Author on Author Book Review and #Giveaway ~ "Redeemed by a Rebel" by Cynthia Woolf

Redeemed by a Rebel 
(Book 1 in "Destiny in Deadwood Series")
Release Date: January 30, 2014                  
Genre: historical western (set in 1876 Deadwood, Dakota Territory.)                                             
Formats to buy: Kindle and Paperback 

Jake Anderson killed a man defending his fiancée from a brutal attack, but lost her and his freedom in the process.  Now he's on the run, hunted by one of her murderers and tormented by the need for vengeance.

Becky Finnegan will do anything to escape her drunken father's fists, including slave away at their mine.  Her only hope is to strike gold and make a new life for herself somewhere far, far away from Deadwood.  But then Jake arrives and does the unthinkable...forces her to feel, to hope...and to love.

Jake would give his life to protect Becky, but all he can offer her is a broken heart, a criminal's life, and a past haunted by failure.  How can he save her when he's already lost himself?  When the devil catches up to him, will he destroy everything, or can the beautiful rebel redeem Jake's lost soul?


Gold. Flakes, chunks, or nuggets. It didn't matter what form it took, just as long as it could be traded for food, drink, or women in Deadwood. Becky Finnegan was lucky if the gold she had panned would pay for some food in her belly and not for the drink in her father's stomach. At twenty-three, Becky was one of very few women in Deadwood who hadn't made a career on her back. She mined her father's claim while he reaped the rewards and beat her for kicks.

Jake Anderson, his brother's, Zach and Liam, and Liam's two children, David and Hannah, leave St. Louis to take over the claim right next to Becky's in Deadwood. Running from their own set of problems, the Anderson brothers are looking to set up a simple life for their family. Once Jake gets wind of how Becky's father treats her, the role of protector is added to his new list of duties in Deadwood.

As Jake watches over Becky in the lawless land, he begins to feel things he knows he shouldn't. When Becky's life is threatened in a way she could never imagine, Jake steps in and attempts to keep her safe.

This story takes you on a fast paced journey through the old west with outlaws, deadbeats, and a heroine with a temper as fiery as the hair on her head. Becky's determination and strength held me captive throughout the entire story. The conflict Jake experiences while wrestling with his feelings for Becky and the worry of being a wanted man had me rushing to the next page in anticipation.

Another excellent read from Cynthia Woolf. I can't wait to read what she has in store for the rest of the Destiny in Deadwood series, but I hope it will have Zach and Liam getting a happily ever after as well. If this story piques your interest, check out the three books in Woolf's Matchmaker and Co. series as well.

Thanks so much to Cynthia Woolf and Black Lion Book Tours for granting me with a copy of Redeemed by a Rebel in exchange for an honest review.

Cynthia Woolf was born in Denver, Colorado and raised in the mountains west of Golden. She spent  her early years running wild around the mountain side with her friends.

Their closest neighbor was one quarter of a mile away, so her little brother was her playmate and her best friend. That fierce friendship lasted until his death in 2006.

Cynthia was and is an avid reader. Her mother was a librarian and brought new books home each week. This is where young Cynthia first got the storytelling bug. She wrote her first story at the age of ten. A romance about a little boy she liked at the time.

She worked her way through college and went to work full time straight after graduation and there was little time to write. Then in 1990 she and two friends started a round robin writing a story about pirates. She found that she missed the writing and kept on with other stories. In 1992 she joined Colorado Romance Writers and Romance Writers of America. Unfortunately, the loss of her job demanded she not renew her memberships and her writing stagnated for many years.

In 2001, she saw an ad in the paper for a writers conference being put on by CRW and decided she'd attend. One of her favorite authors, Catherine Coulter, was the keynote speaker. Cynthia was lucky enough to have a seat at Ms. Coulter's table at the luncheon and after talking with her, decided she needed to get back to her writing. She rejoined both CRW and RWA that day and hasn't looked back.

Cynthia credits her wonderfully supportive husband Jim and the great friends she's made at CRW for saving her sanity and allowing her to explore her creativity.

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    1. Hi Lindsay, Thank you for the wonderful review. I had asked to enter your review on Amazon the remembered that Amazon does not let authors review authors, so I deleted the last comment requesting your permission to put the review in the editorial review section. Regardless, I thank you so very much for the wonderful review.

    2. I haven't had a problem posting reviews on Amazon, so I can post it if you would like. If you would like to place it in your editorial review section, I would be honored.

  2. wonderful review! Thanks for sharing :)

  3. I love Cindy's books and I'm excited about this series too.

  4. This is an awesome story! Congratulations, Cindy, on birthing another fine book.


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