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A Western suspense story that takes the reader into the world of lawmen, outlaws, secret government agents, mysterious treasure, raw and wild towns, riverboat showdown, and a trail of growing friendship and romance for four hard-bitten men. This is not my first encounter with this book, but it is my first time getting the audio version. Mason Lloyd was a new to me narrator. He did a remarkable job with four main characters and a handful of minor characters, three perspectives.
I thought he matched well for this style of story. He transitioned between thoughtful and descriptive times and equally well when big action scenes were taking place. The story opens with a prologue of a meeting in Denver. Baird wants them to steal a native artifact from the army for him. Rose is suspicious and wants no part. Stringer takes the job. Rose gets away. Rose is jailed with a pair of army prisoners who are being sent to St. Louis for trial. One of the men is a mute man named Cage.
Not far along the trail, Rose and Cage grow friendly especially since Rose is kind to the man who cannot speak and seems to understand him without the words. He and Wash went off to war together and then into the Marshalls. He struggles against the feelings that want Wash as more than a friend.
Rose gives them glimpses into the broader situation and they are forced to figure out what to do with what they know. Before they can make up their mind, the issue blows up in their face and they are all left scrambling for their lives.
Trust in each other is crucial and Flynn finally figures out his heart, but may have left things too long. Cage is confronted by his past and Rose must prove that he truly is the best if all of them are to make it out of the situation alive.
This has a great sense of setting and place. The tone is just right. A strong western story that feels like the real deal through and through. All four main characters are painted well and interact well as a group and in their partnerships. The author gave a fifth perspective with Stringer so the reader got many views at the situation since Flynn and Cage were the other narrators.
The suspense was a nice addition that kept me guessing. I had a good idea what was going on until a twist and reveal out of nowhere made me realize there was more to it. The ending was fantastic and left me breathless and glued to the story. I loved how it ended at a spot that can be seen as a complete story or the jumping board for more to come. Incidentally, if I get my wish, there will be more to come with these characters and an ongoing story.
My thanks to Riptide Publishing for the opportunity to listen to this story in exchange for an honest review. Abigail Roux was born and raised in North Carolina. A past volleyball star who specializes in sarcasm and painful historical accuracy, she currently spends her time coaching high school volleyball and investigating the mysteries of single motherhood.
Any spare time is spent living and dying with every Atlanta Braves and Carolina Panthers game of the year. Another historical romance and with four and a half stars!
It reminds me of the movie Maverick- fun, exciting, and not everything what it seems. Definitely it was interesting. You caught me, Lily. I am a professing mood reader of the highest order. A riverboat showdown? For some reason that got my attention. It sounds like a good and suspenseful read. Glad to hear the audio version was done well. I hope all the different point of views worked well in this case, I always like seeing multiple point of views in books, although not all authors can pull it off right.
And those type of endings are great where it feels like a good ending, but also could serve as jumping board for more. I saw your comment to Lily about being a mood reader and sci-fi coming next. I think in this case, the multiple points of view helped keep the mystery strong even while moving the story forward.
I liked how Abigail did it. Ha, yes, I read the Pets in Space and two other right in a row. Toggle navigation. I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. Narrated by Mason Lloyd. The following two tabs change content below.
Bio Latest Posts. Sophia Rose. I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded.
Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. Latest posts by Sophia Rose see all. Review: Badlands by Morgan Brice. Name of the Dragon by Susanna Kearsley. Witness by Piper Davenport Review Afte. Review: Through the Fire by Katie Ruggle. Crash and Burn by Abigail Roux Review. Review: Code of Honor by Catherine Mann. Corridors of the Night by Anne Perry Sw.
Review: Till Death by Jennifer Armentrou. Go to top. Notify of. Oldest Newest Most Voted. Inline Feedbacks. More like big Western adventure with a touch of romance, but definitely fun. OH, love Harry Potter. Mary Kirkland. Lily B. Yes, that was a very exciting scene near the end on that riverboat. Would love your thoughts, please comment.
According To Hoyle
By Abigail Roux. By the close of in the American West, the line between heroes and villains is narrow. Total chaos is staved off only by the few who take the law at its word and risk their lives to uphold it. This title is a revised and edited second edition, with minor new additions, of According to Hoyle, originally published elsewhere. This is a work of fiction. Any resemblance to actual persons living or dead, business establishments, events, or locales is entirely coincidental.
According to Hoyle by Abigail Roux, narrated by Mason Lloyd #AudioReview