Devil in Texas (Lady Law & The Gunslinger Series, Book 1)

Lady Law & The Gunslinger Series

Book 1
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Pinkerton Agent Sadie Michelson poses as a casino singer to investigate a Texas Senator. Before she can cozy up to her quarry, she must get past his bodyguard, William Cassidy, her long-lost lover.

An outlaw seeking redemption, Cass was lured to Texas by the promise of a Ranger badge. But he hasn't forgotten the sassy siren, who toyed with his heart. When Sadie proposes a truce, Cass suspects she's hiding something.

With assassins dogging their heels, Cass and Sadie uncover a murder conspiracy in the senate. To stay alive, they must do the one thing they're dead set against: trust each other.


LADY LAW & THE GUNSLINGER, in series order
Devil in Texas
Dance to the Devil's Tune

VELVET LIES in series order
Scoundrel for Hire
His Wicked Dream
Seduced by an Angel

WILD TEXAS NIGHTS in series order:
Texas Outlaw
Texas Lover
Texas Wildcat



REVIEWS:

Book 1 of the "Lady Law & The Gunslinger" series represents Western romance at its best and is especially recommended for readers seeking genre productions profiling a feisty, take-charge heroine. Such a woman is Pinkerton Agent Sadie Michelson, working undercover as a casino singer in order to investigate a political figure that just happens to be protected by Sadie's ex-lover.

Conundrum number one lies in getting past this ex-beau bodyguard to the purpose of her mission. Problem number two lies in the ashes of the still-smoldering relationship between them, which have never entirely burnt out, and in the special interests that will join them together now, first in a pursuit of the truth surrounding a conspiracy, and then in re-igniting of trust and ultimately love.

That the progress of these events are anything but predictable serves to make Devil in Texas a spicy, revealing read that ups the ante in the Western romance genre and immerses readers in a special blend of political intrigue and mystery and personal revelation.

The Wild West can't get any wilder with the passions and pursuits of Cass and Sadie in Devil in Texas. Even as life is about to get good for both protagonists, it's also about to get bad before it winds into its positive results.

Readers should be forewarned that this is no 'light, fluffy' read. Plenty of Western history builds background and injects realistic, compelling facts into the events: "Despite this new opportunity to crack her case, Sadie had mixed feelings about the Farmers Alliance meeting at the Grand Park Hotel next week. Fence-cutting cattlemen were only half of the range-war story. Vigilante grangers were on the rise in Texas, and certain whispers in certain saloons placed the vengeance-minded ring-leaders in Lampasas."

Gangs and gunfights, futile efforts to keep Sadie out of the crossfire of Cass's life and choices, and gritty determination for each character's objectives in life ("In the final analysis, Cass didn't give a rat's ass about Pinkerton or his secret army of nameless, faceless minions. If Cass had to use his Ranger badge to keep Baron alive and Sadie safe, then by God, he would.") create a drama filled with plenty of satisfying twists and turns of plot.

The processes of Pinkerton's services and the devices they employ, from new bulletproof vests to investigations, permeate a story line of evolving passion - and yet it's also satisfying to note that Sadie doesn't become a helpless female in the face of love, but preserves her feisty, determined independence.

The result is a well detailed, carefully honed Western romance mystery that will thrill, titillate and delight readers of these genres with its winding story of love and life's evolution.

-- D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review


"Six-guns, brothels, and a wily raccoon set deWolfe's latest Wild West mystery apart. The relationships keep the pages turning."

--Emily Thompson, Reviewer, Library Journal


“Adrienne deWolfe serves up a dose of pure fun. Her feisty heroine, charming hero, and assortment of secondary players are loaded with character. The tale is liberally infused with a Wild West flavor that really spices up the tale. Fans of suspenseful Westerns should get this one on their e-readers!"

--Heather Nordahl Files, Reviewer, Affaire de Coeur


"Adrienne deWolfe has done it again with a rousing adventure set in the Wild West that’s sure to please any lover of Western novels. Deftly weaving rich characters with a sublimely unique plot, DEVIL IN TEXAS is the perfect blend of laugh-out-loud storytelling and heartfelt emotion. Set against the colorful backdrop of 1880’s Texas, deWolfe delivers a deliciously wicked pair of star-crossed lovers, a Texas-Ranger whodunit, and a rascally raccoon, named Vandy, who will steal your heart. Honestly, I couldn’t put it down!

