Bullets and Bustles

Part of the Cowboy Desire Anthology

Fiction - Short Story/Novela
30 Pages
Reviewed on 01/11/2022
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Author Biography

I grew up in Bucktown, a bustling community on the Northwest side of Chicago. I was the younger of two children in a family of four. After graduating from Wells High School, I attended North Park College and earned a BA degree. Fascinated by reading about what motivated good people to do bad things, I finally decided it was time for me to write about it. Each of my stories reflects both the grace and brutality of human nature.

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Reviewed by Joe Wisinski for Readers' Favorite

Bullets and Bustles by Suzanne Smith is a novella set in the old west. It is part of the Cowboy Desire Anthology. Protagonist Emma Tombs works as a bounty hunter and the work provides financial security for her, which she needs because she’s a widow. But thoughts of killing people for a living begin to give her nightmares. So she leaves her profession and moves to a new small town, where she meets an attractive man named J.D. The two fall in love and Emma believes she may finally achieve the inner peace she’s always sought. But the man has a dark secret. Like Emma, he is fighting his own past, which threatens to derail the burgeoning love between Emma and J.D. Will love be able to conquer both Emma’s and J.D.’s pasts, or will a promising relationship be destroyed?

This novella grabbed me from the first page. The idea of not only a female bounty hunter but one who was superb at her job is creative and fascinating. The novella is short, but readers shouldn’t let the length make them think the book lacks substance. Author Suzanne Smith packs a lot into her delightful story. Her cleverness as a writer shows in the name she gave her protagonist, a bounty hunter named Tombs. Smith keeps readers in suspense as she weaves her story, and the outcome is both believable and satisfying. Anyone who wants a compelling, enjoyable old west tale should read Bullets and Bustles. They’ll enjoy the unique combination of adventure and a love story.

Amy Louise Hill

Bullets and Bustles (part of the Cowboy Desire Anthology) by Suzanne Smith is a lust-filled short story packed with excitement and action. The story follows a woman desperate to leave her old life behind. Emma Tombs, who was once an abused victim of her late husband, changes her lifestyle entirely. She becomes a bounty hunter and embraces all the perks that come along with it, but after suffering through the terrible nightmares of each man she has killed in cold blood, Emma decides to finally try to give herself what she has always wanted; to settle down somewhere new. Along her journey, she meets a man who gives her hope that her much-wished-for dreams could actually become reality. Will Emma finally get her happily ever after? Or will it all end in despair? Find out in this thrilling book, Bullets and Bustles; you won't be disappointed!

Talented author Suzanne Smith will have you on the edge of your seat as you read Bullets and Bustles. It is written so well that you will feel as if you are the main character Emma Tombs; she goes through so much and you go through it with her. I saw every scene clearly in my head as it unfolded, and I couldn't wait to turn to the next page. The erotic scene was my favorite because it was so raw and everything you'd want from this type of book; it was described perfectly and was one of the most romantic scenes I've read. I want to wish Suzanne Smith all the best in her writing journey as she certainly has a talent for this genre. I'm also secretly hoping she writes a follow-up to Bullets and Bustles as I desperately want to see where the characters end up next.