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Friday, December 14, 2012

Good Wives Assailed by Robert J Conley

Good Wives Assailed by Robert J Conley
Publisher: Musa Publishing
Genre: Action/Adventure, Historical
Length: Short Story (14 pgs)
Heat Level: Sensual
Rating: 3 stars
Reviewed by Aloe

Fat Stuff maybe the worst criminal in town, but he isn’t the smartest. When he sets out to con the wives of the richest ranchers around, Fat Stuff finds himself in a terrible mess at the hands of the women.

In this Old West retelling of Shakespeare's Merry Wives of Windsor, Fat Stuff and his gang of outlaws are always causing trouble. Most recently, they broke into Justice Short's warehouse, killed his cow, and beat his men. Somehow the men always get away with their misdeeds.

Then Fat Stuff comes up with his most conniving plan yet—to make the wives of the richest ranchers in the area think he’s in love with them. When one of the wives asks him to her ranch, Fat stuff thinks he’s got it made, but he is in for a big surprise.

The women have a plan of their own which puts Fat Stuff right where he belongs.

Fat Stuff deserves what he gets. He’s a thief and conman and has bamboozled the men of the town, but then he decides to take on the woman. Bad move…

Mr. Conley writes an amusing story that kept me reading. This is short and sweet and has a nice ironic ending. I like those. The story has also stuck with me; it’s not one you will forget right after reading it.

Fat Stuff is brazen in his actions and even admits his guilt, but no one is willing to testify against him and everyone denies seeing anything. His men are as bad as he is and they enjoy flaunting the law. Fat Stuff’s problem is that what he’s already stolen and the damage he’s done isn’t enough for him. Now he’s going to spark the two biggest ranch owner’s wives and get himself a pretty woman and a ranch of his own. At least that’s his intent.

Here’s where things get more interesting. Women being women, they talk about the letters Fat Stuff sent them. He’s not real smart and both letters say the same thing. So the women decide to get even.

This story is a cute western. The women develop a plan, Fat Stuff knows they’re just drooling over him and his offer, and when the men get the scent of what’s going on, they ride in with weapons drawn! It’s amusing, entertaining, and all the men in story have some learnin’ to do.

Mr. Conley had to write this story tongue-in-cheek. He’s done a good job with it and I really enjoyed reading it. Why not read the story and find out what Fat Stuff’s special surprise was? I even almost (just almost) felt sorry for him, but I was too busy laughing.

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