--Barbara Ankrum, #1 Bestselling Author


"Adrienne deWolfe's DEVIL IN TEXAS sizzles like the devil's own pitchfork! And that devil, Cass Cassidy, meets his match in the fiery diva, Sadie Michelson. Readers will love this sassy duo, a heroine who changes her name as often as she changes clothes, and a to-die-for hero she dubs, 'Eros in spurs.' Sparks really fly between these lovers with sparkling dialogue, hilarious one-liners, and laugh out loud witticisms. DEVIL IN TEXAS highlights deWolfe's fantastic storytelling skills with this perfect start to a great new series. I can't wait to read the next book!"

--Sharon Ihle, #1 Bestselling Author


My main issue with writing this review is where to go first! I was already excited to dive back into deWolfe's writing because it's been a while, and Devil in Texas was definitely worth diving into! It has plenty of suspense, drama and romance and it all keeps you wanting to turn pages until the very end. Basically once I started Devil in Texas I didn't want to put it down at all.

I love Sadie! I mean I'm pretty sure I loved her already from Shady Lady, a prequel of sorts to Cass and Sadie's love story, but in this book she came into her own. She was a strong and independent woman who knew what she wanted and would get it. She didn't need protecting and to top it off she was a Pinkerton (pretty much an undercover policeman).

Cass on the other hand had a devilish charm, but despite his reputation being a big thing for the other characters, particularly with women, I never once thought that he wouldn't stand by Sadie. He was protective of her, but he was also protective of Collie (effectively his sidekick) and the other people around him. He let Sadie be herself though, including helping her out of trouble not saving her.

The romance between them was almost a subplot really. I mean they clearly loved each other a lot, but the other things going on in the book took a more central role. I liked it as it meant that they could really grow as characters, and because they already felt that way about each other at the beginning of the book.

Collie (and his pet coon, Vandy) definitely provided a bit of comic relief too! Though for some reason I kept imagining him younger than he was even though I knew he was 18. While this is the start of a new series, Cass and Collie have been characters in a different series,Velvet Lies, too and it helped knowing their backstory too.

This was an exciting and highly enjoyable read, I'd definitely recommend it!

--Laura Greenwood for Trips Down Imagination Road


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About the author

Bestselling author, Adrienne deWolfe, is a professional journalist, publicist, and fiction teacher, who calls Austin, Texas, home. Recipient of 48 writing awards, including the Best Historical Romance of the Year, Adrienne loves to mentor aspiring authors at WritingNovelsThatSell.com.
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Jul 12, 2016
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Pages
314
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9781614178408
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English
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Fiction / Romance / Suspense
Fiction / Romance / Western
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Book 2
Maestro's music creates mindless puppets, who commit crimes at his command. To lure the sinister jewel thief out of hiding, Pinkerton Agent Sadie Michelson poses as a wealthy widow.

Fearing for her safety, William "Cass" Cassidy, her hotheaded lover, hatches his own plot to end Maestro's killing spree. But his daring gamble backfires and costs him Sadie's trust.

Now Cass is on the run, hunted by Maestro and the Pinkertons. Torn between her mission and her gunslinging lover, Sadie must stop Cass's showdown with Maestro, or she'll lose her badge—and her man.


LADY LAW & THE GUNSLINGER, in series order
Devil in Texas
Dance to the Devil's Tune
Devil Plays With Fire

VELVET LIES, in series order
Scoundrel for Hire
His Wicked Dream
Seduced by an Angel

WILD TEXAS NIGHTS in series order:
Texas Outlaw
Texas Lover
Texas Wildcat



Midwest Book Review
By D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer

Dance to the Devil's Tune
Adrienne deWolfe
ePublishing Works
eBook: 978-1-61417-992-4 $4.99
Print: 978-1-61417-888-0 $16.99
https://ebookdiscovery.leadpages.net/adriennedewolfe/


Dance to the Devil's Tune is the second book in the historical Western romantic suspense series, 'Lady Law and the Gunslinger'. The story is a lively sequel that continues the dance between Pinkerton Agent Sadie Michelson and her ex-outlaw lover, William “Cass” Cassidy.


Sadie is hot on the trail of the jewel thief and deadly perp, Maestro, who uses music to transform his victims into thieves and murderers, who follow his command. This is rather heady super-science for a Western novel: it brings to mind the satisfying feel of the TV classic, The Wild, Wild West. The descriptions of these puppet perps are very well done and bring the story to life. ("One hour ago, she’d had a name. A conscience. A keen intellect and the heartfelt desire to save the world. But all that had changed the moment the clock chimed the midnight hour, and the music box with the enamel peacock began to play. Now she was staring blankly at her reflection. The mirror hung in the master bedroom of the silver-mining tycoon she'd come to rob.")


