Wild Burn (Wild State, #1)
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Wild Burn (Wild State #1)

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Shoot first. Ask her name later.

Wild State, Book 1

Infamy weighs heavy on Delaney Crawford’s broad shoulders, first as a supposed Confederate turncoat, then as a relentless hunter of Cheyenne dog soldiers. Summoned to the small mining community of Red Creek, the exhausted, embittered Del is doing what he does best—ridding the town of its savage scourge—when one of his bull...more
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Published January 15th 2013 by Samhain Publishing, Ltd. (first published January 13th 2013)
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Karla

4 1/2 GUNSLINGING GOOD STARS!! I blew through this book! Delaney Crawford...RAWRRRR!!

I pretty much loved everything about this damn book! Amazing characters, captivating story, and the knowledge that there will be more, more, more…I can't wait, wait wait!!!

Moira Tully and Delaney Crawford are now one of my favorite couples. They meet when she gets in the way of one of Delaney’s bullets…sort of!

“And? How bad is it?”
“Perhaps a little more than a nick.”
“What does that mean?”
She heard the splash
...more
Wendy
I'm not a big reader of western romance, but I found this to be a real treat, right down from the plot, the setting, wonderfully vivid characters and best of all, the delicious sexual tension between Moira and Delaney.

They stood together in silence as it grew ever darker around them, or so it seemed, their eyes locked and searching.

Then, so tentatively it made her want to growl and groan simultaneously, he settled one wide palm at the small of her back and pressed. Pressed her closer. Pressed he
...more
Jill
Mar 20, 2013 Jill rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Jill by: Karla

3.75 stars

For full reviews please check out Karla's review and Wendy's review

Thanks girls!

Steam: 3
Ridley
I'm kind of a cheap date with this one since I fucking love westerns and an Irish Catholic heroine from Boston who's both a former nun and an atheist is wicked relevant to my interests. That said, this book was great, and you should read it when it comes out.

I'll review it at length later. I have a reading challenge to finish first. Have four more books to read before the year ends!
Mei
A lovely, lovely story!

I enjoyed it very much, even if the story is not an overly complicated one.

What was wonderfully done is the attaction between Moira and Delaney! It was marvelous! Fantastic! One of the best descritions I've lately read!

Moira is a rightly disillusioned nun, but she's such an incredible woman! She's strong and opinionated, but at the same time she's true to her convinctions. She's not afraid of her desires and her passions rign true. All her action speak about her: her trea...more
Charlotte Stein
I hate cowboy stuff. So it's testament to Edie's talent that I looooved this book. Sexy, surly, gritty gorgeous hero, sexy, surly, gritty gorgeous settings - seriously, the descriptions somehow manage to be both dirty and dusty and lyrical and sensuous - and a great big bundle of tension throughout.

Totally lived up to that stunning cover. Loved.
Tori  smexys_sidekick
A wild, fun, adventurous romance between a gunslinger and an ex nun. I was hooked from page one and read straight thru till the end.
FV Angela
I can't decide if this is my favorite quote:

"I dream about you every night. It's torture."

She could barely breathe between his kisses, but she clung to him, reveling in his admission and in the passionate greed inherent in every line of his lovely body. "Why torture?"

"Because I wake up knowing I didn't actually touch you."

Or this one:

He shifted and inched her closer, until her knees knocked into the chair seat. "There ain't never gonna be a time when I don't want you, honey. Not a minute, not an...more
Julia
This book and I were out of step in the romance department. Both Del and Moira are interesting characters, but their sexual chemistry is so out of control it kind of smothered any deeper appreciation of the story. I spent so much time being distracted by how they kept groping each other in public, which was at complete odds with the author's efforts to make this a believable, historical setting.
Irena
Product Warnings
Features a trigger-happy Southern gentleman, an ex-nun gone rogue and consistently thwarted desires that frustrate them both.


