw 4.5 stars. ♥
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Strong feisty females take on the Wild West! 24 June 2015
By Splashes Into Books - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
The great first novel in this new series introduces some strong characters living in the Wild West, where money and power seem to have precedence over law. The feisty, determined females are the real heroes in this story of overcoming corruption and greed, putting family first. A fast paced, enthralling read which is full of complicated dealings, threats, danger and turmoil. I’ll certainly look out for further books in this series and by this author in future and highly recommend this to anyone who likes historical thriller elements to their romantic reading!

Beth Cadwell is a widow. Her card shark, gambling husband was killed over a game of cards. Now she’s living out on their Nevada ranch along with three other feisty women who are local misfits. A neighbouring rancher and cattle baron, Clay Dearborn, is determined to marry her so he can add her land to his own but Beth isn’t convinced he’d be a good husband, especially as he’s determined to tame her and take control of everything in her life, including herself.

There’s been a horrific stagecoach robbery in the area. All the people on board were killed, including Clay’s brother, and the posses are out looking for the murderer who Clay claims is Isaac Collins. Isaac used to work for Clay as a ranch hand, before that he’s been in the Civil War, then a hired gun. He has a short temper but he’s the innocent scapegoat for this crime. Feeling betrayed and that he has nothing left to lose, Isaac attempts to revenge himself by killing Clay. He isn’t successful and ends up being shot and seriously injured. He makes it back to Beth’s ranch, only to pass out. Can the ladies save him? How can he clear his name? Will Clay force Beth to marry him? Where does love fit in to this? You’ll have to read it yourself to find the answers!

Thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley too, for letting me read an ARC in exchange for an honest review.