Wednesday, August 4, 2021

At Love's Command by Karen Witemeyer

Book description: 

 He's fought through ruthless outlaws and injury. But with her, he's tempted to surrender.

Haunted by the horrors of war, ex-cavalry officer Matthew Hanger leads a band of mercenaries known as Hanger's Horsemen who have become legends in 1890s Texas. They defend the innocent and obtain justice for the oppressed. But when a rustler's bullet leaves one of them at death's door, they're the ones in need of saving.

Dr. Josephine Burkett is used to men taking one look at her skirts and discounting her medical skills. What she's not used to is having a man change his mind in a heartbeat and offer to assist her in surgery. Matthew's dedication to his friend during recovery earns Josephine's respect, and when her brother is abducted, he becomes her only hope for rescue.

When plans go awry and Josephine is caught in the crossfire, Matthew may have to sacrifice everything--even his team--to save her.

My review:

  I just discovered this author back in May of this year, and loved what I read so much that I have since bought and read all of her books.....including this one. I read it on June 11, and left a brief review on Goodreads. I rarely leave a long review for books I buy and did not receive to review.

 However, with the controversy about the book and the wrong actions of the Romance Writers of America, I felt I should write a review.

  Quick explanation: some whiny people claims the book romanticizes genocide, so after the author received an award for the book, the Romance Writer's of America took the award back to make a whiny minority happy.

  The book starts out with the Cavalry rounding up some Native Americans, but some of the Cavalry started slaughtering them. The 4 main characters of this series tried to stop it, and afterward left the military in disgust at what happened, and formed a group to fight injustice. The book does NOT romanticize genocide, and in fact makes it out to be very, very bad and evil.

 On to the review: I loved the book. The author created 4 very different and likable guys, and the book has a lot of action and romance. It is pretty much a western, but so much better than the westerns I read when I was a lot younger. I thought it sounded good enough, so I pre-ordered the sequel and enjoyed it just as much.....and am looking forward to reading the third and final book when it comes out.

 I highly recommend this book, and the author.....and stand firm against the accusations against it and the actions of the deplorable Romance Writers of America. 

About the author:

Voted #1 Reader's Favorite Christian Romance Author of 2019 by Family Fiction Magazine, bestselling author Karen Witemeyer ( offers warmhearted historical romance with a flair for humor, feisty heroines, and swoon-worthy Texas heroes. She makes her home in Abilene, Texas, with her husband and three children.

Also available in the Hanger's Horseman Series, #2