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Depths of Desire

By: Carolyn Faulkner
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Copyright: ©2007 & 2016 by Blushing Books® and Carolyn Faulkner
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After moving out West, Mary Rose Caldwell inherited both a saloon and an inn from her beloved uncle when he passed away. Her parents wanted her to return to Virginia and marry some boring blue blood, but she would have none of it. Maybe she would never get married – not if it meant submitting to the will of her husband. No, she was too intelligent, ambitious and independent for that!

But one day, a small band of cut-throat bandits invade her establishment, holding her and one of her employees hostage. The leader is none other than the dreaded El Diablo – the most feared outlaw in the territory. He assures her that he will protect her from his unruly cohorts, but who will protect her from him, the Devil himself? Especially when she begins to feel something for him… something she had sworn she would never feel for any man!

Publisher's Note: This is a story of the old West, where outlaws know no boundaries and men believe in taking women in hand by doling out a stern dose of discipline.

***  Depths of Desire was previously released in 2007.  We've newly edited it with an updated cover for 2017.  If you purchased the earlier version, the new version will appear in your account at no charge ***

Chapter One

Mary Rose laid her cheek on her broom, leaning lazily against it in front of the pile of dust she'd just carefully collected, looking dreamily off into the gritty, brown distance. Dust was the one and only constant in Clementine, New Mexico. Everything else was up for grabs. Clementine was a boomtown. Someone found a tiny mite of gold in the Verde River a few years ago, and since then, she guessed, every man, woman, and child for miles around—and from as far away as the East Coast, where she was from—had descended on the tiny town, stretching both its geographical limits and its fortunes almost to the breaking point.

But Mary Rose hadn't come out here to the desert to find gold, which was a good thing, since no one had found any since that old miner's anemic strike. She'd come out to help her uncle—and her aunt, she supposed uncharitably—run a dry goods store. Uncle Shep had been the sole reason for the couple's exodus from their comfortable but not lavish home in Virginia to the wilds of New Mexico. Aunt Alma had to tag along for the ride, of course, yammering and complaining all the way, Mary Rose was undeniably sure.

Uncle Shep was one of Mary Rose's favorite people of all time. He was unfailingly kind and gentle and saw the humor and goodness in almost anything. He was the exact opposite of the woman he'd chosen to tie himself to, and the family had frankly scoffed when he'd gotten the idea in his head to move his relatively profitable dry goods and general store to the heathen-filled West.

But Shep had known exactly what he wanted as soon as he'd seen the flyer calling for people to come west and make their fortune. What better place to set up a new venture than the frontier? Didn't people out there need the things he had to offer much more so than his current customers, who could go to at least one other merchant in their small town and many more, if they were willing to travel a little to a larger city? He had always had the wanderlust, but he'd never been able to indulge it. He made up his mind that, before he was too old to do it—even though most of his well meaning relatives would tell him that he was already too old—he was going to strike out and cross the country. He crammed everything he could think of that would help seed a store into the wagon—so much so that there was barely room for the two of them and their meager personal provisions.

Less than a year later, Mary Rose's father had received a letter inviting her out to stay with them. Uncle Shep had threatened to do that the whole time he was preparing to leave. He was going to miss his niece something terrible. "As if we're going to let her go and get scalped by those Injuns," her father had surmised before reading the next sentence. "Filthy heathens."

"Read the letter, Al," her mother had admonished, eyes rolling discreetly as their housekeeper, Anna, filled her husband's bowl with hearty beef stew.

"Nothing out there but tumbleweed and dirt and savages…"

"Read the letter, Al," Sarah Caldwell urged gently, but without much hope that her husband would respond to her soft prompt.

Across the table, Mary Rose had grinned. Her parents were so set in their ways. It was funny to watch them sometimes. Other times, it could be incredibly annoying. It was her uncle's next sentence that got them:

"Please tell Al that there are no filthy heathen savages out here anymore."

Uncle Shep knew his brother all too well. The main point of his letter was to encourage Mary Rose to come out. She had always been his favorite niece, and he missed her company—especially considering whom he was left with. Shep and Mary Rose had played chess together—badly—and he had even been able to bully his stodgy older brother into letting Mary Rose sit in on one of his famous poker nights. Well, he'd been able to work around his brother about it, anyway, simply by inviting Mary Rose to stay over at his house on a Saturday night.

At first, Albert Caldwell had been dead set against his daughter making the trip. But his wife knew how much Mary Rose wanted to go. And what better time to go than now? She had graduated from Miss Emily's School for Girls several years ago and dutifully attended all of the dances for which her mother accepted invitations. The family didn't make anywhere quite enough money for her to attend the high society balls that were thrown in St. Regis, Virginia, but they had at least scraped together enough money to send her to a finishing school, for all the good it had done.

But Mary Rose was well on her way to becoming an old maid. It wasn't that she was ugly, thankfully, her mother had often mused when she was of a mood to try to dissect why not one of the men in their small town had taken a liking to her girl. Mary Rose had a long, luscious fall of naturally streaked blonde hair that looked almost like frosted gold in places. Her eyes were big and shockingly blue, her lips and cheeks full and red—without any artifice, which Albert frowned on and wouldn't allow his daughter, anyway. They weren't made of money, but they were fairly comfortable, and her daughter's clothes were pretty and well made, if a season or so behind the current fashions. Mary Rose had a sweet, generous, loving personality—if a somewhat stubborn one. Mrs. Caldwell blamed her husband for that.

