Genre: Historical / Western / Romance
Date of Publication: May 23, 2017
Paperback, 368 pages
Outlander meets post-Civil War unrest in this action-packed follow up to Sawbones.
Laura Elliston and William Kindle are on the run -- from the Army and from every miscreant in the West eager to claim the $500 bounty for Laura's capture as their own. But the danger isn't just from those pursuing them. Laura and Kindle have demons of their own and a past that won't stay dead. Exhausted, scared, scarred and surrounded by enemies, neither realize the greatest danger is yet to come.
Melissa Lenhardt holds no bounds. This author is gruesome, real, and raw. She crosses the line so many times that it sure makes for an intriguing story. You truly will have no idea where the storyline will take you because she doesn’t care to keep the plot in any confines. I love the attitude and spunk she gives her characters and her writing style reads like a motion picture. I will give a warning to those who get queasy easily that at one point a woman mounts a man and cuts his eye out, but it’s oh so terrifyingly, terrific. That being said, this book contains graphic scenes and very sensitive subject matter.
There is suspense and love on this journey you take with Laura and William to find freedom in their new life together. You get to watch a woman discover who she is now after a horrific past filled with rape and abuse. Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. She’s had everything she loved stripped away from her from her job and identity to her virtue and purity. Everyone she has loved has been killed and she has been told that death follows her, so it becomes her mission to prove them wrong and to keep the last thing she holds dear in this life alive, William Kindle.
This is a sequel and I would highly recommend reading the first one in the series before moving on to this one. Sawbones was the first book in the series and my review and the synopsis can be found by clicking in this sentence. Blood Oath references some of the gruesome events that unfolded in Sawbones which helped shape this story. Laura’s dreams and flashbacks give a brief and continually enlightenment to grasp the overall concept of what happened, but I will say you are missing out if you skip the first. This series is proving to be an epic one and I’ll now be reading the third in the series the Badlands to see how this triumph continues.
About the Author
Melissa Lenhardt is the author the Jack McBride mystery series, as well as the Laura Elliston historical fiction series. Her debut mystery, STILLWATER, was a finalist for the 2014 Whidbey Writers’ MFA Alumni Emerging Writers Contest, and SAWBONES, her historical fiction debut, was hailed as a "thoroughly original, smart and satisfying hybrid, perhaps a new subgenre: the feminist Western" by Lone Star Literary Life. A lifelong Texan, she lives in the Dallas area with her husband and two sons.
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