In doing genre research, a friend suggested Pistol Daisy as a potential comp title for Guns & Smoke, so you know I just had to go for it!
My biggest surprise was how short this story was. When I received my paperback, I was shocked that it wasn't a full length novel. I put off reading for a bit because of this, but I needed a bit of a lighter read, so I decided to jump in. I finished it in basically two sittings.
Pistol Daisy is a western novel. The main character, Daisy, experiences a great loss from the beginning. She survives with two things: her life and the name of the man who killed her family. Vowing for vengeance, Daisy finds herself in a ragtag band of Outlaws and comes across other pieces of the web woven in with her own story.
While I absolutely did enjoy this story, there really wasn't romance. There were hints of it, but only small glimpses and things that might have been.
The story ended on a hopeful note, but it didn't deliver on the initial goal: to take out the man who murdered her family.
All in all, I thought it was far too short, but I understand why. I feel like Leigh is angling for a large volume of books in this world, which I can't say I'm mad about. I look forward to the next novel and seeing if Daisy gets any closer to the revenge she seeks!