Historical Romance

ARC Review: Hitched to the Gunslinger – Michelle McLean

Rating: 4 out of 5.


Gray “Quick Shot” Woodson is the fastest gun west of the Mississippi. Unfortunately, he’s ready to hang up his hat. Sure, being notorious has its perks. But the nomadic lifestyle—and people always tryin’ to kill you—gets old real fast.

Now he just wants to find a place to retire so he can spend his days the way the good Lord intended. Staring at the sunset. And napping.

When his stubborn horse drags him into a hole-in-the-wall town called Desolation, something about the place calls to Gray, and he figures he might actually have a shot at a sleepy retirement.

His optimism lasts about a minute and a half.

Soon he finds himself embroiled in a town vendetta and married to a woman named Mercy. Who, judging by her aggravating personality, doesn’t know the meaning of her own name. In fact, she’s downright impossible.

But dang it if his wife isn’t irresistible. If only she’d stop trying to steal his guns to go after the bad guys herself.

There goes his peace and quiet…


Hitched to the Gunslinger was a fun read! I haven’t read a historical western romance in a while and after picking this one up, I want to read more.

McLean crafted a wonderful story about two strong characters, Gray and Mercy, who enter into a marriage of convenience-type situation. At first glance, they couldn’t be more opposite; however as the story goes along, you see how they balance each other out and develop a really genuine relationship.

As someone new to McLean’s work, I really enjoyed her writing style. It was easy to read and concise; the story flowed easily and was well-paced. There was never any parts that I felt needed more clarification or felt out of sync. What really gave this story more depth, as well, was the cast of side characters. The humour contained within this book really gave it a rom-com feel and I enjoyed it a lot.

Overall, I would recommend this book to both seasoned historical romance lovers and those wanting to dip their toes into the genre. It was fun, entertaining and promoted a great romance between two head-strong characters.

Disclaimer: Thank you to Netgalley and Entangled Publishing for the arc in exchange for an honest review.

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