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The Touch Of Fire

3.82 of 5 stars 3.82  ·  rating details  ·  2,293 ratings  ·  86 reviews
Annie Parker came to Silver Mesa, Arizona, because it was the only place she'd found where folks thought a woman doctor was better than no doctor at all. Her lonely life became harder still on the winter night Rafe McCay broke into her office with a bullet in his side and a bounty hunter at his back. With a gun aimed at her heart, he led her deep into the Arizona mountains...more
ebook, 336 pages
Published August 9th 2011 by Pocket Books (first published 1992)
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Lady Vigilante (Feifei)
5 stars!!


I think there’s truly something magical about a book if you can re-read it multiple times and still be enamored with the story, characters, and writing. Most, if not all, of Linda Howard’s books are like that for me but the one I’ve re-read the most is this book. Set in the wild & dangerous time period after the Civil War, The Touch of Fire is a captivating western romance about two individuals striving to belong and how they discover a love that is found in the most unexpected of p...more

4 Stars! Not sure that I liked the set-up in the beginning, but then it came around nicely, and was quite enjoyable!

Don't know how I missed this Linda Howard book, but I'm glad I finally got a chance to read it. I love her older stuff and although this wasn't one of her best, it was still a memorable read.

Isis FG
I think this is the first historical romance I've read by Linda Howard. It was okay for me. A pretty standard "falling for her kidnapper" story.

Annie Parker learned medicine at her father's knee. She loved helping people and wanted to go to school to be a doctor. But it was something a woman just did not do. She persevered, though, and went to medical school. Then she moved to a remote western town where people would actually let a woman treat them. One night outlaw Rafe McCay ends up in her off...more
Updated today, because I listened to audio by Natalie Ross. Superb! A 5-star narration.

Compared to 1870, guess how much $100 grand would be worth today? (view spoiler)

4.25 stars for this erotic historical suspense.
It's fiction, but based on cited sources, Howard speculates on the missing Confederate gold (the Treasury was "misplaced" and never recovered after the Civil War). Her story involves several historical figu...more
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I got to page 182 when I just had to stop - the book wasn't totally horrible but I didn't like it. I didn't hate or love, like or dislike either Annie or Rafe, which in a romance I need to like at least one of them to keep reading. Annie was a personality that changed; one second she's a strong, independent woman, the next a simpering, dependent, and insecure girl. I hate when authors make characters go from one extreme to another like that. The plot and pacing were rather slow and not that inte...more
Stockholm Syndrome? Well, maybe but it was a great story for the first 3/4s. It slowed down after a while and ended well but it seemed like it lagged for a bit. I liked the strong characters. Set in the old West in Arizona territory. Annie Parker, a woman doctor, is kidnapped by Rafe McCay, a wanted man, being chased by a bounty hunter.
Poor writing (e.g. many instances of "..., for she frequently had to travel..." Overly formal and archaic in comparison to the tone of the rest of her text. Also many instances of the author obviously conveying historical and situational context using characters as mouthpieces, a little clumsy. E.g. a distraught, grieving character exclaiming, "He was only about seven-years-old!") Good physical descriptions though.

Solid, interesting hero. Heroine was a mite too perfect for my tastes. Hero was ve...more
Caution: minor spoilers ahead. Tread at your own peril.

I should have loved this book, since it contains a lot of the elements I enjoy in a romance:
• Historical + western + romance. As the saying goes, you had me at hello
• A well-liked author. The Mackenzie collection and Mr. Perfect are among my favorite reads from 2012
• A brooding hero, and an outlaw to boot.
• A lady doctor, from whom backbone and some maturity is expected. I loved Dr. Quinn TV show back in the 90s.
• An enemy-to-lovers storyli...more
Not as captivating as her other stories. Full review to come.
Jul 19, 2010 Anita rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
hmmm.. I don't even know why I finished this book. I found the writing awkward at parts and the storyline wasn't even compelling. perhaps that is a review of me that I didn't just move on? there is one partial storyline where the heroine is noted as a healer, as in "healer". that probably could have been cool. other than that, classic fall for the kidnapper piece. nature scene descriptions were pretty good.
This is, in my opinion, Linda's best Historical Romance. As the story unfolds, both characters develope and change for the better. I did not find this 'too rough' or 'cruel' as has been noted elsewhere. For the most part, both main characters act and re-act believably for the time period, the 19th Century. Again one can not expect 21st Century behavior from people living in the 19th Century.
It's actually more like 4.5*.
I absolutely loved the beginning and the days spent in the cabin. I was somewhat turned off by the slight supernatural element which I found completely uncalled for and didn't actually add anything in the story. Overall a great read and a keeper.
Dari awal baca novel ini gw suka dan tidak mengalami kejenuhan krn model penulisan yg lebih banyak narasi. Walo narasi hanya berkisar antara kedua tokoh, setidaknya bisa menggambarkan cerita dan emosi kedua tokoh secara menyeluruh. Namun ketika muncul adegan cara Annie mengobati balita suku apache, kok mood langsung down yah. Cara menggambarkannya terlalu berlebihan n gak masuk akal, walo gw ngerti memang ada org" tertentu yang memiliki kelebihan dalam menyembuhkan berbagai penyakit, tapi gak ha...more
I listened to the unabridged audiobook. I don't like abridged audiobooks. I might have made an exception with this one. I felt this book had split personality disorder. To me, the three "acts" of this book were from three very different book plots. The kidnapping section, the mystical healing hands section, and the clearing the name of the wrongly accused section. I wish she would have stayed with one of them. I even felt the characters behaved differently in each one. I was left disappointed by...more
I really like the first half of the book, but I sort of lost interest with the second half. Plus there is a sort of supernatural aspect thrown in that I was surprised with. Generally I don't like being surprised with the supernatural. Rafe was great I thought in the beginning, but then I felt like he was only so-so in the end...not fantastic, not horrible...just sort of in the middle. There were times I felt he could have been a little bit more sensitive to Annie's needs. So, 3.5 for the first h...more
Saya beberapa kali membaca novel dengan latar tahun 1800-an. Bahkan ada yang sebelum Masehi. Tapi, karya Linda Howard yang satu ini berbeda. Peringatan “Novel Dewasa” di atas barcode di sampul belakang buku ini nyata sekali.

