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Wild Burn (Wild State #1)

3.71  ·  Rating Details ·  160 Ratings  ·  46 Reviews
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
ebook, 283 pages
Published January 15th 2013 by Samhain Publishing, Ltd. (first published January 13th 2013)
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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
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
Sep 21, 2014 Jill rated it liked it
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
Apr 09, 2014 Mei rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical
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
Charlotte Stein
Jan 18, 2013 Charlotte Stein rated it it was amazing
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.
Dec 27, 2012 Ridley rated it really liked it
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!
Feb 12, 2013 Julia rated it it was ok
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.
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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.
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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
Mar 17, 2013 Cora rated it liked it
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
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
Megan Erickson
Jan 24, 2013 Megan Erickson rated it it was amazing
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!
Jan 19, 2013 Claudia rated it really liked it
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!
May 25, 2015 Racquel rated it really liked it
This my second Edie Harris but I LOVE THE WAY SHE WRITES ROMANCE!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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One moment a tall, dirty stranger points a gun in the face of disillusioned nun and Red Creek schoolmarm Moira Tully thinks she should carry her own gun with her at all times. In the space of the next, she's in the arms of gunslinger and special sheriff appointee, Delaney 'Del' Carter, with a nicked ear and speeding to the side of felled Cheyenne liaison, John White Horse.

Moira's puzzled by the attraction she feels toward the gunslinger and confused the local sheriff's working to absorb the Chey
Nov 06, 2016 Sammy rated it liked it
3.5 stars
Carri Kelsey
Dec 29, 2016 Carri Kelsey rated it it was amazing
Love this series, this book is a little sensual.
Mandi Schreiner
Jan 15, 2013 Mandi Schreiner rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical, western
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
Stephanie Collins
Dec 29, 2012 Stephanie Collins rated it really liked it
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
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
Brunette Librarian
Feb 14, 2013 Brunette Librarian rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013-reads
Find the full review and more at @ the Brunette Librarian

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
Jan 18, 2013 Has rated it really liked it
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
I am not familiar with this genre, western historical romance or whatever this is, I didn't have comparisons, but I can't say this worked for me, even if it was just a filler.

I understand what the author wanted to do and the idea of an atherist ex nun and a guilt-ridden gun for hire seemed like an interesting pair to observe dancing around the mating ritual, too bad there was no real dance. Typical case of insta-lust. I don't mind if it's well done, I really don't. I was not charmed here. Consi
Mar 08, 2014 Libby rated it really liked it
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
Mar 17, 2013 Rea rated it really liked it
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
Nicole Helm
Dec 18, 2012 Nicole Helm rated it it was amazing
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
Shelly LeCompt
Feb 09, 2013 Shelly LeCompt rated it liked it
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 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
FV Angela
Jan 23, 2013 FV Angela rated it really liked it
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
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Edie Harris is a Chicago-based author whose novels have been lauded by Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, and USA Today. Visit her website for backlist titles, contact information, and regular updates on upcoming projects.
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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.”
“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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