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He won't rest until he claims his prize... They are brash, they are brave, and when they see a chance to be a hero, they take it. They are the Men of Defiance, and they are not easily tamed... To Leah Morgan's mind, the last thing her hometown of Defiance needs is another gunman stalking its dusty streets—especially one as sweet-talking and fine-looking as Jace Gage. Despite He won't rest until he claims his prize... They are brash, they are brave, and when they see a chance to be a hero, they take it. They are the Men of Defiance, and they are not easily tamed... To Leah Morgan's mind, the last thing her hometown of Defiance needs is another gunman stalking its dusty streets—especially one as sweet-talking and fine-looking as Jace Gage. Despite her warnings, the infuriating man seems determined to meddle in her life and risk his own, all for a town that can't be saved and a heart she locked away long ago. Professional bounty hunter Jace Gage has cleaned up plenty of corrupt towns in his lifetime, and he knows he can handle whatever Defiance's thugs have to offer. But the town's most lawful citizen is another story. Beautiful, willful and exasperating at every turn, Leah is the one person capable of bringing the ruthless gunslinger to his knees—and capturing his desire with a single kiss.


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He won't rest until he claims his prize... They are brash, they are brave, and when they see a chance to be a hero, they take it. They are the Men of Defiance, and they are not easily tamed... To Leah Morgan's mind, the last thing her hometown of Defiance needs is another gunman stalking its dusty streets—especially one as sweet-talking and fine-looking as Jace Gage. Despite He won't rest until he claims his prize... They are brash, they are brave, and when they see a chance to be a hero, they take it. They are the Men of Defiance, and they are not easily tamed... To Leah Morgan's mind, the last thing her hometown of Defiance needs is another gunman stalking its dusty streets—especially one as sweet-talking and fine-looking as Jace Gage. Despite her warnings, the infuriating man seems determined to meddle in her life and risk his own, all for a town that can't be saved and a heart she locked away long ago. Professional bounty hunter Jace Gage has cleaned up plenty of corrupt towns in his lifetime, and he knows he can handle whatever Defiance's thugs have to offer. But the town's most lawful citizen is another story. Beautiful, willful and exasperating at every turn, Leah is the one person capable of bringing the ruthless gunslinger to his knees—and capturing his desire with a single kiss.

30 review for Leah and the Bounty Hunter

  1. 4 out of 5

    Zoe

    This book has an interesting plot: a bounty hunter Jace Gage was hired to "clean up" the town Defiance. Its sheriff being the main villain. The pairing is interesting too. Jace, the ultimate Indiana Jones type of hero, sauntering into town where Leah Morgan, the heroine resided. Leah hated violence and would do anything she could to stay away from violence. So the match is inherently problematic, forcing the lead characters somehow coming to terms with themselves and each other. I thought the bo This book has an interesting plot: a bounty hunter Jace Gage was hired to "clean up" the town Defiance. Its sheriff being the main villain. The pairing is interesting too. Jace, the ultimate Indiana Jones type of hero, sauntering into town where Leah Morgan, the heroine resided. Leah hated violence and would do anything she could to stay away from violence. So the match is inherently problematic, forcing the lead characters somehow coming to terms with themselves and each other. I thought the book had a very promising start. Despite knowing who Leah and Jace were supposed to be, I did not really get further evidence from the book to corroborate the writer's claim that Leah and Jace were who she said they were. First of all, Leah was supposed to despise violence. But she herself was violence incarnation. She fought like the devil and was portrayed like some kind of a female tarzan. She wore pants and had weapon with her. She was a hunter. Everything about her screams violence. So it isn't very convincing when she claimed that she hated violence. Now Jace. I kept reading his name as Jane and was thinking: who is Jane??? Then 2 seconds later it hit me: oh it is the hero. He was supposed to be this much feared bounty hunter who stared down death many times. But he seemed more like a huge teddy bear than a gunslinger. If I have to choose who is the more violent one between Leah and Jace, I'd have to go with the violence-hating Leah. Now isn't that an inconvenience? As always, my major problem usually lies with the woman. Leah, this violence-hating heroine, is unfortunately TSTL. So she lived in a dangerous town, with dangerous people, knowing perfectly well that there were people who would harm her without blinking. When danger approached, everyone told her to get out. She lived alone. All she had was herself. She had been threatened by these slugs that they would do her bodily harm multiple times. She had been assaulted and harassed by these criminals before. Her friends asked her to go with them. She had options. She could have gone to her friends and should have gone to her friends, considering how precarious her position was. But she didn't. She insisted on staying in her shabby house, knowing perfectly well that the house could not hold evil at bay. I don't understand why. This was completely not necessary. Except, this was necessary if Jace and Leah were to have a go at romance. Understandably, Leah was attacked again at her house by several men. Jace got there in time (how wonderfully convenient). So Jace and Leah were forced to marry and somehow they fell in love with each other in this farce of a marriage. This was not a poorly written book, but the characters are not believable. This was fiction, and an unrelatable one, too. I flipped through the pages very quickly around the time when Leah started asking Jace to change for her. This heroine had completely lost me by then. I ended the book with a defeated sigh.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Keri

