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Hitched to the Gunslinger by Michelle McLean. Historical / Western Romance, Release & ARC Review.

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Gray “Quick Shot” Woodson is the fastest gun west of the Mississippi. Unfortunately, he’s ready to hang up his hat. Sure, being notorious has its perks. But the nomadic lifestyle—and people always tryin’ to kill you—gets old real fast.

Now he just wants to find a place to retire so he can spend his days the way the good Lord intended. Staring at the sunset. And napping.

When his stubborn horse drags him into a hole-in-the-wall town called Desolation, something about the place calls to Gray, and he figures he might actually have a shot at a sleepy retirement.

His optimism lasts about a minute and a half.

Soon he finds himself embroiled in a town vendetta and married to a woman named Mercy. Who, judging by her aggravating personality, doesn’t know the meaning of her own name. In fact, she’s downright impossible.

But dang it if his wife isn’t irresistible. If only she’d stop trying to steal his guns to go after the bad guys herself.

There goes his peace and quiet...


All Gray "Quick shot" Woodson wants is somewhere to get peace and quiet.  As a gunslinger,  everywhere he goes,  someone wants to prove they're better than him. He's determined to retire and not kill anymore.  He travels with just his guns and a lazy horse with a very stubborn mind of her own. 
Mercy has just buried her father.  She doesn't believe for one minute that his death was an accident because of the problems they've had from a neighbour.  She's capable of looking after herself but sees an opportunity in the appearance of someone who seems to scare all the men in town. 
This historical,  western romance is full of humour.  Although there are some deadly gunfights and awful bullying,  the overall feel of this is fun.  The horse alone will have you giggling. The townsfolk are a very interesting bunch,  with hopefully more stories to share.  You will be drawn in to the lives of all our characters from the first to last page.  Nobody is spectacularly beautiful or rich,  all have secrets that they would prefer kept quiet.  Maybe not ordinary folk though.  
I look forward to reading more stories about this town.  
Lots of fun. 


Michelle McLean grew up in California and has lived everywhere from the deserts of Utah to the tropical beaches of Hawaii to the gorgeous forests of the east coast. The oldest of five children, she is generally an organized mess with crazy eclectic tastes. She has a B.S. in History, a M.A. in English, an insatiable love of books, and more weird quirks than she’d like to admit.

Michelle’s a jeans and t-shirt kind of girl who secretly wishes she could run around town in a big, poofy dress from the 1600s and hopes to someday be able to get away with crazy stuff like that by chalking it up to her eccentric writer personality. She’s addicted to chocolate and goldfish crackers and occasionally writes by hand just so she can hear the scratchy sound of her favorite gel pen on a sheet of paper. Her husband also swears she has conversations with herself, but she and the voices in her head heartily disagree.

Her non-writing hobbies include playing piano, cross-stitching (well, it’s been awhile…she’s been meaning to take that up again), and decorating cakes. Mostly though, if she’s not editing, reading, or chasing her kids around, she can usually be found in a quiet corner (assuming school is in session occupying her little angels) working on her next book.

In addition to her husband and two awesome kids, she also has two amazing stepkids and one beyond-adorable step-grandson. She currently resides in Pennsylvania with her husband and two kidlets, an insanely hyper dog, and three very spoiled cats.

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