Unk and submitted herself too readily to Jacob s bullying tactics It got to the point where she was willing to accept crumbs from himShe I ll take whatever you re willing to give me Stay with me Give me what you can Then if you can t offer me any I ll go Without a fuss Me gag Where s your dignity womanThe ending was drawn out and focused on the side plot of catching the real baddies The romance got sidelined which is ust as well since the romance lost its spark This is my first book by the author She s got a decent back catalogue which I might check out I do like her writing It might Comic Print and Theatre in Early Modern Amsterdam just be the case of the characters not appealing but she has potential and there was great chemistry and bantering initially There was an element of Pygmalion to the story also but again the author failed to capitalise on this trope When Wild Wild West meets My Fair Lady It gives a funny romance tender with spaghetti western and poker games as background This romance is an easy read One that I made with a smile on my face as there are endearing and entertaining characters Personally I fell under the spell of two spinsters Alma and Amelia Despite being over 70 years old they are cool naughty and always at the forefront of action I loved to see them play with dynamite I admit that the hero Jacob has not really charmed me He has a stick stuff in thisyou see the picture don t you and he s annoying by always playing by the rules He lacks of openness and communication skill The way he hurts Fiona by not treating her like a lady made me want to slap him through my bookOf course at the end I easily pardoned his behaviour Great reading to relax and unwind with a smileLuciehttpnewbooksonmyselvesblogspotfr You have to love when a westernhistorical romance spares us the heaving bosoms and frail damsels and actually gives us a determined con artist as our heroine and a lawman who has been on her trail for years eually determined to bring both her and her father toustice all because long ago she found then left him butt naked in the woods Fiona has dodged Jacob s long arm of the law for years but it all catches up to her when he needs her help and dangles a pardon for both her and her father in return for her promise to play the biggest con yet while working on the right side of the law Fiona is a soft hearted survivor rough around the edges but cleverly brilliant Can Jacob turn her into the well heeled lady she needs to be to capture his counterfeiting criminal or will he and Fiona find at risk between them than they could ever have imagined Meanwhile another has sworn revenge against Jacob and he doesn t even see it comingGet ready to enjoy the banter the heat and the comedic moments that fill Silken Promises by Lisa Bingham From the start the pace is light uick and the dialogue will make you smile as Fiona and Jacob grind on one another s nerves while butting heads and finally hearts The transformation of Fiona from a diamond in the rough to a polished gem could never have happened if not for two spinster sisters who will steal your heart with their amusing and eccentric ways They felt like Fiona s fairy godmothers of the West There is danger death deceit and trouble along the way and some of it will tear at your heart as you watch this feisty heroine bravely do what needs to be done and finally takes what she wants in lifeI received an ARC edition from Diversion Books in exchange for my honest reviewPublication Date January 21 2014Publisher Diversion BooksISBN 9781626811959Genre Historical Romance Blurb from GoodreadsFiona McFee had been ust a girl when she first saw Jacob Grey almost all of Jacob Grey naked and tied up in a field of foxtails Naturally as an Irish con man s daughter she refused to release the young deputy while he sunburned his backside and swore never to forget her He never did though the little minx in the field didn t resemble the sensual topaz eyed hellion he tracked to Chicago years later Jacob had an offer that could change her life a full pardon for both her and her father if she posed as a wealthy British widow and played poker like an ace on a tourist train heading West His plan was to catch a counterfeiter Fiona s scheme was to outfit herself in beautiful clothes win her father s freedom and outwit Jacob Grey She didn t count on the wild card that sent her reeling an instant attraction to the very large very strong lawman who carried a very big gun But the game she was entering was deadly and before she or Jacob realized how high the stakes had soared they were deeply in eopardy in danger of losing their hearts and their dreams in a battle for their livesReviewI love that this historical romance gives us a strong female con artist as our heroine instead of a damsel in distress The dialogue is uick and will make you laugh as Jacob and Fiona work on getting her ready for her role as a wealthy widow Add to that two of the sweetest funniest old
ladies that are helping them and you can t go They were my favorite charactersI really that are helping them and you can t go wrong They were my favorite charactersI really this book and will be reading Silken Dreams Jacob s sister s story I recommend for those who are fans of sweet historical romancesReceived copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Jacob Grey She didn't count on the wild card that sent her reeling an instant attraction to the very large very strong lawman who carried a very big gun But the game she was entering was deadly and before she or Jacob realized how high the stakes had soared they were deeply in eopardy in danger of losing their hearts and their dreams in a battle for their liv. .
