Heartache & Hoofbeats Book Cover Heartache & Hoofbeats
Stallion Ridge # 1
Maz Maddox
MM Shifter Western Romance
NV Productions
May 28, 2018
237

Like all centaur shifters, Sheriff Calhoun is the epitome of honor. He protects his small town of Stallion Ridge and its people from any threat large or small.

When word comes in that the notorious Iron Bandits are making a play for a train in his territory he’s both livid and invigorated. If anyone can bring these thieves to justice it’s him and his crew.

What he did not expect was having a charming, whiskey-eyed outlaw dumped in his lap that challenged everything he thought he knew.

Reviewed by Melissa Brus

Member of the Paranormal Romance Review Team

This was a great take on not only a shifter romance, but also a western! It is not everyday you see Centaurs, Lamia, and Minotaurs as shifters, but then Maddox places them in the middle of the Wild West. Sheriff Calhoun falling under the spell of fast-talking bandit Jesse was as much of an adventure as the town facing off against the entire Iron Bandit gang.  Cal and Jesse have great on page chemistry. The pace of the story is really well done, keeping me interested and wanting to see how these guys figure out a way to have each other without Jesse ending up in a hangman’s noose. This truly would have been a four star read from me except for some editing issues. There were several editing/word choice issues throughout the narrative (road/rode, bear/bare). Unfortunately for me, these things pull me right out of the story. It is saying a lot that the plot was intriguing enough for me to easily get back into the flow of the story though. Overall, this is a great romance and I look forward to seeing the rest of the series.