    Jace Gage comes to Defiance to clean up the town, which is his specialty and he is very good at it. Leah knows that Defiance doesn't need another gunfighter bleeding on its crooked streets. The sheriff has just about ran all the good people of Defiance off. Leah can't leave her little town, as many people depend on her for her baking and hunting skills. Sparks fly right away between Gage and Leah. It takes along time for Gage to gain Leah's trust and for her to realize that Gage can protect her. Jace Gage comes to Defiance to clean up the town, which is his specialty and he is very good at it. Leah knows that Defiance doesn't need another gunfighter bleeding on its crooked streets. The sheriff has just about ran all the good people of Defiance off. Leah can't leave her little town, as many people depend on her for her baking and hunting skills. Sparks fly right away between Gage and Leah. It takes along time for Gage to gain Leah's trust and for her to realize that Gage can protect her. The story runs concurrently with Julian and Audrey's story. This book also has one of the hottest, sexist non consummated love scene I have read in a while...very hot. That is what I love about these books they are a very edgy and present a more "real" representation of what life might have been like. Awesome read and series.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. 2.75 stars. Not as good as the first book but better than the second one. Unfortunately, I won't continue with the series. It is not worth the money. If I didn't know better I would guess this romance was written by a man. The blunt language made me think I was reading chicklit. It contained a minor plot, a tomboy out of her element, and sex, sex, and did I say sex? Don't get me wrong but I just expected more. When I read a historical romance I don't want one of the main characters already withou 2.75 stars. Not as good as the first book but better than the second one. Unfortunately, I won't continue with the series. It is not worth the money. If I didn't know better I would guess this romance was written by a man. The blunt language made me think I was reading chicklit. It contained a minor plot, a tomboy out of her element, and sex, sex, and did I say sex? Don't get me wrong but I just expected more. When I read a historical romance I don't want one of the main characters already without clothes in the first chapter. I want to learn what makes the hero and heroine tick. I want some buildup, maybe some tension, and perhaps some light suspense. I want to care about what happens with the main characters. Best of all I want to believe that what I am reading matches the time and setting of the story. Ms. Levine could have done a better job developing the plot while remaining consistent with the era. I am disappointed with this author.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Veda

    This is the second book of this series I have read, and it just keeps getting better. You have a young innocent young lady trying to live and stay alive in a town that is dying and full of thieves and a corrupt sheriff. When in rides a bounty hunter sent to clean the town of the sheriff and to find the gold the sheriff has hidden over the years. Who will he trust, who will she trust? This book had so many twists and turns, that I never knew what was coming next. The past does influence the prese This is the second book of this series I have read, and it just keeps getting better. You have a young innocent young lady trying to live and stay alive in a town that is dying and full of thieves and a corrupt sheriff. When in rides a bounty hunter sent to clean the town of the sheriff and to find the gold the sheriff has hidden over the years. Who will he trust, who will she trust? This book had so many twists and turns, that I never knew what was coming next. The past does influence the present, and can and will change the future. I loved having familiar people come into the story, and to learn a little more about them. Friendship is a powerful thing, but love is even stronger. And one can lead into the other.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Sharil

