Leisure, Feb 2003, 5.99, 341 pp.
In 1876 Sheriff Davis of Deadwood, South Dakota, mistakes easterner Kathleen Callahan for the outlaw Squirrel Tooth. The pint sized Bostonian came west seeking to pounce on her spouse who abandoned her not long after the wedding, but now she is handcuffed to the ferocious giant outlaw Sage Duross. As the two escape jail, he worries about his own safety from the feisty petite fireball whose wrist shares handcuffs even though he knows the sheriff is wrong in his accusation of his companion.
Sage seeks vengeance and having the fiery female attached to his hip is not only difficult in terms of eluding the law and defeating his enemy but his libido is acting up big time as she is gorgeous. As their respective agendas clash, they begin to fall in love, which both agree is more dangerous than the law or outlaws could ever be.
THE WILD IRISH WEST is an amusing western romantic frolic that will remind readers of the James Garner movies Support Your Local Sheriff and Support Your Local Gunfighter. The story line is fun to follow as the lead couple argue, fuss, and fall in love. Readers will enjoy observing Kathleen land she and her wrist buddy into one problem after another until Sage feels he must protect his beloved “Squirrel Tooth” from herself. Fans of humorous Americana tales will appreciate Joan Avery's jocose romp.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner