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He's faced countless perils on the battlefield, but nothing so dangerous as falling in love. Luke Davenport has been fighting all his life—for respect, for country, and for those unable to fight for themselves. But now that his Horsemen brothers are domesticated, he's left alone to battle the wildness within. When an opportunity arises to take a job on his own, tracking dow He's faced countless perils on the battlefield, but nothing so dangerous as falling in love. Luke Davenport has been fighting all his life—for respect, for country, and for those unable to fight for themselves. But now that his Horsemen brothers are domesticated, he's left alone to battle the wildness within. When an opportunity arises to take a job on his own, tracking down a group of rustlers, he jumps at the chance. Damaris Baxter has mastered the art of invisibility. Plain and quiet, she hides in books and needlework, content to be overlooked. Until her brother dies suddenly, leaving her custody of her nephew. She moves to Texas to care for Nathaniel, determined to create the family for herself that she never thought she'd have and to give him the family he desperately needs. When Nate finds himself knee-deep in trouble, Luke's attempt to protect him leaves Damaris feeling indebted to the Horseman. But suspicions grow regarding the mysterious death of Damaris's brother. And the more questions they ask, the more danger appears, threatening the family Luke may be unable to live without.


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He's faced countless perils on the battlefield, but nothing so dangerous as falling in love. Luke Davenport has been fighting all his life—for respect, for country, and for those unable to fight for themselves. But now that his Horsemen brothers are domesticated, he's left alone to battle the wildness within. When an opportunity arises to take a job on his own, tracking dow He's faced countless perils on the battlefield, but nothing so dangerous as falling in love. Luke Davenport has been fighting all his life—for respect, for country, and for those unable to fight for themselves. But now that his Horsemen brothers are domesticated, he's left alone to battle the wildness within. When an opportunity arises to take a job on his own, tracking down a group of rustlers, he jumps at the chance. Damaris Baxter has mastered the art of invisibility. Plain and quiet, she hides in books and needlework, content to be overlooked. Until her brother dies suddenly, leaving her custody of her nephew. She moves to Texas to care for Nathaniel, determined to create the family for herself that she never thought she'd have and to give him the family he desperately needs. When Nate finds himself knee-deep in trouble, Luke's attempt to protect him leaves Damaris feeling indebted to the Horseman. But suspicions grow regarding the mysterious death of Damaris's brother. And the more questions they ask, the more danger appears, threatening the family Luke may be unable to live without.

30 review for In Honor's Defense

  1. 5 out of 5

    Deanne Patterson

    In Honor's Defense by Karen Witemeyer was a book I was highly anticipating reading and it delivered every bit as much as I thought it would and then some. I believe this to be my favorite series by this author but I may just say that about all of her series because I LOVE them all! Luke "Preach" Davenport is one of the Horsemen brothers but there's really not as much for him to do now that his brothers have settled into domestic bliss. Needing to keep busy he's keeping up the fight for the good li In Honor's Defense by Karen Witemeyer was a book I was highly anticipating reading and it delivered every bit as much as I thought it would and then some. I believe this to be my favorite series by this author but I may just say that about all of her series because I LOVE them all! Luke "Preach" Davenport is one of the Horsemen brothers but there's really not as much for him to do now that his brothers have settled into domestic bliss. Needing to keep busy he's keeping up the fight for the good life,for the poor,weak and defenseless. He's taken on tracking down a group of cattle rustlers which will put him in more danger than he realizes. Damaris Baxter is a single woman who enjoys the simple things in life, like needlepoint,canning,baking and reading. Quiet simplicity is her way of life and she's fine with that. When her brother dies unexpectedly she finds she is the guardian now of her nephew,Nathaniel. To honor her brother's memory she will take care of her nephew but they are having a hard time getting to know one another again now that her nephew is a teen and it's been some years since she's seen him. He's grieving the loss of his father but thinks it's not manly to show his feelings so Nathaniel acts out and him locking her in the cellar looks like child's play compared to what he gets blamed for next. Nathaniel goes from a sullen,immature teen to a mature,trustworthy young man. I enjoyed seeing this. I enjoyed the interactions between Luke and Damaris. He is a fine person,trustworthy and an excellent protector. Luke enjoys reading scripture and sharing it also has a past and is battling his own demons but will this family help him keep the past there as he finds mercy and love? I enjoyed the western feel of the book and it's wide open spaces. This can be read as a stand alone but I do recommend to read this series in order to get the full benefit of it. Pub Date: 07 Jun 2022 I was given a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions expressed are my own.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Madisyn Carlin

    This book is...wow. Just wow. It's so, so good. I would argue it is the best book in this series, and I loved all three. Damaris is a delightful character and I thoroughly enjoyed her character arc. Such depth to her, and I wanted to smack everyone who looked past her and passed by her without recognizing what a multi-faceted, intelligent personality she possessed. Her love for her nephew, her loyalty to her brother whom she'd not seen in years, and her bravery make her a better heroine than Jo, This book is...wow. Just wow. It's so, so good. I would argue it is the best book in this series, and I loved all three. Damaris is a delightful character and I thoroughly enjoyed her character arc. Such depth to her, and I wanted to smack everyone who looked past her and passed by her without recognizing what a multi-faceted, intelligent personality she possessed. Her love for her nephew, her loyalty to her brother whom she'd not seen in years, and her bravery make her a better heroine than Jo, and I really liked Jo. Kudos to Luke for seeing her for her intelligence and personality and not for ignoring her just because she wasn't the typical pretty face. Nate is a rascal and I really want his story. And the stories of Abner, Rawley, and Alice. Such integral characters deserve their own stories. The villains. Ooh. Nasty, abominable, horrible, vile men. I kind of wanted a certain character to be included in the villainous group, since he was such a pill, but I'm also kind of relieved he wasn't. As the book commenced, I had an idea of a villain's identity, but I never expected him to have the reasoning and drive he did behind his odious intentions. Finally, Luke "Preach" Davenport. I've wanted Luke's story ever since reading At Love's Command, and I am happy to say Ms. Witemeyer fully delivered an astounding, captivating story. I never imagined there'd be so much depth to this hero. It was quite interesting to read about everything that had formed him. And I do like a hero who is capable of fighting and willing to give his all when defending those he loves, and that's definitely Luke. The faith element in this story was beautiful. So raw, so heartfelt. And, while there is violence, it's handled well and nothing is gratuitous. There is a moderate amount of kissing, but thankfully not descriptive. A personal opinion: I almost barfed when I read Captain Hanger had a handlebar mustache. That's just gross and a masculine guy shouldn't have such a sissy mustache. Ick. In Honor's Defense is an excellent tale and is definitely a must-read.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kellyn Roth