There was only one real fly in the ointment, as far as Sarah was concerned; her daughter had a brain.

She blamed Shep for this, directly. He'd doted on his niece and had encouraged her to study and get good grades in subjects other than comportment and poise. Sarah's harshest warning whenever Mary Rose went on a date was that she shouldn't appear too intelligent. Men didn't like girls they thought were too smart.

But despite everything Sarah tried to do, throwing her daughter at any possible available male, especially after she turned twenty—there were no prospects for a husband in sight. No one. Oh, she'd had dates—more when she was younger, of course—but there were still the few unsuspecting men who could be conned into taking her out—properly chaperoned, of course. Uncle Shep used to volunteer to go out with the prospective couple—a duty that Sarah was only too willing to farm off on someone else. Mary Rose had always claimed that her mother made her nervous when they were out, and so Shep became a surrogate father for that time, which was a task he more than enjoyed.

Mary Rose gave another few useless swipes at the wooden sidewalk in front of the saloon while wearing a big grin at the pleasant memories. Uncle Shep always knew her better than anyone else did. He knew her secret; she didn't want to get married. Not at all. She didn't want some man controlling her life, like her mother's was controlled by her father, and she certainly didn't want to turn into some mean-spirited shrew like her aunt, under any circumstances. Sarah Caldwell didn't seem to be too unhappy about her lot in life, although Mary Rose didn't know if she could say the same for Uncle Shep, but Mary Rose also knew how her father kept her mother in line.

He spanked her. Now, granted, she had gotten it a couple of times when she was younger for doing foolish things, but her mother got a licking every time she so much as raised her voice or looked somewhat askew at her father. There was no way that Mary Rose was going to put up with that.

Furthermore, she was smart, and she refused to hide it.

So when she and Uncle Shep would have one of their "dates" with some poor unsuspecting man, they would deliberately speak over the man's head. They would begin a conversation in one language and end it in the other. They would argue insignificant philosophical topics to the point where one of her dates actually fell asleep into the nice dinner he'd bought. Now, Mary Rose was too softhearted by far to be really cruel to anyone, but the point was well made.

No man ever asked her out again, which was exactly as she—and Shep—wanted it. Shep had his own agenda for Mary Rose. He and Alma had never had any children. Frankly, she barely let him close enough to her to create any, but that was another subject altogether. He wanted Mary Rose to inherit the store—wherever it ended up being. He didn't want her husband to inherit it, he wanted her to. He'd been carefully cultivating her interest in business and had even shown her how to do his books. She'd picked it up immediately. She had a facility for things like that and soaked up the knowledge he imparted to her like an eager sponge.

So, even if she didn't get married—which Shep frankly hoped she didn't—she'd have the store to support her.

But, as Mary Rose had discovered when she got out there, Clementine already had a dry goods store. So Uncle Shep had sold his wares to the current mercantile owner, a Mr. Seymour, and turned his attentions to running an inn just outside of town, whose owner had just left this world in an unfortunate and rather violent manner—some sort of dispute about cards and money, neither of which were healthy topics in a town like Clementine. The inn itself was highly respectable, and even Aunt Alma couldn't find a fault with it—but it did have a smallish saloon attached, and, no matter how she nattered at Shep, she couldn't get him to close that part of the establishment down.

Alma made sure everyone within earshot knew of her innate disapproval of the bar and its patrons—most especially those girls who would want to take their "acquaintances" up to rooms in her hotel. She staunchly refused to allow anyone she thought looked the least bit suspicious loose to even cross the inn's threshold, denying everyone of many, many profitable transactions.

Partially because of Alma's priggishness, the inn experienced a considerable decline due to lack of funds. Its previous owner had an understanding with the girls and had been making a tidy sum at the time of his demise, by taking both room rent and a cut of their take. But there wasn't quite enough traffic in Clementine to support three hotels, two of which were at better locations in town.

Despite the fact that Shep desperately wanted Mary Rose's company, she knew she was truly only another mouth to feed when her aunt and uncle could barely afford to put food in their own mouths. She had already been making quiet plans to return home when Uncle Shep had taken sick. It was the yellow fever, and he had wasted away in a matter of a week. Aunt Alma, who had been driven to exhaustion taking care of her husband, followed within a month. If she were generous, Mary Rose would say that Alma wanted to follow Shep because of her deep love of him, and she did have to admit that Alma had taken excellent care of Shep, even as he grew sicker and sicker. They had spelled each other at night, but Alma had been alone with him all day while Mary Rose ran things. She supposed Alma did love him, in her own way, but certainly not in the way Mary Rose would ever love her husband. The only weeping and wailing at Shep's death had been her own, and it had drawn a sharp reprimand from her aunt for making a scene.

Mary Rose took a deep breath, strands of her golden blonde hair blowing into her eyes as quickly as she could scrape them away. She was truly alone for the first time in her life—had been since Alma died two months ago. There was no longer enough money for her to go home. Oh, she could petition her parents for it, she supposed. Her mother would love her daughter to come back to where she could again be tucked neatly under her mother's thumb.

