The Marshal and Kate:
Come Sundown – Book Two
by Stevie MacFarlane
There were so many things I liked about this book, from the glimpses of Carrie-Ann (though Micah was sadly missing), to its strong female characters (especially the main female protagonist) along with the well written suspense/adventure elements. We first met Kate and Martin in book one of the series, though this story can very much be read stand alone, as any information you need is cleverly woven into the plot.
Having enjoyed the glimpses of Kate that we got in The Rancher and Carrie-Ann, which let to me forming a very positive opinion about her. I was very relieved to find her just as strong, forthright and self-sufficient in this book. She was very believable as an independent woman in a time when most were considered the property of their father or husband. Her strength was forged through adversity and Kate has a very dark backstory.
Martin is a wonderful alpha male, all protective and moody with a sexy, smouldering demeanour. Kate doesn’t particularly enjoy his penchant for spanking her, and I have a feeling she never will either. Unlike some “spanking” books, this actually kept the punishments fairly brief, and focused much more on plot, character building and action.
For some reason I never felt like I knew, or perhaps understood, Martin as well as I did Kate. The connection felt more superficial, though this was because I didn’t feel the same depth of emotional connection rather than there being an issue with characterisation. Martin most definitely had personality and was well-rounded with dimension to his character.
The plot was very enjoyable, with quite a chunk of it set outside of the small town they all live in. Whilst the suspense element wasn’t the most complicated set up, I preferred it as such because it was both believable and entertaining. This is turning into a really good historical series.
Genre – Historical Romance
Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/56485435-the-marshal-and-kate
A hot romance is kicking up some dust in the old west! A sexy Marshal, looking to rope his woman, is about to find himself smack dab in the middle of a mystery. The woman he craves is up to her pretty neck in murder and mayhem!
Kate McKutchin has her share of problems. Strong, proud, and fiercely independent, having a man in her life is a complication, but she’s unable to resist the attentions of Martin MacPherson. His midnight raids leave her breathless and sated. Oh, Kate knows the townsfolk gossip about her, however, that is the least of her worries. She has far darker secrets in her past, ones she hopes will never make it this far west.
Marshal Martin MacPherson is stuck on Kate and has been from the moment she first appeared in town. She’s troublesome to be sure, but her embrace is one he longs for and it’s his intention to make their relationship permanent. The beautiful redhead has refused him more times than he can count, making him a bit of a territorial joke. Determined to win her he’s not above using a little over-the-knee encouragement, but Kate remains firm. She cannot marry him. It’s not until a wanted poster crosses the marshal’s desk that he begins to wonder just who Kate McKutchin really is.