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5 stars for A Fallacious Seduction by @Virgini35142126 #historicalromance #westernromance #bookish

Title: A Fallacious Seduction

Author: Virginia Barlow

Genre: Historical Western Romance

Book Blurb:

When the train US Marshal Reese Calhan is riding on explodes, he is one of two survivors. Trouble is, the other survivor is the woman who betrayed him years ago. A woman he thought was dead. This time he will not fall prey to her wiles. He'll see the vixen jailed for her crimes if it kills him. Recovering from a recent jilting and now a train explosion, Shanna Johnston has no idea why the handsome stranger insists he knows her and calls her by another woman's name. His heated looks and knowing kisses spark a fire in her she cannot ignore--even as her own mysterious past is closing in.

My Review:

Shanna Johnston is returning home after visiting her mother when a huge explosion careens the train off its tracks. Shanna doesn't know what happened but when she wakes up in the arms of a handsome man, her nightmare is just beginning. He aims a gun in her face and keeps calling her a different name. He swears he knows her and is going to bring her crimes to justice. She tries to explain to him but to no avail. It turns out he's a US Marshall sent to her town to bring a gang to justice. The more time she spends with him, the greater her feelings grow. Can she prove to him she's not the criminal he purports her to be and make him fall in love with her and not the other woman he seems obsessed with or is he speaking the truth about her mysterious past?

A Fallacious Seduction is a fantastic historical western romance I couldn't put down. From the very beginning, I connected with Shanna. She appears to be fragile but has incredible strength and resilience upon closer inspection. She's had to deal with heartbreak and humiliation but continues to hold her head up. Virginia Barlow writes with honesty and shares what life was life for many women on the frontier. The descriptive narration paints a raw picture of the wild west which swept me away. The plot moves at a good pace with plenty of conflicts, misunderstandings and colorful characters. There's a lot going on in this story but at the heart of it is Shanna and Reese. The romance between these two is classic enemies-to-lovers but with a fun western twist. I thoroughly enjoyed it, especially the ending. If you're looking for a feisty heroine in the wild west frontier, pick up A Fallacious Seduction. Fans of Cynthia Wright will love this tale. Highly recommend!

My Rating: 5 stars

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Author Biography:

I am in my fifties and I love my life. I am a mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and best friend. My granddaughter calls me "grandmuddy" so I am that too! I believe in family. I believe in magic and I believe in the power of love. I, also, believe in happily ever afters. My happy times are when I am curled in front of the fire with a glass of wine and a romance book in my hand.

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Reviewed by: Mrs. N

1 Comment

Barbara Bettis
Oct 01, 2020

Wonderful review of what sounds like a terrific story! Looking forward to it :) Best of luck, Virginia.

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