Nobody's Darling by Teresa Medeiros
Published by Bantam Dell on April 1st 1998
Genres: Historical, Romance
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I never enjoyed being a wanted man until the day Miss Esmerelda Fine marched into the Tumbleweed Saloon and pointed her derringer straight at my heart. Who would have guessed some duke's granddaughter--an awfully pretty one at that--would come gunning for the likes of me, a notorious bounty hunter with a taste for whiskey and a fondness for peach pie? Lucky for me, she was a mighty poor shot. Instead of killing me, she hired me to find her runaway brother. Little did she know she was about to make the acquaintance of a flea-bitten basset hound named Sadie, the infamous Darling Gang, and my shotgun-toting kinfolk. And little did I know she was about to lead me on a merry chase that would take us from a bungled bank robbery to the very first Wild West show to tour London, England.
I should have turned down her offer. I should have resisted her charms. But I didn't.
Because there comes a time in every man's life when he's got nothing left to lose...but his heart.
From the Paperback edition.
Hmmm, not sure what to say about this one.
I feel like Nobody’ Darling is broken into two parts:
1 – In the American West
This part is my favorite. I loved watching Billy and Esmerelda travel and flirt and fall in love. This section was funny and sweet and cute. I ate it up with a spoon.
2 – After Esmerelda’s grandfather shows up
I really disliked this part. At first I thought it was going to be just as much fun as the beginning but it.was.NOT.
The whole situation/section – for me – became cringe inducing. I disliked…just about everything about it from Billy’s actions to “protect” Esmerelda to the move to Europe to the Wild West Show to…damn near everything. I was soooooo disappointed.
The epilogue was rather cute, however, and I would have loved to have more of that.
All in all, this one was very meh for me.