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Wanted Man [Mass Market Paperback]

Susan K Law


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July 8 2004

He was the West's most feared gun ...Until the love of a beautiful heiress brought him to his knees.


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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Avon; New title edition (July 8 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060525193
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060525194
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 10.7 x 2.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 159 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,860,227 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

A former science geek, Susan Kay Law turned to romancewriting as a career because it was the perfect excuse to avoid housework and continue spending all her time doing what she really loved: reading and daydreaming. Also because she was really bad at sitting in a swamp at 5 A.M. inforty-degree weather and tracking bird behavior.

Winner of the Romance Writers of America's Golden Heart Award and a Waldenbooks Bestseller award, twice nominated for a RITA Award, she confesses that the biggest surprise of her career was when this small town Midwestern preacher's kid was named to New Woman magazine's list of "the steamiestwriters of women's fiction." Her greatest joy, however, is spending her days thoroughly outnumbered by four of the best males on the planet -- her husband and three sons. She currently lives in Minnesota, and plans to be a ski bum in her next life.


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Amazon.com: 3.8 out of 5 stars  8 reviews
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars What's happening to Susan Kay Law? Feb. 28 2007
By Gemma - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
From the inside front:

An outlaw passion...

The pampered daughter of a wealthy tycoon, Laura Hamilton has never been allowed to spread her wings...until now. Embarking on a transcontinental railroad, the sheltered young lady intends to enjoy her grand tour and her new freedom. But her adventure only truly begins when a dangerous man boards her train...

The ravages of war hardened Sam Duncan, and now the only person he cares about has vanished behind the heavily guarded gates of the Silver Spur Ranch. Claiming to be a bodyguard hired by her father, Sam intends to stick close to Laura only long enough to gain entrance to the fabled spread where Laura plans to visit a powerful family friend. But the handsome gunslinger is getting too close. And it's getting harder by the mile to keep his mind--and his hands--off the surprisingly passionate young heiress. Yet how long can he let this sweet madness continue when the only thing they have in common is this overwhelming need for each other?

And my review:

Argh! What's happening to Susan Kay Law? After reading the delightful MARRY ME and the enjoyable THE BAD MAN'S BRIDE, I put her firmly on my auto-buy list. Even after A WEDDING STORY, the rather disappointing conclusion to the "Marrying Miss Bright" series, I continued to buy her books, expecting an enjoyable, witty read with well-drawn characters. Well, with each additional book I read, I've become more and more disappointed, and she's fast falling off that auto-buy list!

At first, A WANTED MAN was just lovely. I enjoyed the slower pace, with the great attention to character development. I felt that I was really getting to know who these people were. Sure, there was an intrigue storyline, but it was in the background, more alluded to than really developed.

But then the author decided to change horses midstream. She tossed the romance plot on to the back burner (far, far back there) and developed only the intrigue/suspense. All character development pretty much ceased at this point. Unfortunately, since the missing man that the hero is looking for is never met by the reader (and his character only very briefly sketched), I had a hard time caring what happened to him. He was just such a non-person to me that I was really annoyed that his story was overwhelming the romance.

I read romance for the struggles of a developing romantic relationship. While I enjoy suspence and action in romance, I like the main focus of the novel to be on the love story. That's why I liked MARRY ME and THE BAD MAN'S BRIDE so much. They had secondary plot lines, but they were just that: secondary. The second half of the book felt pretty much devoid of romance (yes, even with the requisite love scenes). After such an enjoyable beginning, the ending was a real let-down.

I still have one more book by Susan Kay Law on my "to be read" bookshelf, but if she doesn't redeem herself there, I won't be buying any more of her books. Since the enjoyable MARRY ME, her quality has started to go downhill--I'm not about to spend my money taking the trip with her.

