Publisher:  Beth Williamson 

Published date: February 6, 2013


Genre: Historical Western Romance

Source: Received for a honest review


Book Description (from amazon)

A Texas Ranger, a lady blacksmith, a fierce passion, a dangerous game.

Caleb Graham has spent the last four years in too many dangerous situations to count. As a Texas Ranger, he knows no fear, or at least he never shows it. When he’s sent to force a blacksmith off government seized property, he runs face to face into the woman who will change his life.

Aurora Foster grew up on the very land the obnoxious Ranger is trying to throw her off of. Her parents and her husband died for it and there is no chance she would leave without a fight. A lady blacksmith might be an anomaly but she has the strength of the steel she forges and the courage to fight for what she believes is right.

When Aurora is inadvertently injured by Caleb, he seeks medical help from a neighboring ranch. The sprawling hacienda is full of the finer things in life and the one person Caleb never expected to see again… his youngest brother Benjamin. Forced to flee from a man who has kept the boy captive, the trio become traveling companions in a deadly game where no one wins.

Life turns upside down and sideways for Caleb and Aurora, caught in a game neither of them expected while they desperately try to save the boy who was lost to his family. Pursued and hunted, the three of them ride for the Circle Eight ranch. The unlikely pair of rescuers fight their attraction and for their lives.

My Thoughts

Texas Ranger Caleb Graham has the assignment of evicting a blacksmith from government property.  Soon after meeting Rory Foster, Caleb realizes that this blacksmith is a woman.  Aurora, (Rory), has no intention of being evicted and insists the land is her birthright.  Caleb has quite a battle on his hands as he is determined to carry out his assignment and Aurora is determined to keep her land.  Through no fault of Caleb’s, the lady blacksmith becomes injured.  The injury is severe enough to need medical attention and Caleb transports Aurora to a neighboring ranch that has a doctor on staff.  While Aurora’s wound is being treated, Caleb discovers that his kidnapped younger brother, Benjamin, is being held at this ranch.  Caleb, Aurora, and Benjamin are a trio that must make an escape.  It’s Caleb’s intentions to return to his family’s home with Aurora and Benjamin.  As the kidnapper and his posse are in pursuit, the trio ride for their lives toward The Circle Eight Ranch.

CALEB is the third of five in THE CIRCLE EIGHT series.  Each book can be read as a stand alone novel, which is how I read CALEB.  This is a self-published book by Beth Williamson writing as Emma Lang.  I thoroughly enjoyed THE CIRCLE EIGHT: CALEB.  I loved the character Aurora.  She is a tough western woman with a sassy mouth.  Her manner of speech shocks Caleb, who is not accustomed to women talking and behaving the way Aurora does.  Aurora loves being a blacksmith.  As an only child, she was taught by her father and is very proud of her craft.  She fights Caleb like a wildcat to hang onto her land and continue being a blacksmith.  Caleb sympathizes with Aurora, however, there is nothing he can do about helping her keep her land.  Prior to 1840, women could not be legal landowners in the state of Texas.  As a ranger, Caleb must uphold the law.

Caleb is a great match for Aurora.  Although, there’s little time for romance while being chased by an angry kidnapper, the two fall in love.  Caleb was raised in a large family and is dedicated to them.  He was astonished to find his missing brother and is eager to return him to The Circle Eight Ranch.  Managing to escape and travel toward home is a venture Caleb wouldn’t have been able to undertake without the strength and bravery of Aurora.  The venture is made even more suspenseful with the sparks of romance between the two.

I found THE CIRCLE EIGHT:  CALEB to be a very enjoyable western romance.  It was hard to put down.  There are several twists and turns and the characters are wonderful.  There is more action than romance in this novel, however, the romance is quite spicy!

Rating: 4

Heat Rating: HOT

Reviewed by: Molly Waters

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