The Book ✯✯✯
Kris Radish delivers with a sweet and wild western ride in the gorgeous canyons and mountains of the Colorado Territory.
Though the blurb reads as a thrilling western action, I actually found its charm to be in the quite promise of hope and healing. None of our characters are unbroken by their brutal pasts. None of them really know how to truly move forward. And the beauty of it all? None of them could until they had each other.
Briar is a rough and tumble woman that can ride a horse and shoot a gun as well--and usually better--than any man. She is formed well as the Wild West's Original Feminist. Through her quest to rescue her husband, Logan, we meet Jack and Percy.
We only ever really get to know Logan through flashbacks from Briar. Though I ended up understanding their relationship, their love, and her utter devotion because of it, the continual memories made it difficult to really enjoy the current plot and action. Really, it read like it should have been two books with their love story as a prequel and his attempted rescue as the novel. And this is where it really lost stars.
Jack and Percy are the breath of fresh air the story, and Briar, needed to grow, change, and heal. They were gorgeously written and given the proper amount of background to truly connect to them as more than Briar's sidekicks.
The story itself is fairly unremarkable, but the takeaway that you can find near-total healing by opening your heart to new people is memorable and touching.
Thank you to NetGalley, Kris Radish, and SparkPress for the free ARC in exchange for an honest review.