Hitched to the Gunslinger Review

Hey guys,

Happy Review Sunday everyone! I hope you had a good weekend. I didn’t do much other than binge some tv and spend time with my family before my brother goes back to school after being off for the summer holidays. It was nice to just relax, but it’s meant that I’ve not read as much as I would have liked. However one book I did mange to read was Hitched to the Gunslinger by Michelle McLean
As always this is a Spoiler Free review.
This was very kindly sent to me by Books Forward PR in exchange for an honest review, and as always my opinions and thoughts are all my own and weren’t swayed by the fact it was sent to me to review.
Anyway, let’s jump into the review.

Title: Hitched to the Gunslinger
Author: Michelle McLean
Genres: Romance, Cowboy, Historical, Fake Fiancé
Publisher: Entangled Publishing; Amara
Publication Date: August 24th 2021
Pages: 330
When I Read It: August 9th 2021
Goodreads Rating: 4.28 Stars

Goodreads Description:
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…

I really enjoyed this book. While cowboy things are not usually something I pick up or gravitate towards necessarily, I do love a fake fiancé, forced proximity, enemies to lovers situation – which this was, so when Michelle McLean’s Publisher reached out I knew I needed to give this a read and I am really glad I did.

Things I liked…
THE TROPES/PLOT – As I mentioned, I loved the tropes in this book. Despite having never read anything by Michelle McLean before I already knew I probably wouldn’t hate this book (unless I didn’t like the writing style) because I adore all of these tropes and it would take a lot to make me dislike them. Thankfully, I was right and they were done so well.
THE CHARACTERS – Both Gray and Mercy were super fun characters to have as MCs. They had a good mix of quirks and relevant backstory to make them feel full and believable. I also adored all the townsfolk who also had just the right amount of history and backstory to give them depth but not distract from the main plot. I liked that some of their past was left open so it felt like you could return to Desolation and see how they’re continuing.
THE WRITING – I loved the writing. I’m not usually the type of person to read Third Person but I thought it was amazing and so well done. It was really easy to distinguish each person’s thoughts. It was also a really good balance of modern English, American slang, and historical/period terms where I understood everything that was being said but it also made it feel more authentic and believable.
THE HUMOUR – This book made me laugh. It was great. Gray’s grumpiness paired with Mercy’s stubbornness and Sunshine’s constant joy was the perfect situation for so many good jokes and laughs. It was great. It made it feel so light and heartwarming and fluffy? Can a book be described as fluffy, I don’t know…but that’s how reading it made me feel.
THE ROMANCE – The romance developed really well and I liked that neither one of them had a WOW love at first sight kind of thing, more like it wore them down over time and they eventually started seeing attractive qualities about each other rather than the usual “omg they are so hot but are such a douche” situation that usually happens in enemies to lovers romances. I also thought the sex was really tastefully written and spicy enough that it’s mentionable but nothing that felt out of place with the sweetness of the rest of the story.

Things I didn’t Like…
THE INTRIGUE/PACING – My one gripe was that I did find myself checking the page count near the end. The plot started getting a little samey. There is really only so many times that the bad guy can send men and Gray can kill them before it gets a little predictable and dull to read. I don’t want to give plot spoilers but if the bad guy has all this money for bounties etc, then he most certainly has the money to go and buy a different property. Why does he want this property? It is not worth the effort he goes to, just saying. Just a small gripe I had.

Overall, a really enjoyable read that I would definitely recommend checking out. I really want to read from Michelle McLean again because this was a great introduction to her writing!

Overall Score = 7/10
Star Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

That’s all for today’s review folks.
This was a sweet and fun read with just the right amount of spice. Despite Cowboys not being my usual read I really enjoyed this and I can’t wait to read from Michelle McLean again! A big thanks again to her and Books Forward PR for sending me a copy in the first place.
Anyway, I hope you all had a great day, see you tomorrow ❤

Will you read this when it comes out?
Have you read anything by Michelle McLean?
Do you typically read Historical Cowboy Romances?

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