Sunday, March 22, 2015

Autumn Sage by Genevieve Turner

Title:  Autumn Sage
Series:  Las Morenas #2
Author:  Genevieve Turner
Published:  January 22/15 by Penny Bright Publishing LLC.
Length:  450pgs
Genre:  historical romance
Shelf:  review
Rating: ★★★★★

Back Cover Blurb:

Señorita Isabel Moreno always has a plan, as an accomplished and intelligent lady should. But a brutal attack shatters her ambitions to leave the little town she hates. With the outlaw still on the run, Isabel finds herself agitated, adrift—bringing the fugitive to justice is the only thing that will restore her peace of mind and faith in herself. Even if she is suspicious of this marshal’s motives in hunting him.

US Marshal Sebastian Spencer is as coldly determined as the criminals he tracks. He’s spent years perfecting his iron self control—perhaps the most important work of his life. Because when he unbends, things break. People bleed. But no one has ever tempted him to unbend as much as the fiercely brilliant Isabel does. He plans to apprehend this outlaw in record time before he’s provoked into something he’ll truly regret… like falling in love.

When more than just one lone outlaw threatens Isabel, Sebastian must keep her closer than ever to ensure her safety. As the twin forces of justice and vengeance close in on them, they’ll discover they’ve found in one another a kindred soul—and each other’s downfall.

My Review:

Turner brings us back to Cabrillo & the world of Las Morenas without missing a beat. Vibrant descriptions paint the world before your eyes. Readers are transported back in time with this vivid tale. Turner gives readers a look at both city and country life at the time and the stark difference between them.

At the same time, the plot thickens as more individuals become involved, some with a hidden agenda. Turner develops it all with tact and a flair that will keep you coming back for more. Her mellow writing style really allows the story to shine through. The intensity and reality of the situations facing Turner’s characters is something that winds its way throughout the entire novel. You can feel it as an undercurrent in absolutely everything that happens.

Isabel was a fantastic lead character. Despite the hardships she’s been through, it’s hard to feel pity for her. She has such a fighting personality. You just know she’ll end up back on top, on her own terms too. Sebastian was an intriguing contradiction. He was so many things all at once. The harsh realities of Sebastian’s life moulded who he is, but not necessarily in the way that he believes. Turner’s well rounded character development brought these two, along with the rest of the cast, to life in a vivid & realistic way. I felt as if I’d travelled back in time to old California and actually met them.

This novel was a fantastic addition to Turner’s series. I couldn’t put it down for a moment and cannot wait to return to this fantastic world with the next story in the series.

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