This definitely describes this story although gone rogue is a bit of a stretch. For reasons of her own, Moira Tully isn't a nun anymore. (view spoiler)
Captain Delaney Crawford is a guns...more
Cora
3,5 Estrellas. Me esperaba un tipo más duro y una monja más monja (aunque sea ex).
Tengo que confesar que me ha entretenido y enganchado, me lo he leído casi de un tirón, pero es flojete y le podría sacar muchos fallos: el rigor histórico, el supuestamente duro héroe, que es un caramelito en cuanto conoce a Moira, y Moira que lo de haber sido monja, es absolutamente anecdótico. La trama del pueblo y los indios "malos" queda de relleno y el protagonismo se lo lleva la parejita que está "in lust" d...more
SaturNalia
Crawford's first day in town and he shoots the ex-nun, school teacher. This story was great from start to finish. Both Crawford and Moira are haunted by their pasts, and do what they can to live day to day. The sexual tension betweeen them was the best, I wanted the couple to get together and cursed when their foreplay was interupted.
Moira was stubborn, strong and had a clear vision of justice. I liked her a lot. She didn't cry and moan about her terrible lot in life, she said good bye to her o...more
Libby
Mar 08, 2014 Libby rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Cowboy hero fans
This is more like a 41/2 star rating. Why oh why will Goodreads not let us have a half star option???? This was a very enjoyable read and will go into my re-read pile. Both the heroine, Moira, and the hero, Del, were very appealing. This is a relatively short book but in spite of the length Ms. Harris created two characters who felt complete. What is most impressive is that she was able to give the reader a hero who, on the surface, shouldn't be hero material. The spoiled son of a slave owner, D...more
Heather C
Ex-nun Moira Tully’s first encounter with gunslinger Delaney Crawford AKA the Dog Man Killer was not a pretty one, in fact, he shoots off a piece of her ear…and one of her friends. Moira has moved to Red Creek to escape a horrible encounter in a dark alley, and to educate the children of Red Creek. Her latest challenge is getting the local Cheyenne children into the classroom. Delaney has been hired to “rid” Red Creek of troublesome Indians. Long story short, the ex-nun falls for the gunslinger....more
Claudia
I loved everything in this book! It felt so fresh and the author's voice is so beautiful and the writing well done. I felt so right in the book all the time.
Why no 5 stars then? I think the end was a bit rushed and I would have loved to see more of the hero and heroine together to make their romance more believable.
But I'll definitely read the next one in this series!
Claudia
I enjoyed this book so much! Delaney and Moira are perfect together. Moira is an ex-nun now school teacher and Del is a gunslinger best known as the Dog Man Killer. Both are lost souls, drifting through life, haunted by their past until they find each other and with mutual compassion and understanding both are able to let go of their past and finally move on. The romance is the best part of the book. The sexual tension between Del and Moira is scorching and makes you keep reading until they find...more
Mandi Schreiner
This book grabbed me from page one as we meet gunslinger and rumored confederate turncoat Delaney Crawford and former nun turned school teacher Moira Tully. Even better, the book starts with Delaney accidentally shooting Moira in the ear.

Delaney Crawford is known as the “Dog Man Killer,” killing Indians who threaten harm to settlers. He has killed a lot and has seen devastation during the civil war. He has been called to the mining community of Red Creek near Denver to eliminate the threat of a...more
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Rea
Another book I read in my search for a western that would manage to get me really caught up in it.

The story opens with Moira finding herself looking down the barrel of a gun, and shortly after receiving a "notch" in her ear from the bullet the stranger just put in her friend. Not the best first impression, Del! But it did get the story off with a bang.

I liked the characters, both scarred by pasts that haunt them, but both slowly opening themselves up to the possilities of being healed by each o...more
Brunette Librarian
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Wild Burn is such an interesting mix of romance and adventure in the Wild West. Pairing a Confederate soldier hunting Cheyenne soldiers with an ex-nun from the East was a gamble that ultimately paid off.

Moira Tully is an ex-nun living in Colorado teaching the children in the small town. She is attempting to create a rapport with the local Indian tribe. One day as she is out walking, she is actually shot, well zinged really, by Del. D...more
Has
Full review to be posted soon/at The Book Pushers.

Quick thoughts/mini review:

Wild Burn was a fun and sexy romance, with a wonderful heartfelt romance between a gunslinger and an ex-nun. The chemistry between the two leads were wonderful, with a romance that at times was tender and sweet but also filled with great banter and humour which sparkled with tension.

