Harlequin romantic historical fiction, set in New Mexico, 1898
Victoria bylin is by far the best romance Author in my opinion!
In the future, Rafe LaCroix wants his wounded partner to ride a horse effortlessly, to bed a woman without shame, to stand proudly - unassisted. To achieve that enchantment, he needs help and Dr. Susanna Leaf is the only person who can give it to him. As a man on the run, Rafe LaCroix knows desperation and right now, his partner - his friend - is suffering. Rafe LaCroix may be a decent man, but the game of life has forced him to be hard and ruthless and Dr. Susanna Leaf had better grasp his meaning.
Susanna Leaf is a doctor first and a woman second, but lately the lonely nights are growing long and Susanna finds herself wondering about a man's gentle touch. As a lead character, Dr. Susanna Leaf is appropriate and likable. Victoria Bylin writes her heroine as neither reckless nor overly gutsy; instead, she allows her reader to see a lonely woman. A woman who wants to be kissed and held; a woman who wants to sleep with a husband - like spoons in a drawer.
Simply beautiful love story about a man afraid of love and a woman who just wants to be loved. I couldn't put it down.
Midnight Marriage by Victoria Bylin
Book 3 in the Midas, New Mexico Series
Rafe LaCroix may look like one of the bad guys but he's pretty soft underneath. That's how he ended up with young Nick in his care, and is now kidnapping a doctor to help the boy. Nick took a bullet in the leg that the Benton's had meant for him. He went for old Doc Randall and found a woman asleep in the bed, she's the new doctor and he needs her help. Taking this woman ends up shaking Rafe's world. As they work to save Nick's leg, fight off the Benton gang, and to top it off she ends up being the daughter of a man Rafe don't want to be on the wrong side of...John Leaf, gunman turned preacher.
Dr. Susanna Leaf was going to just settle for widower Timothy Duke, if he ever made a move towards her. After a kiss from Rafe LaCroix, settling didn't sound so great without a spark. Rafe tries to look tough but Susanna see's the same lost feeling in his eyes that she experienced as the young girl who never seemed to fit in. If only Rafe could stop running from his past and face the future but he don't. And running away from his past may have him running to something even worse.
We meet Susanna in the previous book, Abbie's Outlaw. Where she finds out at age fourteen that the cruel man she thought was her father, was not and she goes in search of her real dad. I really enjoyed this series and loved the humor in this book when John Leaf comes back to town at the wrong time.