Review: Hitched to the Gunslinger (Michelle McLean)

Hitched to the Gunslinger
Author: Michelle McLean
Publication Date: August 24, 2021
Publisher: Entangled: Amara

Genre: Historical, Western Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ 


Gray “Quick Shot” Woodson is the fastest gun west of the Mississippi. Unfortunately, he’s ready to hang up his hat. Sure, being notorious has its perks. But the nomadic lifestyle—and people always tryin’ to kill you—gets old real fast.

Now he just wants to find a place to retire so he can spend his days the way the good Lord intended. Staring at the sunset. And napping.

When his stubborn horse drags him into a hole-in-the-wall town called Desolation, something about the place calls to Gray, and he figures he might actually have a shot at a sleepy retirement.

His optimism lasts about a minute and a half.

Soon he finds himself embroiled in a town vendetta and married to a woman named Mercy. Who, judging by her aggravating personality, doesn’t know the meaning of her own name. In fact, she’s downright impossible.

But dang it if his wife isn’t irresistible. If only she’d stop trying to steal his guns to go after the bad guys herself.

There goes his peace and quiet…

It’s not very often I stray from contemporary romance, but lately I have been in a reading funk so I decided to branch out. Historical romance sounded like a fun change, and I was excited to try a new author.

Hitched to the Gunslinger was a fun read. Gray was a stubborn, grumpy gunslinger who was looking forward to retirement when he stumbled into a fake fiancé situation with Mercy. Mercy was a determined, strong woman who was trying to hold onto the land she and her father loved so much. Gray was her fake fiancé before Mercy even knew what she was saying. There was a bunch of enemy-like banter for the first part of the book that was highly entertaining. Things didn’t start getting romantic between the two until about the middle and then their relationship was full of a different kind of fire. Mercy and Gray were actually kind of sweet together.

The drama in this book revolved around Mercy’s land and a man who wanted it. It was a predictable kind of drama that added entertainment and not stress. It made the Western part of this historical romance shine. I loved how the entire town was involved and all of the characters in the town. It was a special mix of people, setting, and even bad guys.

My only real complaint about this book was that it was written in third person. I’m not a big fan of the third person, and it took me a while to get into. I wasn’t sure if it was the third person or just a slower start. Other than that, Hitched the Gunslinger was nothing but a good time.

8 thoughts on “Review: Hitched to the Gunslinger (Michelle McLean)”

  1. Looks like your experiment was a success. I very rarely read historicals or cowboy books, though I have been more open minded about cowboy books. They are super popular. Must be something to them.

  2. First, it’s completely weirding me out that the book cover is (apparently) a gif file and is moving. LOL

    It’s been so long since I read a historical romance, and ever then I rarely read Western settings. This sounds entertaining, though. I don’t even mind predictability sometimes because, like you said, you can have stress-free/drama-free entertainment.

  3. Ah!! The reading funk! This does sound like a great theme for shaking things up. It has been a long time since I have read a western. This does sound like a fun read, but I can see how the third person POV would affect your enjoyment. 😉

  4. OMG! Look at you reading HR! I’m proud of you!
    I’ve been seeing this book around. Not usually the time-period of HR I go for, but it sounds like fun.

    1. Haha! Yes, finally! I still have a list of ones you have recommended to read. I hadn’t read anything in this time period before either. It was more fun than I thought it would be.

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