Thursday, May 12, 2022

In Honor's Defense


He's Faced Countless Perils on the Battlefield, but Nothing so Dangerous as Falling in Love.

Luke Davenport has been fighting all his life--for respect, for country, and for those unable to fight for themselves. But now that his Horsemen brothers are domesticated, he's left alone to battle the wildness within. When an opportunity arises to take a job on his own, tracking down a group of rustlers, he jumps at the chance.

Damaris Baxter has mastered the art of invisibility. Plain and quiet, she hides in books and needlework, content to be overlooked. Until her brother dies suddenly, leaving her custody of her nephew. She moves to Texas to care for Nathaniel, determined to create the family for herself that she never thought she'd have and to give him the family he desperately needs.

When Nate finds himself knee-deep in trouble, Luke's attempt to protect him leaves Damaris feeling indebted to the Horseman. But suspicions grow regarding the mysterious death of Damaris's brother. And the more questions they ask, the more danger appears, threatening the family Luke may be unable to live without.

My thoughts: This was a delightful addition to the story of Hanger's Horsemen! It can be read as a stand alone, since it's the story of Luke finding redemption for his past, but the benefit of reading the whole series is that the reader than appreciates when the other Horsemen enter the story.

I loved how this story focused on how our past can prepare us for future struggles. Luke has faced his fair share of trials in life, with having an abusive father, a mother who took off, and then being in the military during Wounded Knee. Karten Witemeyer tackles some difficult subjects, both in life and in history, with this series. 

Then there is Damaris. I loved how moving to Texas causes her to blossom as a person, as she takes on raising a grieving, trouble making teen. When Luke comes into their lives, she must face some harrowing situations in order to get to the bottom of what happened to her brother.

This is a wonderful story to pick up and enjoy! I enjoyed the setting and reading more about Luke, as well as the brief catching up with the other Horsemen.

I received this book from Bethany House. This is my honest review.

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