Summer Storm

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When the choice is prison or marriage to the handsome lawman, Marshal Chase Storm, is it really much of a choice?

Summer Rain is about to find out that one is harder to escape than the other – and it’s not the one with bars.

Publisher’s Note: This steamy Old West romance contains elements of power exchange.

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Arizona Territory, 1887…

Clack, clack, clack.

Chase rolled his shoulders, trying to ignore the woman in the next cell. Her heavy sigh signaled she’d again turn and start banging the small tin cup along the bars.

Clack, clack, clack. The staccato ring echoed in the stone room.

With a sigh, he reached up and tugged the brim of his hat down more. It wasn’t enough to block out the view from her waist down. And it was a view. Her denim pants didn’t leave too much to the imagination. Normally, he didn’t like women in britches, but on her, they weren’t too terrible. That banging, though. His head was going to start hurting soon.

“Would you please stop? It’s not helping,” Chase said, pushing his hat back and leaning up on his forearms.

“No?” she asked and not like it was really a question. “You know what would’ve helped? Listening to me when I said don’t bring that sorry ass Gracen’s corpse to this rotten town. I told you—”

“Yeah, yeah,” Chase grumbled, lying back and pulling his hat over his eyes. He might have to give her this one. When they had ridden in with the body over the back of the horse, she’d warned him the sheriff and his deputy were no good. Sure enough, before they were dismounted, there were guns pointing at them.

Chase quickly identified himself as a U.S. Marshal and announced he’d a bill, a warrant, allowing him to bring Frank Gracen in, dead or alive. The woman did too, though hers was signed by a judge somewhere out of Kansas. Neither of those things prevented them both from being taken inside the only halfway sturdy looking building on the street and locked in the two cells.

Chase wasn’t overly concerned. His identity could be confirmed with a telegraph, and he’d vouch for the woman he’d encountered when they both took aim at, killed, and then claimed the corps. But she wasn’t having it. The longer they stayed locked up waiting for the judge to act, the more irate she became. And for such a beautiful woman, she was a bit scary when she was spitting mad.

The banging started up again, and this time it seemed she put a bit more force in it. Maybe she’d dent the cup and have to stop. Before that hope could rise, the door between the cells and the office opened and the fat, sweating, deputy stepped in. His stench made Chase’s eyes water.

“Knock off that noise,” he shouted.

“Let me out of here; you’ve no legal reason to hold me,” she shouted back, recoiling when he stepped closer.

“You don’t shut your whoring mouth, it’ll be more than holding done to ya,” the man threatened.

“Now, wait a minute,” Chase said, getting to his feet. “Ain’t no reason to call names. The lady ain’t done nothing wrong.”

“Lady?” the man laughed then coughed, likely because the effort was too much for his hulking weight. “You must be blind; round here, we know whores when we see ’em. And around here, we don’t tolerate ’em. We got nothing but good decent folk in this town and we aim to keep it that way.”

“Then let me go, and you can have back your puritanical township,” she snapped. Chase raised a brow at the word choice. If she was educated beyond what most women were, it certainly made her more interesting to him. She was certainly educated far above the deputy who looked not to understand the word.

“You think you can just throw insults?” he snarled, grabbing the keys from his belt and stepping toward her. “I’ll teach you pur-tan-al,” he said, jamming the key in the lock.

“Wait a minute,” Chase shouted as the girl backed up as far as she could. “You need to stop,” Chase warned as the door to her cell opened. “I’m a U.S. Marshal, and I’m ordering you to stop.”

“I’ll stop,” the man said, dragging his arm over his mouth as he worked to back her into a corner, “after I teach this whore some manners.”

She was clever enough not to get cornered, and when she stepped on the bench, she’d a slight advantage as she could perhaps kick him some place he’d feel it. “Only one here needing manners is you,” she snarled and sent her foot into his jowls. He stumbled back and hit the door, which sent it swinging wide.

“I like ’em with a little fight,” the deputy taunted and charged her.

“I order you to stop,” Chase said, not willing to watch the woman get raped right in front of him. He reached out and grabbed the open cell door, pulled the key out, and used it to unlock his cell. He stepped into hers as the deputy moved from just pinning her down, to leaning in and licking her face.

Chase took hold of the man’s collar and belt and threw him forward. His head bounced off the bars, but it wasn’t enough to knock him out. Waiting until he turned to look at who’d interrupted his mating ritual, Chase sent his fist into the man’s face. It took two more blows to knock him out.

When he looked sideways, he saw she’d managed to squirm out from under the pig, but she was breathless and unnaturally pale. Those big blue eyes, wide with fear, looked back and forth between him and the man unconscious on the floor.

Chase held out a hand to her. “Come on,” he said. She took it, and he hauled her to her feet and backed out of the cell. He let her go long enough to pull the key from his door and use it to lock the cell now holding the deputy. “You all right?” he asked as the lock clicked in place.

