Deuces Wild: Beginners' Luck by L. S. King
Approx. 79,190 words.
Published on January 5, 2011.
All Slap ever wanted was his ranch and family. The gangster Lyssel destroyed that, leaving only charred remains. Tristan wanted nothing; he had no expectations from life and trusted no one.
The bereaved cowboy and cynical space mercenary discover they are both hunted by Lyssel and his mob and are forced to work together to survive. Can two such total opposites ever make their alliance work?