The hero, Delaney was a great romantic protagonist, I liked his gruff and stoic demeanour and I totally melted towards him when he fell hea...more
Stephanie Collins
I have to say thank you to all my Twitter friends who had read this and made me really really want it. I was lucky enough to be one of the winners that Edie picked out and got my greedy little hands on this early. I must say how can you go wrong with an ex-nun who gets shot by the hero the first time she meets him… Ok.. It was a mistake but...



Moira is enjoying her morning ritual of walking in a clearing near her house when a strange man rises out of nowhere with a gun cocked and pointed at her h...more
Shelly LeCompt
Okay a short review b/c this was just a fast simple read. Nothing spectacular but not awful. When your out of books and looking for something fun....here you go. Good plot. Good character. Good sex scenes but not much, just a touch. When they happen though, nice a hot. Sexy cowboy. Recovering nun. Whole lot of Wild West indian hate and political manipulations. Nice plot w/some good issues to work through. Could turn out to be a decent series. Definitely an okay read (around 3-3.5 stars). As long...more
Nicole Helm
You'll notice I don't read a lot--okay, any--historical romance. Generally because the best reviewed romances are in time periods I'm not interested in. This book had a fascinating setting (time and place), great characters, and lovely writing. Del is perfect in all his flawed glory and Moira is a strong, resilient heroine. I loved that though at times they were afraid of what the other might think, they never deserted each other over it. I loved that the author didn't rely on any cliches. The t...more
Giedre
Not a fan of westerns or western-themed historical romances... but how the hell could I pass up a gunslinger hero, who shoots the heroine by accident, and the aforementioned heroine, who's not only peeved to get a permanent notch on her ear courtesy of the hero's gun but also is an atheist ex-nun? Very promising indeed. Wild Burn certainly delivers. Ok, mostly. The ending felt too rushed. Still, very good. And U.S. Marshal Alonzo Hood looks like a promising hero for the next installment in this...more
Megan Erickson
I loved this book! For some reason, I'm a sucker for a Western romance with a gunslinger hero.

I loved the heroine in this book. She was smart, funny, sweet, strong and had a huge heart. She wasn't a pushover, but she was loyal to the hero. I loved how they stood up for each other. It was so sweet. I also liked that it wasn't just a bunch of connected sex scenes. The few that were there were awesome and done well and really ADDED to the storyline of the couple.

Great read!
Danielle
This wasn't bad though it wasn't anything too spectacular either. I definitely felt like it was a love at first sight type of story. I also took issue with the fact that Del was obsessed with her freckles, it got annoying after the first couple mentions and this book definitely needed an epilogue!

I loved John he was my favorite character. Plus I think I would like to read a story with the same plot without the romance. Would have made for a more interesting story I think.
Lea
4.5/5.0

Wild Burn made me want to read more westerns, riveting plot, endearing characters (renegade Indians, spirited heroine and a cynical gunslinger). All around great old west fun! :)

Review posted at the USA Today Happy Ever After Blog. Recommended Read post.
Caroline
I enjoyed this book. It is a very sweet one with both characters having bad experiences which they have to come to turns with but also to share with the other person. It's also good to see a part of American history which isn't exactly covered in glory.

This is the first time I've read this author and I think I would be interested in reading more by her.
Silvia
its very short story for me..but i like it..its good that moira and crawford can fid each other..their past were really bad for them...but i love moira's spirit, funny, brave and inteligent..i was hoping that she can be with sgt hoope..hes more chalenging and hot he he he..or maybe theres another story for sgt hoope
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Edie Harris studied English and Creative Writing at the University of Iowa and Grinnell College. She fills her days with writing and editing contract proposals, but her nights belong to the world of romance fiction. An avid reader/tweeter/blogger, Edie lives and works in Iowa City.
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“I dream about you every night. It's torture."
"Why torture?"
"Because I wake up knowing I didn't actually touch you.”
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“There is nothing truly painful about this, except the knowledge that, eventually, you'll stop touching me. That's what hurts. Moira.” 4 likes
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