But Mary Rose was not the same young woman who had come out to the West just a short six months ago. She had learned how to handle her uncle's business, had learned how to deal with drunks and women of ill repute—most of whom she found acted no better or worse than the upper class women she'd been forced to hang around with in finishing school—and had two relatives die in her arms. As much as Uncle Shep did his level best to keep her fairly sheltered, it was a hard row to hoe out here. The West was truly a wild place, where lawmen only arrived in time to clean things up—never soon enough to prevent them from happening in the first place.

Clementine had no full-time sheriff, although there was always a notice tacked up on the door of what was supposed to be his office, letting everyone know that the town council—such as it was—was looking for someone to fill the bill. There was a judge who roved around the territories, Silas Neville, but his stops were few and far between, as his attention was more drawn to the bigger towns—Santa Fe and Albuquerque, to the south. If they truly needed justice in the town, a rider would have to be sent to try to track him down, and that could take months—if the man survived.

The Texas Rangers made the occasional appearance, usually because they were looking for some outlaw or another. Technically, they had no jurisdiction as of the boarder, but they were well respected and carried a lot of weight with the locals—and any potential nuisances—by their mere presence. Mary Rose had nearly been run over by a posse of them, one of the first days she was in Clementine. Sometimes, although it really was a small town, just crossing the street was taking your life in your hands, but then, sometimes, just inhabiting this place was deadly enough. The only merchant who was sure of his future was the casket maker. He had more business than he could handle.

After finishing with the sweeping outside—well, she grimaced, as close as she could tell, given that a thin layer of dust persisted on nearly every flat surface, despite all of her valiant attempts at preventing it—Mary Rose walked slowly inside, noting with a sinking feeling just how grubby and grimy everything was. She sighed heavily and picked up a rag, polishing each of the chairs and tables methodically, until her arm hurt.

"That ain't gonna do you no good," came a husky, hoarse voice from just beside the bar. One thing Uncle Shep had done when he ended up as a barkeep was to make sure that the bar was as elegant as possible—hoping to deter the lowlier elements, not that it had worked. It was pure mahogany, with padded leather bumpers and a glowingly polished brass foot rail. The bar was huge—there were twelve matching stools in front of it. Its size was rather ridiculous, considering that it stood dead empty most nights. Despite that fact, it was fully stocked, with everything from absinthe to zinfandel. There was the occasion when Mary Rose had seriously considered drinking her way from one end of the bar stock to the other, but, luckily, those moments were generally few and far between.

The owner of the voice was one of the working girls—speaking of few and far between. As the bars and hotels in town became more and more popular, the Tenderfoot Saloon and the Lilac Rose Inn had been less in favor with the women of the evening—which had made Alma absolutely ecstatic. Now Mary Rose had to deal with the financial fallout.

Penny, who wasn't that much younger than Mary Rose, but was certainly more mature in the ways of men, sauntered around in front of the bar, leaning her elbows back against it, making her breasts jut out and strain against the barely-there lace that had been hastily stitched into the front of her soiled dress. "It's just gonna get dirty again. I don't know why you keep a-cleanin'. Just a waste of time, you ask me."

Mary Rose—who really didn't have a problem with Penny plying her trade, as long as she used a modicum of restraint in dressing, which was why her breasts didn't just pop entirely out of their worn fabric constraints—gave the other woman a withering glance. "Because it'll get ahead of me if I don't. You could always grab a rag and help me."

Penny pulled the tattered embroidered shawl over her rounded shoulders. "You know I can't be seen doing that. Why, men don't want women with rough servant-girl hands touching them."

It was in her mind to question Penny about why she thought she was too good for cleaning, yet not too good to lay down for any man who had a dollar in his pocket. But Mary Rose decided that she wasn't sure she wanted to get into that with Penny again—and she wasn't sure it was even a whole dollar that was charged.

Mary Rose shook her head. Living out here had certainly changed the way she thought. Back home in Virginia, she would never have thought of wondering exactly what a harlot charged a man and for what. But she was growing up really quickly out here. Much more quickly, she was quite sure, than her parents would care for.

As the pleasant, tart scent of lemon oil wafted into the air while she polished, Mary Rose faced the fact that she liked being out here on her own. Oh, she definitely missed Uncle Shep—Aunt Alma, not so much, she admitted to herself with a half-smile. Now she had no one to boss her around—no one to tell her what to do. Her parents were across the country, and her father couldn't lay down the law from that far away. She could do anything she pleased.

As long as it didn't cost money.

Luckily, she pleased to work as hard as she possibly could, determined to make a go of this place, as a legacy to Uncle Shep. If it took having working girls around, then that's what she'd do. If it took hanging naked from the rafters, she'd seriously consider it. She wanted to make this little town her home, and she did her level best to make sure they drew all the business they could from the other two hotels. Her prices were already slashed to the bone in both establishments. She offered hot baths for two bits to the cowboys coming in off the range, letting them use an old tub that Uncle Shep had dragged outside. Bathers were given a modicum of privacy by sheets that were hung all around the tub. Towels, soap and shaving accessories were, of course, all available for an extra fee.

During cattle drives, this made a fair bit of money. But the drives were a ways off yet. She needed money now. The inn was empty—except for Penny's infrequent use—and the saloon was empty more nights than not.