Sinopsisnya tentang pelarian seorang innocent criminal yang kemudian menculik seorang dokter wanita, Saya tidak tahu kalau pada zaman itu, seorang dokter dengan kelamin wanita, akan sangat sulit dipercaya. Andai saja para penggiat emansipasi mengetahuinya. Oh! Tentu saja mere...more
Jane Stewart
Enjoyable western. Most of it was a nice story but the ending was excellent, very satisfying.

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Sexual language: moderate. Number of sex scenes: eleven. Setting: 1871 Arizona. Copyright: 1992. Genre: historical western romance.
Serban Georgiana
Este prima carte historical-romance scrisa de Linda Howard pe care o citesc si pot sa spun ca am ramas impresionata.
Ca perioada istorica , totul se petrece imediat dupa razboiul de Independenta dintre Nord si Sud.Nu prea cunosc eu istoria Americii,deci nu pot spune cat de adevarate sunt intamplarile istorice pe care autoarea le relateaza.
Ceea ca pot spune , este ca tot tabloul acesta pe care autoare reuseste sa-l"zugraveasca" pentru a integra poveste de dragoste , este remarcabil.
Rafe este u...more
Struggling with the amount of sexual thinking by both main charactors, hope I can finish this story. Okay it just got worse! I love Linda Howard, but I can't take the constant sex, There is no story! I'm at chapter 10? and Don't know anything about the main characters except she's a doctor, and he's running from a bounty hunter!
Definitely not one of Howard's best. There was no "fire" anywhere in this tale. It bored me to death. Surprised I finished!! Really disappointing to me as I have always enjoyed Howard's work.
I confess I got about 100 pages in and lost interest. Found the hero and heroine uninteresting and wasn't motivated enough to find out how their story ends.
แอนนี่เป็นหมอที่เดินทางมาอยู่ในเมืองซิลเวอร์เมซาเพราะที่ไหนๆก็ไม่ต้องการหมอผู้หญิง(ยุคสมัยก่อนจะไม่เห็นด้วยที่ผู้หญิงจะมาเป็นหมอ) เมื่อหล่อนเดินทางมาที่นี่ แอนนี่สามารถใช้วิชาแพทย์ที่เล่าเรียนมาช่วยเหลือผู้คนได้อย่างเต็มที่ ต่อมาแอนนี่ถูกเรฟ แมคเคย์ที่ได้รับบาดเจ็บลักพาตัวไป หลังจากที่เขาหนีจากนักล่าค่าหัว เรฟไม่ยอมเสียเวลาอีกแม้แต่นิดเดียวในการรักษา เขาจึงต้องพาแอนนี่ไปกับเขาด้วยท่ามกลางสภาพอากาศที่หนาวเหน็บ

เรฟเกิดความปราถนาในตัวของแอนนี่ยามที่หล่อนแตะต้องผิวกายของเขา แต่เขากลัวว่าหล่อนจะหนีเขา...more
I love Linda Howard and have always picked up her books whenever I see them but this book just didn't do it for me. I read that this was Howard's first book so it makes sense that this story left much to be desired. Rafe was a horrible chauvinist while Annie was the definition of a doormat (despite the fact that she managed to become a female doctor in the Reconstruction period of America. It was mostly the contrast in Annie's personality that bugged me the most; how could a women become a docto...more
Perdani Budiarti
Seorang dokter wanita diculik seorang tersangka pembunuh lalu keduanya jatuh cinta. Happy end. Well, inti ceritanya sesederhana itu, namun pada proses pengembangan cerita hasilnya tidak secepat itu. Kisah perang saudara di Amerika Serikat yang melibatkan Utara-Selatan menjadi salah satu inti cerita di buku ini.

Pada bab awal diceritakan usaha Rafe untuk menyembunyikan diri dari seorang pemburu buronan namun setelah bertemu Annie alurnya menjadi lambat. Sang pemburu tidak muncul-muncul dan cerita...more
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Rafe McCay seorang pelarian. Dia dituduh atas pembunuhan yang tidak dilakukannya. Alhasil 4 tahun hidupnya dijalaninya di alam bebas, untuk menghindari para pemburu hadiah. Lumayan harga buat kepalanya membuat para pemburu berusaha keras mendapatkannya. Sayang mereka tidak tahu bahwa Rafe seorang pejuang gerilya dan mampu bertahan sampai sekarang....benarkan?

Annie Parker seorang dokter wanita yang mendedikasikan hidupnya untuk menyembuhkan orang yang sakit. Dia berusaha keras untuk diterima ole...more
I enjoyed Howard's first two "Lady of the West" books (A Lady of the West and Angel Creek). The Touch of Fire was too much. Wounded Rafe kidnaps Annie because she is a doctor. Although he kidnaps her at gunpoint she never attempts to escape because of her oath as a doctor. She doesn't know this man or why he is on the run. Of course, after a few nights together he must be "inside her". Ugh! The first loves scenes - too much information - (her maidenhead, his shaft and constant erections, spillin...more
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Linda S. Howington was born on August 3, 1950 in Alabama, United States. She began to write at nine years old, and wrote for twenty years for her own enjoyment. She worked at a trucking company where she met her husband, and then decided to try and get her work published in 1980. [1:] Her first work was publishe...more
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