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Villain's Woman by Maria Velovich

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He is a man who will not stop at crime and murder to get what he wants...

In the small town of Way's End, in the New Mexico Territory in the Old West, there are few heroes. Lucy Gardner is an orphan, living with an aunt and uncle who never wanted her and only took her in because they had to. In that house, and in that town, there is no place for Lucy, so she retreats to her dream world, filled with the dashing villains of Byron and the dark brooding of Poe. 

But when Lucy meets the notorious rancher Gerald Steel, an older, dangerous man who has no respect for the law, her real life begins to resemble her dream world a little too closely. Gerald is a man as wild and lawless as the West itself, and when he sees something he wants, he will stop at nothing, not even murder, to get it. 

Lucy longs for the liberty of Gerald’s way of life, but can she live with the cost of being a villain’s woman?

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Excerpt:

His eyes were so angry she thought he could kill her now, too, kill her and leave her body with her dead attacker for her stupidity. She sensed the darkness in him, as dangerous and deadly as the knife he had just opened the man's throat with, the predator's murderous rage. And yet he was holding her by her shoulders gently now, protectively, and she realized he was not only angry but afraid. Afraid for her.

The realization of this made something finally give way in her, and Lucy began to cry. The tears streamed down her face, her whole body shaking in sobs as he was holding her.

"Oh, Lucy. Hush now. It's all over. Don't cry, I killed the damn son of a bitch. No one will ever harm you, I promise you. I'll kill everyone who tries to harm you or hurt you, and you know this. Hush, my little girl."

He held her close as she cried, burying her face on his chest, making his shirt all wet from her tears. He caressed her hair softly, whispering little words of comfort in her ear together with promises to murder anyone who tried to do her harm ever again. She breathed in the scent of him between the sobs, his powerful man-scent that smelled so dangerous and so safe, and gradually her sobs quieted. She looked up at him to see if he was still angry at her, and he was not. His eyes were warm again, and full of emotion. He took out a handkerchief and started softly wiping the tears and blood off her face, and she let him do it. She was no longer crying, but her breath was still shaky and ragged as she was looking up at his hard, handsome face, the age lines etched on his weather-beaten skin, and his hard, cruel mouth now smiling. She knew her nose and her lips were swollen from all the sobbing, but she did not care, and she smiled back at him.

Then he was kissing her. It was a hard kiss, his lips claiming her own greedily, violently, his tongue in her mouth, their ragged breathing intermingling. She could taste her own tears and that blood on her face mixing in the kiss, together with that delicious, raw taste of his mouth on hers. It made her feel dizzy and faint, but he steadied her, pulling her even closer to him, his fingers running through her hair, ravaging her lips sweetly with more passionate kisses. His beard was tickling her skin, and she could feel his hardness press into her through the fabric of their clothes.

It seemed to her eternity had passed before he finally pulled back. Lucy was still trembling slightly in his arms as she looked at him, at the desire in his eyes. She lowered her eyelashes.

I'm his, she thought. He could have her if he wanted her, take her right then and there, and she would not protest. She was afraid he would do it, claim her right there in the dark, deserted alley beside the man he had killed, or take her to his ranch, the prairies, anywhere in the world, to have her for his own. She knew he wanted to. And she was afraid and yet hoping, and she knew she would succumb to him, because she wanted it, too.

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  1. The TBR Pile 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 1st Sep 2017

    Lucy is an orphan in the wild west and when she meets Gerald the world she knows spins wildly out of control. And she likes it. Gerald is all male, all tough and hard edges unless he’s with Lucy. Can Lucy be the Villain’s woman or is all just too much for her to handle?

    I haven’t read a western romance in a while and this is a great story! I like Gerald, he has that hard exterior but when he’s with Lucy it’s like a whole new side of him. I find him totally hot and intriguing. Lucy is young and slightly naive, definitely innocent but she isn’t a coward. She fights for her man and that makes me love her even more. The romance is sweet rather than sexy but I enjoyed it. In only 42 pages, the author told a beautiful tale.


  2. GERALD WAS INTRIGUING 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 14th Aug 2017

    Well, that was something different. You know, you have a bad H but somehow he still have some morals. But Gerald has none. The only time you can see snippets of softness in him was when he was with Lucy. The only reason why I'm giving 3 stars is because of her. While I liked Gerald, I was intrigued and I would loved more of him, Lucy was not to my liking. She was too dreamy. Tough, being like that isn't bad and isn't exactly right expression. I just couldn't believe her love for Gerald. It was to... Quick. And I don't have anything against insta. She just was.... Immature? Childish? I can't find right words. Lucy just was lacking something. And my inability to connect with her decided the rating.


  3. A new author for me 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 9th Aug 2017

    OK let me start by saying that this is a new author for me and for being a new author I really love this story I just wish it was a little bit more longer than it was and it told his part as well but all in all it was a very good read


  4. Charming Little Tale 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 9th Aug 2017

    I know what you're thinking. how can a dark romance be charming, right? This one was, however. Right from the first page, I was rooting for the heroine. She was simply delightful in her fresh-faced innocence. A book worm she seemed somewhat out of place in the Wild West.

    Maybe that's why she saw past the rumours to the hero underneath and gave herself a chance to get to know him.

    This is where the dark romance came in, because this hero.... oh, he was dark, violent, with absolutely no repentance for his 'crimes.'
    He kills people as easily as other folks shake hands, and yet, he showed a different side to Lucy, and I for one couldn't help but fall in love with him right along with her.

    I was transported right back to my teenage years when I used to watch countless Westerns (giving my age away here) where I always rooted for the bad boy.

    It was called the Wild West for a reason.

    This story is told entirely in the heroine's pov and I enjoyed going on this journey with her.

    For someone as young and innocent as she was, she wasn't afraid to fight for the man she loved, and I really liked that about her.


  5. Charming little tale 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 5th Aug 2017

    I know what you're thinking. how can a dark romance be charming, right? This one was, however. Right from the first page, I was rooting for the heroine. She was simply delightful in her fresh-faced innocence. A book worm she seemed somewhat out of place in the Wild West.

    Maybe that's why she saw past the rumours to the hero underneath and gave herself a chance to get to know him.

    This is where the dark romance came in, because this hero.... oh, he was dark, violent, with absolutely no repentance for his 'crimes.'
    He kills people as easily as other folks shake hands, and yet, he showed a different side to Lucy, and I for one couldn't help but fall in love with him right along with her.

    I was transported right back to my teenage years when I used to watch countless Westerns (giving my age away here) where I always rooted for the bad boy.

    It was called the Wild West for a reason.

    This story is told entirely in the heroine's pov and I enjoyed going on this journey with her.

    For someone as young and innocent as she was, she wasn't afraid to fight for the man she loved, and I really liked that about her.


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