This is the third book in the Destiny in Deadwood series but you can also read it as a stand alone.
Release Date: October, 2014
Genre: Historical Romance. Western
Formats to buy: Paperbacks and all ebook formats
Zach Anderson is a desperate man. He needs to find a killer before the man destroys Zach’s entire family. He also must convince one Lily Sutter, the woman he loves, that she loves him and wants to marry him.
Neither task is an easy one.
Lily Sutter is a sinner. Just ask anyone in Deadwood. She had a baby out of wedlock and she doesn’t deny it. She was seduced and left by one man; she refuses to be taken in by another. The fact that Zach makes her blood boil and her heart race, just by being near, has nothing to do with anything.
Zach Anderson had no idea what he was getting into when he took the long journey to Deadwood with his brothers to mine a claim for gold. He never expected falling head over heals for Lily Sutter, the town outcast and owner of the only store in town.
After his brothers fell in love with their wives in Deadwood, Zach was the only Anderson brother who wasn't attached. He was the only one who could ward off the threat from his former Army commander, Richard Jordan. Zach had chased Jordan after the events in Healed by a Heart. He ended up with a slash across his face and Jordan hiding in Deadwood.
During the first two books in the series, I could see how enamored Zach was with Lily and her daughter, Gemma. When I started reading this story, I sighed and thought FINALLY. But no, Lily didn't make it easy on the former Yankee Captain. After numerous proposals and declarations of love, she only gives in for her daughter, not for herself. I seriously felt like smacking her over the head with one of those huge bags of flour from her store. I understood her reluctance after how she was left pregnant and alone by her former fiancé, but Zach was so dedicated to Lily and Gemma's happiness.
The danger level rose in this installment as Richard Jordan weaved through Deadwood in several different disguises. One chapter had me falling more in love with Zach and Lily and the next would have me fearing for their lives. Woolf does not disappoint with the edge of your seat action during the final showdown.
The Destiny in Deadwood series ends with a bang as the drama, danger, and romance is amped up to an all time high. There is no way I can pick which story I love the most. I will be reading about the Anderson men over and over until Woolf publishes her next series, The Brides of San Francisco.
Thanks to Cynthia Woolf and Black Lion Tours for granting me with a copy of Seduced by a Sinner in exchange for an honest review.
reined to a stop in front of the Deadwood mercantile. He was looking forward to
seeing Lily, but more importantly, Lily had a spare room and he needed
someplace to live. Hopefully, she’d be willing to rent to him.
probably should get a bath and a shave before he talked to her, but he was just
too dog-tired. Over the past three weeks, he’d chased Jordan to Cheyenne and
then southwest toward Denver. Always behind him perhaps only minutes, but still
behind. Only getting close enough once in Cheyenne, to have seen him. Jordan
could have killed him then, but Zach had seen him at the last moment and
avoided most of the intended damage. The knife only cut him from below his eye
to his mouth. It could have slashed his throat. Bleeding like a stuck pig
afterwards, Zach had to find a doctor and get stitched up. By then, he’d lost
Jordan and didn’t find him again until just outside Deadwood. Jordan was
returning to Zach’s home. Returning to the scene of his crime, when he stabbed
Ellie, returning to finish what he’d started but Zach would not allow him to
hurt his family.
problem was finding him in the throng of people that now occupied Deadwood.
Thousands of people had come and more were on their way. Looking for the same
kind of riches that he and his brothers had been lucky enough to find. They’d
struck the mother lode with the gold claim that Lily Sutter had sold them.
go next door and get cleaned up, especially if he hoped to have any chance of
convincing Lily about the room. She wouldn’t want a boarder who was as dirty as
he was. He would ask her for meals, too. He needed them and sharing a meal,
spending time together at her table, would be a good chance to get to know more
about her and Gemma. The little girl needed a father but until the threat that
Jordan presented was eliminated, until Jordan was eliminated, he couldn’t think
about that. Couldn’t think about a family of his own.
been in Deadwood for ten months, nearly a year before he left to go after
Jordan and he’d been trying to court Lily all that time to no avail. She was
having none of it. In all his thirty-eight years, he’d never been turned down
by a woman. But she said he was a Yankee and too handsome for his own good and
wouldn’t have more than a passing friendship with him.
wasn’t too handsome now, not with the scar on his face from Jordan’s knife. Red
and angry, the wound still had the stitches. He needed to see Doc Cochran to
get them out, today if possible, after he’d bathed. Then he could get a shave
afterward and there wouldn’t be any stitches left for the razor to catch on.
dismounted and tied the horse’s reins to the hitching rail then noticed a new
bathhouse next door to Lily’s store. The sign said ‘Bath, shave and haircut’
five dollars. He went in there first. The old man, Richardson, was there
day, Richardson. I’d like a bath now and a shave later.”
do the bath but you have to pay Miss Lily,” he said, the few strands of long
gray hair combed over the bald patch on top, though not covering it very well.
“And then bring the token back here. She’s the one who does the shaves and
haircuts since Sam left. You have to come back later for that, after she closes
let’s just do the bath. Good and hot. I’ll go get the token. I haven’t had a
good bath in weeks and am looking forward to this.”
walked next door to the mercantile. The bell sounded as he entered. The one
customer in the store took one look at Zach, and left hurriedly, keeping her
face turned and her hand over her mouth as she passed.
with ya’ll,” said Lily.
up to the counter. “No hurry,” said Zach, his voice still gravelly from lack of
head snapped up and she stared. “Zach. Is that you?”
She came around the counter. “You’re injured.” Reaching up toward the
jagged cut on his face, she pressed her lips together, a gentleness crossed her
features before she rallied and the starch came back. “You’re a mess. Where
have you been? Why didn’t you say goodbye?”
Cynthia Woolf is the author of six historical western romance books and one short story with more
books on the way.
She 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.
Cynthia loves writing and reading romance. Her first western romance Tame A Wild Heart, was inspired by the story her mother told her of meeting Cynthia’s father on a ranch in Creede, Colorado. Although Tame A Wild Heart takes place in Creede that is the only similarity between the stories. Her father was a cowboy not a bounty hunter and her mother was a nursemaid (called a nanny now) not the ranch owner. 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.