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This book was a let-down in the series. The first two stories were very good and left me eager to read the next book. If this had been the first book in the series or my first book by the author, I wouldn't read more. I strongly agree with a review by Linda (contains spoilers). Most of the book was written as a pure western interspersed with romantic interest or just pure attraction and hints of what is to come. The last 25-33% of the book is an all out bodice ripper and very crude or blunt. I'd s This book was a let-down in the series. The first two stories were very good and left me eager to read the next book. If this had been the first book in the series or my first book by the author, I wouldn't read more. I strongly agree with a review by Linda (contains spoilers). Most of the book was written as a pure western interspersed with romantic interest or just pure attraction and hints of what is to come. The last 25-33% of the book is an all out bodice ripper and very crude or blunt. I'd say that with the major backstories or issues, they are almost addressed one at a time. At least 2-3 times the story wraps an issue the way a book usually wraps and then goes on to address the next issue. The transition or set-up was pour, as if written in installments. ...and it is as if someone else came in and inserted bodice ripper sections into the last portion. I'm surprised the book made it through editing and into a published work as it is written. I am disappointed for the author, but more disappointed in the publisher. I liked the characters of the town, the hero and heroine and even the story, even though it was almost gothic as the town has been held so long by a corrupt, repressing gang and is literally dying from people leaving. The hero and heroine are very broken people inside with long, tragic tales who have found a way to survive, but not live. (Cummings has a phrase for this: "Being undead is not being alive.") The reader will get their happy final ending eventually, but I don't feel the details and timeframe in the way it arrives are believable. If you like a series and want to read what happens to all the main characters introduced in the first two books, then don't skip this one. I am going to read the reviews of Logan's Outlaw carefully before I decide if I will buy the book and read it or take it off my reading list.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    Third book in the riveting series "Men of Defiance" by Elaine Levine Jace, the Avenger, comes to clean up a town with a dirty sherrif & his outlaw gang. Severe mistrust of women as his first wife ambushed him and the second married at gunpoint. Leah, has major wilderness skills, runs to the mountains when scared and a death bed promise to her mother makes her fear Jace. Exciting adventure with with some rough & brutal consequences. Some parts run concurrently with events happening book 2 Audrey a Third book in the riveting series "Men of Defiance" by Elaine Levine Jace, the Avenger, comes to clean up a town with a dirty sherrif & his outlaw gang. Severe mistrust of women as his first wife ambushed him and the second married at gunpoint. Leah, has major wilderness skills, runs to the mountains when scared and a death bed promise to her mother makes her fear Jace. Exciting adventure with with some rough & brutal consequences. Some parts run concurrently with events happening book 2 Audrey and the Maverick. I enjoyed it so much on to book 4.

  7. 5 out of 5

    TJ

    4.5/5.0 If one loves John Wayne, shoot-em-up, steal the girl type Westerns, this one can't be beat! For a complete review, visit Affaire de Coeur magazine, online at: http://affairedecoeur.com/ - or hard copy, August 2011 issue. 4.5/5.0 If one loves John Wayne, shoot-em-up, steal the girl type Westerns, this one can't be beat! For a complete review, visit Affaire de Coeur magazine, online at: http://affairedecoeur.com/ - or hard copy, August 2011 issue.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kay

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Leah and Jace were both haunted by their pasts with very different methods of dealing with their emotional problems. This book is filled with twists and turns that continue until the end. I highly recommend reading the previous books in this series first because they add to the richness of the story.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Nora-adrienne

