Sunday, October 06, 2013


SLEIGHT OF HEART is the first of the High Stakes Heroes series by Jacquie Rogers. If you have read her Hearts of Owyhee series, you already know what a fun, fast-paced western historical romance Ms Rogers writes. In fact, Jacquie Rogers is one of my favorite authors, and the 1880’s are my favorite historical period in the Old West.

Lexie and Helen are in exile, so to speak, because Helen committed a social faux pas and embarrassed her parents and friends. Since she can’t be sent from Washington DC alone, Lexie has to put aside her dream to become a math professor to accompany Helen to a Colorado mine in which the family owns a share. The young women have to remain there until Helen’s blunder becomes old news. They’ve been in Silverton, Colorado a year and the mine barely makes enough money to pay the miners and expenses.

The story opens with Alexandra “Lexie” Campbell shooting at Burke O’Shaughnessy. But her anger is misdirected. She mistakes Burke for his younger brother Patrick, who has Lexie’s sister Helen in the family way and has taken the sisters’ five thousand dollars to buy mining equipment. Lexie believes Patrick is a con man and the money Helen gave him is lost.

Lexie and Burke take the train to look for Patrick. Actually, Lexie forces Burke onto the train. The tables soon turn, however. Lexie has an extraordinary mind for numbers—including cards. Burke is a gambler, the son of riverboat gamblers who trained him well. Ms Rogers’ excellent writing blends in historical details with a fast paced romance. In addition to a really good story, she throws in subtle humor and suspense filled with twists and subplots that all tie up in a happily ever after.

I highly recommend SLEIGHT OF HEART to anyone who enjoys western historical romance with a dash of suspense and humor. I give this book a ♥♥♥♥ rating. 

Don’t miss Jacquie Rogers' Hearts of Owyhee series: MUCH ADO ABOUT MARSHALS, MUCH ADO ABOUT MADAMS, MUCH ADO ABOUT MAVERICKS, and the upcoming MUCH ADO ABOUT MINERS. She is also contributing to the Western Fictioneers anthologies, including HELL ON THE PRAIRIE.  WISHING FOR A COWBOY is a holiday western romance anthology coming November 1st. An exciting mix of professional award winning western writers and some terrific new talent can be found in this book.  As an extra bonus there are Christmas recipes in the back.

Find out more about her and her books at and She also contributes to the blogs Smart Girls Read Romance at and Cowboy Kisses at


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HurricaneReads said...

Wow if I didn't already love Jacquie's books this would make me buy.

Jacquie Rogers said...

Thanks, Mercedes! <3

And thanks so much to Caroline for posting such a flattering review. I'm honored that you read it, considering how little time you've had lately. :)

Anonymous said...

Reading this book now and it will most certainly receive a 5 star review from me. I adore Lexie and Burke's interaction. I have read all Jacquie's books and they just get better and better. Hope you get the sales such a great book deserves.

Jacquie Rogers said...

Susan, thanks for stopping by! ♥ I'm so glad you're enjoying the book. These characters popped out of thin air with pizzazz, and gave me a run for my money the whole way through. :)