    This book. <3 I read it way too fast, because I was enjoying it way too much, so I need to reread it. But I do remember it all pretty clearly, so let's go. Luke has always been my favorite. Being in his POV was a bit different than I expected (I definitely got a different impression of him from other stories), but still enjoyable. I loved his story of forgiving himself and moving on, and his loyalty and determination were so great. Him helping Damaris's nephew was super touching. Damaris, meanwhile This book. <3 I read it way too fast, because I was enjoying it way too much, so I need to reread it. But I do remember it all pretty clearly, so let's go. Luke has always been my favorite. Being in his POV was a bit different than I expected (I definitely got a different impression of him from other stories), but still enjoyable. I loved his story of forgiving himself and moving on, and his loyalty and determination were so great. Him helping Damaris's nephew was super touching. Damaris, meanwhile, well, I don't know how this chick stayed invisible for so long, because she was being pretty courageous by the time we got to her. :P But that was good. I was glad that instead of relying on Luke to "make up for" her lack of courage and such, she actually grew as a character, which was great. Men don't make up for our weaknesses like that ... that's not what you're supposed to do. I really enjoyed watching these two get together - and watching Damaris's relationship with her nephew grow as well as Luke's relationship with him was great. It reminded me a lot of my mom and brother, actually - I think my little brother is ABOUT that unmanageable. xD But the way Luke and Damaris lean on each other ... like, thank goodness for a healthy relationship. That was so sweet. The real question, though, is NOW WHAT?! What do I do with my life now without the Horsemen in it?

  4. 4 out of 5

    Cara Putman

    In Honor's Defense, Preach is the lone Hanger's Horseman who hasn't found a home. He's settled on a wandering life until he finds a teenage boy and his aunt who need him. Damaris just wants to be useful and create a family with her orphaned nephew. What she doesn't expect is to fall into the middle of a mystery that includes the allegation her brother was murdered. This book has all of the elements of a Karen Witemeyer story: strong characters, a rich plot, and a slow burn romance. Highly recomm In Honor's Defense, Preach is the lone Hanger's Horseman who hasn't found a home. He's settled on a wandering life until he finds a teenage boy and his aunt who need him. Damaris just wants to be useful and create a family with her orphaned nephew. What she doesn't expect is to fall into the middle of a mystery that includes the allegation her brother was murdered. This book has all of the elements of a Karen Witemeyer story: strong characters, a rich plot, and a slow burn romance. Highly recommend.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Staci

    1895 Madisonville, Texas Happy sigh! Wallflower Damaris blooms after her older brother names her guardian of her orphaned nephew. When trouble strikes, it's Luke "Preach" that steps in. "I'm a Horsemen ma'am. Hunting down outlaws and bandits is what I do." What a great line! Engaging story line from beginning to end. Loved watching Damaris grow in confidence in multiple ways including parenting her nephew. Nathaniel's character was well done and showed both his teen maturity pains as well as his gr 1895 Madisonville, Texas Happy sigh! Wallflower Damaris blooms after her older brother names her guardian of her orphaned nephew. When trouble strikes, it's Luke "Preach" that steps in. "I'm a Horsemen ma'am. Hunting down outlaws and bandits is what I do." What a great line! Engaging story line from beginning to end. Loved watching Damaris grow in confidence in multiple ways including parenting her nephew. Nathaniel's character was well done and showed both his teen maturity pains as well as his grieving spirit. And bonus...spending time with Matt and Jo Hangar. The commitment the four men have for each other is awe inspiring. If any one of them is in trouble, the others are there. No questions asked. They come quickly and ready to battle if needed. Wonderful western series. My gratitude to publisher Bethany House for a complimentary copy of the novel. I was not required to post a review and all opinions expressed are my own.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Hannah

    What a great end to the series! (Even though I could never get enough of this set of characters, since the entire series has been 5-star books!) We finally get Preach's story, but it takes a few pages to get him on the page, since Damaris, the heroine, is getting called away from her long service at her elderly relative's side by having inherited her young teen nephew when her brother dies unexpectedly. She hurries to Texas, eager to have a semblance of her own home as her nephew's guardian--but What a great end to the series! (Even though I could never get enough of this set of characters, since the entire series has been 5-star books!) We finally get Preach's story, but it takes a few pages to get him on the page, since Damaris, the heroine, is getting called away from her long service at her elderly relative's side by having inherited her young teen nephew when her brother dies unexpectedly. She hurries to Texas, eager to have a semblance of her own home as her nephew's guardian--but she quickly learns it's not as rosy as she imagined. Cattle are vanishing in the lands and Preach gets called out to solve the problem. The man who hired him is convinced his mischievous young neighbor is the one helping steal the cattle, so Preach heads over to have a talk with the kid. He finds no kid, but does find the kid's aunt where he had trapped her in the cellar on a prank! Damaris isn't too happy about the pranks but she doesn't want to admit her nephew's long absences could have anything to do with cattle rustlers. Now the two of them have to figure out if her nephew is guilty or not, and if not who is--and how is her brother's death connected? I enjoyed every minute of this one and couldn't turn the pages fast enough. I also enjoyed getting to see characters from other books in the series again. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a free reading copy. A favorable review was not required.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kaytlin Phillips