    Leah and the Bounty Hunter By Elaine Levine Copyright August 2011 Publisher Zebra Historical Romance To Leah Morgan's mind, the last thing her hometown of Defiance needs is another gunman stalking its dusty streets-especially one as sweet-talking and fine-looking as Jace Gage. Despite her warnings, the infuriating man seems determined to meddle in her life and risk his own, all for a town that can't be saved and a heart she locked away long ago. Professional bounty hunter Jace Gage has cleaned up pl Leah and the Bounty Hunter By Elaine Levine Copyright August 2011 Publisher Zebra Historical Romance To Leah Morgan's mind, the last thing her hometown of Defiance needs is another gunman stalking its dusty streets-especially one as sweet-talking and fine-looking as Jace Gage. Despite her warnings, the infuriating man seems determined to meddle in her life and risk his own, all for a town that can't be saved and a heart she locked away long ago. Professional bounty hunter Jace Gage has cleaned up plenty of corrupt towns in his lifetime, and he knows he can handle whatever Defiance's thugs have to offer. But the town's most lawful citizen is another story. Beautiful, willful and exasperating at every turn, Leah is the one person capable of bringing the ruthless gunslinger to his knees-and capturing his desire with a single kiss… Jace and Leah are thrown together during one of his jobs. He is being paid by the U.S. Marshal’s office to capture or take out the Sheriff of Defiance. After of course he finds out where the sheriff is hiding the gold he’s stolen from the various shipments passing through his area. Jace is riding leisurely into town when he sees what appears to be a young man being attacked by two ruffians. Not one to normally get involved he continues watching the scene play out. When the young person’s shirt is ripped open Jace realizes that this is in fact a girl or young woman and decides to step in. As he approaches he sees the young woman knee one attacker while ordering her wolf (yes, I said wolf) to attack the other guy. This was Jace’s introduction to Leah Morgan, who is another reason he’s in town. He’s been tasked by some friends to protect her while he’s there. I've never been a fan or a reader of Historical Romance, not even Western ones. This book took me totally by surprise. It's local, the time frame, and the cast of characters brought me back to the TV westerns and Western movies I watched back in the 1950's. Very nicely done. FTC Full Disclosure: I received this book from the publisher who sent it in hopes of a fair review.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Libby

    Liked Leah and liked Jace. Liked the story. There was one spot that always make me cringe though. Near the end, Leah and Jace run into Felicity an old lover of Jace's. She has what is basically a throw away line about being an expert on spending Jace's money. It's part of a conversation where she regales Leah with the knowledge that Jace and Felicity's love affair was legendary. I knew from the book that Jace and Felicity had been in a casual relationship for three years so it shouldn't come as Liked Leah and liked Jace. Liked the story. There was one spot that always make me cringe though. Near the end, Leah and Jace run into Felicity an old lover of Jace's. She has what is basically a throw away line about being an expert on spending Jace's money. It's part of a conversation where she regales Leah with the knowledge that Jace and Felicity's love affair was legendary. I knew from the book that Jace and Felicity had been in a casual relationship for three years so it shouldn't come as a shock that she was an expert on spending his money. For some reason, however, this line just really rubbed me the wrong way and left a bad taste in my mouth about the relationship, what it says about Jace, and about whether or not Leah is best served being with Jace. I don't know if it was Jace's lack of discretion in his previous relationship that bugs me, but knowing that Felicity pretty much sounds like she was Jace's acknowledged mistress, puts a whole new light on his history and background. The fact that it occurred near the end of the book may be the biggest part of the problem. Felicity's appearance near the end didn't result in any angst between the protagonists and wasn't necessary to advancing the plot, so I wasn't sure why it was included. Early in the book, Jace's relationship with Felicity is explored and the reader is left with no reason not to accept Jace's view that the relationship was very casual and that he tolerated her presence as she chronicled his career and only had sex with her out of convenience. If she was with him full time and openly sleeping with him and spending his money, that was a much more formalized, and therefore, not casual relationship.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jerry Jares

