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Under the Desert Moon

3.96 of 5 stars 3.96  ·  rating details  ·  326 ratings  ·  34 reviews
Disguised as a prim schoolteacher, Aubrey Granger travels to Santa Fe to avenge a past wrong and encounters Christian McBride, a man who had been jailed for a crime he did not commit.

As reviewed by Kathe Robin of Romantic Times: "Under The Desert Moon is the 'Silverado' of Western romances. [She] has incorporated every wonderful scene from every memorable Western into one
Kindle Edition, 512 pages
Published (first published September 1st 1992)
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Aubrey Granger has waited ten long years to grow up and the chance return to Santa Fe to destroy the man she blames for sending his henchmen to kill her family and burn down their home (she was left for dead). Disguised as a plain schoolmarm for the stagecoach ride she meets up with just-out-of-Leavenworth-Prison Christian McBride (he's a hottie), and he seems to be the only one on the stagecoach that sees through her disguise and suspects she's up to more than teaching kids when she gets to tow ...more
Kim H
Marsha Canham has described this novel as her foray into "Silverado territory". What she came up with in Under the Desert Moon is actually much better written than the storyline in Silverado, and steamy enough to fog up the stagecoach windows on even the coldest desert nights.
Aubrey Blue is a woman with a past: a cardsharp, a hustler, a tragic heroine, on a very personal mission that she's well aware just might cost her her life. Disguised as a spectacle wearing schoolmarm, she's traveling on a
This one surprised me. I am not a cowboy fan, so this is the first western/cowboy novel I have ever read. The author is the only reason I gave it a shot. Canham did not fail to deliver. At first I read reluctantly and it was hard to put my mind into the place and time and submerge into the story. I was thinking, "well, she had to have some books that weren't too good, this must be one", but still I read on. I don't know of any other author I have read that can create a perfect hero, but Marsha C ...more
I'm going through the many freebies on my Kindle, and I'm seeing a lot of western romances, not normally my first choice. This one, however, has made me a big fan, and I think I'll have a few more books set in the Wild West in my future. Aubrey had to watch her mom and dad be killed by thugs sent out by a wealthy man who demanded their land, and her younger twin brothers were lost to her as she tried to save them all. Fast-forward 10 years, and she's 23 on the outside but still that terrified 13 ...more
Mary B.
This book was well-written and exciting, that's for sure. Very descriptive and graphic with the violence that is characteristic of the Old West. Was a bit long and too drawn out in parts. And while I genuinely liked the heroine, I didn't LOVE the hero. He was just O.K. I felt he was a bit 2-dimensional. We rarely saw things from his perspective. This was a very heroine-centered book, and I tend to prefer somewhat equal time from both characters' points of view.

But generally a great read, and wo
Under the Desert Moon I know I said I love most Ms. Canham's Highlander stories, but this one was one heck of a romance set in the far west. Rife with intrigue, shadowed past, revenge-seeking, and sizzling passion, this novel is a must read for all MC fans, as well as fans of romance under the sizzling sun of the frontier.

Well-paced, nicely-plotted with wonderful characters, great intrigue, stunning descriptions and sizzling chemistry. If you decide to pick up this baby, you won't be disappointe
Elaine Mcdonald
I read very few westerns, but I would pick up any book by Marsha Canham, I like her that much! There are plenty of reviews on this book, I think Stevie's sums it up quite well. There is a lot of action, adventure, romance and blood and gore! And now Amazon has her out of print books for $2.99.
Danette Steward
ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!! Book just built and built.... right up to the very end. There were two HUGE mouth dropping twists at the end that you won't see coming. Marsha Canham's writing will keep you glued to the pages. She's brilliant. Very steamy and HOT. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

I liked the characters and dialogue in this book. And the author has a beautifully descriptive style.
However, I found myself skimming A LOT. It was wordy and dry. The descriptions went on and on and on.....
Very "shoot 'em um cowboy." Fun and sexy. Much too verbose, sometimes felt like a textbook on life in the old west.
Hot. Sassy. And unable to put down. A real page turner.
A perfectly respectable western romance.

