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    Geralyn Dawson – The Loner
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  • Published: May 19th, 2008

dawson_lonerreview.jpg Reviewed by PJ Ausdenmore

Logan Grey is a man who is haunted by the tragedies of his past. Though newspapers have dubbed him the “luckiest man in Texas” because of his mysterious ability to sense, and ward off trouble before it occurs, Logan knows his luck is anything but good. At the age of five he lost his entire family in a flash flood and was raised in an orphaned children’s home. As a range detective, Logan has survived over 30 gunfights and brought many notorious outlaws to justice but he hasn’t always worn the white hat and he hasn’t always been lucky. He did things in his youth that he sorely regrets, things for which innocents paid the price, things that have shaped the solitary man he’s become. Tall, dark and good looking he’s a favorite of the ladies but is careful to avoid attachments to any of them. There is mysterious heartbreak in Logan’s past that he’s not looking to repeat.

Caroline Kilpatrick fell in love with Logan Grey the first time she saw him at the tender age of 8. He was the first boy to kiss her and nine years later he was the 18 year old louse who married her, bedded her and rode away the next morning without looking back. Unbeknownst to Caroline, he’d been hired by her father to marry his daughter in a fake ceremony in order to give her father access to Caroline’s inheritance.

Fifteen years later…Logan finds himself in the middle of a bank robbery. He’s frantically trying to figure out a plan to foil the three bank robbers and save the hostages when a gorgeous woman rushes to him, throws herself into his arms and starts fiddling with his belt. She slips him a gun then proceeds to help him stop the robbery. Truth be told, she actually does most of the work herself. Logan is stunned, mystified and totally captivated by this beautiful stranger but when he turns to thank her after the robbers have been subdued, she has disappeared. Caroline Kilpatrick is furious! After traveling to Fort Worth with one goal in mind, to find Logan Grey, the last man in the world she wants to see, and convince him to help her rescue her beloved foster father from the outlaw infested Black Shadow Canyon then helping him foil the bank robbery, the “lying, rotten, no-good, low-life, snake-breath, dirt-eating, overstuffed, ignorant, heartless, bug-eyed, stiff-legged, spotty-lipped, worm-headed, dog” didn’t even recognize her! For reasons only he knows, Logan has purposely avoided thinking about that part of his life. He has no idea that Caroline’s father died two months after the “wedding”, leaving her homeless and destitute. He doesn’t know that he left Caroline pregnant and is the father of her son, Will, and he sure as shootin’ has no idea that the marriage was, in fact, legal and the smart, feisty, gorgeous woman who helped him foil the bank robbery is his wife!

So begins another fast-paced, action-packed, emotionally satisfying, historical Texas romance from the incomparable Geralyn Dawson, who has delighted readers with her many wonderful stories. In this first book of her new “The Good Luck Grooms” series, Dawson leads Caroline and Logan on a tumultuous journey that risks their lives and tests their resolve as they face down killer tornadoes and killer outlaws while searching for their missing loved ones. Even more perilous, perhaps, is their intensely emotional journey of the heart as they rediscover the special, but tenuous bond that has always been between them and that eventually grows into a deep and abiding love. But is love enough for Logan to overcome his fears and stay with his newly found family or will he once again turn his back on Caroline and Will to live the life of the Loner?

After first meeting Logan Grey in HER OUTLAW, Emma McBride and Dair MacRae’s book from the “Bad Luck Brides” series, I couldn’t wait for his story to be released. I’m delighted to say that THE LONER not only met all of my expectations, it far exceeded them. As an added bonus, I got to revisit the McBride menaces and their husbands as well as Holt and Cade, Dair and Logan’s “brothers” from the children’s home and the heroes of the next two books in this series.

4 ½ Stars

39 Responses to “Geralyn Dawson – The Loner”

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  1. Marisa
    on May 20th, 2008
    @ 3:47 am

    Great review PJ. I love historical westerns and never read enough of them. Can any one recommend some more historical westerns that I need to read?

  2. Buffie
    on May 20th, 2008
    @ 6:08 am

    Yeeehawwwww!!!! Wonderful review PJ! This sounds like a definitely must buy book.

    Marisa — I would suggest any of Jody Thomas’ books. Love her!

  3. AndreaW
    on May 20th, 2008
    @ 6:13 am

    the “lying, rotten, no-good, low-life, snake-breath, dirt-eating, overstuffed, ignorant, heartless, bug-eyed, stiff-legged, spotty-lipped, worm-headed, dog” didn’t even recognize her!

    Boy, is THAT a mouthful! LOL! Great review, PJ. It’s been a while since I read a western and this may be the one I pick up. 😉

    Marisa, I will recommend Lorraine Heath’s westerns. They are wonderful!