    Jace Gage has come to Defiance, Dakota Territory, to clean out a nest of thieves, led by the town Sheriff, Bill Kemp. Known widely as ‘the Avenger,’ Gage’s reputation precedes him. Some see him as a murderer-for-hire while others view him more favorably. All of the citizens know he is necessary to their near ghost town. Jace is a complex character who elicits sympathy because of his previous life. He was married to a spy during the Civil War. She denounced Jace as she, her brother and her (first) Jace Gage has come to Defiance, Dakota Territory, to clean out a nest of thieves, led by the town Sheriff, Bill Kemp. Known widely as ‘the Avenger,’ Gage’s reputation precedes him. Some see him as a murderer-for-hire while others view him more favorably. All of the citizens know he is necessary to their near ghost town. Jace is a complex character who elicits sympathy because of his previous life. He was married to a spy during the Civil War. She denounced Jace as she, her brother and her (first) husband try to hang Jace. He wears the burn marks and scratchy voice that are the result of their actions. Leah Morgan is a self-sufficient (over-grown) tomboy who can hunt, fish and throw a knife with the best. Constantly by her side is a pet wolf -- who serves as a second pair of eyes and defender, when necessary. Sheriff Kemp murdered Leah’s father (a gambler) and controlled/beat her mother. When things got too intense, Leah would escape to the nearby hills and wilds of the Territory. She met an old trapper, who taught her how to take care of herself and capture meat and fish. Jace sees himself as a killer but has an uncanny knack for talking people out of violence; his reputation helps him in this regard. Jace would like to settle down but sees no path without a gun. Leah sees no way to adopt a more-feminine way of behaving and dressing because of the ever-present dangers in town (where she wants to spend the rest of her life). The book is complex enough to keep the reader’s attention. However, I felt it lacked originality, thus the rating of 3 stars.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Tina

    It’s 1868 and Jace Gage, a bounty hunter, has come back to the town of Defiance. He’s back to clean up the town, a place he doesn’t like much, but he’s determined to do his job and do it right. The first time he spots Leah, she’s defending a young boy. Leah thinks Jace is a gunfighter and tries to stay out of his way. But Jace’s real job as a bounty hunter is to clean up corrupt towns like Defiance. Jace really has his work cut out for him this time and Leah is a distraction he doesn’t need. Des It’s 1868 and Jace Gage, a bounty hunter, has come back to the town of Defiance. He’s back to clean up the town, a place he doesn’t like much, but he’s determined to do his job and do it right. The first time he spots Leah, she’s defending a young boy. Leah thinks Jace is a gunfighter and tries to stay out of his way. But Jace’s real job as a bounty hunter is to clean up corrupt towns like Defiance. Jace really has his work cut out for him this time and Leah is a distraction he doesn’t need. Despite being distracted by Leah, a spirited and beautiful woman, he’ll do the job he was hired by the U.S. Marshall to do. Leah and the Bounty Hunter by Elaine Levine is the third story in her Men of Defiance series. I found this tale of a corrupt old West town and the people who lived there very interesting. I liked Leah’s character; she’s strong like I would imagine a woman living in a corrupt western town would have to be. At the same time though, she’s very feminine and tender hearted, secrets she guards well. She really has a heart of gold. Jace is a strong man who’s seen a lot of things and knows how to deal with outlaws and corruption. It’s love and kindness he will need to get used to. Watching these two fall in love was a really sweet experience and I’m glad I was able to go along for the ride. I love reading about cowboys and gunslingers so Leah and the Bounty Hunter is a book that will go on my keeper shelf.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Terryan

    Thoroughly enjoyed this book. He is a gunfighter who comes to the town of Defiance to clean it up. She is a resident who has had enough of bloodshed.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Alexia Chantel

    Classic western romance; gunfights, hidden gold, hired gunslinger, independent western woman. Leah lives alone, well as alone as one can be with a large wolf as a constant companion. Self sufficient until Jace shows up in Defiance, he seems to be a catalyst and causes events that end her independence and threaten her life. Jace looks at Leah and despite his grim outlook on life he sees a chance to be happy. He is there for her when she needs help most. A nice quick read, if you are in the mood fo Classic western romance; gunfights, hidden gold, hired gunslinger, independent western woman. Leah lives alone, well as alone as one can be with a large wolf as a constant companion. Self sufficient until Jace shows up in Defiance, he seems to be a catalyst and causes events that end her independence and threaten her life. Jace looks at Leah and despite his grim outlook on life he sees a chance to be happy. He is there for her when she needs help most. A nice quick read, if you are in the mood for a historical western romance this would be a good pick.

