When twenty-year-old Emma Brookstone arrives in the town of Bannack, Montana, she seeks out the local marshal, intending to enlist his help in uncovering the truth regarding her father’s murder two years earlier. Upon meeting the marshal, however, she is shocked and dismayed to discover that he is none other than the man who gunned her father down that fateful night.
Though Clive Brookstone was an evil man who needed killing, the knowledge that he left a young woman orphaned tore at Nathan Haskin’s conscience from the moment he pulled the trigger, and he has secretly provided for Emma’s needs since that day. Certain that hearing about her father’s legacy of lawless violence would break her heart, he concealed it from her, but now that she has returned to Bannack her persistence eventually prompts him to tell her the full story.
To make matters more complicated, Nathan finds his desire to protect Emma quickly growing into a powerful need to tame and possess her, and when her foolish behavior puts her safety at risk he doesn’t hesitate to take her in hand and spank her soundly. His stern chastisement leaves her furious yet helplessly aroused, and it isn’t long before he claims her hard and thoroughly.
In her heart, Emma knows what Nathan tells her is true–that her father’s death was just–but writhing in ecstasy as she is utterly dominated by the man who killed him fills her with shame nonetheless, and she does her best to deny her lust for the handsome marshal. Will the day ever come when she can put aside the past and surrender herself fully to the man she once hated?
This was an interesting read for me. I’ve read a few other books by Smarts in the past and have enjoyed them, and to be honest this blurb struck my interest so I couldn’t wait to get started on it.
Needless to say – whatever expectations that I had with this book? Were completely blown away. Smarts was able to draw me into the story so much that at times I had to remind myself that I was just reading a book.
The characters, both Nathan and Emma were written in such a way that it was easy to connect with both of them. Emma’s feelings came though so much throughout the whole book that I couldn’t help but connect with her. Nathan was written in a way that I could feel his emotions jump from the pages.
This story blew me away, and I would say that if you enjoy this genre, you should really pick up this book.