Plot Summary: Wyatt Yarbro has been an outlaw his entire life, but when he miraculously survives a cattle stampede, he decides to follow his brother's example and turn over a new leaf. Upon arriving in town, Wyatt is smitten at first sight by Sarah Tamlin, the spinster daughter of the town's banker. Sarah's entire life is built upon lies, and she actually records them in a small notebook to keep track of her mendacities. She's not a bad person, but she has way too many secrets she needs to hide. They are quite a pair, since Wyatt barely has a dime to his name, and Sarah's in danger of losing her family's livelihood.
I've always wanted to read a story where the hero is dirt poor throughout the entire book, and I got my wish here, at least until the epilogue. All Wyatt ever had was his gun and a worn down horse he won at a card game. I just like the idea that the hero could be valued for who he is, and what he does, without having a pile of money backing him up.
Wyatt was definitely my favorite character in this story. It's hard not to like a man who will care for an abused dog, an abandoned child, and assist the elderly. He even blistered his own hands digging graves for some murdered cowhands, because no one else would do the job. It's almost hard to believe that Wyatt was ever an outlaw, because I can't picture him robbing and rustling from the innocent.
Sarah on the other hand, tried my patience a few times. I won't give away any spoilers, but at one point I was ready to write her off for being stupid, thoughtless, and cruel. The story meandered like a slow moving river for most of the book, and then in a rush, a flurry of action happens at the end. It felt like I was dumped over a waterfall, when I would have preferred to ride some whitewater rapids for a while. The sex was more than decent, but it was all too brief, and it was like waiting through a long, bland dinner to get your dessert.