    Gonna have to agree with most my friends...I think this is the best one yet! Wow! Luke's story was so emotionally charged...like I'm over here literally just feeling so bad for him (he'd probably hate me for it but I can't help it). Man, I love this character! How he quotes scriptures to keep the demons from his past at bay...man, how protective he is of those around him! (Okay, so I might be fangirling because he reminds me of my character Lou...but, Luke is awesome and deserves it!) Damaris was Gonna have to agree with most my friends...I think this is the best one yet! Wow! Luke's story was so emotionally charged...like I'm over here literally just feeling so bad for him (he'd probably hate me for it but I can't help it). Man, I love this character! How he quotes scriptures to keep the demons from his past at bay...man, how protective he is of those around him! (Okay, so I might be fangirling because he reminds me of my character Lou...but, Luke is awesome and deserves it!) Damaris was a great female character...I loved how the romance was a slow build...them both trying to decide if it was best...making sure they knew each other. I love when characters share actual deep emotionally raw conversation instead of just kissing...I mean, obviously they did kiss in this book but only a few times. And those kisses were NOT full of all those sensual words that make me feel uncomfortable. These were just sweet well placed and well done kisses, which I appreciated! Honestly, I'm not the person who reads romance for the kisses...lol...that sounds crazy, but for me it's about the slow build of the relationship. Watching two lives come together and share meaningful conversations and acknowledging each other as more than just attractive people, but being drawn to each others souls, a deep rooted binding not a superficial one based on outward appearances. I'm ranting, but that's what this book brings and I seriously enjoyed it!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Melissa’s Bookshelf

    “You might be a little rough around the edges, Luke Davenport,” she said, stepping close enough to lay her palm lightly on his chest, “but in here beats a noble heart.” Karen Witemeyer is one of my favorite historical romance authors! She creates such memorable characters and amazing stories filled with romance, inspiration, and plenty of action and adventure. I’ve loved this Hanger’s Horsemen series and In Honor’s Defense has to be my favorite of all. Reformed bad boys make the best heroes and “You might be a little rough around the edges, Luke Davenport,” she said, stepping close enough to lay her palm lightly on his chest, “but in here beats a noble heart.” Karen Witemeyer is one of my favorite historical romance authors! She creates such memorable characters and amazing stories filled with romance, inspiration, and plenty of action and adventure. I’ve loved this Hanger’s Horsemen series and In Honor’s Defense has to be my favorite of all. Reformed bad boys make the best heroes and Luke aka “Preach” definitely fits this bill. Wielding scripture as easily as he wields his fists, he’s never one to back down from a fight. So when he’s hired to find some cattle rustlers, he goes out on his own without his beloved Horsemen brothers to solve the mystery. Rescuing Damaris, the nearby neighbor, from a cellar, and her nursing him after he is brutally attacked takes him on a journey where he learns the true meaning of love and home. I loved the romance between Damaris and Luke. Watching both of them grow and change was enjoyable and inspiring. I adored Luke! He’s never had a real home. Enduring turmoil, anger, and violence, he escaped at a young age only to fight in brutal battles in the army. He doesn’t feel worthy of love, until he meets Damaris. I loved the way he treats Damaris and really listens to her. While not the most physically attractive woman, she has all the things that matter most and that Luke longs for. Damaris often feels invisible and insignificant. When Luke comes into her life, he really “sees” her and appreciates her many talents (other than cooking) and her ability to make him feel the love of home and family. It was fun seeing her become more bold and daring after she meets Luke. Damaris’ nephew Nathaniel is a troubled 14 year old boy who’s lost his father and mother. Still angry over his father’s death, Nate feels that steadying hand from Luke he so desperately needs which Damaris has struggled to provide. I loved watching these three become a real family. Along with the heartfelt romance, there’s a mystery to be solved and danger is never far behind. Not only are there cattle rustlers, but someone is after Damaris’ and Nathaniel’s land and is willing to kill to get it. As Luke continues to heal, he vows to do everything in his power to keep them safe, but will his efforts be enough? This story had me hurriedly flipping those pages to see what happens next. The villains are particularly nasty. Fans of historical romance, especially westerns, will love this! I enjoyed the spiritual messages subtly woven in to this romantic, action-filled story. The characters are endearing and it was fun to see all the Horsemen together again and also Dr. Jo! It can definitely be read as a standalone, but those who have read the previous books in the series will especially enjoy this! Highly recommend! Thanks to the author and publisher for a complimentary advanced copy of the book. All opinions are my own and I was not required to provide a positive review.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Ella Ferris

    I enjoyed this book so much! The characters, the plot, just...everything. So. Good. Characters: On exhibit A we have a quiet, book-loving young spinster who wants to be wanted. On exhibit B we have a horse-savvy soldier-warrior guy who wants a family but doesn't want a family and can't imagine what else he could be besides a warrior. A fantastic mix! I know this probably sound strange, but I loved how for once the heroine was not 'drop dead gorgeous'. She was just ordinary. Brown hair and eyes, not I enjoyed this book so much! The characters, the plot, just...everything. So. Good. Characters: On exhibit A we have a quiet, book-loving young spinster who wants to be wanted. On exhibit B we have a horse-savvy soldier-warrior guy who wants a family but doesn't want a family and can't imagine what else he could be besides a warrior. A fantastic mix! I know this probably sound strange, but I loved how for once the heroine was not 'drop dead gorgeous'. She was just ordinary. Brown hair and eyes, not curvy. We need more book characters like this who are not "perfect" physically other than a 'horrible scar on the face or something but other than that she's perfect in every way'. Damaris did not need to be gorgeous to be a good character. "she did tend to lose awareness of her surroundings when she was in the middle of a good ponder." It is lines like this that make a character interesting. She was so wise, constantly giving Luke a new perspective on life and himself. Luke was not the typical one-problem-to-be-solved hero. He had a few problems. How his relationship developed with Nate as well as Damaris was a pleasure to read. He had such a great arch over the course of the story; Nate as well. Plot: Fantastic plot, with good twists and turns. There was only a few moments that I found did not flow well with everything else happening, but in the long run it added to the plot. I thought it was so nice how Damaris and Luke really got to know each other and everything without much of the "I want to kiss you right now" every time in the other's presence. One Christian historical fiction author I read on a fairly regular basis tends to do that a lot, unfortunately. This was the second book of Witemeyer's I have read and I must say that this one has upped the bar in this genre for me. (that being said the first one I read was not great on the content side). Writing: So many good lines in this book! I could type a whole bunch but I will just leave you with this one: "No story bound in paper could compare to the one she longed to live in the real world." Conclusion is I liked this book a tremendous amount and I highly recommend it to anyone who likes Christian Historical Fiction. Reading the previous books is not necessary to understand this one! 4.5 stars