Sadie is a savvy, raunchy, determined character. Her latest undercover assignment, as a widowed Italian contessa, attracts more than the intended killer. ("By accepting this mission, she'd also had to accept that her emerald bait would attract opportunistic riffraff."). Her evolving challenges on both a personal and professional level test her determination to rid the world of an especially evil and cunning opponent. But her lover, Cass, complicates matters when he seemingly goes rogue, hatching his own plot to send Maestro to the gallows.


A host of supporting characters adds their own special flavor to this spicy read: a rascally baker, who fences stolen gems; a comical octogenarian, who talks to spooks; an ambitious Italian opera diva, who threatens Sadie’s cover; and a mischievous raccoon, who adds levity by complicating Sadie’s mission.


Maestro's relentless pursuits, which include disposing of witnesses, bring Sadie her greatest challenges. The ever-rising tension will drive readers to the edges of their seats. This winding, gripping Western moves in satisfyingly unexpected directions in a style that few genre reads can equal.


The result is not your typical Western, not your typical romance, and definitely not your typical detective story. Think Wild Wild West with a spicy heroine. Dance to the Devil's Tune is a special, highly recommended, genre-busting adventure.
Book 1
Fancy Holleday has more nerve than the average cardsharp. No man can resist her smoky voice and violet eyes—and that includes the federal tinstar, Cord Rawlins.

Cord may have tracked her all the way to Texas to recover the U.S. minting plates that she stole, but the Nevada penitentiary is a long ride north, giving her plenty of time to charm, seduce, or just plain outsmart the handsome Texas lawman.

Deputy U.S. Marshal Cord Rawlins is sworn to bring renegades to justice—including the brazen lady train robber who turned the tables on him near Carson City.

Tracking Fancy down is Cord's job, but resisting her persistent persuasions is a matter of personal honor. With Fancy's life in his hands, Cord begins to wonder if his clever prisoner is really as shameless as she pretends. Could her wicked smile be hiding a desperate secret—one that can steal his heart?

AWARDS:
Rita Finalist, Best First Book, Romance Writers of America
Rita Finalist, Best Historical Romance (under 100,000 words), Romance Writers of America
Finalist, Reviewers Choice Award (Best Debut Novel), Romantic Times Magazine
Winner, Honey of a Heroine Award, West Houston Chapter, Romance Writers of America

REVIEWS:

"Texas Outlaw is a real triumph. Adrienne deWolfe is a brilliant author." ~Literary Times

"Funny, fresh, fast-paced and romantic, Texas Outlaw is an entertaining read." ~Susan Wiggs, National Bestselling Author

"Adrienne deWolfe's writing is clever and unconventional... guaranteed to please." ~Pamela Morsi, National Bestselling Author

WILD TEXAS NIGHTS in series order:
Texas Outlaw
Texas Lover
Texas Wildcat
Book 3
When the beautiful, hot-tempered Bailey McShane bursts into the cattlemen's saloon, waving her shotgun and accusing the cowboys of theft, simmering tempers start to boil.

Bailey wants restitution for the fence posts that some low-down cowpokes burned to steal precious water from her land.

No self-respecting cattleman would be caught dead siding with a sheep rancher, like Bailey—and yet Zack Rawlins, the youngest, elected president of the Cattlemen's Association, can't resist this pint-sized wildcat with the big blue eyes. With drought-stricken Bandera County on the brink of range war, Zack faces political suicide if he can’t find a way to mend fences between Bailey and his cattle-ranching neighbors.

But what's a cowboy to do with an unpredictable woman who refuses to be tamed?

AWARDS:
4.5 Stars! – Romantic Times Magazine
Winner, Best Historical Romance of the Year, Calico Trails Magazine
Winner, Cameo Award for Strong Woman Characters, Calico Trails Magazine
Winner, K.I.S.S. Award for Heroes, Romantic Times Magazine
Finalist, Reviewers Choice Award (Best Book in a Series), Romantic Times Magazine

REVIEWS:
"With a true understanding of a woman's heart, Adrienne deWolfe brings two special people together. Snappy dialogue, sharp repartee, a realistic portrait of the era—as well as plenty of passion." ~Kathe Robin, Romantic Times Magazine (4.5 Stars)

"Wonderful! Will set your heart racing..." ~Carmel Vivier, Under the Covers

"...A series destined to become everyone's favorite read." ~Genie Romance and Women's Fiction Exchange

"...An excellent, fast-paced novel." ~Harriet Klausner, Paint Rock Reviews

WILD TEXAS NIGHTS in series order:
Texas Outlaw
Texas Lover
Texas Wildcat
Book 2
Book 2
Maestro's music creates mindless puppets, who commit crimes at his command. To lure the sinister jewel thief out of hiding, Pinkerton Agent Sadie Michelson poses as a wealthy widow.