“Yeah, sure,” she said, still a little breathless. “Let’s get out of here.”

“Slow that pony,” Chase said, hooking her by the back of her flannel shirt.

“Let’s go; I’m not staying here.” She tugged, trying to get free.

“And when we are duly set free, we’ll go,” Chase told her as he took hold of her arm and dragged her into the cell with him.

“No, we’re free; we need to leave.” She tried to shove past him, but he stood his ground, blocking her. She was a tiny thing, even with all her bristles up.

“No, we’ll go when the sheriff clears us and when the money is handed over for Grungy Gracen.” He held her back as he reached out and grabbed his cell door, swinging it closed and quickly locking them in.

“Are you crazy?” she screeched, going for the keys he held above his head. Even jumping, she couldn’t reach them.

“No, I’m a sworn officer of the law, and I’ve a reputation I won’t have tarnished with a hasty act.” He set a hand on her shoulder to stop her efforts to grab the keys as she was already panting.

“Yeah, well, I’m just out for a bounty and not stupid enough to stick around where I’m not wanted.” They looked over to where the deputy was now groaning and picking himself up off the floor. She made a grab for the keys as he’d lowered them, but he pulled them out of reach.

“We’ll wait, be cleared, be paid—”

“That is my bounty. I found him, and if not for me, he’d have blown your head off,” she snarled, crossing her arms over her ample enough chest.

Chase snorted; he wouldn’t have this argument with her again. They’d, or rather she’d, made it an issue the entire ride to town. She’d gotten crabby enough over it, he had almost yanked her over his lap. A few good smacks to her pert bottom could still serve her well. And he was considering it when the door opened again.

“What the Sam Hill?” the sheriff yelled.

What the Sam Hill indeed? Chase would be asking him that question a lot now.

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7 reviews for Summer Storm

  1. Rhea

    This is another great book by Marie Hall this time taking place in the West. It has an interesting plot that along with very believable and likable characters keeps developing quite realistically and keeps the pages turning and the reader captured. This is book one in a new series and I’m very much looking forward to the next. There are matters the reader don’t get the resolutions to, injustices that need rightening, that I’m hoping and having faith in, having read a lot from this author, that the next book will bring. I absolutely and wholeheartedly recommend this book!

  2. Marybeth

    I love this new series. The author writes such strong male and female characters. Chase is a US Marshall and even though he put Summer in the predicament she’s in, he “rescues” her. Of course, Summer doesn’t see it that way. She thinks that she doesn’t want to be married, but she is wrong. She loves how safe and loved Chase makes her feel. Of course, Chase just feels he is doing his job as a “man”. Anyways, this is a nice length book and the author does a great job explaining what needs explaining. She has done her research of the time period and doesn’t shy away from the tough descriptions. There are a few loose ends that I hope are explained in the next book!

  3. Redrabbitt

    As a fan of historical westerns and this author, Ms. Marie Hall, I found Summer Storm to be another winner! I liked the characters, Summer and Chase, their heated interactions, the angst, and especially their chemistry. Two people, both after the same outlaws, one needs the bounty they would bring, the other just upholding the law.

    Bringing the two “wanted dead or alive” outlaws in dead came with hefty bounties–and even a higher price to be paid by Summer and Chase. While his reputation preceded him, the misogynistic lawmen in the town have serious issues with a woman who would don pants and do a man’s job. What a shock when she learns that the only way to save and protect her would come with “until death do you part” vows!

    Summer Rain is a strong-willed, determined young woman who is making the best at surviving until she has the money needed to open her own bakery and eatery. Losing her father after the war, her mother and aunt in a raid, and escaping the clutches of nefarious men, she uses her skills with tracking and arresting outlaws for the bounty.

    Marshall Chase Storm comes from one of the better well-to-do families in the state of Colorado. Known throughout the area, the surname Storm holds prestige. But Chase is a man wanting his own reputation, not one based on his family name, and has earned it as a US Marshall. Getting tangled up with Summer wasn’t in his plans, he doesn’t need the money from the bounties, and just trying to help do the right thing will turn on both him and Summer. A forced marriage is the only way to save her, and it won’t be an easy feat with her fighting him at every turn. When she and Marshall Chase Storm are after the same two high dollar bounties, it will set this tale in motion.

    The plot will have a forced marriage between Summer and Chase and then a move to Willow Springs, Colorado, where he will be stationed as a US Marshall for the territory. Summer tries to convince him to give her half of the bounty and say goodbye, but he isn’t having it. He is impressed with her skills as a bounty hunter, how wells he can handle her guns and shoot–but there is more to her than that, and he makes a bargain that she must give him until the end of September to decide about the marriage. He even makes promises about the bounty she was after–but can these two survive each other?

