Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Review: "At Love's Command" by Karen Witemeyer

Fans of western romance are sure to love Karen Witemeyer's latest novel, At Love's Command!

Haunted by the horrors of war, ex-cavalry officer Matthew Hanger leads a band of mercenaries known as Hanger's Horsemen who have become legends in 1890s Texas. They defend the innocent and obtain justice for the oppressed. But when a rustler's bullet leaves one of them at death's door, they're the ones in need of saving.

Dr. Josephine Burkett is used to men taking one look at her skirts and discounting her medical skills. What she's not used to is having a man change his mind in a heartbeat and offer to assist her in surgery. Matthew Hanger's dedication to his friend during recovery earns Josephine's respect, and when she hears of her brother's abduction, he becomes her only hope for rescue.

Matt has stared down ruthless outlaws, betrayal, and injury, but when a bossy lady doctor crawls under his skin, his heart is tempted to surrender. And when she is caught in the crossfire, he may have to sacrifice everything--even his team--to save her.

At Love's Command begins Karen Witemeyer's new Hanger's Horsemen series. This book focuses on leader Matthew Hanger and Dr. Josephine Burkett. The two meet when one of the Hanger's Horsemen needs medical attention, and sparks immediately fly.

I have to admit that I struggled to get into this book. It just felt a little slow to me, and the fight scenes seemed to go on for a long time. And while I liked Matthew and Josie together, they didn't actually spend much of the novel together, making the romance feel a little light to me. I did really enjoy the other Horsemen, and I'd definitely be interested in their stories. Ultimately, while I liked the book, I didn't enjoy it as much as some of Witemeyer's other novels. But for someone who loves Westerns with just a touch of romance, this book would probably be just what they're looking for. 3-1/2 stars.

Buy the book (affiliate link).
Read my reviews of Witemeyer's More Than Words Can Say (5 stars), Short-Straw Bride (4-1/2 stars), Stealing the Preacher (4-1/2 stars), and Gift of the Heart (novella, 4-1/2 stars).

Winner of the HOLT Medallion and the Carol Award and a finalist for the RITA and Christy Award, bestselling author Karen Witemeyer writes historical romance to give the world more happily-ever-afters. Karen makes her home in Texas, with her husband and three children. Learn more about Karen and her books at

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Also, some of the links in this post are affiliate links. This means if you click on a link and make a purchase, I will receive a small commission. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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