A Thousand Steps

A Thousand Steps
A Thousand Steps by T. Jefferson Parker

Sunday, November 9, 2014



A mysterious gunfighter rides into town, and may be the hope for a beautiful saloon owner attempting to keep her establishment and gold mine from the clutches of a greedy, unscrupulous bully. When her would-be hero turns out to be an impostor, that doesn't make him any less dangerous, because now rather than losing her assets, she's in danger of losing her heart!

Outlaw in ParadiseOutlaw in Paradise by Patricia Gaffney
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Outlaw in Paradise by Patricia Gaffney is a 2011 Open Road Media publication. I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

This is a delightful historical western romance that will tickle the funny bone and warm your heart.
Originally published in 1997, Open Road Integrated Media had re-issued the book in digital format.

Jesse Gault arrives in Paradise, Oregon looking every bit the quintessential outlaw gunslinger, dressed in black all the way down to his black cigarette. Looking for a saloon, Jesse discovers an establishment run by the beautiful Cady McGill, a woman he is instantly smitten with.
The town is full of folks believing Jesse has arrived in Paradise because of them and start making confessions to Jesse. This is hilarious because Jesse is not at all what he appears to be. Meanwhile, Jesse strikes up a friendship with some of the folks in Cady's saloon and soon begins trying to seduce the beautiful saloon owner. But, Cady is having a few problems with a rival who is hell bent on seeing her run out of business and getting his hands on her gold mine. The dangerous Jesse Gault should be able to help her with this problem... but as it turns out, Jesse may not be as fierce with a gun as people have presumed.

The only problem I had with this book was that it moved just a bit too slow. There were a few long periods with not much going on and the even the dialogue started to drag out just a little. However, once I got past the half way mark, things really picked up speed and all the elements came together to create a steamy hot romance, an action packed show down and a heartwarming story of community, friendship and happy ever afters.

There were some laugh out loud moments, witty dialogue , a clever and mistaken identity, plot twist, wonderful secondary characters and an authentic western atmosphere. Cady and Jesse were perfect for each other. Overall this one gets 4 stars!!

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  1. Great review, as always. Patricia Gaffney is a fav of mine and I'm delighted her back list is being republished so nicely. And I love a Western setting. I'll be getting this one!

    1. Thanks for stopping by The Book Review, Emelle!! I agree, Patricia Gaffney is a most beloved author. I am so excited to see her work being reissued. I like a good western romance too, and I do think they are finally making a comeback! YAY!


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