  4. MaryKate
    on May 20th, 2008
    @ 6:51 am

    Yummy cover on this book! Sounds like a ton of fun to read, PJ!

  5. Maria
    on May 20th, 2008
    @ 6:57 am

    PJ – after reading your review I’m sooo in. This sounds like a series for me! And y’all know how I LOVE series… keep ’em coming.

    I wasn’t really a western kinda gal until about 3 years ago when Marisa said I didn’t know what I was missing if I didn’t read one. I politely said, thanks for the recommendation – but I’m not interested. Then one day she left a Jody Thomas book at my house, and I was looking for something to read, so I just picked it up. Well – I was hooked on Jody and a new genre, instantly. Since then, I love me some westerns.

    Anybody out there just got into a new sub-genre they never read before?

  6. Maria
    on May 20th, 2008
    @ 6:59 am

    Oh – and speaking of yummy covers! Do you prefer the ones with models or something abstract? The cover for Julia Quinn’s new book portrays a man and a woman – but the images are almost photographic.

    Sometimes, I like the idea of imagining my own hero and heroine, instead something that the ‘art department’ thinks represents them.

  7. MaryKate
    on May 20th, 2008
    @ 8:27 am

    Maria and those who like Westerns, if you haven’t read CAINE’S RECKONING by Sarah McCarty, get thee to a bookstore. AMAZING book! I also am not a fan of the western romance, but this one is just…WOW!

    My biggest pet peeve on romance covers is the naked male chest. For whatever reason, I just think it’s icky. I loved Kresley Cole’s two new releases this month and next, but the silly titles and naked male chests were just a little much for me. I don’t like them.

    Also, I hate it when the couple of the cover doesn’t match the description of the couple inside. It’s not that hard to paint the heroine’s hair color the color described in the book. Is it?

  8. keoweegirl
    on May 20th, 2008
    @ 8:27 am

    Thanks y’all. This was one review I really enjoyed writing. I got hooked on Geralyn’s books a few years ago when she was guest author at Squawk Radio. She was so hilarious that I rushed right out and found her latest book. After reading, and loving, it I snapped up the rest of her back list. I’ve loved all of her books but I really think The Loner is one of her best.

  9. keoweegirl
    on May 20th, 2008
    @ 8:30 am

    Marisa, I totally agree with Buffie’s recommendation of Jodi Thomas. She writes wonderful Texas historicals! Btw, that’s how Geralyn refers to her books. Rather than westerns, she calls them Texas historicals.

    I’d also recommend any of Linda Lael Miller’s books. She writes terrific westerns, both contemporary and historical. I just finished her latest, A Wanted Man, and loved it!

  10. Maria
    on May 20th, 2008
    @ 8:57 am

    PJ – I think Geralyn has a wicked sense of humor and it comes through in her writing –

    MK – I’m going have to pick up Caine’s Reckoning.

    As far as book covers, we all now, most authors don’t have a say in their covers. And it seems the publishers have done lots of marketing in terms of what sells, and from what I understand the consenses is half naked people in an embrace, etc. The only thing, is no one ever surveyed me.

    What about that?

  11. keoweegirl
    on May 20th, 2008
    @ 8:58 am

    Maria, The Loner kicks off a new series but it’s also tied to a previous series. If you want to start at the beginning (like I love to do) here are the books and the order in which they should be read.

    THE BAD LUCK WEDDING DRESS – Trace McBride (widowed father of the Menaces) & Jenny Fortune
    THE BAD LUCK WEDDING CAKE – Tye McBride (Trace’s brother) & Claire Donovan

    The next three books are the stories of Trace’s daughters, known as the McBride Menaces, for good reason :).
    HER BODYGUARD – Mari McBride & Luke Garrett
    HER SCOUNDREL – Kat McBride & Jake Kimball
    HER OUTLAW – Emma McBride & Dair MacRae

  12. keoweegirl
    on May 20th, 2008
    @ 9:04 am

    MK and Maria, I so agree! Example: Joanna Bourne’s THE SPYMASTER’S LADY is one of the best written books of the year. Heck, in my opinion it’s one of the best written books in several years so why, oh why did they have to wrap it in such a cheesy, naked chest cover? It’s as if the marketing experts have decided that the only way to get women to buy their books it to appeal to our prurient interests by flashing a naked male chest at us. Now, I can appreciate a good looking male chest as much as the next woman but I do not need it on the cover of my books. Stepback? Definitely! Cover? No. As you can probably guess, they didn’t survey me either.

  13. MaryKate
    on May 20th, 2008
    @ 9:16 am

    PJ, the best part was even Jo Bourne’s reaction was kind of like, “Who the heck is this guy? He doesn’t look like the hero. And why is his shirt undone?”

