Ms. Carter grabbed my attention right away and held it till the end. The end came sooner than I was hoping for. The sexy parts were hot enough without overdoing it. If you're looking for a sweet, hot, cozy, short story "Lawless Hearts" is the book for you. This was the first time I've read the works of Ms. Beth D. Carter. "Lawless Hearts" is a story of a woman that figured she would live her life never knowing love between a man and a woman. She was scared by her stepfather and her only sibling had to leave town never to return again. She finds out he was killed when two men come to her door to bring her the news and bring her a family heirloom that her brother sent. The men also come with shady ways. The only thing I really didn't like was the main female character's name (Scharlie).
Scharlie Thorn is very aware the townsfolk of Rock Ridge, Missouri regard her with pity. When she was fourteen, her stepfather attacked her, scarring her face. Her brother, Harlow, killed him in her defense, forcing him to run from the law.
Ten years later, Cassidy Brooks and Garrett Webb come to tell her that Harlow has been murdered by a man who may have settled his sight on her. As the two men try to keep Scharlie safe, she learns that they are outlaws. And worse, Harlow was an outlaw, too.
Scharlie has decisions to make. Does she trust Cassidy and Garrett when they tell her they want her? Or will she hand them over to the law? More than her life is at stake. Her heart is on the line, too.
Be Warned: menage sex (MFM), anal sex
This is a previously published work. It has been revised and edited for Evernight Publishing.
She turned away and headed back inside, leaving the door open. As she set the table, the men ambled in and Scharlie noted with a great degree of relief that they had put their shirts back on.
“You didn’t have to cook for us,” Garrett said. “But we appreciate it.”
Scharlie shrugged. “The least I could do. You tracked me down to tell me about Harlow when you could have easily sent a telegram or letter. Or worse, not told me at all.”
“He was a good friend,” Cassidy replied softly. “Like a brother. He would have wanted us to take care of you.”
Tears sprung unexpectedly to her eyes, so Scharlie hurried and sat to hide from having to look at the two men. As Cassidy and Garrett seated themselves, she cleared her throat. “He talked about me?”
“Yes,” Cassidy said.
“All the time,” Garrett added.
“Did he…did he ever talk harshly about me?”
“What do you mean?” Cassidy asked.
Scharlie looked at him. Deliberately, she ran a finger down the scar on her face. “I was the one that forced him to leave Missouri. Because of me, he had to leave his home and I’ve wondered for so long if he hated me for what happened.”
Garrett immediately shook his head. “Absolutely not!”
Cassidy gently took hold of her hand, moving it away from her face. His thumb rubbed soothingly over her skin. “Garrett’s right, Scharlie. Harlow only talked lovingly about you.”
The sincerity shining in their eyes was honest, and the tension riding through her shoulders relaxed. The weight she hadn’t thought she carried eased from her chest, and for the first time in years, her scarred face didn’t hurt so much.
When Cassidy didn’t let go of her hand right away, she looked questioningly at him. His gaze met hers and the moment abruptly changed from loving and warm to magnetic and electric. Tingles shot up her arm that caused her heart to thump heavily as an odd awareness came over her, like how the atmosphere felt after a tornado had touched down, surreal and charged at the same time. Both men watched her closely, and though she wasn’t quite sure how to interpret the looks they were giving her, she was wise enough to know these men were out of her league.
Scharlie cleared her throat and pulled her hand from Cassidy’s. Immediately she felt bereft without the warmth of his touch and strived to find her footing again.
Scharlie Thorn can't seem to escape her past. Her beloved brother accidentally killed her stepfather when he attacked and scared Scharlie. So her brother is running from the law. She is the local school teacher in Rock Ridge, Missouri, all the more pity. With her scar no one wants to marry her. So while she has her steamy books there is nothing she can do but fantasize. Now suddenly she has two handsome men at her doorstep. But, they are not just passing through. They have come to let her know that her brother has been murdered and the man who murdered him is now after Scharlie. They also tell her that her brother was an outlaw, as they are. Will Scharlie let them protect her, and even let them into her heart or will she send the outlaws away? Lawless Hearts is an action packed story with tornadoes, outlaws and a little steamy lovin'. Ms. Carter does a wonderful job of mixing the tragedy of Scharlie's brother's death and the life of a woman living alone in the west. She is additionally able to weave in how someone who is scared is worthy of love. I continue to be a fan of Ms. Carter's and Lawless Hearts is another reason why. Reviewed by Tanya For Joyfully Reviewed
I really loved this story of Scharlie and her two men, Cassidy and Garrett. The story is hot and full of emotions between the characters but what happens when she finds out things are not what the guys said they were? When Cassidy and Garrett come to tell Scharlie that her brother has been killed, they didn't realize that the bad guy might follow them. Her life is now in danger. Will they be able to save her and clear the air about themselves and her brother? Or will the bad guy get to her first? The whole story sucked me in and I read it all in one setting!