Trail of Aces (Hot on the Trail Series Book 8) – Merry Farmer

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She never should have married him.

Olivia Walters is heading west along the Oregon Trail to escape a disastrous offer of marriage, but when gambler, Charlie Garrett, wins her hand in marriage in a poker game, she finds herself in exactly the situation she hoped to avoid. She is a woman of honor and determined to make the best of it, especially when her roguish new husband proves to me charming and seductive. But things aren’t what they seem…

Charlie Garrett thought he could escape the crimes of his past and start a new life out West. He never intended to marry, but when clever school teacher, Olivia, loses her bet, he loses his heart. When a ghost from his past show up on the trail, intent on revenge, Charlie must become more than the charming rake in order to save Olivia and the surprising love growing between them.

PLEASE BE ADVISED: Steam level – Hot

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***I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest opinion. All thoughts are 100% mine.***

What do you get when you cross a scoundrel, card-shark with an honourable, hard-working woman? Marriage, of course! At least that’s what happened to Olivia Walters and Charlie Garrett. In Charlie’s defense, he thought she was pulling one over on him and didn’t realize until it was too late that she was serious. But Charlie was a man out to change himself, and he was doing a wonderful job until his past caught up to his present.

I really liked Charlie. He was a man who had done wrong but really wanted to do what was right, but wasn’t so certain what right was. I can admit, I wasn’t overly fond of Olivia at first. She was such a stiff shirt. But if she were any less strict about what was right and wrong, Charlie would have floundered. She made him a better man, simply because she expected it out of him. And he lightened her up and made her realize that laughter was just as important as honour. We get to see Lucy and Gideon, Estelle and Graham, and Josephine and Pete (there’s a hint that there might be a romance between those two! hot dog!) in this. I wasn’t sure how much I’d enjoy these two characters, but I’ll admit, they’re my favourite so far of this second group that Pete took across. We’ll see how Pete and Josephine do though!

Ms. Farmer, keeps one wagon train west fresh and new, even though there have been two stories before this from this same train. And we recognize parts because of certain events, each person has their own story and own environment. I really like that about her stories. I would recommend this book like the others that I’d read and reviewed. And just so you know, it’s steamy so, for those who don’t do steamy or for those too young for it, this isn’t the book for you.


Merry Farmer lives in suburban Philadelphia with her two cats, Butterfly and Torpedo. She has been writing since she was ten years old and realized one day that she didn’t have to wait for the teacher to assign a creative writing project to write something. It was the best day of her life. She then went on to earn not one but two degrees in History so that she would always having something to write about. Today she walks along the cutting edge of Indie Publishing, writing Historical Romance and Women’s Sci-Fi. She is also passionate about blogging, knitting, and cricket and is working towards becoming an internationally certified cricket scorer.

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