Spirit Ridge by L. A. Kelley


Spirit Ridge by L. A. Kelley
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Historical, Paranormal
Length: Full Length (318 pgs)
Heat Level: Sensual
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Poinsettia

A dark shadow rises.

San Francisco in 1885 was a dangerous place for those who crossed Colin Doyle. To Nob Hill elite he was a successful businessman. To the underbelly of San Francisco he was The Mick, a criminal mastermind ruling from the shadows. If a buyer’s tastes ran to opium, a whore, or a politician, The Mick could name a price. No one who betrayed him ever escaped the city alive.

Until now.

Nell Bishop is a fearless investigative reporter for the San Francisco Dispatch. She’s on the run to the Arizona Territory with the one witness who can expose Doyle’s corrupt empire and stop the plan to extend his evil dominion to the West.

Marshal Sam Tanner of Spirit Ridge in the Arizona Territory fought the visions sent by his Apache blood. They always foretold a death he couldn’t prevent. Then Sam dreamed of the coyote with golden brown eyes who warned of a black shadow spreading evil across the land. Did the message call him to help the beautiful woman who stepped off the stagecoach? Can Sam and Nell elude the mysterious dark riders who dog their trail or will the next vision mean death for both of them?

Adventure, romance, humor, and the call of Apache spirits weave together a Wild West adventure where either murder or justice can come at the twitch of a trigger finger.

Nell has never been one to back down from a battle, but will her next clash cost her life?

I liked Nell from the moment I started reading. She’s feisty, smart, compassionate, and resourceful. Nell is an extraordinary woman forging a unique path for herself in life as she uses her position as a reporter to expose criminals and those who take advantage of others. Unfortunately, Nell’s latest target, businessman Colin Doyle, might be her last. His scheme is far more nefarious than Nell ever imagined, and Doyle has the resources to pull it off.

As Nell pursues Doyle, her path becomes tangled with Sam’s. Their attraction to each other is clear right from the start despite Nell’s unusual disguise. They work very well together and it immediately became clear to me that they would make a great couple. Nell and Sam find themselves in some pretty dangerous and intense situations, but when Sam has a quiet moment with Nell, he lays his feelings out in the open immediately. However, Nell isn’t quite ready to surrender her heart for fear of losing her identity and independence. Sam proves himself to be a true hero in that moment. He makes his feelings plain, but gives Nell the time and space to make her own decision. Even as Nell tries to push Sam away, it was clear to me that this couple was destined to be together, even if they need a bit of a push from the spirits that guide Sam to make it happen.

Ms. Kelley has a great sense of humor that shines through in the dialogue of various characters, particularly Daisy, a delightful secondary character well on her way to becoming Nell’s best friend. Daisy’s colorful interjections are always good for a laugh.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading Spirit Ridge. Nell and Sam are wonderful characters, and I’m glad I had the opportunity to follow them on their adventures. Fans of historical romance will certainly want to pick up a copy of this fast paced romance today.

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