I received this book for free from Publisher ARC in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Ruthless Heart by Emma Lang
Series: Heart #1
Published by Brava
Genres: Adult, Historical, Historical Romance, Romance
Source: Publisher ARC
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He led her astray, and she never wanted to go back ...
Sheltered all her life, Eliza Hunter never imagined herself alone in the vast Utah plains, much less trailing a mysterious, rugged man hired to hunt down her beautiful younger sister. Unable to reveal the truth about her pursuit of him, Eliza plays student to his teacher, transforming herself in the process. And when she finds herself sharing the warmth of Grady's campfire, wrapped in his arms, hypnotized by his power, soon she is a naive spinster no more ...
Grady Wolfe is more than a loner, he's a man forever on the run. With a body and soul finely honed from living off the land, Grady knows he should leave the irresistible woman alone, but she stirs something in him he hasn't felt before. Now he's lost in the woods for the first time in his life---with a dangerous job to do. And no one--- - via GoodReads
Ruthless Heart is tender story of the power of love and how it can take someone weak and make them strong or warm even the coldest of hearts. Fans of western historical romances reminiscent of the work by Joan Johnston or Johanna Lindsey will love Lang’s charming tale.
Eliza Hunter lives a sheltered life. As a member of her ward in the Latter Day Saints community, she has never really experienced the outside world. Everything she knows, she learned from books. Her father, caring little about the feelings of his daughters, arranges for Eliza’s sister Angela to become the third wife to another Mormon member of the ward. Within a month of her marriage after being horribly abused, Angela runs away. When Eliza hears they are sending a hired hunter after her, she feels she has no other choice but to follow the man hired to collect her sister…no matter where it may take her.
Grady Wolfe was a loner and a man who believed he no longer had a soul. He had a darkness in him that he never expected to rid himself of. Accepting his next assignment, which is to kill a poor defenseless woman who ran away from her husband is only confirming the fact that he’s past redemption. So when little Miss Eliza somehow tricks him into allowing her to ride with him, he is nothing less than irritated.
Ruthless Heart is a sweet and charming story about how drastically love can change a person. When then story began, Eliza barely knew what love was and Grady was certain he would never find it nor deserve it. Yet these two have some spark and connection between them that made you turn page after page ready to discover the next step in their journey. They were complete opposites, yet perfect for each other.
The difference between these two characters was fascinating and proves what a gift Emma Lang has with dialogue. She has two completely different characters and she manages to stay true to their complex personalities on each page of the story. While one character had dialogue that may sometimes require a dictionary, the other communicated in such a simple way it was funny and charming. Whether they were conversing, negotiating or sparring, it was a delight to read.
“Then your rules are accepted provided you agree to allow me to cook and make camp in payment for your services.” She had to secure her own terms or he may think her too easy.
“My services? You make everything sound so fancy, woman.”
“My name is Eliza. Calling me ‘woman’ makes me think of a Neanderthal who may grab my hair and club me.” Eliza didn’t know what possessed her to say that to him. It apparently surprised him as much as it surprised her. “What I meant to say was, please call me Eliza.”
His gaze narrowed. “I think you’ve got a smart mouth, Eliza. I prefer my women a bit dumber.”
The story has plenty of ups and downs to keep you entertained and the ending is filled with suspense and uncertainty. But what is most enjoyable to read are the changes within the characters. Eliza is a weak defenseless bookworm at first, but her experiences on the trail with Grady make her a strong, passionate, and incredible woman. A woman that Grady finds more difficult to resist with each day they spend together. Her experiences outside of her home have shown her a life filled with purpose. She knows what and whom she wants and nothing and no one will get in her way. Grady is learning to care again and to love, which was something he thought had long since died inside of him. As much as he tries to resist, he finds a woman worth living for and worth being a better man. These characters will draw you in and immerse you into a wonderful story. If you are looking for a sweet light read this summer, Ruthless Heart is the ticket.