If you're like me, you have certain expectations for historical western romance. It has to have a cowboy, a strong, and sometimes fiesty woman, a western setting, and though it doesn't have to, it's always good to have some two-legged polecats around to ratchet up the tension.
Cloaked in Love is set on an isolated ranch in Wyoming at the foot of the Rocky Mountains. The quiet, beautiful scenery is deceptively peaceful because the story is about a young woman held captive by an outlaw gang.
A lot of gangs roamed the Old West, but their tactics and victims varied. There were the train and stagecoach robbers, the bank robbers, and those that wandered the countryside, robbing at random.
The gangs were romanticized in dime novels and the press until many, like Jesse James and Butch Cassidy, became folk heroes instead of the vicious killers they were. The truth is, these blood-thirsty, greedy men's quest for money and notoriety terrorized towns and countryside. They left hundreds of innocent people murdered in their rampages.
Shootouts mesmerized the public, though only a few were due to feuds like the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral. Most pitted the gang against lawmen, who were the true heroes of the Old West.