Ride the Whirlwind by Jackie North

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Five out of Five Stars

The Summary: Soulmates across time. Two hearts, stronger together.

In present day, Maxton is good at finding trouble and bad at everything else.

In 1892, Trent Harrington, sheriff of Trinidad, Colorado, lives a respectable but lonely life, devoid of any closeness.

Trying to escape a past that keeps chasing him, Maxton drives south to avoid getting arrested. When his car spins off the road, he is swept up in a desert whirlwind and finds himself in the year 1892. Lost and alone, unused to the laws of the wild west, Maxton gets arrested anyway.

Trent is tasked with escorting Maxton to Trinidad. The request isn’t unusual, but the miscreant is. Maxton draws Trent’s heart out of its shell with his flashing green eyes and lush head of hair. It isn’t right. It isn’t natural. It’s illegal. Yet Trent cannot resist the impetuous young man.

As the two men travel through the vast, empty desert to their destination, will they find in each other the love and companionship they never thought they’d have?

The Review

Maxton is driving away from the trouble he managed to get himself in when he drives off the road and into a desert whirlwind. When he comes out on the other side he finds himself in 1892. He can’t seem to stay out of trouble though. He ends up in jail and in the hands of Sheriff Trent Harrington as he’s escorted to Trinidad. Trent isn’t prepared for a man like Maxton, nor having his eyes opened in the way that Maxton manages.

John and Laurie are still my absolute favorites, but there was something about Maxton and Trent that nearly won me over. Maxton is unapologetically himself. Even if that calls for trouble in 1892. Trent has lived his life hiding who he was. It’s an explosive combination.

Maxton was so different from his friends, that of course he wouldn’t travel the same way they did. Until he accepted himself, the opportunity that 1892 presented him, the whirlwind wouldn’t ever leave him alone. He found that stability in Trent. Even at times when they broke each other’s heart, they found their way back together and ended up stronger for it.

They were cautious with each other. It wasn’t just an opportunity for sex. They formed a connection that made me want to read more of their story. They learned what each other liked, what they were afraid, and they were kind to each other.

There’s something about the way Jackie North writes about life in the west. It’s realistic, it’s gritty, and at times it hilariously funny (the underwear – that’s all I’m saying). I felt like I was watching a movie in my mind. I could feel the heat of the day, see the bright starlit sky at night, and smell the food they made.

This was the perfect escape.

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