Monday, February 1, 2016

Adam by Beth Williamson

Sometimes the universe has to turn your life sideways so love can find its way in.

As the oldest of five, Adam Sheridan’s life is full of obligations. He longs to do something, anything, besides working his family’s flour mill in Tanger, Texas. His mama always says the universe moves in its own sweet time.

Apparently the universe was waiting for his wagon load of flour to overturn so he could meet the woman he was destined to love.

Eve Tate is a woman from nowhere with a shady past and an uncertain future. When she is left behind in Adam’s care, she reinvents herself again to be his perfect mate. Little does she know who she was will haunt who she tries to be.

And, just like the couples of old, Adam and Eve must find a way to live together—or lose everything they have.

Warning: Contains a redheaded man with a Texas-wide stubborn streak, and a chameleon-like woman with a heart that needs attention and a soul that needs redeeming. Foolishness, canoodling and deep abiding love result.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

This is the first book by Beth Williamson that I’ve read and after finishing Adam, I now need to hunt down the Devils on Horseback series to read about Adam’s father and his “uncles” – the original Devils on Horseback. Williamson has created a close knit group of men and women whose children are now approaching adulthood and are on the cusp of beginning their lives. First up is Adam, Jake and Gabby Sheridan’s oldest son, and he makes quite the impression on Eve when he runs into her – almost literally.

As the eldest, Adam is often tasked with deliveries of the flour their family’s mill produces. On his way home, he encounters a woman walking down the middle of the road and the near-miss results in a loss of flour and the wagon. Feeling responsible for the woman’s safety, he shares his campsite with her for the evening and upon his return to town – without the flour, without the wagon, and with a flour-covered woman in tow – his mother insists that he does the right thing as the impropriety of them spending the night together has besmirched Eve’s reputation. Oddly enough, as Adam gets to know Eve and becomes more comfortable with the idea of them marrying, his mother becomes less trustful of Eve’s motives and cautions against the wedding. When a tragic accident takes place and Eve’s past experience puts her in a position to help Jake out, Gabby and the others begin to become more accepting of Eve. As events unfold and Eve’s past shows up in Tanger, Adam insists on the marriage taking place sooner rather than later because he’s come to care for Eve and can see a future for them together. But when Eve’s ghosts multiply, Adam is faced with deciding whether or not a future with Eve is worth fighting for.

Even though I haven’t read the original Devils on Horseback series, the bonds between that generation were obvious in the protective nature of one another’s children. That their children shared similar bonds among them from growing up together was also apparent and made for one heck of an extended family of siblings and cousins, regardless of blood relations. Considering who Eve was traveling with prior to encountering Adam, I wasn’t surprised to learn that she had run cons, even if it hadn’t occurred during her time with the gypsies. What did surprise me was the level of coercion she was subjected to, to insure that she took part in the cons. I was further shocked when the identity of the ringleader was revealed and it was discovered just how far that individual’s influence spread. I really liked that Adam trusted his instincts when Eve’s secrets were revealed and that he was willing to listen to her explanations about her past – his understanding and acceptance that she wanted to start her life anew in Tanger, with Adam and the rest of his extended family cemented his status as a truly good guy in my book. Adam has the Devils on Horseback: Generations series off to a great start and I look forward to reading more about this group of individuals – both generations of Devils.

Beth Williamson, who also writes as Emma Lang, is an award-winning, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of both historical and contemporary romances. Her books range from sensual to scorching hot. She is a Career Achievement Award Nominee in Erotic Romance by Romantic Times Magazine, in both 2009 and 2010, and a semi-finalist in the 2014 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Contest.

Beth has always been a dreamer, never able to escape her imagination. It led her to the craft of writing romance novels, fueled by Reese’s and tenacious pursuit of the perfect story. She’s passionate about purple, books, and her family. She has a weakness for shoes and purses as well as bookstores.

Life might be chaotic, as life usually is, but Beth always keeps a smile on her face, a song in her heart, and a cowboy on her mind. ;)

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Adam (Devils on Horseback: Generations #1) by Beth Williamson to read and review.

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