    Listen, I think that Nathan Kamp is one of the most beautiful men in the world, and if anyone should walk around shirtless, it should be him. But I just wish they’d stop marketing books like this. To me it just screams to the stereotype of “trashy romance.”

    Hmmm, I feel a blog coming on. 😉

  14. Maria
    on May 20th, 2008
    @ 9:27 am

    Oh yeah! It does scream stereotype. But seriously, marketing depts. say if they don’t put half naked people on the covers – the books don’t sell. So who could be asking for these covers??? Come ladies don’t be afraid – do you love naked on your covers, or could you do without it??

  15. AndreaW
    on May 20th, 2008
    @ 9:34 am

    Okay, I’ll admit . . . I don’t mind a man’s naked chest, a clinch, a woman’s back, etc. as long as it “fits” the book. For example, let’s say that a cover has a man (with a naked chest) standing in front of a lake or a river. It bothers me if there is no lake/river in the story. Am I the only one? (Okay, maybe I’m weird.) But it especially bothers me when the description of the h/h doesn’t match the person/people on the cover (like MK said). Ugh! How hard is it to do that?!?!

  16. Maria
    on May 20th, 2008
    @ 9:55 am

    I must admit, I do judge a book by it’s cover. Meaning, when I’m just browsing at a bookstore, I pick up books whose cover calls to me. I know Marisa picked up JR Ward’s first book – because the cover was shinny, which at the time was very unusual for romance…

    The cover will tend to lure me in if I’m just browsing, then I’ll read the synopsis on the back – if the synopsis doesn’t draw me in – I won’t buy it.

  17. MaryKate
    on May 20th, 2008
    @ 10:06 am

    I also will pick up a book based on its cover if I’ve never heard of an author before. But I pretty much flip it immediately.

    If we’re talking about someone who clearly made a deal with the devil for excellent covers, can we talk about Colleen Gleason? Holy cow, her covers are gorgeous, moody and perfectly capture the characters in the book.

    And I agree, JR Ward’s book have amazing covers, and I like that they’ve stuck with the signature look throughout the series. The foiling on the covers is glorious though. I keep wanting her to do a black cover though. I thought for sure Vishous’s book would be black, what with his predilection for black wax. 😈

  18. AndreaW
    on May 20th, 2008
    @ 10:25 am

    Years ago, I used to buy books by browsing the covers in the romance section of the bookstore. Now, since I read so many different authors, I make a TBB list and usually only check out/buy those specific books and occasionally ones that are recommended to me by other romance readers (via the internet).

    MK, ITA about Colleen’s covers. They absolutely capture the essence of the story. Can’t wait to see what she gets for the fifth book.

  19. keoweegirl
    on May 20th, 2008
    @ 10:50 am

    Adding on to my cover comment…I don’t mind skin on the cover if it’s tasteful or not in-your-face. Give me the sexy clinch and six-pack abs in the stepback and I’m a happy camper. For example, the cover of The Loner shows naked chest but it’s in the background and subtle, not the primary focus of the entire cover. I love this cover.

    I don’t have any of Colleen’s covers but I’m ITA with JR Ward’s covers. Oh, and you bring up an excellent point, MK. I love when the publisher is consistent with the type of covers used in a series. It drive me nuts when they’ve used a certain type of cover throughout a series and then, inexplicably, switch to a totally different type of cover for ONE of the books. Why???

  20. keoweegirl
    on May 20th, 2008
    @ 10:58 am

    I like those shiny foil covers, particularly on the paranormals. On Christina Dodd’s Darkness Chosen series they’ve kept the same type of cover for all four books which tells people immediately which books belong together in the series. I like that each cover is a different color. I especially like the picture of the man in his predatory environment on the cover and the picture of his shape shifted animal form on the stepback. They really set the mood for the stories.

  21. Buffie
    on May 20th, 2008
    @ 11:00 am

    I think you all know where I stand on the covers 😉 And I have been known to buy a book based solely on the cover.

  22. Maria
    on May 20th, 2008
    @ 11:27 am

    Hey Buffie – did you ever buy a book based totally on the cover and found out it was not representative of the book?

  23. Maria
    on May 20th, 2008
    @ 11:28 am

    Jeanine Frost’s Halfway to the Grave series – has some great covers – Sexy Woman – great outfit

  24. MaryKate
    on May 20th, 2008
    @ 11:40 am

    Maria – I have to agree, the Night Huntress series covers perfectly relay the feel of the books.

    I think that the JD Robb books have great covers, as do Nora’s books. But then again, Nora is an actual brand, so maybe that’s why.

    If we’re going on just plain gorgeous covers, can we talk about CL Wilson’s covers? They’re actual art, for goodness sake!

