BEYOND BETRAYAL is set in the Montana Territory in 1887. Delilah Sinclair is on her way to help her younger sister, Eve, who has run into financial troubles. Delilah is a woman of mystery. She is dressed as a widow and goes by the name of Mrs. Sterne, although we know that this is a ruse, we don't know why. She meets Matt Chandler who is the sheriff of Red Rock. We find out that he is actually Samson Towers who we know, from a WANTED Poster, is actually a wanted man. We don't know how or why he is the sheriff under an assumed name. Even Delilah's dog has an alias of Poochy, when her real name is Poopsie. Michels does a better job then me, of keeping this organized and simple.
Delilah is attracted to the strong, handsome Sheriff, but at the same time she is afraid of him—of all men actually. She earns his disdain when he finds out that her occupation is professional gambler. In fact, these characters both have to battle and let go a lot of their past before they can go on with their future. Michels calls this "a retelling of the Samson and Delilah story in old west Montana in 1887." Thus we know that the story is based on a betrayal. As a reader you know what the betrayal will be, but the suspense is still in the story.
Michels creates some great imagery. Two of my favorites are, "With a past that shadowed him like a stalking wolf", and she says Samson's gaze is like "cold fire".
Christine Michels' two main characters are richly drawn and she has created backgrounds that are believable motivation for the personalities that they have. She leads the reader along by letting a little bit of the history out at a time. I really like the fact that Matt (Samson) is an alpha male yet admits his feelings for Delilah before the end of the book.
Beyond Betrayal is an entertaining, fast paced read! Christine Michels does a great job of creating deep, multi-layered characters.
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Samson Towers was on the run from the law when a dying man offered him the chance for a new life. Disguised as the law, a tin star his only protection, Samson traveled to Red Rock, Montana where he became Sheriff Matt Chambers. There he found that, for all his strength and quiet reserve, one woman could pierce his deception, threaten his new life, and win his heart—a complex temptress named Delilah.
With her glossy black tresses and brilliant blue eyes, the widow Delilah Sterne drew many a male admirer’s hungry gaze. Now, dealing poker in Red Rock in an effort to help keep her sister’s ranch out of the hands of the bankers, the beautiful gambler found herself drawn to the town’s handsome sheriff. But the tension caused by the sheriff’s constant watchfulness caused a losing streak that Delilah couldn’t afford. Knowing that she had to get him out of her life, she came up with a plan that would benefit both of them. But, as the truth was revealed, Delilah feared she’d played the wrong cards—and sentenced the man she loved to death. With her heart breaking, she knew that she must save Samson and prove that their love could exist. . . BEYOND BETRAYAL.
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Published December 12, 2013
by Northern Fire Publishing.
Romance, Westerns, Literature & Fiction, History.