Pistols at Dawn (Intrepid Heroines #4)


REGENCY:  Marcus, Earl of Killingworth, has moved himself and his ward to the country in hopes of becoming a better uncle and new man. His reputation, unfortunately, precedes him to his nearly ruined estate. No one believes him to be reformed, or that his nephew is his complete opposite. Eliza Kirtland’s sister, Meredith, was attacked viscously, and all she remembers is a wolf tattoo - the same as Marcus’ nephew has.


Eliza is in charge of her sister and ailing mother, but unlike many historicals, author Andrea Pickens has arrived at a believable concession to how Eliza could support her family in a time where women were not allowed to own property. Being in a small country town, and having shown her adeptness for managing money and estates by her “customers” yielding greater incomes than those who don’t listen, Eliza is in a position to find her sister’s attacker and get to know the Earl and his serious intent to make his estate better, and not be the rake London painted him as. Marcus is a man of his time, but not above knowing he needs help to learn to be better.


Occasionally there is too much time spent in internal dialogue, but Eliza and Marcus are a perfect example of what a strong man and woman could have been like, without compromising and becoming too modern. The love story progresses in a fitting manner - where coming to know one another takes time, and sometimes requires an adjustment about what you have seen the person do versus what others say that person is.


The journey is well worth it!


Julie York