From Publisher’s Website:

1876 Colorado is home to some wild characters. And Samantha Blair is one of them. After all, how many girls find themselves being raised by outlaws? But she’s happy…until U.S. Marshal Jared Evans comes to town. He’s got one thing on his mind—revenge. And unfortunately, it’s Sam’s adoptive father he’s after. 

Luckily, Samantha’s a crack shot. The good thing? She only hits Jared’s leg. The bad thing? He makes her insides quiver and melt like she never knew was possible….

Still, Jared’s out for her family’s blood. She has to stop him. And if it means keeping the good marshal on his back—and in her bed—well then, Sam will just have to do what needs to be done.

Even if she loses her heart in the process…

My Review:

The Lawman is a historical western taking place in my home state of Colorado. I mostly picked it up because of the story taking place in Colorado. When I chose books by that method or because of the picture on the book, I don’t have very high expectations. But I was pleasantly surprised by this book.

The story takes place in a mining town turned ghost town north west of Denver, Colorado and north east of Central City, Colorado. I grew up in Colorado and can easily picture the area that Patricia Potter was talking about. I enjoyed Patricia’s descriptions of the area and the people. Everyone from the three men that Samantha called her adopted fathers to the miners that still lived in the area, as well as the Samantha and Jared. Each character was well developed and well written. I could imagine these people actually living in 1870s Colorado. The character development of Jared was fascinating. Until one of the characters noticed that Jared was reading Les Misérables and compared Jared to Javert, did Jared realize that maybe his was a Marshall for all of the wrong reasons.

My only issue I had with this book was the description on the back of the book. It says “And if it means keeping the good marshal on his back—and in her bed—well then, Sam will just have to do what needs to be done”. It implies that Sam uses sex to change Jared’s mind and protect her family. That was never something that Sam did consciously or unconsciously. She was actually shocked when it did happen and worried about how to hide it from the other men in her life. Other than that small inconsistency, I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

I give The Lawman a 4 Horseshoe rating!!

Publication Details:


Patricia Potter

The Lawman
Number of Pages 217
Publication Date September 2010
Publisher Harlequin Blaze
ISBN 978-0-373-79569-7