A Lady of the West (Western Ladies #1)
Victoria Waverly, noble daughter of the war-ruined South, is sold in marriage to a ruthless rancher. Honor and pride help her endure life as a wife in name only but nothing can quench her forbidden desire for hired gunman Jake Roper. His gaze is hard, but tenderness he can't hide promises to unveil to Victoria the mysteries of love.
I was so irritated to read every few pages that women were "contrary" - I know it supposedly referred to the male heroes way of thinking. But I felt my feminist sense awakening and being ruf...more
I've read a lot of LH's books and this one I have to admit is not one I really enjoyed, will read again or even recommend. That's hard for me to say since I've thoroug...more
But the story around the guys was pretty good. It's not the author's best work, but it's interesting. In most romance novels, there is an event which separates the couple after they get together. Too many authors disappoint me with their lack of creativity and credibility and use the following event. The couple assume incorrect things about each other based on lack of "normal communica...more
This is the first book of Howard's new series "Western Ladies." She's an autobuy for me when it comes to her romantic suspense stories but boy can she write a hot western romance story!!! Here's the cover blurb:
Only true love could redeem....
Victoria Waverly, noble daughter of the war-ruined South, is sold in marriage to a ruthless rancher. Honor and pride help her endure life as a wife in nam...more
PLOT SUMMARY: Frank McLain murdered Jake Sarratt's parents and stole their ranch. He also tried to kill Jake, age 13, and Ben, age 11, but the boys got away and plotted vengeance. Now, 20 years later, Jake is incognito, working as a gunslinger for McLain. McLain marries Victoria, an impoverished blue blood from the war torn South. She only agrees to marry McLain because her family is starving. She comes from Georgia to live with him...more
This was an exciting and surprisingly emotional story. Many HEA novels lack a depth of feeling because of the certain ending, but...more
It's only near the last several chapters, when Jake doesn't really change at all, show his vulnerability/love, and Victoria takes it all without a complaint. Although she froze him out for a while, it didn't really give her back the lost pride or respect. I don't need/want a groveling hero, but this book definitely showed its age.
It was a really awful ending. Maybe with another chapter finally showing a healthy, loving relationship beginnin...more
The story evolves with Jake's family and then moves to Victoria's marriage to McLain. This keep's you turning the pages along with the characterisation of the other players, Ben, Emma and Celia. At some point I forgot that I was readi...more
Contado en tercera persona desde el punto de vista de Victoria, la protagonista, Una dama del oeste nos sitúa en los años posteriores a la guerra civil americana. Victoria, hija de una rica familia del Sur,...more
I adore Linda Howard and although I prefer her suspense works, this book was also a great read.
For the fans of old western "romantic" tales, this book (as the next in the series), it's a must read.
And I don't know why I love this story so much. Every some months I have to go and read it again. I love all of this story (but the slap!). He's a wonderful wounded alfa hero. She's for me, the epitome of all heroines! A woman after my heart! Strong, sweet with a backbone from here to Texas, LOL! A steel magnolia in the west. (I'm not a really...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...more