  25. Buffie
    on May 20th, 2008
    @ 11:48 am

    Maria, I have to say that I can’t remember if I have. Once I delve into the words of the novel, I tend to forget what the cover looks like. Now I have bought a book or two because the cover was hot and the book did not live up to my expectations. And the same is true for the other way around.

  26. keoweegirl
    on May 20th, 2008
    @ 12:53 pm

    I agree, MK. Wilson’s covers are simply gorgeous.

  27. Marisa
    on May 20th, 2008
    @ 4:09 pm

    Ok, thanks everyone for the recommendations – I’ve read Jodi, Lorraine and Linda, all are on my keeper shelf – I love Western Historical Romance, but MK, once again you bring a new book to my attention – Caine’s Reckoning. You’ve become my book Goddess!

    Let’s talk covers, I must admit, naked chests, BRING THEM ON!

  28. MaryKate
    on May 20th, 2008
    @ 6:19 pm

    Marisa – I read Caine’s Reckoning on the airplane on my way to California a couple of weeks ago, and hand to God, I was blushing. It’s that hot! But not erotic romance, just smokin’ HAWT!

  29. Melissa29624
    on May 20th, 2008
    @ 6:31 pm

    THE LONER is an awesome book! Love it and all the McBride books as well…I love Geralyn Dawson actually..any of her books!

    Also I LOVE
    Stacey Kayne
    Linda Broday
    Jodi Thomas
    Johanna Lindsey
    Lorraine Heath
    Leigh Greenwood
    Norah Hess
    Ana Leigh
    Joan Johnston
    Susan Kay Law
    Elizabeth Lowell
    Connie Mason
    Patricia Potter
    Charlene Sands
    Bobbi Smith
    Lavyrle Spencer
    Janelle Taylor
    Penelope Williamson

    to name a few..LOL

  30. Marisa
    on May 20th, 2008
    @ 7:12 pm

    MK Wrote:I read Caine’s Reckoning on the airplane on my way to California a couple of weeks ago, and hand to God, I was blushing. It’s that hot! But not erotic romance, just smokin’ HAWT! I’m so there MK – I’m adding it to my purchases next week.

    Melissa – You named so many of my go to authors and some I haven’t read. And specific books you recommend?

  31. MaryKate
    on May 20th, 2008
    @ 7:30 pm

    And then…maybe she’ll come visit, Marisa??? She’s got the next book in the Hell’s Eight series coming out in July…

    Heh. Bad Book Pimp! Bad! 😈

  32. keoweegirl
    on May 20th, 2008
    @ 7:51 pm

    No, no, no…good book pimp! 🙂

  33. Marisa
    on May 21st, 2008
    @ 4:42 am

    Mary Kate, Good, so good, pimp away…

  34. Melissa29624
    on May 21st, 2008
    @ 5:30 am


    What authors that I listed have you not read??? Let me know and then I’ll list some my faves from those authors!!!!

  35. Marisa
    on May 21st, 2008
    @ 5:41 am

    Melissa…What authors that I listed have you not read??? Let me know and then I’ll list some my faves from those authors!!!!

    Melissa can you recommend some books from Norah Hess and Stacey Kane?

  36. Melissa29624
    on May 21st, 2008
    @ 7:26 am

    sure thang!

    ok…here’s the thing…I am Stacey’s NUMBER 1 FAN!!LOL I LOVE LOVE LOVE her

    she has 3 books on the market right now…

    MUSTANG WILD and then MAVERICK WILD, these are books 1 and 2 in her “Wild” series… (there will be another one in this series too)

    then she has BRIDE OF SHADOW CANYON that’s out now, in July, the next book in this series will be out and it’s called THE GUNSLINGER’S UNTAMED BRIDE

    I cant say enough about her books and she’s is the nicest person ever too!

    ok..on to Norah Hess.. I have not read alot of her books, but enjoyed these:
    DYLAN…….I would read more, but my library does not have a huge selection

    let me know if you’d like more rec’s…..I love introducing people to new authors!!!

    Connie Mason is awesome too, she has a few different series that are great!
    Elizabeth Lowell’s “only” series is great as well!

  37. Cheryl St.John
    on May 21st, 2008
    @ 12:48 pm

    Marisa, I don’t think anyone mentioned this, but at Petticoats and Postols, we have a library page with all the current and upcoming western romances. Check it out!

    Petticoats and Pistols
    Romancing the West:

    Happy reading!
    Cheryl 🙂

  38. Maria Lokken
    on May 21st, 2008
    @ 4:06 pm

    Hey Cheryl – Cool biz! I’m going to check it out! Thanks for that!

  39. Melissa29624
    on May 22nd, 2008
    @ 10:13 am

    I hang out with those fillies from Petticoats and Pistols alot!!! Love that place!

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