Nate - Devils on Horseback, Bk 1 Author:Beth Williamson Amidst the post-war chaos that rains down around them, a controlling man and a desperate woman must choose between life and love. — Nate Marchand grew up as the only son of the town drunk. As a Confederate soldier, he found that order in the chaos was the only thing that kept him sane. Numbers, information, keeping everything in its pro... more »per place became second nature. The chaos of the war and its aftermath sent him into a rigid state that he couldn't seem to overcome.
He and his friends, nicknamed Devils on Horseback, leave behind the aftermath of war to start fresh in the west. Their new business venture flounders and desperation drives them to take whatever work they can.
The Devils are hired to remove the Taggert family from land claimed by Samuel O'Shea, the largest landowner in Grayton, Texas. When he meets Elisa Taggert, his entire world shifts beneath him. Attracted, bewildered, and off-kilter, Nate ignores his conscience in favor of his wallet.
The simple task of removing a woman, a boy, and an old man, along with a small herd of cattle, resembles a Medieval siege. Nate wrestles with what he knows is right with what he must do. Will his love for Elisa overcome his need for survival?« less
This book was just not that good. The relationship between the H/h was not very well developed. I think the author was too busy in this book trying to give descriptions of the other Devils on Horseback for her upcoming books, and lost focus on writing a good story.
Never in a million years did I think I would read a Western H/R. But I had heard about Beth Williamson and that her stories were good, and not just erotica, I thought heck why not.
I was surprised just how much I like "Nate" who is one of a band of 5 ex-confederate soldier gone to Texas to make new lives after the war, and shake off the dogged pursuit of an obsessed Union Officer they had apparently pissed off.
The plot isn't all that different from any Western movie, baddies trying to take the ranch away from a pretty filly with a crippled father and little brother. But I like the characters enough that the thin plot didn't bother me. It was more a story of how these two who began on opposite sides of the conflict would get through it.