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Reviewed by Joe Wisinski for Readers' Favorite
Bullets and Bustles by Suzanne Smith is a novella set in the old west. It is part of the Cowboy Desire Anthology. Protagonist Emma Tombs works as a bounty hunter and the work provides financial security for her, which she needs because she’s a widow. But thoughts of killing people for a living begin to give her nightmares. So she leaves her profession and moves to a new small town, where she meets an attractive man named J.D. The two fall in love and Emma believes she may finally achieve the inner peace she’s always sought. But the man has a dark secret. Like Emma, he is fighting his own past, which threatens to derail the burgeoning love between Emma and J.D. Will love be able to conquer both Emma’s and J.D.’s pasts, or will a promising relationship be destroyed?
This novella grabbed me from the first page. The idea of not only a female bounty hunter but one who was superb at her job is creative and fascinating. The novella is short, but readers shouldn’t let the length make them think the book lacks substance. Author Suzanne Smith packs a lot into her delightful story. Her cleverness as a writer shows in the name she gave her protagonist, a bounty hunter named Tombs. Smith keeps readers in suspense as she weaves her story, and the outcome is both believable and satisfying. Anyone who wants a compelling, enjoyable old west tale should read Bullets and Bustles. They’ll enjoy the unique combination of adventure and a love story.