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45 starsHassie Petty s husband a man old enough to be her father has just died Her husband s son is a wanted man a bounty hunter is on his trail When the lawman catches up with him and kills him Hassie is left with no family and nowhere to go Making a living on the rundown farm by herself isn t an optionBeing a bounty hunter is dangerous work But after failing to secure Hassie s safety in the local town leaving the widow to fend for herself isn t what bounty hunter Bret Sterling can do After killing her last known family Bret offers to take Hassie with him planning her last known family Bret offers to take Hassie with him planning leaving her with his friends at their homestead But there s a long way to go and a lot can happen for these two mismatched people that fate has brought together on a roadtrip through the Old WestSet in 1871 six ears after the end of the Civil War Bret and Hassie s romance simmers as they travel together across Missouri Nebraska and Kansas with her dog hunting down criminals and fugitives The slow seductive build up is a delicious torture watching Hassie s sweet agreeable nature gradually break down the walls around Bret s hardened and damaged heart The epilogue is delightfulEllen O Connell does something consistently that almost no other author can do She writes memorable couples I ve probably said this in every review of her books Ms O Connell s heroines are as likable and as memorable as her heroesno mean feat She makes me believe that each of her couples is meant for each other and no one elseThough Without Words hasn t usurped my all time favourite by Ellen O Connell Dancing on Coals and possibly no title ever will for me this is up there with Beautiful Bad Man and Sing My Name No complaints from this happy camperFor readers who love a true western a slowly building romance realistic characters believable dialogue in an authentically rendered setting and action and adventure aplenty Without Words is highly recommended Steam 25 Oh my This was my first book by the talented Ellen O Connell I know I know Where have I been To tell the truth just afraid she would make me cry too much I shouldn t have worried any sniffles were worth itI cracked this book open planning only to get a taste by reading the first chapter expecting to get to it later Instead I stayed up all night reading non stop This book has everything a Historical Western Romance should have a heroic hero with a brain who doesn t take any crap a likable heroine who doesn t whine or do anything TSTL an adventure driven plot an exciting but believable and face paced story line a curmudgeonly loyal dog a couple lovable horses worth rooting for a rode trip a building love affair than one dastardly bad guy a train ride and a HEA ending with a satisfactory epilogue Mismatched in every way the sterling man and petty woman travel the West together hunting thieves deserters and murderers Wary traveling companions friends the West together hunting thieves deserters and murderers Wary traveling companions friends partners lovers Bret and Hassie must decide what they want what they need and the price they re willing to pay for love Enjoyed this one Started off a bit slow but really got into it after a whileI really should do reviews straight away after finishing a book I have read other books by this author my namesake actually O Connell I love Ellen O Connell s writing Without Words was a great read The romance had a nice slow burn I really felt the connection between Hassie and Bret I loved their relationship had a nice build up and tons of meat to it There was plenty going on in the plot to keep it from getting boring Bret was an amazing hero Hassie was different as she couldn t talk I always have had a soft spot for damaged or scarred heroes. Bounty hunter Bret Sterling kills Rufus Petty thief and murderer less than ten feet away from a frightened half starved woman Rufus should have surrendered The woman should have kin to help her But Rufus went down shooting and the woman has no one Bret figures by the time he finds a safe place to leave Hassie Petty he'll earn.
characters Without WordsChasing McCree Chasing McCree you too consider Eyes to be one ofour top favoritesI would imagine ou might have the same comparison issues I have But I m not complaining The fact that O Connell gifted us with that previous magic makes her a goddess in my book And I still read and enjoy all the other books I ve read from her thus far This is the second Ellen s book I read and I m so not happy about getting on the bandwagon This is the second Ellen s book I read and I m so not happy about getting on the bandwagon late Bret and Hassie didn t let me put the book down even to eat They were so amazing together And Hassie s self appointed defender Gunner won my heart with his unwavering loyalty They made a picture perfect family Along with Brownie Jasper and Packie And of course their rifles Bret s real family was so selfish and terrible with the exclusion of Caroline His uppity ex fianceecurrent sister in law and smarmy brother got on my nerves repeate. The five hundred dollar reward several times over Hassie doesn't mourn Rufus but the loss of the ten dollars he promised her for supplies is a different matter The bounty hunter gives her nothing takes everything ties the body on one horse and orders her on another Afraid if she defies him he'll tie her down tighter than Rufus. Dly Hassie was so right to not to live with them Who would want to subject themselves to such abject snobbery on a daily basis The epilogue showing the Sterling family s latest addition was just so adorableI loved Ellen s writing the unforgiving et beautiful background painted in
aftermath of war such genuine and lively characters and their love story beyond beautiful even without words 45 Stars We re in 1871 Missouri and the book opens with newly minted widow Hessie Petty burying her husband Rendered mute by a terrible childhood accident she s a neglected oung woman whose uiet strength has though allowed her to survive an unloving marriage to a drunkard old enough to be her father and a dreary life with his uncaring family Wondering about the uncertain future awaiting her on the patch of desolation that is now the barren and rundown Petty farm Hessie unexpectedly finds a reluctant rescuer in the bounty hunter just arrived to bring Rufus to justice her husband s wastrel lowlife son and the last relative she can claimBret Sterling had to shoot the wanted man to not get killed when Rufus drew out his gun first and even with a corpse to consign to the authorities leaving the forlorn widow to possibly starve in that dried up mess is not an option as the gentleman still lurking in him under those unshaven cheeks and all the grit and embitterment demands he sees her escorted to a safer placeAnd so begins their wild ride that will take them from the thrilling and dangerous frontier towns and unforgiving landscapes to a ravaged Old South facing the aftermath from the thrilling and dangerous frontier towns and unforgiving landscapes to a ravaged Old South facing the aftermath the Civil War where Bret s manipulative family still lives in the illusion of a lost grandeurBoth evocative historical western and exciting road romance Without Words is a beautifully told story of love and adventure Combining a gripping storyline with a smoothly flowing writing Ellen O Connell has penned one of the best examples in the sub genre I ve come across recently and thanks to her strong sense of time and place and her true talent for blending realistic and romantic elements the book gradually reveals the big and sincere heart beating at its core which I m starting to recognise as this author s trademark and which makes caring and rooting for the leading couple so easy and rewardingHassie and Bret s romance develops slowly and believably The bond they form while travelling and facing adversities not only serves to show how they start to trust each other teaming up and overcoming obstacles but also to portray how they connect to a deeper level so much that I often forgot Hessie couldn t speak as a constant undercurrent communication was always present carried out by emotions instead of words and traditional dialogues The chemistry they share is uniue and natural Bret is protective but never underestimates her and Hassie given the chance to regain the dignity it has always been denied her is finally free to prove herself and to love and be loved for the first time Just for clarification s sake detracted an insignificant half star only due to some bits of unnecessary drama from the heroine s part toward the end which also felt uite out of character to be honest but eventually rounded up to 5 because the book as a whole was too enjoyable for deserving anything less Western Romance really doesn t get much better than this and together with Maggie Osborne alas retired and Jo Goodman Ellen O Connell is soon becoming another author setting the bar for me in the genre Ellen O Connell is a guaranteed good read Low angst and pointless drama Beautiful meaningful romance Tough cowboys tougher women both flawed Loved it. Hassie mounts up and follows the icy eyed killer Mismatched in every way the sterling man and petty woman travel the West together hunting thieves deserters and murderers Wary traveling companions friends and partners lovers Bret and Hassie must decide what they want what they need and the price they're willing to pay for lov.the aftermath of