  10. 4 out of 5

    Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews

    I have read several other books by Karen Witemeyer and all have been fantastic journeys back into the Wild West and this one is no different. I didn't realize it is the third (and last!) in the series and now I have to go back and read the first two because I love this rag-tag group of men called the Hangers Horseman. They have each other's back no matter the situation yet seem to be God-fearing men. I'm not sure if I can choose a favorite character because I loved them all, well maybe not the ba I have read several other books by Karen Witemeyer and all have been fantastic journeys back into the Wild West and this one is no different. I didn't realize it is the third (and last!) in the series and now I have to go back and read the first two because I love this rag-tag group of men called the Hangers Horseman. They have each other's back no matter the situation yet seem to be God-fearing men. I'm not sure if I can choose a favorite character because I loved them all, well maybe not the bad guys. Damaris has always been a wallflower and engrossed in her books, but she loved her family. She may have been living with her aunt but when got the call that her brother had died and she was named the guardian for her nephew, she had no problem telling the aunt she was out of there and heading to Texas. I had to chuckle at that scene because the aunt wanted her tonics and Damaris said nope, can't do it, gotta pack and get out of here. When Damaris arrives in Texas to care for her nephew Nate, she encounters a grown teenager that is not the same one that she read stories to as a child. He has a chip on his shoulder and is angry at the world, especially the neighbor who he thinks killed his dad. I can understand his anger towards the neighbor but it is obvious he is a teen and not thinking logically. He is definitely full of pranks and locks Damaris in the cellar because she tried to stop him from wandering at night. Enter Luke. He was hired by the neighbor to find out who is stealing his longhorns and is checking out the neighbors to see if they know anything. Thankfully, he arrives and hears Damaris, and rescues her from the locked cellar. Once he sees Damaris I think he is a goner. It might take a little more time for him to really fall for her but there is something about her personality that draws her to him. Luke has had his own battles and demons to fight as we discover in this book. But what brought him peace was reading scripture and sharing those words with his fellow troops. Hence the nickname, Preach. Being hired for a job in Madisonville puts his life in danger but at the same time brings him what he has needed from life, a purpose and roots. I loved that he took Nate under his wings and tried to fill the shoes left empty by Nate's father after his death. These are Nate's formative years and I think Luke understood that based on his experience and wanted to help shape Nate to be the best person he could be in this life. The surprise character that I really liked was Dr. Jo. She is a no-nonsense kind of woman and only wanted the best for Luke. She is very wise and took no guff from anyone. How she came to be a part of the Hanger's Horseman group is told in the first book, At Love's Command. I definitely need to go back and read that book to learn more about her. There is a mystery in this book as to who wants to purchase Nate's land and was his father's death an accident or murder? You might come to suspect some of the answers as certain things are revealed but the whole truth might shock you. I know I couldn't believe what I was reading and rooted for Damaris and Luke hoping that all would turn out ok. This was such an enjoyable read and I need to remember to pick up this author's books more often. They are the perfect combination of romance, history, a little mystery, and faith. We give this book 5 paws up.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Paula Shreckhise

    Luke Davenport, is hero material. He sees himself as “discontented, dangerous and a little bit demented” But Damaris sees him as “driven, devoted and dependable.” What I like about Luke is he has hidden the word of God in his heart and relies on it in every situation. He regrets the sins of his past but as a new creature in Christ, he and fellow Horsemen use their lives to help others. That is one lesson he learns when he comes upon Damaris and her orphaned nephew, Nate. He sees himself in the Luke Davenport, is hero material. He sees himself as “discontented, dangerous and a little bit demented” But Damaris sees him as “driven, devoted and dependable.” What I like about Luke is he has hidden the word of God in his heart and relies on it in every situation. He regrets the sins of his past but as a new creature in Christ, he and fellow Horsemen use their lives to help others. That is one lesson he learns when he comes upon Damaris and her orphaned nephew, Nate. He sees himself in the young teen and wants to help Nate overcome feelings of helplessness and inadequacy that are leading him into trouble. But when trouble comes calling, God answers in the person of Luke. I love the way the author makes her heroes and heroines flawed and vulnerable but then uses those traits to show how God can work things for good. Damaris is shy and considers herself invisible but she lives up to the challenge of caring for her nephew and showing the fruits of the Spirit. This was a great ending to the series, but I hate to see the stories of the Horsemen end. Ms. Witemeyer always gives us totally believable characters, humor amid the danger and a swoony romance. This series will remain one of my favorites. * I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House on behalf of the author. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.*

  12. 4 out of 5

    Susan Snodgrass

    'I'm a Horseman, ma'am. Hunting down outlaws and bandits is what I do.' I have been so eagerly anticipating this book in Karen Witemeyer's 'Hanger's Horsemen' series since I read the first one. I loved Preach's characters and wanted to see what his story was. Witemeyer does not disappoint one bit here. Luke Davenport (Preach) finds more than he bargained for when he hires out to help a rancher. And Preach does have a back story, let me tell you, and has a lot to overcome. But those scripture vers 'I'm a Horseman, ma'am. Hunting down outlaws and bandits is what I do.' I have been so eagerly anticipating this book in Karen Witemeyer's 'Hanger's Horsemen' series since I read the first one. I loved Preach's characters and wanted to see what his story was. Witemeyer does not disappoint one bit here. Luke Davenport (Preach) finds more than he bargained for when he hires out to help a rancher. And Preach does have a back story, let me tell you, and has a lot to overcome. But those scripture verses he has memorized for so many years and has one for every occasion stand him in good stead throughout the book. I was cheering him on many times. This is, in my opinion, the best series ever from this author. They are books to sit proudly on my shelves and to be read over and over again. It sure was good to see all the Horsemen together again, even if just for a short time. Well done! My thanks to Bethany House for a copy of this book via Net Galley. The opinion in this review is expressly my own.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Melanie