Fearing for her safety, William "Cass" Cassidy, her hotheaded lover, hatches his own plot to end Maestro's killing spree. But his daring gamble backfires and costs him Sadie's trust.

Now Cass is on the run, hunted by Maestro and the Pinkertons. Torn between her mission and her gunslinging lover, Sadie must stop Cass's showdown with Maestro, or she'll lose her badge—and her man.


LADY LAW & THE GUNSLINGER, in series order
Devil in Texas
Dance to the Devil's Tune
Devil Plays With Fire

VELVET LIES, in series order
Scoundrel for Hire
His Wicked Dream
Seduced by an Angel

WILD TEXAS NIGHTS in series order:
Texas Outlaw
Texas Lover
Texas Wildcat



Midwest Book Review
By D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer

Dance to the Devil's Tune
Adrienne deWolfe
ePublishing Works
eBook: 978-1-61417-992-4 $4.99
Print: 978-1-61417-888-0 $16.99
https://ebookdiscovery.leadpages.net/adriennedewolfe/


Dance to the Devil's Tune is the second book in the historical Western romantic suspense series, 'Lady Law and the Gunslinger'. The story is a lively sequel that continues the dance between Pinkerton Agent Sadie Michelson and her ex-outlaw lover, William “Cass” Cassidy.


Sadie is hot on the trail of the jewel thief and deadly perp, Maestro, who uses music to transform his victims into thieves and murderers, who follow his command. This is rather heady super-science for a Western novel: it brings to mind the satisfying feel of the TV classic, The Wild, Wild West. The descriptions of these puppet perps are very well done and bring the story to life. ("One hour ago, she’d had a name. A conscience. A keen intellect and the heartfelt desire to save the world. But all that had changed the moment the clock chimed the midnight hour, and the music box with the enamel peacock began to play. Now she was staring blankly at her reflection. The mirror hung in the master bedroom of the silver-mining tycoon she'd come to rob.")


Sadie is a savvy, raunchy, determined character. Her latest undercover assignment, as a widowed Italian contessa, attracts more than the intended killer. ("By accepting this mission, she'd also had to accept that her emerald bait would attract opportunistic riffraff."). Her evolving challenges on both a personal and professional level test her determination to rid the world of an especially evil and cunning opponent. But her lover, Cass, complicates matters when he seemingly goes rogue, hatching his own plot to send Maestro to the gallows.


A host of supporting characters adds their own special flavor to this spicy read: a rascally baker, who fences stolen gems; a comical octogenarian, who talks to spooks; an ambitious Italian opera diva, who threatens Sadie’s cover; and a mischievous raccoon, who adds levity by complicating Sadie’s mission.


Maestro's relentless pursuits, which include disposing of witnesses, bring Sadie her greatest challenges. The ever-rising tension will drive readers to the edges of their seats. This winding, gripping Western moves in satisfyingly unexpected directions in a style that few genre reads can equal.


The result is not your typical Western, not your typical romance, and definitely not your typical detective story. Think Wild Wild West with a spicy heroine. Dance to the Devil's Tune is a special, highly recommended, genre-busting adventure.
Book 1
Fancy Holleday has more nerve than the average cardsharp. No man can resist her smoky voice and violet eyes—and that includes the federal tinstar, Cord Rawlins.

Cord may have tracked her all the way to Texas to recover the U.S. minting plates that she stole, but the Nevada penitentiary is a long ride north, giving her plenty of time to charm, seduce, or just plain outsmart the handsome Texas lawman.

Deputy U.S. Marshal Cord Rawlins is sworn to bring renegades to justice—including the brazen lady train robber who turned the tables on him near Carson City.

Tracking Fancy down is Cord's job, but resisting her persistent persuasions is a matter of personal honor. With Fancy's life in his hands, Cord begins to wonder if his clever prisoner is really as shameless as she pretends. Could her wicked smile be hiding a desperate secret—one that can steal his heart?

AWARDS:
Rita Finalist, Best First Book, Romance Writers of America
Rita Finalist, Best Historical Romance (under 100,000 words), Romance Writers of America
Finalist, Reviewers Choice Award (Best Debut Novel), Romantic Times Magazine
Winner, Honey of a Heroine Award, West Houston Chapter, Romance Writers of America

REVIEWS:

"Texas Outlaw is a real triumph. Adrienne deWolfe is a brilliant author." ~Literary Times

"Funny, fresh, fast-paced and romantic, Texas Outlaw is an entertaining read." ~Susan Wiggs, National Bestselling Author

"Adrienne deWolfe's writing is clever and unconventional... guaranteed to please." ~Pamela Morsi, National Bestselling Author

WILD TEXAS NIGHTS in series order:
Texas Outlaw
Texas Lover
Texas Wildcat
Book 2
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