Book: The Outlaw was no Lady (The Law and Disorder Series, Book 2) by Sharon Ihlecategories: Book, Spicy, Love, Western, Riverboat, Cowboy, Historical Romance
Sharon Ihleabout this book: I got the idea for writing this book while doing research for another book that featured women's rights and suffrage. The female entrepreneur I came across was Mollie Bailey (no relation to James A. Bailey of Barnum and Bailey fame), the only woman in circus history to own and operate her own circus show--and she did it on a riverboat navigating the treacherous waters of the Mississippi River. This struck me as so unusual and exciting that I just had to write a book about Mollie and her marvelous family.
First I had to come up with a hero and heroine who would willingly take part in a floating circus. Gus Bailey, Mollie's husband, was her partner in the enterprise, but I gave her a fictional partner, Luther "Gant" Gantry to stir things up a little. Gant is a member of a family of outlaws, mainly bank robbers. Things went wrong during the last robbery he participated in, and he wound up in jail. After his release, he meets Mollie, and she, believing in second chances, takes him on as a partner and the extra muscle her aging husband can no longer provide.
Rayna Sebastiani, a half-Romanian gypsy, and her adoptive mother, Maria, were banished from Gypsy tribe and have been working at odd jobs ever since. Most of their work has been with various circuses, and when they come across the Bailey Floating Circus, they feel that luck is finally on their side. Against his better judgment as Gant sees the two a con artists that will try and take the circus for as much as they can, the pair are hired by Mollie. Sparks fly between Gant and Rayna on a regular basis, and despite interference from both family members, it finally becomes impossible for either of them to deny the love that has bloomed between them.
I wish I could say that I took a ride on a Mississippi Riverboat while writing this novel, but it was impossible for me to travel at the time. I did, however, speak with many experts on both the river and the countryside along its banks to get what I think was a good feel for my subject. I sincerely hope readers will feel the same way.
• "I loved this book. The passion the characters shared was smoking hot, kept me riveted. I also liked the circus and riverboat theme."
• "If you like romance novels, this is a good one to read. AAA+++++++++++++ rating."
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