    In Honor's Defense is the third (and, I think, final) book in Witemeyer's Hanger's Horsemen series. I have loved getting to know these characters and each book has just been amazing! This story features Luke and Damaris. The way they met was unique and memorable. I thought their romance was sweet and I really liked the ending. The danger in this book was intense and definitely made the story difficult to put down. All in all, I loved In Honor's Defense and definitely recommend it. *Disclosure of In Honor's Defense is the third (and, I think, final) book in Witemeyer's Hanger's Horsemen series. I have loved getting to know these characters and each book has just been amazing! This story features Luke and Damaris. The way they met was unique and memorable. I thought their romance was sweet and I really liked the ending. The danger in this book was intense and definitely made the story difficult to put down. All in all, I loved In Honor's Defense and definitely recommend it. *Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention/review it on my blog. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own and I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. 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.*

  14. 4 out of 5

    Sylvia

    An exhilarating series conclusion from Karen Witemeyer! In Honor’s Defense wraps up the Hanger’s Horsemen series in a satisfying, romantic way that will definitely appeal to lovers of historical romance. I was intrigued by Luke from book one, and it was great to finally get his story. His depth of character was explored very well. I also related intensely to Damaris; at times it felt like I was reading my own thoughts. Readers will also love seeing beloved characters from the rest of this series An exhilarating series conclusion from Karen Witemeyer! In Honor’s Defense wraps up the Hanger’s Horsemen series in a satisfying, romantic way that will definitely appeal to lovers of historical romance. I was intrigued by Luke from book one, and it was great to finally get his story. His depth of character was explored very well. I also related intensely to Damaris; at times it felt like I was reading my own thoughts. Readers will also love seeing beloved characters from the rest of this series! I can’t wait for Witemeyer’s next story—it’s always a tough but worthwhile wait between her books. I highly recommend all of them. 4.5/5 stars I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Brittany

    What a wonderful conclusion to the Hanger’s Horsemen series. If you haven’t read the first two books, I believe that you could still jump in and enjoy this one. The author did a good job of providing enough background about the Horsemen for those that are new to the series. Luke was a hero with a very difficult past. Knowing what he had come from and what his life was like growing up made him even more swoon-worthy. It was difficult to watch some of the events that happened to Luke, Damaris, and What a wonderful conclusion to the Hanger’s Horsemen series. If you haven’t read the first two books, I believe that you could still jump in and enjoy this one. The author did a good job of providing enough background about the Horsemen for those that are new to the series. Luke was a hero with a very difficult past. Knowing what he had come from and what his life was like growing up made him even more swoon-worthy. It was difficult to watch some of the events that happened to Luke, Damaris, and Nate as they fought to keep the Baxter family land, yet the danger was what brought these three together. I loved the way Luke and Damaris fell for each other! Damaris was always the overlooked member of her family and considered plain. However, Luke definitely never saw her that way. These two were truly drawn to each other and their romance was sweet and swoony all at the same time. Damaris’ nephew, Nate, grew a lot emotionally throughout this novel. He was such an angry, hurting young man when the story began. I loved seeing the way Luke was able to impact his life. Luke, also known as Preach, brought his trademark scripture quoting into this story, as he did in previous novels. The included passages worked beautifully to guide and comfort the characters in their times of trial. I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own. You can read this review on my blog: https://brittreadsfiction.wordpress.c...

  16. 5 out of 5

    Faye

    A riveting western adventure of justice, heart, faith and family. Luke "Preach" Davenport feels slightly adrift seeing all of his friends settling down, but not ready to do the same himself. He takes a solo mission investigating a cattle rustling, befriending a young woman and her teenaged nephew. The long awaited next installment in the Hanger's Horsemen Series, had high expectations set for it and it absolutely delivered. I loved seeing familiar faces, as well as getting to know Damaris and Na A riveting western adventure of justice, heart, faith and family. Luke "Preach" Davenport feels slightly adrift seeing all of his friends settling down, but not ready to do the same himself. He takes a solo mission investigating a cattle rustling, befriending a young woman and her teenaged nephew. The long awaited next installment in the Hanger's Horsemen Series, had high expectations set for it and it absolutely delivered. I loved seeing familiar faces, as well as getting to know Damaris and Nate. Damaris is used to being overlooked and forgotten, but when her brother passes and leaves his son in her care she is determined to raise him as his father would have wanted. I admired her faith, and her courage to step out of her comfort zone to find answers. A satisfying read from beginning to end, with heroes that you can cheer for all the way through. A nearly impossible book to put down, with excellent relationship building. I liked how faith was a huge part of Preach and Damaris's lives from the onset, and how they both grew in their faith together. Well worth the wait, you won't want to miss it! I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Dana Michael

