Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Review: A Bandit's Betrayed Heart by Michelle McLean

Title: A Bandit's Betrayed Heart (Blood Blade Sisters #3)
Author: Michelle McLean
Source: Entangled - Scandalous
Genre: Historical Romance
Length: Novel
Release Date: January 6, 2014
Reviewed by: Jasmyn

Rating - 4
Sexual - 3

Not your typical Southern belle . . .
Lucy Richardson’s bandit sisters may have taught her to sling a gun and pick a stubborn lock, but nothing prepared her for the agony of her first heartbreak. Her sisters taught her to fight like hell for what she wants…and she wants Finn.

Not your proper Southern gentleman…
Finn Taggart is bad news. His dark and tortured past always catches up to him, and Lucy deserves better than to be tainted by his touch. He couldn’t have her years ago, and he can’t have her now, no matter how enticing she is. If only he can convince her of that before the danger that follows him brings them both down.

Not your classic love story…
Danger doesn’t exactly scare a girl like Lucy, and she knows how to use all kinds of weapons…including her feminine wiles. Finn doesn’t stand a chance. And if they need backup…the Blood Blade Sisters are never far away…

This is the third book in the series, and while it stands alone as a story, I did feel like a missed a lot.  It refers several times to incidents that I assume occured in previous books.  It didn't take away from the story, but it did leave me feeling like I missed out on something.

Lucy and her sisters are not your typical women of the time.  As ex-bandits, they have much more spunk and aren't afraid to say what they want and stand up for themselves.  Lucy shows this perfectly when she leaves town for the south to find the love of her life, Finn.  She hasn't seen him since before the Civil War, at least seven years has gone by.  Finn ran from Lucy not because he didn't love her, but because he didn't want her involved with the bad people he was associated with.

This is a book about fighting for who you love and what you want.  I loved Lucy - expecially when she had a shotgun in her hands.  She seemed fearless - but deep inside she knew that she really needed Finn to complete her.  But her push to bring Finn back in only drags her deeper into the realm he was trying to keep her from to begin with.  There were a few times I wasn't sure if Lucy would be about to get out of the trouble she found herself in.  This book wrapped quite an adventure into the romance and it meshed very well.

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