  15. 4 out of 5

    CJ - It's only a Paper Moon

    I had been super excited to read this but this is a bit slow. It begins about halfway through Audrey's story so not only are we left hanging about Jace's condition until about 67% into the story. It wasn't bad but it could have been so much better. I didn't need the beginning of their relationship but how it was at the end of the previous book. Also I felt like Leah and Gage weren't as fleshed out as they could've been. Not bad but unfortunately not my favorite (as I hoped it would).

  16. 4 out of 5

    Becky

    Being a fan of historical books especially about Cowboys! This was an ok book, for me. The story line was good but at times it was hard to get into...sometimes the story just went right into the next issue and left you feeling rushed on the story. I felt a connection to the characters, and the story with them left you rooting for them. I still recommend this book and would read another from Elaine Levine.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Deidre

    I really would have liked to give this a 3.5 star rating because overall I did like the story but it just didn't flow smothly for me. At an emotional level it seemed the H/H were often at odds & acting out of character. This is the first book by this author that I have read so I will try another before I decide if her books are for me. "I think I'm getting Nit-Picky in my old age" I really would have liked to give this a 3.5 star rating because overall I did like the story but it just didn't flow smothly for me. At an emotional level it seemed the H/H were often at odds & acting out of character. This is the first book by this author that I have read so I will try another before I decide if her books are for me. "I think I'm getting Nit-Picky in my old age"

  18. 5 out of 5

    Patricia Davis

    You want a sexy gunslinger, well now, you got em. Leah and the Bounty Hunder was brilliant. The story delivered topics pertaining to womens issues of abuse and how men had power and ruled with a fist or a gun to evolve into a very endearing, heartwrenching tale of redemption and love. My star rating is a 5 stars all the way.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Dawn ♥ romance

    Typical western romance with hero chasing and shooting bad guys, five at a time, no problem. I liked how the heroine could survive on her own in the wild but both hero and heroine had overlong stubborn anti-relationship period. Gunslinger Jace comes to Leah's town to get rid of corrupt sheriff and his gang.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jultri

    3.5/5. Not bad but many of the actions of the characters did not quite make sense ( the justifications behind these were rather flimsy). Heroine fluctuated between tough, bad-ass,self-sufficient gal to over-emotional girlie in need of rescuing. These inconsistencies and poorly thought out motives did detract from the story.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Lyma S. Stalans

    Looking back in time when there was such strong hero's to warm your heart with all the passion possible. Young, beautiful Leah needed the truth in her life and healing that would enable her to open her heart fully to accept the love and passion offered by the famous " Avenger" Riding into her life taking over her heart, and life completely.

  22. 4 out of 5

    EvilAntie Jan

    Secrets and lies and revelations I simply adored this gripping novel. Gage and Leah are a dynamic couple that keep you on the edge of their story. Human vulnerability is on full display , as this was one book that will forever be in my library.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Susinok

    Great trilogy! I loved Leah and Jase.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Sharon

    Love this series and this author.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Greta Branas

    loved this book!! the 3 book is full of suspense. I highly recommend this book!!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Marianne

    A bit anti-climactic but still a decent read.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Glenda Bettin

    wow they just get better every book

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jess McDermott

    The hits kept rolling with this one. There were so many twists, I was constantly surprised, and pleasantly so. Loved Jace and Leah, and boy did both of them need each other.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Rihaneh

    Jace Gage and Logan are my favorite heroes

  30. 5 out of 5

    Debbie Dodd

    I enjoyed reading this story.

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