Sometimes, she thought she might have to follow in Penny's footsteps, and the idea made her cringe. She'd never much liked men—her Uncle Shep and, sometimes, her father excluded—never felt any sort of interest in swooning over them like a lot of her contemporaries did, debasing themselves in order to snag that all important husband. It was bad enough that if she did get married, she'd be expected to let her husband have his way with her body…and just what the specifics of that were, she wasn't sure. But letting some stranger see her nude? Put his hands all over her? A painful shudder wracked her body. She'd die before she let that happen.

* * *

Hours later, as she was washing dishes in the makeshift sink at the back of the saloon, Mary Rose heard the patter of large feet which had been wedged into stylish button up boots at the expense of the wearer's comfort and pocketbook. Penny's, no doubt. Just to make sure, she wandered into the bar, drying her hands on a dishtowel and looking at the panting girl expectantly.

"Rumors are flyin' in town."

Mary Rose pursed her lips and turned to go back to the dishes. "Rumors are always flying in Clementine. There's never any substance to them. Remember the one about President McKinley coming here? As if that man has the time to stroll through this grubby little town."

Penny huffed indignantly. "Well, if you don't want to know about it…"

Despite the fact that she generally didn't indulge in gossip as a matter of course, having been raised by a mother who disdained it completely, Mary Rose found herself looking for an excuse to hear what Penny had to say. Then she took herself to task within her own mind. She was alone out here. There was no one to oversee her behavior, and she could, within reason and good sense, of course, do as she pleased. If she wanted to hear about whatever prattle was going on in town, then she could. Mother would never find out, thankfully.

She turned and fussed with her skirts, edging her hip up onto a barstool, which she would never have done if the bar hadn't been completely deserted. "What? Did Mrs. Jenkins swear she saw an Indian war party on her evening stroll again?"

Penny's eyes rolled right along with Mary Rose's. "Not that I heard tell. Not that she didn't, you understand…it's just that no one was talkin' about it right then."

Mary Rose laughed softly. Mariah Jenkins' reports of Indian activity were always to be taken with a grain of salt. Most people in town thought she was an out and out nut, but Mary Rose preferred the more charitable description of eccentric. Mariah was a widow, who owned a lot of land in and around town, and she had her own concerns about it, Injuns being among her foremost worries, even though there wasn't a hostile Indian for miles around and hadn't been an out and out attack in more than a decade.

Penny leaned closer to Mary Rose, her ample bosom squashed into the bar in what looked like a painful manner. "No, what they're talkin' about is that outlaw, El Diablo. He's been spotted not too far from here."

Mary Rose's eyebrow crooked. "By someone more reliable than Mrs. Jenkins, I assume?"

"Yep," Penny breathed, nodding vigorously. "You heard about the trains?"

There had reportedly been several instances of a gang of thugs stopping and robbing trains as they entered the territory. The engineers, as well as any passengers who resisted in any way—and even some that didn't—were shot and left for dead as the thieves galloped away with anything of value they could take.

"I did."

"Well, they've been robbing banks in Texas and the territory, some of them not too far from us. They say the Rangers are on their tail, but the crooks seem to always be a step ahead of them." Penny's voice was reduced to a near whisper. "Word on the street is that they're completely ruthless and that they'll shoot you as soon as look at you, then laugh while you writhe and gasp your last breath in the dirt."

Disliking that particular mental image, Mary Rose stood and headed back to work. "That doesn't sound like anything out of the ordinary for an outlaw."

Penny shivered behind her, staring at the door to the saloon as if the apocalypse was about to burst through it. "I don't like it, Miz Caldwell. I don't like it a-tall. They hit the bank in Clearwater and killed everyone in it—men, women, and children."

That gave Mary Rose pause. Clearwater wasn't but an hour or two away by horseback. That was, she had to admit, uncomfortably close. She shook off the fissure of fear that ran down her back, spiking her nipples tightly against her chemise. "I still say there's nothing here to draw them."

Penny let the topic drop, but neither woman was completely at ease for the rest of the day.

JANE A LITTLE on 05/29/2017 06:45am
A nineteenth century independent woman runs into the untamed Southwestern frontier. This is a very short and satisfactory story. The heroine is somewhat complex and very characteristically developed. The book contains some forced consent but not between the main characters and some good spanking. The plot is fairly predictable but the chemistry between the hero and heroine carries this story. This is an update of a 2007 release but I would like to see the story of Rafe's brother, Augustus.
Molly Friis on 05/21/2017 05:23pm
Mary Rose Caldwell travels out west to help a favorite Uncle, she ends up as the owner of a failing saloon and an Inn. Of course it can always get worse when the notorious outlaw El Diablo takes over her Inn holding herself and an employee hostage. Mary is fighting for her life and her virtue or is she? El Diablo seems to be very interested in keeping her safe and if he has to put her over his knee to do that he will. This begins and hectic few days at the end he could just be her savior.
Barbara Pearman on 05/19/2017 08:12am
This is one of Carolyn Faulkner's light, frothy books, originally published a while ago. Set in the late 19th century, Mary Rose, a very 'proper' young woman, finds that she has inherited a small tavern and hotel in a wild corner of New Mexico. She had originally moved there to live with her Uncle and Aunt but when they both died, she found that the business had been left to her. Takings were poor and Mary Rose was tempted to move back East to live with her parents but independence appealed to her more than comfort so she decided to stay and see what she could do to make the place profitable. Before she has chance to do anything very much, the property is raided by a gang of thugs: three outlaws looking for somewhere to stay. The leader is the notorious villain 'El Diablo'. Soon Mary Rose begins to see a softer side to him but she is appalled to find that she is attracted to him. There is an exciting climax and a lovely HEA.