Er father would get full pardons for all their crimes What Jacob and Fiona didn t expect was to fall head over heels for each other Alma and Amelia the two meddling old ladies really should stay away from dynamite these two gave me a case of the chuckles The end of the book with them meddling and dragging around Mr Peebles added a nice element of humor Great read for those who are fans of western victorian romances ARC provided by Diversion books wwwktbookreviewscom Fan blody tastic The cover is absolutely not a reflection of the contents btwThis book should be made into a movieSet in 1885 VictorianAmericana with a feisty Irish girl working with a hard boiled marshall to crack a counterfeiting ring and accidentally drawn into a confrontation with a 1885 version of the Star Chamber Twists turns explosions prison breakouts poker and train hijacking With a sprinkling of Darby I am your father stuff tossed in for good measureIt has everythingWell No Ok It doesn t have ninja pirate robot monkeysBut if I had to describe it I d suggest it is a mix of Cat Ballou A Big Hand for the Little Lady Have Gun Will Travel Maverick and The Wild Wild WestAlso Arsenic and Old LaceSeriously You ll wet yourself at the antics of the 72 year old sisters explaining why they ust wanted to bend a bit of track when in fact they are covered in soot having blown up most of the train And the very last page will have you laugh out loudBut I seem to have strayed from smutThere isn t that much much to my chagrinBut the two major scenes I found twitchy to say the leastExcellent Seriously needs to be made into a movie I rather enjoyed this book despite my not being a huge fan of western frontier romancesThe plot of this book was rather well developed with a few twists and turns nothing really unexpected but all nicely done I wished I had read the first book in this series before as the story and the hero character especially seemed to be strongly linked with one another I really enjoyed the way the book started and the first encounters between Fiona and Jacob However after a while I realized that all their developments and inner changes would ust be stated that would remain very secondary and almost absent from this bookThe overall tone was light despite a few murders that allegedly traumatized the characters Most of the humor worked though I must confess that I started rolling my eyes at the antics of the two old biddiesLast comment low steam in this book This story got me from the very beginning When the two main characters first meet he is naked and bound in a field of fox tails being out witted by a thief She shows up over from a ridge from a picnic with her father and starts a conversation with him When she hears her father call he asks her to untie him She ask what is it that you do for a living his
reply I am a police man She politely says that if he was anything other thanI am a police man She politely says that if he was anything other than police man she would but since she does not like them and thinks they are deplorable she is sorry and must leave For the next ten years Jacob Grey hunts down Fiona McFee and her father making there life harder and harder Until finding her in Chicago and telling her about a deal he has for her that would pardon her and her father for all their crimes She does not like it at first but after a while she agrees He puts her up in a nice hotel and tells that she will need to learn how to talk and act like a widow from Britain who has money This does not work out so well so he sends a letter to his sister who lives in Chicago and is a famous poet The letter is intercepted by two sisters who are like there aunts since they have been around them since Jacob and his sister were children These two help make the story complete and really make a better story for they are always ust getting into something or putting the two of them together even though they don
t know theyknow they each other As the story goes along he finally sees her as a women and an attractive women at that she actually likes that he has his ways and is ust scared that at the end that they won t be together There is a subplot with a man escaping from prison and wanting to kill Jacob since he was the one that put him there but the main story is the love story of two people from two different worlds and how they break down their own ideas and let be A very good story with a lot of funny moments and l liked the battering between the two main characters I got this book from net galley I like the start of this American Historical The heroine is a feisty street smart girl the daughter of an Irish con artist well known to lawmakers in multiple states The hero a US marshall has been chasing this slippery duo for ten years since a young Fiona abandoned him bare bottomed and tied up in the middle of nowhere not uite without a backward glance because the curious teen did steal many glances before she left him to his fate Now Jacob Grey s long arm has finally nabbed his man and the good marshall has plans for the hustler and his clever daughter Jacob blackmails Fiona into helping him trap a counterfeiter using her sharp card playing skills The language is authentic reminiscent of Jo Goodman s Westerns Unfortunately the heroine lost her sp. Llion he tracked to Chicago years later Jacob had an offer that could change her life a full pardon for both her and her father if she posed as a wealthy British widow and played poker like an ace on a tourist train heading West His plan was to catch a counterfeiter; Fiona's scheme was to outfit herself in beautiful clothes win her father's freedom and outwit. What