The heroine Aubrey watched her family succumb to unimaginable tragedy at the hands of ruthless Santa Fe business man Maxwell Fleming as an adolescent. She is found some days later and taken in by a gambler and sometimes con-man. Some years later, she decides it is time to take her revenge. By adulthood she is a breathtaking beauty (aren't they all?). To exact her revenge she disguises herself on a stage coach as an uptight school-marm. We meet just out of
The one thing Marsha Canham does not write is cheesy romance. Her works are gritty and passionate. Up until this point, I had only read her pirate romance novels. I was pleasantly surprised to find that she'd immersed herself equally well in the western genre. Her heroines are always kick-ass women who overcome great obstacles and painful pasts (and presents). This book was no different. There were a couple of surprises along the way that had me gasping, and a final one that had me bursting into ...more
Not bad! Evocatively set on a stagecoach ride ending in Santa Fe. Interesting cast of characters (could have done with even more character development, but it wasn't too lacking) that included numerous secondaries, one of which was Billy the Kid, which should have been cheesy but it was pulled off. Pretty well plotted in two parts plus prologue and epilogue. Smoking hot romance between Aubrey and McBride that didn't jump straight into sex or avowals of love. Good relationship progression that le ...more
I'm not a fan of cowboy romances, but I am a HUGE fan of Marsha Canham. So, to make my collection of Ms. Canham's books complete, I had to get this book. WOW! I was totally blown away. This is an edge of your seat page turner that kept me guessing (and one nervous wreck) the whole way through. I loved it! And, I never would have guessed this was her very first book. It has all the elements of a classic.

Ms. Canham's books are pure gold and guaranteed great reading. I'm so happy she is writing aga
Marsha Canham is a good writer, but this story did not have enough romance. I liked the hero a lot, but the heroine was too sneaky and untruthful to be compelling. Overall, you won't regret reading this book--but I doubt you'll read it a second time.
It was hard to get past the brutal beginning but it became a exciting adventure of survival in the hazards of the west.

Aubury Blue, a clever chameleon with dubious highly refined skills, wanted revenge of her family's murder. The problem was a sexy plainsman kept getting in her way and had his own axe to grind.

Characters were well developed and you could feel the annoyance, anger, fear & defiance as they ventured together. Surprisingly how the different alliances could have similar goals. So
aubrey's family were killed years earlier. she barely escaped with her life. since then, she has been plotting revenge on the man who killed her family. she boards the stagecoach, dressed as a prim and proper school marm. also on the coach is christian, a man who was wrongfully acused and has been in jail. he, too, is seeking revenge on the man who imprisoned him. when he first sees aubrey, he thinks that there is so much more beneath the surface. as they travel the dangerous route toge
Darlene Holley
I really enjoyed this book, Once I started I couldn't put it down until I finished.
Natalie Gaba
Did keep my interest and there was a little twist at the end.
This was free on Kindle and since I love Marsha Canham, I decided to get it even though the subject matter is not my cup of tea. I was not a bad book, nothing by Marsha could be bad, I do not believe, but it was slow in places, during the ride to New Mexico. It did pick up in the later chapters, and for that I will rate it 3 and 1/2 half stars, but not as good as her other books I have read.
I downloaded this free onto my kindle and have never read any of this author's books so wasn't quite sure what it would be like. But I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was a great story and the characters were well-drawn and great fun. I didn't want to put it down.

I'll be looking out for other books by this author.
This was a very good old time hot romantic western with lots of surprises and twist. It kept getting better as you read more. Hard to put down. Very fast paced exciting the last few chapters. Great writting and read.

Marsha Canham certainly writes a much better than average bodice-ripper. Unless you totally hate, hate, hate the genre in general, you will probably enjoy this book.
I love Marsha Canham. This is maybe my least favorite of hers. Slow to get started. Just didn't grab me. Try anything else from her.
Katrina Passick Lumsden
Meh. This was OK. I don't know. I can't rave about it, but I didn't entirely hate it, either. So. Meh.
This put me in mind of John Wayne in Stagecoach. The story is different but it gave me that same feeling.
Western- Aubrey the teacher/hustler and Christian. Book was great until the end; plot went a bit OTT
One of my fav. book. Unexpected ending. Belivable characters. (Ps: loved the chemestry)
Really liked the characters in this story... and a great twist at the end.
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