Book Review – Wildfire In His Arms

Posted June 23, 2015 by Kathy in 4 stars, Book Review / 6 Comments

Book Review – Wildfire In His ArmsWildfire In His Arms by Johanna Lindsey
Published by Gallery Books on June 16, 2015
Genres: Adult Historical Romance
Pages: 394
Format: Hardcover
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four-stars

#1 New York Times bestselling author Johanna Lindsey’s passionate new tale about a gunfighter running from his past who finds his future when he escorts a beautiful outlaw to her hanging. Featuring one of Lindsey’s most intriguing heroes: the dangerous and mysterious Degan Grant from One Heart to Win.

With his work in Montana completed now that the Callahan-Warren feud has ended in marriage rather than bloodshed, Degan Grant sets out for California because it is far away from the home he wants to forget—until the US Marshal who saved his life calls in a favor. All Degan has to do is apprehend three outlaws on the marshal’s list and turn them over to the law. Easy enough, he figures, for a man no one wants to tangle with.

But then a bold young woman crosses his path. Maxine grew up so pretty and attracted so much unwanted attention in her Texas hometown that events spiraled out of control. She will try anything to escape the handsome, enigmatic gunfighter who intends to turn her over to a corrupt sheriff who will hang her instead of putting her on trial.

Saddled with a sassy, spirited young woman who insists she is innocent, Degan must hunt down a vicious killer and keep an old enemy at bay. But forced into intimate proximity with his beguiling prisoner, he finds his desire sparking into a wildfire of passion, and he can no longer deny that it is time for them to risk confronting their pasts so he can have a chance at a future with her in his arms forever.

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Wildfire In His Arms is a historical romance set in the wild west. There is action, romance and suspense which make for a perfect escape from reality. This was a fun and easy read.

Degan Grant is the dangerous and mysterious peacemaker from Johanna Lindsey’s One Heart to Win novel. This book is a spinoff and we do meet characters from the previous book but the author provides the right amount of details to make it easy to follow the story. Degan is about to travel to California when he is offered a temporary position as a U.S. Marshall. His job is simple – he needs to arrest three of outlaws. Based on his experience Degan assumes this is going to be an easy job but all that changes when he meets one of the outlaws, Maxine “Max” Dawson. Max claims to be innocent and Degan can’t decide if he believes her. Having caught one outlaw Degan works on capturing the remaining two outlaws. But as Degan and Max spend time together there is an attraction between them that is difficult to ignore. Turns out that Max isn’t the only one running from a problem. Can she be the one person to breakdown the tough guy image that Degan hides behind? You have to read this to find out!!

I really enjoyed these characters. Max is smart, feisty and says what’s on her mind. She’s survived on her own while on the run and her sassiness made this fun to read. Degan is stubborn but slowly he eases up. This is written in dual point of view but primarily in Max’s voice. I wished it would have been equally divided between them since it became repetitive hearing Max’s concerns about her future. There were some slow parts of the story so perhaps an even division between Max and Degan’s POV could have helped with this. But overall I did like this book.

I’ve read Johanna Lindsey’s previous books and I’ve always enjoyed her stories. The amount of details of the era she includes her stories makes me feel as if I’m time travelling to that time. I enjoyed this book so much that I want to read One Heart to Win and I hope she writes another book for the supporting characters that we were introduced to.

I received this book as a member of the XOXperts, XOXO After Dark’s official street team, in exchange for an honest review. Visit XOXOAfterDark.com for the best in romance, urban fantasy and women’s fiction.

Rating Report
Plot
four-stars
Characters
four-stars
Writing
four-stars
Pacing
four-stars
Overall: four-stars

About Johanna Lindsey

Johanna Helen Howard was born on March 10, 1952 in Germany, where her father, Edwin Dennis Howard, a soldier in the U.S. Army was stationed. The family moved about a great deal when she was young. Her father always dreamed of retiring to Hawaii, and after he passed away in 1964 Johanna and her mother settled there to honor him.

In 1970, when she was still in school, she married Ralph Lindsey, becoming a young housewife. The marriage had three children; Alfred, Joseph and Garret, who already have made her a grandmother. After her husband's death, Johanna moved to Maine, New England, to stay near her family.

Johanna Lindsey wrote her first book, Captive Bride in 1977 "on a whim", and the book was a success. By 2006, with over 58 Million copies of her books have been sold worldwide, with translations appearing in 12 languages, Johanna Lindsey is one of the world's most popular authors of historical romance.

Johanna's books span the various eras of history, including books set in the Middle Ages, the American "Old West" and the popular Regency England-Scotland. She has even written a few sci-fi romances. By far the most popular among her books are the stories about the Malory-Anderson Family, a Regency England saga.

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6 responses to “Book Review – Wildfire In His Arms

  1. Alicia

    I love this author!! I just finished One Heart to Win so I can’t wait to read this one. Nice review!

  2. Maddie

    I haven’t read a western romance in a long time. This sounds really good! Great review!

  3. oh yay!! I love this author, she is one of the first authors I read when I started reading romance novels, so she is a auto buy author for me. I loved the other western she did a couple years ago (not sure if these two are related though) , and I agree with you on details, she writes books in such a way that you can imagine everything in the story.

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    • Kathy

      She was also one of my first authors to discover. It has been a while since I’ve read a western and this was a lot of fun to read. Now I have to find more westerns! thanks!