    “I always keep my promises.” “I have the right to support you, protect you, and provide for you.” He waited until she looked up at him. “Spank you when you’re naughty.” Her flushed increased, and she shifted uncomfortably. “Those are the rights I have. Those are the things I’ll do.”

    “Seems to me, following you is the only reckless thing I’ve done of late.”

    Summer hates the cold and not fond of the mountains in Colorado, but she has made a deal. When she learns that town only has one place to get a meal, and it isn’t a good meal–she sees this as an opportunity. She is so close financially to have the money she needs to start her own business, and Willow Springs has plenty of people who would benefit from the tasty food and treats she has to offer. Men are willing to be arrested and placed in jail just to have one of her delicious meals! Could this town be a gold mine for her? But what about when the end of September comes, and she and Chase can part ways? Can she watch him with another woman–and there are several who are trying their best to attract his attention. Her stubbornness has its downfalls when she refuses any help from her husband.

    “I think I could get used to the cold.”

    “Be strong in your own right, know your weaknesses, and know it takes strength to let others help you.”

    The story is full of twists and turns, troublemakers, domineering men, and one dominant husband who is determined to keep Summer on the straight and narrow with him and town. She acquiesces to Chase and when in his arms, learns about passion, but still fights him on discipline. He knows she is a handful and is trying to help her woo those in town who want to scorn her for her ways, like wearing pants and carrying a gun. While he is more open-minded, there are more that are not, and they must do their best to show the townspeople that the Storms are here to stay. Will they find their happiness before it is too late?

    The story is definitely a page-turner and has numerous domestic discipline scenes, as well as explicit sex scenes between a husband and wife. I look forward to more stories in this new series.

  4. Hope W

    Summer Storm is a wonderful start for the new series, Season of the Lawman. The relationship between Summer and Chase starts under less than ideal circumstances but takes on a life of its own. Summer is fiercely independent and determined to make a life for herself and accomplish a goal she has set for her future. She may not always go about this in the right way but inside she is just a truly good person afraid to count on others. Chase is strong and dominant, yet loving and compassionate. He never thought he would find a woman like Summer. However, once he has her there is no way that he will let her go. The story includes action, crime, love, friendship, plenty of spankings and even more passionate sex. Overall I loved the story and can’t wait to see what comes next in this series. I highly recommend this story and give it 5 stars.

  5. Ajjmb

    I am so excited to see a new book by Marie Hall. She is quickly becoming my new favorite author. This book was awesome. Set in the old west, Summer has been alone for along time when she is unfairly forced into marriage with Marshal Chase. The sparks immediately begin to fly because Summer is a strong independent woman who doesn’t want or need a man in her life. Chase is quickly smitten with Summer though and I love how he isn’t afraid to put his foot down when Summer begins to storm about. He is a bit dense when it comes to the town ladies though but hopefully he will get it straightened out before he loses Summer. I would love to see more of these two or any writing by Marie Hall because she does such a wonderful job of weaving a nice long story. I strongly recommend this book.

    I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  6. Donna

    Donna L
    5.0 out of 5 starsMore Like A Thunderstorm
    October 23, 2019
    Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase
    This book certainly took me on a emotional roller coaster ride of anger,lust,
    danger,angst,one feisty woman and a sexy marshal.The story is set in Arizona
    in 1887 where innocent women were put into untenable situations beyond
    their control.

    Summer Rain was in the wrong place at the wrong time and ended up sharing
    a jail cell with Marshal Chase Storm on trumped up charges.Forced into marriage
    with Chase was a better option than five years in prison.Summer was furious,she
    had already suffered so much for someone so young.Chase was drawn to the hot
    headed beauty but Summer did not have a romantic bone in her body,or so she
    thought.Summer’s temper and her continual fight for her independence proved
    to be very painful indeed.Chase would not allow her to put herself in danger.Their
    marriage was put to the test with many misunderstandings.Summer had many
    layers of complexity that Chase slowly revealed throughout the storyline.

    My heart ached for Summer, she had suffered so much for someone so young.
    Chase was patient for the most part and encouraged her to follow her dreams.
    The delicious sexual undertones grew slowly and Summer was a keen student.

    The authors has a descriptive writing style that held my attention from start to
    finish.This was a action packed, romantic western with the right amount of well
    deserved spankings.

  7. Toni

    As far as I know this is the first book from this author that I’ve read, & while it wasn’t a fantastic read it was very enjoyable. The story itself isn’t overly original but the characters were standouts & very fun to follow their story through. I really loved the added drama towards the end but was a bit disappointed that in the resolution, there wasn’t more made of the role that other minor/side characters played. Maybe because of that I felt that it ended quite suddenly. Overall, while it wasn’t perfect, I would happily read more from this author.

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