    In Honor's Defense, the last of the Horsemen gets a book and he is the one they call "Preach". I've been looking forward to his story and I really enjoyed it. He is hired to catch some cattle rustlers. And in the midst of the adventure finds a young woman and her rebellious nephew in need of help. Of course there is action, romance and inspiration. It was great hearing from the other characters from the first two books and how they were faring. This author is such a fan favorite and always pens a In Honor's Defense, the last of the Horsemen gets a book and he is the one they call "Preach". I've been looking forward to his story and I really enjoyed it. He is hired to catch some cattle rustlers. And in the midst of the adventure finds a young woman and her rebellious nephew in need of help. Of course there is action, romance and inspiration. It was great hearing from the other characters from the first two books and how they were faring. This author is such a fan favorite and always pens a story that is fun and inspirational to read. Anyone who likes a good western historical romance will enjoy this tale. *I was given a copy of this book by the publisher and this is my honest opinion.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    3.5 stars "Fear not, for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by name; thou art mine. . . . When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee. . . . When thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned . . . " Luke "Preach" Davenport knew his Scripture inside and out. But it was about to become his prayer, his life line, his everything, because the woman on the other side of that fire line . . . . . whoa . . let's slow down a minute and back up to the beginning of this story. Le 3.5 stars "Fear not, for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by name; thou art mine. . . . When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee. . . . When thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned . . . " Luke "Preach" Davenport knew his Scripture inside and out. But it was about to become his prayer, his life line, his everything, because the woman on the other side of that fire line . . . . . whoa . . let's slow down a minute and back up to the beginning of this story. Leaving his fellow Horsemen behind in their various states of marital bliss, Luke answers a request from a Texas rancher who needs assistance ferreting out cattle rustlers. When Luke's investigation sends him out to the Baxter property, he discovers that the woman of the house has been trapped in her own cellar all day, the handiwork of a mischievous nephew whose bent for pranks was leading him towards some serious trouble. Damaris Baxter had responded to a completely different kind of request for assistance. Her beloved brother; a widower, had unexpectedly and perhaps even mysteriously drowned, leaving his barely teen son on his own. Approaching spinster status, Damaris knew that she could offer Nathaniel the kind of stability that he needed, so she willingly left her comfortable, albeit boring life in St. Louis to face-off with bitterness, anger, and insolence. As Luke's purpose and Damaris' circumstances begin to intertwine, a reconnaissance mission gone bad exposes a lot more than childish mischief, Luke nearly loses his life . . . and yet, in a way he actually begins to find it . . . . something he never thought possible . . . home. Fans of the regaled Hanger's Horsemen series will love seeing this deep dive into Luke's tender heart as he begins to release it into the loving care of another. "You are a warrior, Luke Davenport. And warriors aren't formed by ease and tranquility. They are forged in battle. . . . I will not judge you on the man you were. Only on the man you are." I received a copy of this book from the author and publisher. I also purchased a copy. The opinions stated above are entirely my own.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Sarita

    I found myself one morning, sitting in traffic and listening to the audiobook, getting riled up and speaking out loud - oh, come on, don’t trust him, he is so deep in the middle of it all! Not every author or story manages to bring that passion side out of me. The audiobook was well done and I loved how, through Luke and his mentorship of Nate, it shows what a change in a young person can bring if someone spend time to help them in their journey of life. I loved all the horsemen when got to meet an I found myself one morning, sitting in traffic and listening to the audiobook, getting riled up and speaking out loud - oh, come on, don’t trust him, he is so deep in the middle of it all! Not every author or story manages to bring that passion side out of me. The audiobook was well done and I loved how, through Luke and his mentorship of Nate, it shows what a change in a young person can bring if someone spend time to help them in their journey of life. I loved all the horsemen when got to meet and highly recommend this series. *I listened to the audiobook on Scribd.*

  20. 5 out of 5

    Heather Wood

    I really loved the characters in this one. I guess I'm a sucker for two people who feel unwanted falling in love and also for brotherhood stories, where men with different personalities bond. I'm not as into the "someone has to almost die at 90%" scene, but that's not a strike against the author, because I guess people like that. The Christian faith is normalized in this series... by that I mean, the characters pray and quote scripture like the everyday thing that it is. These were my first Witeme I really loved the characters in this one. I guess I'm a sucker for two people who feel unwanted falling in love and also for brotherhood stories, where men with different personalities bond. I'm not as into the "someone has to almost die at 90%" scene, but that's not a strike against the author, because I guess people like that. The Christian faith is normalized in this series... by that I mean, the characters pray and quote scripture like the everyday thing that it is. These were my first Witemeyer books, and overall, I liked them.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Erin Laramore

    Another wonderful book by Karen Witemeyer! This is the 3rd and final installment in the Hanger's Horsemen series. If you haven't read the other 2 books, you'll be able to follow this storyline just fine. If you have read the other books, it is fun to catch up with the other horsemen in the background while Preach gets his own story. This book follows Preach/Luke as he comes to the aid of a rancher whose cattle are being stolen. When Mr. Grimes requests the Horsemen, Luke answers the call as the Another wonderful book by Karen Witemeyer! This is the 3rd and final installment in the Hanger's Horsemen series. If you haven't read the other 2 books, you'll be able to follow this storyline just fine. If you have read the other books, it is fun to catch up with the other horsemen in the background while Preach gets his own story. This book follows Preach/Luke as he comes to the aid of a rancher whose cattle are being stolen. When Mr. Grimes requests the Horsemen, Luke answers the call as the others have hung up their hats, but he still yearns for adventure. Baxter land is next door to the Grimes ranch, and Mr. Grimes suspects young Nathaniel of rustling his cattle. When Luke goes to pay Nathaniel a visit, he encounters Nate's Aunt Damaris and is drawn to her. Through a series of events, a mystery that includes the death of Nathaniel's father (Damaris's brother), threats and unexpected alliances, Luke and Damaris draw closer together. As Luke has been the horseman that intrigued me the most with his penchant for quoting scripture, his rough around the edges persona, and his large size, I was glad to finally get his story as well. As is typical for the author, there was a good dose of humor, as well as some action and a solid dose of faith with this historical romance. I very much enjoyed both the story and the characters. Damaris is a plain wallflower type and seeing those types of characters develop grit throughout a story and win the hero's heart is wonderful. I relate much better to the "plain" looking characters than the beauties that seem to pop up in all of the other novels. Her faith, strength and quiet determination were her own breed of heroism. I also enjoyed watching Nathaniel grow spiritually and emotionally throughout the story as well. All in all, this was a fabulous read and I would recommend to fans of historical romance. Special thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for an advance e-copy of this book. I was under no obligation to provide a review and the thoughts contained herein are my own.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Stacy

    I'm always a huge fan of Karen Witemeyer's novels, she imbues each character with such humanistic qualities, they "breathe life" onto each page. This is a wonderful finale to a smashing series, Preach (Luke Davenport) is a character that sticks to your heart and brings a lift to your lips while Damaris Baxter's quiet demeanor and huge heart make you root for her. Intrigue, romance, faith, lyrical writing all combine to add to this fantastic novel. Get this one and all the others in the series, you I'm always a huge fan of Karen Witemeyer's novels, she imbues each character with such humanistic qualities, they "breathe life" onto each page. This is a wonderful finale to a smashing series, Preach (Luke Davenport) is a character that sticks to your heart and brings a lift to your lips while Damaris Baxter's quiet demeanor and huge heart make you root for her. Intrigue, romance, faith, lyrical writing all combine to add to this fantastic novel. Get this one and all the others in the series, you'll want to read them all. It can be read by itself, but like one piece of chocolate, it's better to have more of it. I received this book from the publisher but was under no obligation to post nor review this novel.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kav

