Trevor Malloy loves women Ė all sorts of
women. What he doesnít love is how hard he has to work on his
familyís ranch. After walking out and going on a two day
binge of liquor and women before being confronted by his
brothers, he decides to leave the ranch and his family behind
and make his living as a professional gambler.
Adelaide Burns, owner of the Last Chance
Saloon in Cheyenne, is a champion poker player and considers
herself immune to the wiles of handsome gamblers. Then Trevor
walks into her saloon and sits down at her table Ė and she is
no longer so sure that she can resist this handsome cowboy, no
matter who wins the pot.
Gift is actually my first exposure to Beth
Williamsonís historical western romances and, despite a small
amount of trepidation, I have to admit that I loved it. The
characters sucked me entirely into their lives and
situations. The complex and often turbulent relationships in
the Malloy family are compelling and kept me wondering.
Adelaide is no oneís simpering miss or soiled dove. She is a
strong woman in a time that requires strength. The plot is
intricate, but without so many players that the romance is
removed from center stage and just when I thought things were
settled, Beth had another obstacle waiting for me.
Iím not normally a reader of western
historicals but after reading The Gift, Iíve
added Bethís other books in the Malloy series to my list of
books to buy.