I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.

DB on 05/13/2017 08:38pm
A great quick read by Carolyn Faulkner. I enjoyed this western. It didn't have a lot of dialogue but what it did have was good. Rafe and Mary Rose meet when he comes in her saloon. He and two of his gang members take Mary Rose and a girl who works there, hostage. Rafe becomes very protective of Mary Rose and insist that she sleep with him and be with him at all times. This book had a lot of action, mystery, spankings and a little sex. Wish it would have been longer. 4 stars
Pico1 on 05/12/2017 10:20am


This is a cute love story with an interesting surprise. Mary Rose and El Diablo meet under difficult circumstances when he and two other bad guys take over her inn and bar. He protects her from the other two, and in doing so, they develop feelings for each other. How it all plays out is interesting and unexpected %u2013 but along the way there are plenty of spankings and a little sex. These were interesting characters in an unusual situation that made for a short but fast paced story.
JigsawGirl on 05/11/2017 08:21pm
Rafe and Mary Rose were an unlikely couple. Mary Rose was quickly taken in hand by Rafe for her own safety.

Would she heed his warnings and discover his secrets along the road to her HEA?

An interesting take on an outlaw and virginal business owner.

I voluntarily read and reviewed this Advanced Reader Copy.
Margaret Corcoran on 05/11/2017 11:51am
I loved this sweet story. I love Ms Faulkner's writing. This one is much sweeter than her normal work. It is well written and described. The characters are strong and well developed. The reader will feel the heat and dust of the West pouring from the pages. There are spankings and sweet sex. I received an ARC copy of this book and I highly recommend it.
Stats23 on 05/11/2017 11:09am
Yet another lusty spanking romance from Carolyn Faulkner set in the old wild west. This time we have a young virginal heroine who is trying to run a combination hotel and saloon on the outskirts of town on her own. She is isolated and vulnerable, and sure enough she gets visited by a trio of outlaws who take her and a friend prisoner/hostage. Rape and other violence appears imminent and unavoidable, when for some reason the leader of the trio decides to take her (Mary Rose) as his own and places her under his protection. This may save her from one of the more scary visitors, but it also places her squarely under his (Rafael%u2019s) dominance and control, which he reinforces with an initial stern bare bottomed spanking. A great story expands from there, one that includes many spankings, some unexpected romance, some hot sex and more than a few interesting twists. This may not be the best book Carolyn has ever written, but it is still far better than most other authors of this genre. I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.
Lalaland on 05/11/2017 03:02am
This is a typical Carolyn Faulkner western story about a young girls who is trying to be an independent women in the West. Mary Rose Caldwell moved West with her uncle and aunt and they have subsequently died and she is left trying to continue the businesses that they started together although not terribly successfully. When a gang of murderers comes to take what they want from her she is forced to sleep with El Diablo the leader who doesn't actually force her. Although he does punish her quite severely for what he consider infractions of his orders. The twist in the story was blatantly obvious from the very beginning and after several eye watering spankings it all finishes with the inevitable HEA. I have read most of Ms Faulkner's books and consider this to be one of her weaker efforts, but maybe that's just me. I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy.
Redrabbitt on 05/10/2017 07:50pm
Mary Rose Caldwell isn't like most girls; she is smart and adventurous. She enjoys working with her Uncle who acknowledges her intelligence and wit. When he and her aunt moves from Virginia to New Mexico Territory, Mary Rose will later be invited to come and stay with them. When her Aunt and Uncle died from Yellow Fever, Mary Rose inherits their inn and saloon and decides to stay in New Mexico.