    Alternate title: The Domesticating of Luke Davenport. :-) Happy, swoony, heart-palpitating smile. Excuse me while I grab my smelling salts and clear off my fainting couch...just incase. Sooooo, Luke.....definitely book boyfriend material. Tenderhearted meets broody in a juxtaposition of delicious contradictions. This scripture quoting horseman has earned the nickname Preacher yet he wrestles with demons from his past that tell him he's worthless, inadequate, unlovable. Resigned to living a life Alternate title: The Domesticating of Luke Davenport. :-) Happy, swoony, heart-palpitating smile. Excuse me while I grab my smelling salts and clear off my fainting couch...just incase. Sooooo, Luke.....definitely book boyfriend material. Tenderhearted meets broody in a juxtaposition of delicious contradictions. This scripture quoting horseman has earned the nickname Preacher yet he wrestles with demons from his past that tell him he's worthless, inadequate, unlovable. Resigned to living a life alone, he's trying to find his place in the shifting dynamics of the Horsemen brotherhood. His friends have all married, their attentions homeward bound with wives and babies on the way. And that leaves Luke the odd man out, watching (and aching) from the sidelines at the kind of life he knows he can never have. So he takes a solo job tracking a group of rustlers. Which is how he meets Damaris and her troubled nephew. The boy is acting out after the sudden (and mysterious) death of his father. He's fourteen and ornery and citified Damaris has her hands full trying to cope with Nate's recalcitrant ways and her own grief. Not to mention settling into the Wild West. She's fiercely protective of her nephew even though she knows she's lost control of the boy. And, wowza, the way Luke and Damaris meet -- equal parts funny and tense and electrifying. And it isn't long before the two are united in their quest to help Nate. And then...well all kinds of stuff happens that I can't mention or I'd spoil the read for you. Let's just say lots of action and adventure, danger and treachery. Some cameo appearances by horsemen and their wives and...the best part of all, toe-curling romantical stuff. Swoon and thud. And repeat. If the series has to end, this is the way to do it.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Monique

    In Honor’s Defense is the third and last book in the Hangers Horsemen series, and while it is more fun as part of a series, it can be read as a standalone. Luke aka Preach is the only Horseman left standing after the others settled down. He has a wild streak and just can’t be happy just taming horses, so when a call comes for the Horseman to find some cattle rustlers, he goes solo to see what he can find. And oh boy does he find something when he stumbles unto a woman and her orphaned nephew… Da In Honor’s Defense is the third and last book in the Hangers Horsemen series, and while it is more fun as part of a series, it can be read as a standalone. Luke aka Preach is the only Horseman left standing after the others settled down. He has a wild streak and just can’t be happy just taming horses, so when a call comes for the Horseman to find some cattle rustlers, he goes solo to see what he can find. And oh boy does he find something when he stumbles unto a woman and her orphaned nephew… Damaris has left her entire life behind to move to Texas and take care of her late brother’s orphaned son Nathaniel, a stubborn 14 year old who refuses to listen to her and is stuck in his grief. And when he pulls a prank that is a little bit too far and Damaris gets sorta rescued by this handsome cowboy, her life might turn upside down. Also because Nathaniel is convinced his father has been murdered… and more trouble is closing in. The perfect job for a Horseman, even if he finds himself a little bit too drawn to the distraction that is Damaris. I have to say, I absolutely love the chemistry between Damaris and Luke! They seem total opposites, but they match so well, and we discover some similarities too, which made it even more perfect. Damaris is a very insecure woman, as she seems invisible to the world, even to the ones that love her. She’s very good at hiding her true self and describes herself as plain and boring, but she is anything but boring. She is very smart and has so much love and care for everyone, and when someone has faith in her she finds her inner strength which was great to see! Luke has some wildness to him, but secretly longs for a family life like the other Horsemen have. He isn’t even opposed to a doily or two, which is an enviable quality in my opinion. But his traumatic history is hindering him from finding happiness, as he is afraid he’ll end up like his dad, even though he can quote half the Bible he has trouble believing that God forgives him and cares for him. He recognises a lot of himself in Nathaniel, and their budding friendship is great to see! Also, there is little time for romance, as trouble is coming, and he has to find out who’s behind this, and if Nathaniel is right about his dad getting murdered. The first half of this book is more focused on the characters themselves, that was my favorite part, where the second part is more action. That keeps you engaged the entire time, and you really want to keep reading, you need to know how it ends! I love how the other Horseman are in this book too on the background, but you can really feel the support they give, how they are still close. The finale was epic and I loved it! Karen Witemeyer is one of my favorite authors (I’m a big fan), and this newest novel didn’t disappoint at all, it was amazing! I’m really sad this series is over, I love these rugged cowboys. I received a free copy from the publisher through Netgalley, but it hasn’t influenced my opinions.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Marilee

    What a thrilling end to a fantastic series!! I have enjoyed every book in the Hangar's Horsemen series, but I think this one might just be my favorite. Luke feels adrift after the other horsemen have settled down and so he takes a solo job hunting down cattle rustlers. When he crosses paths with Damaris and her nephew Nate, he quickly assumes the role of protector. A near tragedy brings them all closer together and Luke sees for the first time what home and family can be. The romance between Dam What a thrilling end to a fantastic series!! I have enjoyed every book in the Hangar's Horsemen series, but I think this one might just be my favorite. Luke feels adrift after the other horsemen have settled down and so he takes a solo job hunting down cattle rustlers. When he crosses paths with Damaris and her nephew Nate, he quickly assumes the role of protector. A near tragedy brings them all closer together and Luke sees for the first time what home and family can be. The romance between Damaris and Luke was soooooo sweet! Like melt my heart into a puddle sweet. Damaris has such a great character arc and I loved that Luke saw her intelligence and strength when she was invisible to so many others. Such a rich plot full of mystery, action, romance and captivating characters that the pages practically turned themselves. The end was such a satisfying conclusion to the series and loved the cameos from other favorite characters though this can be read as a stand-alone. If you enjoy historical westerns, then this is one book that definitely needs to be on your list! Another 5 star read from Karen Witemeyer. I will read anything and everything she writes and can't wait for more! I received a complimentary copy of the book but a positive review was not required.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Alyssa Tillett

