TWO MARKED MEN
M/M, Historical, Western
Rating: 3 Cups
Henrique Vermudez is a mixed blood coming from Cuban and Creole stock. He is a cowboy and is wandering through the west. He gets the surprise of his life when he enters the town of Repentance.
Oren Lassiter is man with secrets and a slashing scar that bisects one side of his face.
When a punk claiming the name of Pete Harrison just will not stop harassing Henrique, he is given no choice but to shoot the man in self defense when the other man goes for his gun. Only in town an hour, Henrique knows this cannot bode well for him. Fortunately, there are enough witnesses, including his new friend, Oren, to keep him from going to jail or hanging for murder. However, it does not take long for it to become common knowledge that the man Henrique killed is none other than the notorious bank robber Pete Dawson, the younger brother of Hank Dawson, a stone cold killer and leader of the Dawson Gang. While the two men stay in town long enough for Henrique to be declared innocent of murder and the death to be declared in self defense, they become close in more ways than one and decide to stay together for the time being. Given letters of recommendation by a young military man they meet, they head off to work as cowhands on a ranch some distance from the town of Repentance. However, it is not long before Hank Dawson finds them, and only time will tell if the two men survive the ordeal.
Two Marked Men is one of those books you want to curl up with on a rainy Saturday afternoon. I know I did. The story is well crafted and kept my mind off both the rain and troubles for several fun hours of fantasy. The descriptions of the old west are very realistic and make the reader feel as though she is right there with Henrique and Oren. The author did a good job of using the secondary characters to help drive the storyline. All the characters including the secondary ones are colorful and have great personality. It is rare to find an author who can do this well and allow the reader to know something of the secondary characters as well as the primary characters. If you enjoy westerns, then you definitely do not want to miss Two Marked Men.
Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance & More