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Taming Eliza Jane (Gardiner, Texas #1)

3.67  ·  Rating Details ·  175 Ratings  ·  18 Reviews
When a man sets out to tame a strong-willed woman, he'd best hang on to his hat. Will Martinson, the town doctor, already has a heap of troubles on his plate, what with a pregnant whore, an ailing friend and a sheriff with a bad habit of shooting people. The last thing he needs is a strong hankering for a woman who thinks it's her duty to turn a man's life upside-down. Eli ...more
Paperback, 213 pages
Published November 1st 2007 by Samhain Publishing (first published June 12th 2007)
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This book was utterly a surprise. Just saw it on one of my GR shelf favorite. Got intrigue by the cover (although its not that eye catching and I'm trying to figure out all the silhouette..LOL!) and I want to give it a try as my first book from this author before I starts her series of family book.

I love both the h/h, love the Gardiner people, the chickens and the Chicken Coop wise matchmaker old lady (although she doesn't stay long). Eliza Jane, divorced women libber's come to town to spread he
Feb 14, 2011 Ruth rated it really liked it
This is such a fun read. Light, sassy, naughty writing, with lots of "oh shit"s and "darlin'"s. You can almost hear the spittoon pinging in the saloon and jangling spurs. The men have practically no social skills, the women charge extra for spanking and the Sheriff's diplomatic skills begin and end with drawing his gun (no, not that gun!!!). The steamy bits aren't really steamy, but the story doesn't suffer for it.

It's wonderful to have a western heroine who stands up for herself, and others, bu
Feb 25, 2012 Dina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"My" Will:


That's all I have to "say" for now. Full review will come later...
Nov 03, 2015 Karla rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a pleasant surprise! One of the most endearing love stories I’ve ever read. Think Maverick/Cheyenne Social Club/Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, all rolled into one. Eliza Jane, divorced women’s libber has come to town, and now the townsfolk are in an uproar, and she is at the center of it all. The trigger finger happy sheriff, Adam, and town doc/deputy sheriff, Will, have made it their business to keep her in line. One wants to shoot her, and the other one wants to bed her. Quite the comed ...more
♥ Beth
Oct 25, 2010 ♥ Beth rated it really liked it
Shelves: cowboys
4.5 stars!

I am surprised that there are no GR reviews yet on this book! It was such a great read! It wasn't really what I was expecting, but I loved it and definitely recommend it! A light and fun romantic historical western with a quirky cast of characters that held my interest throughout and kept me laughing. I can see this one as one of those old fashioned westerns I used to watch on TV. The only thing that I would wish for was a little more detail and heat in the bedroom scenes, but overall
The Taming of Eliza Jane was a delightful and light read. I found this book to be quick, easy, and a lot of fun. The cast of motley characters were not deeply layered in characterization, but the plot, dialogue, and humor more than made up for it. After all, this book's purpose was not a serious study in character development or the perplexities of life.

I thoroughly enjoyed this sweet and funny romance. I recommend it to anyone who whats a simple, light, and fun escape.
Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog)
This book was faintly ridculous, silly even, but I really enjoyed it! It was a great funny and romantic little western romance full of quirky characters, from the Sheriff who threatens to shot everyone who annoys him, the benevolant and wise whore house Madam and her "chickens" and the over zealous bible basher. A book to read to get a smile on your fast which had some genuinely laugh out loud funny bits.

Favourite Quote:

"Doc likes to sit in his fancy leather chair and have me ride him like a hor
Ann (Noumena12)
Okay. I almost didn't read this book because I'm not a fan of historical romances. This book might have changed my mind. And I'm sure hoping that I will be reading about Adam (and Rebecca????) very soon.

Interesting notes: One of the tags for this book on Amazon is that it is a "contemporary" romance. So, of course, I had to go find a definition of "historical." Definition of Historical Romance (multiple sources): "Historical romance is set before World War II.[1] Many historical romances include
2 1/2 Stars
An ok light romance entertainment read with a direct and basic writing style. Characters and plot are a bit dated and reminiscent of Gunsmoke and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. Texas vernacular was ok but sometimes a bit jarringly off (I have lived in Texas). Sex scene were basic and not frequent but were romantic and not jarring. Had a very well done surprise ending. The ending left such a good afterglow that it pulled up the entire book's rating for me. If the author's later b
2 stars.

This wasn't much of anything. Nice-guy hero/Naive heroine ... in the ol' West.

I didn't dislike it, exactly, I just didn't care for -- or about -- anyone or anything in it. Except ... I admit to being curious about the sheriff. Which is odd, because I already read the sequel ( Becoming Miss Becky ) and that story wasn't anything memorable either. I may reread that one, in fairness because I read them out of chronological order.
Dec 31, 2010 Joy rated it liked it
I really enjoyed one of Stacey's contemporaries, so I moved on to her westerns. In this book, an early women's rights activist shows up in Gardiner, Texas, ready to raise consciousnesses. In addition, she more or less raises riots (her main method seems to be telling wives and whores to withhold sex for leverage), leaving the town doctor (one of the few men who actually like her) to help her when her trustee leaves town with what's left of her money. This book was enjoyable but lightweight. I am ...more
Jun 23, 2012 Vee rated it really liked it
This was a light and fun romantic historical western. Eliza Jane is a woman on a mission, trying to change the lives of women for the better, as she travels through towns, liberating women, she arrives to Gardiner Tx, and to Will. I loved the character of the sheriff - he had a twitchy finger and wanted to shoot everyone, especially anyone who called his horse ugly - he is the H of Becoming Miss Becky.
Aug 14, 2014 Kim rated it really liked it
cute little romance book, made me think wild west and stuff, but i think this was after the wild west. before womens vote, but after abraham lincoln. but it was a cute book, a womans lib rolls into town to share her message, meets the doc who is full of darlins and stuff. some funny moments regarding a whorehouse, and a sheriff that shoots people who calls his horse ugly.
Jun 12, 2011 Julie rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
I had to check and make sure I hadn't already read this book because it's too much like "Becoming Miss Becky." Same location, many of the same characters, same formula. At this point, I'm not sure I'll finish this one.
Lori Meehan
Jan 16, 2013 Lori Meehan rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013
I enjoyed this book Eliza Jane and Will had great chemistry and Adam was hilarious. I would of given this book a 4 but I thought it dragged some in the middle. The last 4th of the book had me by the neck and I couldn't put it down. I can't wait to read Rebecca's book.
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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Shannon Stacey lives with her husband and two sons in New England, where her favorite activities are writing romance and really random tweets when she’s not riding her ATV. She loves mud, books, football & watching way too much TV.
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