The plot has plenty of mystery, suspense, angst, and eventually resolution. Sometimes things are not always as they appear, but eventually, the truth will come to light. A quiet night will be shattered, and three outlaws will enter the saloon and Mary Rose, and Penny, a working girl, will be taken captive. These three men will control some intense moments, life and death situations, and these two women are the pawn in their game Why is El Diablo claiming Mary Rose will be his? How will Mary Rose fight off the notorious El Diablo and his two companions and live to see another day? Who knew the Devil himself was a spanking man? The story has many spanking scenes and some sex scenes.
lillie1922 on 05/10/2017 06:49pm
I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book. Mary Rose moved away from her parents to help her Uncle Shep run his business. Soon, she was running it on her own with the help of a saloon girl who brought in a little extra money. When trouble comes, it's in the form of outlaws and the leader wants Mary Rose. Carolyn Faulkner is a great writer and this book is proof. Not as harsh as some of her work, still a really good spanking romance. Enjoy.
karla on 11/18/2014 09:02pm
I really enjoyed the pace of the story... there were no "lull" moments.
karla on 11/18/2014 09:02pm
"I really enjoyed the pace of the story... there were no ""lull"" moments."
K on 03/30/2014 09:28pm
Another homerun for CF. I always buy her books!
K on 03/30/2014 09:28pm
Another homerun for CF. I always buy her books!
Kendra Trafton on 08/25/2013 07:41am
Nice cowboy stopry but definitly is slow in the beginning which made it hard for me at first to keep reading but I am glad i did. The middle to the end got very good and made up for the slow start at the begiining.
Kendra Trafton on 08/25/2013 07:41am
Nice cowboy stopry but definitly is slow in the beginning which made it hard for me at first to keep reading but I am glad i did. The middle to the end got very good and made up for the slow start at the begiining.
Arleen on 07/02/2013 04:56pm
A romantic western spanking story is usually my favorite. But I could only give this one 3 stars because it just didn't keep my interest. The beginning of the story was slow and couldn't capture my interest. I never warmed up to the characters. Usually I love this authors books but this one was not a favorite.
Arleen on 07/02/2013 04:56pm
A romantic western spanking story is usually my favorite. But I could only give this one 3 stars because it just didn't keep my interest. The beginning of the story was slow and couldn't capture my interest. I never warmed up to the characters. Usually I love this authors books but this one was not a favorite.
angelia on 01/20/2013 09:17pm
Full of action romance and love
angelia on 01/20/2013 09:17pm
Full of action romance and love
ScarlettPhoenix on 11/06/2012 05:32pm
Caroline Faulkner doesn't disappoint in her narrative, nor her placement of spanking scenes but I found some character flaws that just weren't believeable. A niceftwust but why protect one whore over another, especially when he knows she's getting taped?
ScarlettPhoenix on 11/06/2012 05:32pm
Caroline Faulkner doesn't disappoint in her narrative, nor her placement of spanking scenes but I found some character flaws that just weren't believeable. A niceftwust but why protect one whore over another, especially when he knows she's getting taped?
lani girl on 10/27/2012 03:29pm
Loved this story! It's a cowboy wild west love story done perfectly by CF. It has all the elements, gun fights, saloons, cowboys and even better, spankings! Mary Rose is a city girl who moves to the west and is sorely out of place, but learning to adjust. El Diablo, also known as Rafe, take over the business she's helping her uncle run and the sparks fly and love story builds. A must read for anyone who likes cowboy love stories!
lani girl on 10/27/2012 03:29pm
Loved this story! It's a cowboy wild west love story done perfectly by CF. It has all the elements, gun fights, saloons, cowboys and even better, spankings! Mary Rose is a city girl who moves to the west and is sorely out of place, but learning to adjust. El Diablo, also known as Rafe, take over the business she's helping her uncle run and the sparks fly and love story builds. A must read for anyone who likes cowboy love stories!
TG on 10/22/2012 02:53pm
One of the things I especially loved about this story is the descriptions of the settings. I felt very much as if I were standing exactly in that room, in that exact time period. I enjoyed the chacters immensely. I never tire of a take charge man and a helpless woman.
TG on 10/22/2012 02:53pm
One of the things I especially loved about this story is the descriptions of the settings. I felt very much as if I were standing exactly in that room, in that exact time period. I enjoyed the chacters immensely. I never tire of a take charge man and a helpless woman.
Evelyn on 10/18/2012 12:49am
This is a great story that takes you into the wild west and really makes you wish you had lived at that time. Mary is a strong willed young woman who thinks she knows better thatn her family and ends up in a whole heap of trouble. Fortunatly Rafe is able to kkep her safe all the while gaurding a secret. Very good book with just enough twists to keep you reading to find out what happens next.
Evelyn on 10/18/2012 12:49am
This is a great story that takes you into the wild west and really makes you wish you had lived at that time. Mary is a strong willed young woman who thinks she knows better thatn her family and ends up in a whole heap of trouble. Fortunatly Rafe is able to kkep her safe all the while gaurding a secret. Very good book with just enough twists to keep you reading to find out what happens next.
Christina on 10/09/2012 01:31pm
Depths of Desire, entices you into the wild west, and a story of an independent free spirited woman. A world where women either did what society expected or became outcasts. Enter a man that twists her world upside down. Lots of fun and excitement.
Christina on 10/09/2012 01:31pm
Depths of Desire, entices you into the wild west, and a story of an independent free spirited woman. A world where women either did what society expected or became outcasts. Enter a man that twists her world upside down. Lots of fun and excitement.
Alicia on 09/08/2012 07:31am
I always love Carolyn Faulkners stories because they are filled with srong characters and lots of spankings. This is one of her better historical stories and the plot is good and the spankings are definitly not overly harsh. This is a great story for anyone even those not into spanking.
Alicia on 09/08/2012 07:31am
I always love Carolyn Faulkners stories because they are filled with srong characters and lots of spankings. This is one of her better historical stories and the plot is good and the spankings are definitly not overly harsh. This is a great story for anyone even those not into spanking.
Elizabeth on 09/04/2012 06:10pm
I always enjoy Carolyn Faulkner and this is no exception, although short it is enjoyable.
Elizabeth on 09/04/2012 06:10pm
I always enjoy Carolyn Faulkner and this is no exception, although short it is enjoyable.
BH on 08/19/2012 09:28pm
The story itself was well written. Personally I never really connected with the characters, perhaps in part because of the misdirection about the male lead (made it hard to get a true feel for him).
BH on 08/19/2012 09:28pm
The story itself was well written. Personally I never really connected with the characters, perhaps in part because of the misdirection about the male lead (made it hard to get a true feel for him).
Jessica on 08/01/2012 06:57am
I loved that this story had a good twist, that managed to be unexpected. It was nice to read a romance that wasn't completely predictable. I enjoyed the real emotions of the heroin, her fear and reluctant desire really captured my imagination.
Jessica on 08/01/2012 06:57am
I loved that this story had a good twist, that managed to be unexpected. It was nice to read a romance that wasn't completely predictable. I enjoyed the real emotions of the heroin, her fear and reluctant desire really captured my imagination.
