By Xina Marie Uhl
Cowboys, Indians, and outlaws. It may be 1894 but the Old West is still alive and kicking in the dusty west Texas town of Abalone. Texie Cortez has never been a genteel female, what with her habit of wearing pants, shooting six-guns, and punching out grubby cowpokes with busy hands. When her father dies from a bad batch of coleslaw she takes up his old job:
She’s proud of the way she kicks ass and takes names, keeping the town on the straight and narrow. Then he shows up.
Alec Malone is a smooth-talking, quick-thinking gambler with a handsome face, easy smile, and flexible morals. One look at him and Texie knows that he’s a whole mess of trouble. Soon enough Alec’s got the painted ladies all riled up and the greedy saloonkeepers in a tizzy. He’s hiding secrets under all that dazzle. Not the least of which involve a suspicious increase in petty thefts, bar brawls, and accidental blazes.
Texie’s got bigger problems, though. The Bully Flamenco Gang of thieving, murdering criminals is back again. This time they mean to chase her out of town for good – in a pine box. She’ll be damned if she’s going to let that happen.
If only Alec’s smart mouth and soft lips would just stop distracting her.
A rollicking ride that will make you ooh, aww, and laugh for page after page.