    What a fantastic book. I’m sad it’s the last of the series. But what a wonderful and exciting story. Filled with Faith, family, and page turning suspense. I think I held my breath through some parts. This whole series goes to the top of my favorites list. I love the depth of faith woven through. And how each character is unique and grows through the book. And of course snippets of previous characters from the other books. Another wonderful page turning stay up until all hours in the night type o What a fantastic book. I’m sad it’s the last of the series. But what a wonderful and exciting story. Filled with Faith, family, and page turning suspense. I think I held my breath through some parts. This whole series goes to the top of my favorites list. I love the depth of faith woven through. And how each character is unique and grows through the book. And of course snippets of previous characters from the other books. Another wonderful page turning stay up until all hours in the night type of book. I was given this book by the publisher. All opinions are my own.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Lucy

    I’m late to the party on this one as I missed the first two books in the series but for me this worked as a stand-alone. Although I would love to read and know the other Hangers Horsemen stories. I loved the character of “Preach” Luke Davenport and his ease at quoting scripture for whatever the situation. If you’ve ever felt invisible then you will identify with Damaris and her feelings, but don’t let that fool you. She has a protective inner strength and steps up to the plate when her nephew ne I’m late to the party on this one as I missed the first two books in the series but for me this worked as a stand-alone. Although I would love to read and know the other Hangers Horsemen stories. I loved the character of “Preach” Luke Davenport and his ease at quoting scripture for whatever the situation. If you’ve ever felt invisible then you will identify with Damaris and her feelings, but don’t let that fool you. She has a protective inner strength and steps up to the plate when her nephew needs her. It’s so refreshing to watch her stretch and grow into an amazing woman who loves fiercely. Nate is a handful but is blessed to have Luke and Damaris to shape him and steer him in the right direction. As a united front they can face whoever is behind the danger they are facing. Finding our strength in the Lord is the theme to me in this book and speaks to your heart. A great entertaining read that is throughly enjoyable. After all who can resist a strong faith filled Horseman. I highly recommend. I received a complimentary copy from the author/publisher. The honest review and opinions are my own and were not required.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    My personal favorite in the series! Luke's story was one I was looking forward to reading the most in this series. I really enjoyed seeing his perspective and his outlook on life change over the course of the story. Delmaria was a great character, I personally loved seeing a character like her. She is a female character you don't see often in fiction anymore. She is so relatable though. While she has remained in the background in life she really gets a chance to shine in this story where her perso My personal favorite in the series! Luke's story was one I was looking forward to reading the most in this series. I really enjoyed seeing his perspective and his outlook on life change over the course of the story. Delmaria was a great character, I personally loved seeing a character like her. She is a female character you don't see often in fiction anymore. She is so relatable though. While she has remained in the background in life she really gets a chance to shine in this story where her personal strengths are shown as well as her humanity. This book had the classic "feel good " western vibe that is a trademark Karen Witemeyer story. If you are looking for an enjoyable ride with romance and rustlers and maybe another foe, grab this one! I recieved a complementary copy of this book from the publisher through Netgally. All opinions are honest and completely my own.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Suzie Waltner

    Karen Witemeyer has delivered a gift to readers in her new release. In Honor’s Defense rounds out the Hanger’s Horsemen series, and this one was worth the wait. Luke Davenport is the last unhitched horseman and he’s fine with that but when he meets Damaris and her nephew, his opinions on independence start to shift. Damaris is used to being unseen, but from the moment Luke rescues her, she longs for more than the life she’s been content with. Witemeyer seamlessly weaves character development, an e Karen Witemeyer has delivered a gift to readers in her new release. In Honor’s Defense rounds out the Hanger’s Horsemen series, and this one was worth the wait. Luke Davenport is the last unhitched horseman and he’s fine with that but when he meets Damaris and her nephew, his opinions on independence start to shift. Damaris is used to being unseen, but from the moment Luke rescues her, she longs for more than the life she’s been content with. Witemeyer seamlessly weaves character development, an engaging plot, a touch of humor, and a dollop of faith in her books, and with a character nicknamed “Preach,” you better believe there’s a sermon in there—one that is lived quietly instead of shouted words without proof. In Honor’s Defense has a couple of the best romantic scenes that I’ve read in a while, and Luke and Damaris are characters I couldn’t help but wish all the best for. This book is the perfect ending to the series. Disclosure statement: I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book and was not required to write a positive review. All opinions are my own.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Marguerite Gray

    Mercy is a powerful force especially when trouble is brewing all around. How many messes do individuals cause? Many, me included. The only way out is to call for help. God’s help, man’s help, the Horsemen’s help. Luke’s purpose is to help catch some cattle thieves. So, he thinks. What if that isn’t his true purpose? Could Luke face the struggles alone? He has the horsemen to help because “Horsemen stand together.” Also, he has scripture—his most reliable source of strength. Do you ever wonder wh Mercy is a powerful force especially when trouble is brewing all around. How many messes do individuals cause? Many, me included. The only way out is to call for help. God’s help, man’s help, the Horsemen’s help. Luke’s purpose is to help catch some cattle thieves. So, he thinks. What if that isn’t his true purpose? Could Luke face the struggles alone? He has the horsemen to help because “Horsemen stand together.” Also, he has scripture—his most reliable source of strength. Do you ever wonder why certain situations are dropped in your lap? How about an angry teenager (a nephew) and a new home? Damaris needs help in so many ways. Not many of use will be trapped in a cellar by an unruly nephew or deal with the problems of ranch life, but problems will come in some form. Do we confront them with mercy and forgiveness, with hope and deliverance? I will definitely continue this series going backwards to pick up #1 and #2. Karen Witemeyer is a master storyteller with colorful, growing characters. Bravo, Karen!

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