Irine Wicklow lives her life as the merciless bounty hunter, Wolverine. Nobody knows she’s a woman, and she’s earned a reputation that’s as mean as her namesake. For eight years, she’s been running from a past so painful it turned her from a young girl who believed in love, to one with steely armor around her heart. She relies only on her guns and her wild mare, Jezebel, and the need for vengeance drives her on.
Justice Turrant also understands the desire for vengeance. A survivor of the Civil War, he came West with his family after serving time in a Union prison camp. But their bid to settle a homestead went terribly wrong. A varmint called Virgil Clary and his men brutalized Jus’s sister, Jenny, and Jus feels responsible.
He wants Wolverine to bring in Clary, even after he discovers she’s a woman. He never expects to lose his heart to a dangerous female who doesn’t believe in love.
Rine and Jus are after a madman who has been terrorizing the lumber camps all along the Payette River, a seven-foot-tall lumberjack with a giant axe. Nobody knows why Dag Olafson, a former legend at the Wind River Camp, has run amok, but authorities believe Wolverine’s the man—or as Jus knows, woman—to bring him in. Spooked, Jus wishes Rine would turn down the job. But every time he says so, she suggests he go home to Kentucky, and his heart won’t let him.
There are a lot of things Rine doesn’t like about this job. The temptation Jus presents when they’re alone on the trail. The way the pretty daughter of the lumber camp manager makes eyes at him. The seven-foot-tall ghost with the axe. What worries her most, though, is the price love demands of the unwary heart. To protect herself from that, she’ll part ways with Jus, if she has to. If she doesn’t die first…
Irine Wicklow, better known as the dangerous bounty hunter, Wolverine, has sent her sometime-partner, Justice Turrant back to Kentucky, reckoning she’d rather weather a little unhappiness now than a whole lot of heartbreak later. But her wild black mare, Jezebel, is miserable without Jus’s horse, Settler. And Rine just can’t lose her longing for the handsome Reb. He’s one of only two men alive who know Wolverine’s a woman. The other’s her latest bounty, a charming Spaniard whom she intends to take in for the price on his head.
Jus hoped news of the revenge he and Rine had won for his sister, Jenny, would help her heal from her devastating past ordeal. But life back in Kentucky’s not what he expected. His pa’s still half out of his mind with grief, his Uncle Reese never stops complaining, and Jenny’s talking crazy. Even poor Settler is kicking down his stall for want of Rine’s mare, Jezebel. What’s a lovesick horse or man to do, except maybe follow his heart?