elizabeth on 07/28/2012 06:13pm
Carolyn Faulkner is an amazing author with a unique ability to write characters who are engaging and like able. Many of her books top my favorites list and are the old standbys that I continue to come back to time after time. Like my favorite sweater on a winter day this is one of those books I read when I just need something cozy and familiar.
elizabeth on 07/28/2012 06:13pm
Carolyn Faulkner is an amazing author with a unique ability to write characters who are engaging and like able. Many of her books top my favorites list and are the old standbys that I continue to come back to time after time. Like my favorite sweater on a winter day this is one of those books I read when I just need something cozy and familiar.
SH on 07/28/2012 05:16pm
I love Carolyn Faulkner and this book does not disappoint. Great storyline and wonderful characters!
SH on 07/28/2012 05:16pm
I love Carolyn Faulkner and this book does not disappoint. Great storyline and wonderful characters!
H. Lee on 07/11/2012 01:37am
I made a wrong assumption when I bought this book which is why I was greatly disturbed by the mistreatment of Penny (a whore who works in Mary Rose’s saloon) by the other three outlaws. I’ve read so many romance novels that I already knew how the book would end before I read it and that made me assume that this was going to be a slightly spicier cowboy story along the lines of “Reluctant Bride,” “Reject Ranch,” and “The Power of Love.” So even though it was my own assumption that misled me, I am still going to give this story 4 out of 5 stars because once the end is revealed, I just thought it was unforgivable that El Diablo didn’t also protect Penny.
H. Lee on 07/11/2012 01:37am
I made a wrong assumption when I bought this book which is why I was greatly disturbed by the mistreatment of Penny (a whore who works in Mary Rose۪s saloon) by the other three outlaws. I۪ve read so many romance novels that I already knew how the book would end before I read it and that made me assume that this was going to be a slightly spicier cowboy story along the lines of Reluctant Bride,۝ Reject Ranch,۝ and The Power of Love.۝ So even though it was my own assumption that misled me, I am still going to give this story 4 out of 5 stars because once the end is revealed, I just thought it was unforgivable that El Diablo didn۪t also protect Penny.
ET on 07/07/2012 03:35pm
Those of us who enjoy spanking fiction are used to being disappoined. Most books are either all spanking and no story or all (poorly written) story with the spanking added in. Not so with Carolyn Faulkner. You can always depend on her. This story was fantastic. Good plot, great story telling and character development and wonderful, appropriate spankings. A terrific read, and may I say, one you could even share with your vanilla friends!! Carolyn Faulkner strikes again!
ET on 07/07/2012 03:35pm
Those of us who enjoy spanking fiction are used to being disappoined. Most books are either all spanking and no story or all (poorly written) story with the spanking added in. Not so with Carolyn Faulkner. You can always depend on her. This story was fantastic. Good plot, great story telling and character development and wonderful, appropriate spankings. A terrific read, and may I say, one you could even share with your vanilla friends!! Carolyn Faulkner strikes again!
drb on 07/04/2012 06:18am
I enjoyed this story – for the most part. I did find it a bit disturbing reading about the abuse poor Penny had to put up with, even though I know that kind of thing really did go on in the old west (and much worse). I wasn't so sure things would end happy as I read through the book but the book takes an unexpected turn nearer the end which allows Rafe and Mary Rose to work things out.
drb on 07/04/2012 06:18am
I enjoyed this story for the most part. I did find it a bit disturbing reading about the abuse poor Penny had to put up with, even though I know that kind of thing really did go on in the old west (and much worse). I wasn't so sure things would end happy as I read through the book but the book takes an unexpected turn nearer the end which allows Rafe and Mary Rose to work things out.
GM on 06/17/2012 02:54pm
This is such a sweet story! The characters are interesting, and well-developed. The blooming romance is believable, and not just a case of Stockholm Syndrome. I like the hero, and want to see him win. I like the heroine, and I'm so happy for them both when things work out! This is a very sweet, enjoyable read!
GM on 06/17/2012 02:54pm
This is such a sweet story! The characters are interesting, and well-developed. The blooming romance is believable, and not just a case of Stockholm Syndrome. I like the hero, and want to see him win. I like the heroine, and I'm so happy for them both when things work out! This is a very sweet, enjoyable read!
mlb on 06/13/2012 11:52am
Excellent story. Loved the characters, setting, and plot. Enjoyed the growing relationship between Rafe and Mary Rose. Story kept me on the edge of my seat, read it in one sitting.
mlb on 06/13/2012 11:52am
Excellent story. Loved the characters, setting, and plot. Enjoyed the growing relationship between Rafe and Mary Rose. Story kept me on the edge of my seat, read it in one sitting.
Kat B on 06/12/2012 07:06pm
I really liked this story because it didn't end like I thought it was going to. It was unpredictable and held my interest till the very end. Great characters too. Story could have been easily expanded to more chapters.
Kat B on 06/12/2012 07:06pm
I really liked this story because it didn't end like I thought it was going to. It was unpredictable and held my interest till the very end. Great characters too. Story could have been easily expanded to more chapters.
KB on 06/11/2012 12:19am
The only part of this story I disliked was how the treatment of Penny was made to seem like it was ok. However the relationship between Rafe and Mary Rose was great. I also liked the element of suspense that the story had. I would have rated it a 5 if it weren't for the Penny incident.
KB on 06/11/2012 12:19am
The only part of this story I disliked was how the treatment of Penny was made to seem like it was ok. However the relationship between Rafe and Mary Rose was great. I also liked the element of suspense that the story had. I would have rated it a 5 if it weren't for the Penny incident.
DNF on 06/05/2012 11:11pm
It is an adventure story that keeps your attention until the end, thanks mainly to the original and well-developed character El Diablo. The only flaw is the indifference to the mistreatment of Penny as if considered of minor importance.
DNF on 06/05/2012 11:11pm
It is an adventure story that keeps your attention until the end, thanks mainly to the original and well-developed character El Diablo. The only flaw is the indifference to the mistreatment of Penny as if considered of minor importance.
S.F. on 05/28/2012 10:18pm
I loved this book but it was not what I was expected. I don’t think the description of the book does it justice. It was an exciting story that I couldn’t put it down. Mary Rose was a wonderful character- independent, strong and self-sufficient.
S.F. on 05/28/2012 10:18pm
I loved this book but it was not what I was expected. I don۪t think the description of the book does it justice. It was an exciting story that I couldn۪t put it down. Mary Rose was a wonderful character- independent, strong and self-sufficient.
cls on 05/24/2012 03:44pm
Another Carolyn Faulkner gem. It sucked me in and I had to keep reading to see if El Diablo is really the dangerous outlaw or not. Enjoyed it very much.
cls on 05/24/2012 03:44pm
Another Carolyn Faulkner gem. It sucked me in and I had to keep reading to see if El Diablo is really the dangerous outlaw or not. Enjoyed it very much.
KArc on 04/25/2012 09:10pm
She is intelligent, independent and stubborn. She takes over the Inn and Saloon after her aunt and uncle die and refuses to give up even as both businesses are failing.

