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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley (March 4, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425220591
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425220597
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,694,566 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Maureen McKade has been making up stories since the moment she learned to read, write and string sentences together. Her first book, "Winter Hearts", published in 1997 was a finalist in the Romance Writers of America's (RWA) Golden Heart contest, then a finalist in RWA's RITA for best first book. Since then, she's written thirteen more books and a short story for an anthology.
She taught middle school science for three years then held a variety of jobs--bookstore clerk, administrative assistant, customer service manager, department manager, and pharmacy technician--until she settling on writing. (Or, more aptly, until writing settled on her.)
Maureen and her husband, a retired Air Force officer, now live on 40 nature-filled acres in southwestern North Dakota with their two French Brittany Spaniels and three cats. Her eclectic list of leisure pursuits include long walks with hubby and their dogs, reading, wildlife watching, golfing, bird hunting, and puttering around in the kitchen.
To learn more, visit http://www.maureenmckade.net

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on March 6, 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
In 1868 Rebecca Colfax thought her marriage was perfect until her spouse emptied all their assets and vanished. Broke, she vows to hunt him down and confront him as she needs to know why. However she needs to eat so she accepts work as a saloon singer at the Scarlet Garter in Kansas using the stage name of Glory Bowen.

Former espionage agent Slater Forrester works as a faro dealer at the Scarlet Garter. He worries that the newcomer is out of place at the saloon and vows to keep her safe although he plans not to act on his attraction as he is unworthy of her love. Glory realizes he makes her forget she is married, but also sees he has an inner turmoil that is eating at his soul; she hopes to provide him with solace through her love for him.

The Final Forrester romance (see A REASON TO LIVE and A REASON TO BELIEVE) is a superb historical romance starring two strong lead characters. The story line is fast-paced but it is Rebecca whose courage to love makes her believe she can heal Slater no matter what transgression he believes makes him unworthy. Maureen McKade is simply marvelous

Harriet Klausner
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By M. Nix on October 16, 2008
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Rebecca's privileged and sheltered life took a turn for the worst starting with the death of her parents and then her poor choice of husbands. Rebecca's gambler husband gambled away all of her money then took off leaving her penniless and pregnant. Months later Rebecca was forced to place her infant son in an orphanage as she set out to find her husband and get back what she lost. In her search for her husband, Rebecca finds the Scarlett Garter Saloon, Slater Forrester and a whole new world she never thought she would be a part of.

A Reason to Sin is simply fantastic. My one regret is that I started the series with the last installment to the Forrester brother's saga, but it's a regret I plan to rectify. Even though I've read the books out of order it didn't hurt the story one bit, A Reason to Sin reads very well as a stand-a-lone. I have to say I didn't like Rebecca much when the book started. Even though I felt for her plight, her arrogance, even if she didn't realize she was being arrogant, toward others in the saloon was a turn off. As she let her defenses down and accepted the people around her on a more equal standing I began to like her much better. Slater I liked from the start. It's easy to see past the distant demeanor to the man who is consumed with ghosts and regrets. Rebecca was good for him. Even though they both fought it tooth and nail and with good reason, I was thrilled when they finally gave into their feelings. A Reason to Sin is terrific historical western and I can't wait to read the previous installments to this series.

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 9, 2008
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I gave this one 4 stars because I didn't feel it was as good as the previous 2 stories in this series.

I also had a problem with one morality issue in this book. I realize it's titled "A Reason To Sin" - I just didn't realize the 'sin' would be quite this big. I don't want to give anything away in the book so I can't say anything else on what my problem with the book was.

I really like Ms. McKade's books so I was surprised I had a problem with this book. I figured it would all work out alright in the end and the "sin" wasn't really a sin after all, but the characters didn't know that at the time.

I was somewhat let down at the end. (If you've read the previous 2 books you know what type of ending I'm referring to.) I guess I expected a bit more at the final end and it just wasn't there.

I'm not, however, discouraging anyone from reading this. In my opinion there are too few historical western romances out there and Ms. McKade writes good ones.

I believe this book could also be read as a stand-alone if you didn't want to read the previous two.
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his is the third and final book in the Forrester Brothers Trilogy (though it can stand alone as well, I highly recommend the other two books also.) This is not your everyday Historical Romance and I mean that in the best possible way. It's 1868 and Rebecca Colfax is in a mess of trouble. She had always lived the privileged life with her parents in St. Louis but now that they are both gone and her husband has up and left her, after gambling away every penny she had. Now she finds herself and their son in dire straights, so much so that she is forced to put her beloved baby into an orphanage until she can make enough money and find her wayward husband.

She is sure that once he knows he has a son that he will do the right thing by them both. Her search for him takes her to the rustic Kansas town of Oaktree where she is forced to find employment before she can continue her search. Unfortunately no one will hire her accept the owner of a Saloon called the Scarlet Garter. Rebecca was raised as a well to do lady and she never thought she would be forced to ever enter such an establishment let alone work in one!

Slater Forrester has never had an easy life, but things were at least settling down for him since his friend and mentor had taken him on as a dealer in his Saloon. At the Scarlet Garter Forrester plays poker and is trying to put the demons of his past behind him. He is caught completely off guard by his attraction to the new girl that his friend Andrew has hired. While she is working in this "fallen" life he can tell right away that she is completely different than any other bar maid he has ever seen.

Unfortunately for them both things are about to get really ugly.
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