Trails & Targets

Title:  Trails & Targets (Dangerous Darlyns #1)
Author:  Kelly Eileen Hake
Pages:  328
Year:  2014
Publisher:  Shiloh Run Press
Greyson Wilder is a bone picker.  He and his partner travel the west to gather up the bones of buffaloes, take them to market where the bones are sold for money.  He has quit his job as a Chicago police officer after the death of his wife and unborn child.  He has carried a grudge against God since that time and withdrawn from people.  He agrees to his partners request to barter with the wagon full of women in the town of Tallgrass, but then they will leave town.  One thing leads to another and before Greyson knows it he has agreed to stay and help plant spring crops while his partner takes the bones to Chicago.
Bea Darlyn has been in the role of mother since the age of nine.  She is now twenty and longs for a family of her own, but only if she is married to the right man.  She learned her lesson when her former fiancé wanted her to move to Oregon after their engagement was announced.  She could never leave her family with her father being so ill.  That engagement ended a couple of years ago.  With Bea’s expertise in firearms and Irish heritage, she and her sisters are at odds with the mostly German town folk as their weapons skills are deemed unladylike.  Now Greyson Wilder has entered Bea’s life and she is attracted to his good looks, but even more to his good character.  He has told her he will be moving on to Canada and has no intention of staying in Tallgrass.
I have enjoyed this author’s previous works better than this one so I’m not ruling out reading the next book in the series, but this one is just so-so.  I probably will read book two to see if it is an improvement over the first one.  This book isn’t terrible, but it isn’t great either.  The characters felt flat to me and I didn’t make a connection with either of the two main characters in this first story.  The second book, Slings and Arrows, will focus on the character of Ariel.  If I had to choose a favorite character, then she is the one I liked the best so I hope her story is more interesting.
My rating is 3 stars.

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