Sunday, August 27, 2023

Review: In Honor's Defense by Karen Witemeyer

Series: Hanger's Horsemen #3
Genre: Historical Romance
Publisher: Bethany House
Released: June 7, 2022
376 pages
About the Book:

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 Rating & Thoughts:    

I really enjoyed these characters. I loved watching Damaris become more confident in herself, and Luke finding more for himself than he ever dreamed. Damaris had moved from St. Louis to Texas to care for her 14-year-old nephew after his widowed father passes away. Was it an accident or murder? Nate is a handful for Damaris and at the beginning is giving her a hard time, but as the story progresses, we see him mature. Luke has been hired by the neighbor after some of his herd goes missing. The neighbor thinks Nate is involved so Luke goes next door to investigate. The scene of Luke and Damaris first meeting was wonderful. I just knew we were in for a treat from this moment on. Due to circumstances that happen, Luke and Damaris spend a lot of time together and Luke becomes a mentor to Nate. I was pretty sure I knew who one of villains was but there was so much more to it then I realized. There were a lot of faith discussions between the characters, and it never felt forced. I am glad that the other horsemen had a bit more of a role in this story, it was good to see the guys all working together to bring justice to the area. I really enjoyed these characters and was rooting for the three of them to form a family. This story is filled with intrigue, mystery, faith and romance. The ending provided a nice conclusion to the four horsemen we were following in this series. I recommend this series. 

Favourite Quotes: 
“The Almighty can bring good out of any trial.”
(I purchased my copy of this book; opinions expressed 
in this review are my honest opinion and completely my own.)

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