I would not recommend this, not unless you're a hard-core fan of this author. And even if you are, I would still recommend that you consider borrowing this one from the library before you spend your money.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An American West romance keeper Sept. 23 2011
By L. B. Taylor - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
A WANTED MAN won the 2004 Rita for Short Historical Romance and after you read this book you'll know why. Laura Hamilton is the only child and pampered daughter of a wealthy businessman. Her childhood was marked with continual illness and, until now, she has never been able to spread her wings. With two bodyguards and a chaperone in tow she starts a journey on a train trip across America. Her aim is to paint landscapes of her 'true' young nation. Even though she is 25 years old she is naive because of her protected upbringing. Little does she know that her adventure is just beginning and nothing like she had intended.

Sam Duncan was both a soldier and prisoner of the Civil War. Hardened from being held as a POW, he becomes a man for hire when the war ends. Now, at 37, he has no ties except the one soldier, Griff Judah, who was with him in captivity. Griff has has been captured under mysterious circumstances by an associate of Laura's father.

Sam tries to find out what is going on only to be thwarted at the first chance. He realizes that he must come up with another plan. Claiming to be a bodyguard hired by her father, Sam intends to be near Laura only long enough to visit the Silver Spur ranch where his friend is being held. Sam soon finds out how much protection Laura's caretakers bestow on her.

A heartwarming romance, A WANTED MAN is the story of one man's journey to redeem himself. A secondary story between one of the bodyguards and Laura's guardian only adds to the plot. In each of their own ways, Sam and Laura have had a hard life. The give and take struggle between our hero and heroine empowers them to grow closer. They deserve love and finally find it with each other.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Cute and quick...(3 1/2 stars) Aug. 31 2004
By M. I. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Laura Hamilton is a pampered sheltered girl. Finally, at the age of 25, she is given permission to travel. While on a train to her destination she comes across the dark, dangerous, and oh so dashing Sam Duncan. Together Laura and Sam go on a wild journey and wind up falling in love along the way.

"A Wanted Man" started out very slowly and I wasnt sure if I was going to be able to read it to its finish, but it eventually picked up its pace and its characters became more enjoyable and well fleshed out as the story deepened. This is by no means a book that I would consider a keeper, but it was a fun book that I am glad I read.
3.0 out of 5 stars The ending cost this one some stars July 23 2013
By Mary Ann Anderson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Laura Hamilton's father was extremely wealthy and he hired three "handlers" to watch over her while she made a trip out west to paint panoramic pictures. She had rheumatic fever when she was younger and it apparently did some damage to her heart. Even though she seemed to have totally recovered and had not had any health issues for several years, her father still thought of her as his invalid daughter so he was very protective of her, hence the "handlers" whose only jobs were to watch over her and keep her safe.

Sam Duncan had fought in the war and he and a friend had been confined at Andersonville Prison for several months. As punishment for an unsuccessful escape attempt, both Sam and Griff were kept in "the hole". This hole was dark and cold and they were fed only sporadically and were seldom given any water to drink. As a result of the months kept in the hole Sam has an almost pathological fear of small, dark spaces.

Sam had received a letter from Griff who seemed to be very excited about his new job working at the Silver Spur Ranch, a highly successful silver mine and then for some reason Sam never heard from him again. When Sam saw in the newspaper that Miss Laura Hamilton is on her way to the Ranch in order to paint the surrounding countryside, he decides to attach himself to her retinue so no one will suspect that he is really there to see if he can find out what happened to Griff.

I would have to agree with the reviewer who said that she thought the ending was too hurried and everything was resolved too quickly. However, I enjoyed seeing how this story unfolded and how the relationship developed between Sam and Laura. I found them to be two of the most likable characters I have read about in quite a while and I really enjoyed this book.
4.0 out of 5 stars A Wanted Man is Rewarding in the End... July 22 2006
By Country Bumpkin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This one was a RITA winner in 2004.

I almost gave it 5 stars, since the writing was very good, but the story develops a little slow and the ending is rushed.

It was still a very good book, and the romantic tension is so enjoyable. You will be glad you held on for the time when Laura and Sam finally let go....Wow!
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