a HOOT Five stars for keeping me so amused I ve had this little gem in my library for months and had no idea that I was missing such an adventure Silken Promises is not the typical historical western romance This story had it all A street urchin transformed romance counterfeiters prison breaks undercover stings railroad holdups and The Beasleys The characters were well thought out and scripted Amelia and Alma The Beasleys added such a fun element to the story with their good natured meddling It s a rare thing when I find a book that keeps me thoroughly entertained I laughed out loud developed goosebumps over Dub and thoroughly enjoyed the plot I couldn t help it I fell in love with this book There were a few typos and misplaced words but I tend to forgive a lot when I enjoy a book this much I could see this as a made for television movie in my head I haven t read this author s work before but I m hooked and already picked up Silken Dreams I thoroughly enjoyed Silken Promises a re issue from 1994 Silken Dreams is the story before I read this one without need of reading the first Set in Chicago in 1885 a cross between My Fair Lady and Maverick the movie I was hearing stirring theme music before the third chapter The plot seems to be predictable but it isn t well except for the two elderly aunts that steal a bag of dynamite to get rid of gophers and other varmints But even if it was this is totally a character driven story with incidentals of violence villainy and believable sexual tension that keeps you reading laughing and cheering them onJacob Grey is a lawman Fiona McFee is a woman with a shady past He needs a proficient gambler to catch a counterfeiter she needs a pardon for her father They transform before each other s eyes from worthy adversary to tentative friendship that barely labels how they both really feel But Jacob isn t ready to introduce his wife a pardoned criminal to all and sundry Fiona isn t willing to settle for crumbs of begrudged affection I admired them both for their honesty and common sense even when it went flying out the windowThe writing is subtly crafted almost sneaky appearing to amble along yet every seemingly insignificant detail is exactly where it should be Dialog is charming and the cadence perfectly timed you can laugh and groan without a shade of embarrassment The characters are fully developed grow and progress in a credible manner while advancing the story and romance Secondary characters are enlivening without apology for being full bodied I loved the poor tailor Mr Peebles and the dynamite stealing aunts but they never stole the show though I wanted them to Vengeance being sought ustice being served and where the line between the letter and spirit of the law truly is are not new themes Ms Bingham handles them all with refreshing consideration by characters that struggled to not only find the line but also to hold on to it Bungling as Jacob could be with regards to Fiona s feelings he genuinely tried to make things right Frustrating as Fiona s predicament could be she truly wanted to do what was better than she d had a chance to before He wasn t too arrogant to endure and she wasn t too prideful to live both features in many American Historical Romances that I struggle with There was ust the right amount of humble and hopeful in both of themThe happily ever after wasn t rushed the resolution both amusing and satisfying and the potential for a seuel as valid twenty years later as when the novel was first published I m not sure how I missed this book and author back in the day except well I was busy having children and generally fell asleep before page ten of any book I m delighted these works are being re issued with gorgeous covers in e format so I can catch up on what I missed If you re looking for a thoroughly American historical romance I recommend Silken PromisesRead of my reviews at Page Traveler E Book Reviews Historical romance is not my
favorite genre but the blurb about this book reminded of one of those old romantic westerns Igenre but the blurb about this book reminded of one of those old romantic westerns I to watch with my mom So I gave it a go This book is being re released in digital format with a new cover The cover here on goodreads represents the old one out with the old and in with the new You can see the new cover if you pop over to the blog link is below Overall this book has a nice and easy writing style entertaining characters and a slow building but eventually steamy romance Mix that with a little bit of gun slinging gambling and two little old ladies that meddle in BIG ways and you ve got yourself a winning combination I really really enjoyed this book and it s made me want to dive into some of the older romances Perhaps I am missing out on something Fiona met Jacob when she happened upon him bound and naked in a field she was only a little girl at the time When she found out he was a law man she had a change of heart on helping him and left him there Jacob never forgot Fiona and spent the next decade chasing her and her father around Seems as if her dad had a little problem with law breakin Jacob learns that Fiona is a whiz with cards and elicits her help to uncover a counterfeit money laundering scheme In exchange for her help her and Fiona McFee had been ust a girl when she first saw Jacob Grey almost all of Jacob Grey naked and tied up in a field of foxtails Naturally as an Irish con man's daughter she refused to release the young deputy while he sunburned his backside and swore never to forget her He never did though the little minx in the field didn't resemble the sensual topaz eyed he.