Thursday, February 2, 2017

The Outlaw's Secret by Stacy Henrie {Blog Tour Review and Giveaway}

On Tour with Prism Book Tours.

The Outlaw's Secret
by Stacy Henrie
Christian Historical Romance
Paperback & ebook, 288 pages
February 7th 2017 by Love Inspired Historical

Lawman in Disguise

Getting taken hostage by a gang of train robbers wasn't in dime novelist Essie Vanderfair's plans, but interviewing these men could make her career soar. Especially since the gang includes legendary outlaw Tex Beckett, better known as the Texas Titan. Tex is famed for his protection of women and children, so she'll be fine…right?

Keeping the gang in line was hard enough before a stubborn, beautiful writer interfered. Now Tex is scrambling to keep Essie safe, to gather evidence against the gang and most of all to hide his dangerous secrets. First, that he's a detective working undercover. And second, that he's not the Texas Titan at all, but Tex's twin brother, Tate Beckett.

My Review: 5 Stars

Essie writes dime novels and when her rival starts producing better books, her publisher threatens to quit publishing for her. In a effort to write something sensational, she volunteers to be taken hostage by a group of outlaws that are robbing the train she's on so that she can interview the gang and get firsthand information to use in her novels.

I am not a brave woman at all and right from the start, our heroine had me gasping for breath with almost every choice she makes. She's got pluck and is determined to write her best novel yet, no matter the cost. The way she interacts with this rag-tag gang, interviews them, and exudes natural charm had my heart riding an emotional roller coaster. I was scared to death for her at times, flying high with happiness at others, and my heart was pounding for various reasons intermittently (romance, danger, etc.). I greatly admire a woman such as Essie and wish I would throw my fears to the wind like she does--nothing much seems to phase her.

"Tex" captured my heart as surely as he captures Essie's. He's a good man and the lengths he goes to in order to do his job justice is incredible. The outlaws ooze evilness, yet, through Essie's prodding, it's made clear that most of them aren't what they seem....kind of.

I love a romance that makes me swoon and this one does just that. Not only are the romance and characters well done, the setting is fantastic too. I felt myself transported back to the late 1800s and loved being a part of that time--when I wasn't shivering in my boots with fear. I also really enjoyed Essie's writing moments, which are often thoughts--she's an interesting character with a vivid imagination and has me engrossed in her ideas. I'm definitely looking forward to what this author writes next!

Content: mild violence; mild religious elements; mild romance.

*I received a copy through Prism Book Tours. This didn't influence my thoughts at all--all opinions are my own.*

About the Author

USA Today bestselling author Stacy Henrie is the author of western romances and the Of Love and War series, which includes Hope at Dawn, a 2015 RITA Award finalist for excellence in romance. She was born and raised in the West, where she currently resides with her family. She enjoys reading, road trips, interior decorating, chocolate, and most of all, laughing with her husband and kids. You can learn more about Stacy and her books by visiting her website at

Tour Giveaway

- 1 winner will receive print copies of LADY OUTLAW and THE EXPRESS RIDER'S LADY + $10 Amazon Gift Card (US only)
- 1 winner will receive a $25 Amazon Gift Card (open internationally)
- Ends February 18th

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  1. I hope she remembered to deduct that train ticket. Research!

    1. LOL! Good point, Richard. I didn't think of that!

  2. Old West stories are one of the only historical stories I enjoy.

    1. Glad to hear you enjoy Old West stories, Steph! I think that time period and setting is really fascinating.

  3. Thanks so much for reading the book, Katie! Love the part about "shivering in your boots." :) I don't think I'd be as brave and plucky as Essie is in her situation, which it made that much more fun to write her character.

    1. I loved this one, Stacy!! I'm sure it's so much fun to write about someone so different than you are. :)