He is the notorious El Diablo, train robber and shooter of anyone, man woman or child, that resists him... and he likes her.

She has never been more terrified in her life. He lays claim to her, bottom included but there is a gentle, protective side to him that confuses and intrigues her.

When the dust clears and his secret is out she can’t wait to be rid of him but he’s not good at taking no for an answer.
KArc on 04/25/2012 09:10pm
She is intelligent, independent and stubborn. She takes over the Inn and Saloon after her aunt and uncle die and refuses to give up even as both businesses are failing.

He is the notorious El Diablo, train robber and shooter of anyone, man woman or child, that resists him... and he likes her.

She has never been more terrified in her life. He lays claim to her, bottom included but there is a gentle, protective side to him that confuses and intrigues her.

When the dust clears and his secret is out she can۪t wait to be rid of him but he۪s not good at taking no for an answer.
Monique D. on 04/25/2012 07:19am
Mary Rose is now at the ripe old age of 20 and entering into spinster hood and that's the way she likes it...or so she thought. Her beloved childless uncle has asked her to move from Virgina out to him in New Mexico to help with his business, whom he secretly wants to give to her one day. Shortly after she arrives and learns the business, her Uncle and Aunt takes ill, thus leaving her all alone. She keeps the failing business in hopes of keeping his memory alive and her freedom.
In comes Rafe, the notorious El Diablo whom is responsible for countless robberies and murders. Despite the fact that Rafe and his 2 gang members take over her empty business for Rafe's secret plan, he still manages to keep Mary Rose safe and in his clutches. Of course, one would have to wonder how safe can she get in the Devil's hands?
It is not till the end that we find out what Rafe's secret plans, thus answering Mary Rose's confused take on Rafe whom is dangerous and yet harbors a rare gentleness towards her. In the end, Mary Rose must make a decision and when she makes the wrong one...we have our strong Rafe there to be charmingly persistent and eventually taking the decision out of her hands.
Monique D. on 04/25/2012 07:19am
Mary Rose is now at the ripe old age of 20 and entering into spinster hood and that's the way she likes it...or so she thought. Her beloved childless uncle has asked her to move from Virgina out to him in New Mexico to help with his business, whom he secretly wants to give to her one day. Shortly after she arrives and learns the business, her Uncle and Aunt takes ill, thus leaving her all alone. She keeps the failing business in hopes of keeping his memory alive and her freedom.
In comes Rafe, the notorious El Diablo whom is responsible for countless robberies and murders. Despite the fact that Rafe and his 2 gang members take over her empty business for Rafe's secret plan, he still manages to keep Mary Rose safe and in his clutches. Of course, one would have to wonder how safe can she get in the Devil's hands?
It is not till the end that we find out what Rafe's secret plans, thus answering Mary Rose's confused take on Rafe whom is dangerous and yet harbors a rare gentleness towards her. In the end, Mary Rose must make a decision and when she makes the wrong one...we have our strong Rafe there to be charmingly persistent and eventually taking the decision out of her hands.

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