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About the Author
Karen Michelle Nutt lives in California with her husband, three fascinating children, four dogs, three cats, and a guinea pig. Jack, her Chihuahua/Yorkshire terrier is her writing buddy and sits long hours with her at the computer. Her book Lost in the Mist of Time was nominated for New Books Review Spotlight Best Fantasy Book of the Year Award. A Twist of Fate was a nominee for Best Time Travel P.E.A.R.L. Award for 2008. Creighton Manor won Honorable Mention P.E.A.R.L. Award 2009. In her spare time, she reviews books for PNR—Paranormal Romance Reviews. An avid reader of history, romance, and the paranormal, she tends to combine the three in her writings. She enjoys travel, old movies, books, and the chance to weave a tale. Ms. Nutt specializes in Time Travel and Otherworldly Romances. Visit the author at www.kmnbooks.com. Stop by her blog for Monday interviews, chats, and contests at kmnbooks.blogspot.com.
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There's plenty of wild west action. A truly bad villain. A cast of supporting characters that I felt like I knew by the end of the book. And there's the evolving romance between a gun-shy doubter and a heartbroken widower.
Nutt's writing is good. It's well edited. And the story leaves the reader smiling.
The setting felt authentic and well-described without being intrusive. The author's style is smooth as were plotting and characterization. The pacing of the romance was a little fast for my taste. Love scenes bubbled somewhere above sweet. I'd like to have seen more time spent on the main character's relationship. The writing is far superior to the cover, which doesn't even begin to do the story justice.
I love stories that involve role-reversals and challenge stereotypes. WANTED upends the tired trope of a good frontier woman saving the disreputable gun slinging hero. Sheriff Jace Kelley is a widower and devoted father to his young daughter, Emma, who happens to have the gift of second sight. He is kind, compassionate, honest and courageous—everything a swoon-worthy lawman should be and a bit more. His relationship with his daughter is one of the best parts of the story. There's something very sexy about a dedicated and patient father.
The hero is understandably skeptical when Emma predicts the arrival of a new mother (who has shamrocks in her pocket). However, his disbelief is challenged when a new prisoner is transferred to his small town jail through the holiday season. Heroine JoBeth Riley is a bank robber (although she allegedly only drove the getaway horses) and partner of a notorious outlaw. She is smart and witty but a little standoffish. She suffered from a bad childhood and has terrible taste in men (up until she meets Jace). JoBeth's decisions sometimes frustrated me but I found her to be sympathetic. Her yearning for a real home and family is convincing as was her redemption.
WANTED is an excellent story for a reader looking for a quick Western Christmas romance that provides a unique take on a bad woman doing right by a good man.