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First Love, Wild Love

3.89  ·  Rating Details ·  559 Ratings  ·  30 Reviews
It took only one look into the dark, fathomless eyes of the Indian prisoner for Brianna to see her destiny-that, if he escaped his bonds, she would follow him anywhere.
Paperback, 408 pages
Published March 1st 1996 by Dorchester Publishing Co., Inc. (first published 1989)
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Jan 14, 2013 Kathleen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kathleen by: MelissaB
Shelves: romance-historic
Lots of sex (but not too explicit). Lots of violence (scalping, attempted rape, etc.). Minimal or no swearing. No typos.
Spoiler free!! I keep it vague.

A solid 4 stars for this RT Reviewers' Choice Award for Best Indian Series.
First Love, Wild Love is fast-paced, fairly tense, and somewhat profound. Set in 1875, it's told in third person POV, shifting primarily from H to h. The tone is serious, not light or witty, but I did chuckle once or twice. The writing quality is goo
Tara Adams
Feb 09, 2013 Tara Adams rated it did not like it
This work of fiction seemed weak and there was not enough descriptions to draw me into the time period. I know it is not particularly fair to compare authors, but when your favorite in the romance genre is Diana Galbadon, everything else pales in comparison.

I also think the author counts on the inter-racial relationship to entice or thrill the reader, based on the fact that these types of relationships had been forbidden in the past. I suppose I am of a generation, who acknowledges the struggle
Jun 30, 2013 Debra rated it it was amazing
This review is from: First Love, Wild Love (Kindle Edition)

First off, ignore that sexy cover because I think it cheapens the story.

Madeline Baker gives us a first hand view of a life that is long past. She brings us emotionally into the heart of a desperate Indian, Shukade Luta, and a young, innocent white girl, Brianna.

Both of these people have been abused, emotionally and physically, and that's what forms their first bond together. This bond eventually grows into a deep, mature love.

Miss Bake
Feb 15, 2015 LanyBelle rated it really liked it
I usually don't read a book that has this sort of cover(NEVER judge by its cover! or that was published 10+ years ago but it intrigued me enough to give it a try.
What a surprise it was!
Brett Fenderson



Do not be fooled by the cover of this book. Though there are a lot of sex scenes, none are explicit. This is NOT erotica of any kind (The 2009 reissue is a much better cover, in my opinion). It is a story about the trials and obstacles that threaten to tear apart the undying love of a white girl and a Lakota warrior. Brianna, abused and ignored by her aunt and uncle, is moved by the plight of a Native American man, named Shunkaha Luca, in a chain gang working near the home she lived in. She show
April Brookshire
Nov 19, 2014 April Brookshire rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical
The hero and heroine were so sweet in this book. They never went through the misunderstanding and hatred phases of most historical romances.
Nov 25, 2014 Angel added it

Feb 09, 2013Tara Adams rated it 1 of 5 stars
This work of fiction seemed weak and there was not enough descriptions to draw me into the time period. I know it is not particularly fair to compare authors, but when your favorite in the romance genre is Diana Galbadon, everything else pales in comparison.

I also think the author counts on the inter-racial relationship to entice or thrill the reader, based on the fact that these types of relationships had been forbidden in the past. I suppose I am of
Sep 20, 2013 Ivy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Young white woman falls in love with a Lakota Sioux prisoner at the brink of the Battle of Little Big Horn. Brianna Beaudine is a young 17 year old sent to live with her distant aunt and uncle after she is orphaned. For six years the girl lives a solitary life, unloved by the family that took her in. One day, a chain gang comes through her village assigned to build a road. From the thickets Brianna spies a tall, handsome Lakota warrior at the end of the chain. Abused by his captors, young Briana ...more
Belle Cabral
I am a huge fan of Native American romance stories. Read hundreds and hundreds of books. While I enjoyed this book...I prefer my heroines to be innocent yet more stronger in character.

Although, he was unsure where his heart lay I liked the fact that he was strong and brave. Again, I would of preferred for the heroine's character to have more fire.
Snowy Ptarmigan
Jan 07, 2013 Snowy Ptarmigan rated it it was amazing
Being a newcomer to Native American romance novels (though not the history in general), I'm glad to have had the liberty of knowing this book to be my first one. It's definitely filled with more themes of romantic escapism than a weighty plot, but I found myself to be quite relatedable to the heroine's innocence. I'm glad this book is an exception to the usual "we hate each others race" trope and didn't become associated deeply with that sort of problem. They knew that they loved each other.

Brynn Paulin
Jan 27, 2015 Brynn Paulin rated it it was amazing
Very much a guilty pleasure of mine for years. I've read this book repeatedly over the years. This is definitely an 80s-style epic historical romance, and I love watching the love between Brianna and Shunkaha unfold.
Lisa Kinard
Jun 01, 2014 Lisa Kinard rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! Great Story.

I bought this book when I purchased my paper white kindle. I am just reading it. It was a great book. I will read some more of Madeline's books. Great ending. I love Indian history.
Tamara Garces
Jul 23, 2014 Tamara Garces rated it liked it
Pretty good. My first native american romance and I quite enjoyed it even though I had a hard time saying his name all throughout the whole story, Shunkaha? Pretty decent.
Apr 21, 2014 Dee rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2014
been a long time since i've read an old skool NA romance and it hit all the right places - romances nowadays just don't live up to these
Elise Wilson
Jan 24, 2011 Elise Wilson rated it really liked it
What I appreciated most about this book was that (1) it included information on Native American culture (though I wished for more), and (2) that it showed how the hero and heroine struggled with whether they could live in each others culture. It wasn't just a matter of love ruling over common sense, but a grappling over the reality of present day happenings, as well as what the future might hold for them and their children. There was a bit of an age difference between the couple, but the author ...more
This book started out pretty good, but at 50% or so, got real boring. Lots of telling and blurring through time. I skimmed the whole last half of the book.

2 stars is all I can give it.
I enjoyed this book. I found the heroine to be a little bit naive and wimpy but I guess all women even in fiction can't be strong self sufficient types. I wish that a bit more actual Native American lifestyle had been shown but what was there was interesting. I liked that both the hero and the heroing gave serious thought to whether or not they could fit into each other's world. I thought it was realistic that they realized that they could not live on in the old ways. I enjoyed watching two peop ...more
Morgan Hurley
Dec 29, 2014 Morgan Hurley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was an amazing book:) so much love!
Mar 13, 2009 Robin rated it liked it
This was a good escape read. More "romance" than story line in Baker's books. I liked this, but others of her books I couldn't finish, they were too rushed, contrived and unbelievable. This is good if you want a lighter story. Characters were cute.
I thoroughly enjoyed First Love, Wild Love. It wasn't the stereotype I expected. There were twists and turns I didn't see coming mixed with adventure, suspense, and, of course, romance. Good read!
Jun 10, 2008 Keri rated it it was amazing
this is the first indain romane book i read years ago i loved this story. i have read other stories by madeline Baker but this is still my favorite wth brinna running away with her indain
Feb 02, 2015 Gaile rated it really liked it
This one was great, full of adventure, danger, love, mayhem. It kept me reading!!!! i really really like this writer.
Jul 03, 2011 cendrillon rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. The heroine was so sweet and kind, the hero strong and passionate. This was a fantastic love story!
3.5 stars
I liked this, just not as much some of her other books.
Jun 08, 2016 Hopefulpuffin rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
DNF. I tried but I got bored halfway through.
Feb 15, 2013 Rachel rated it really liked it
An old favorite, recently re-read.
Nicole Gust
the first 100 pages were good
Sep 26, 2011 Rachel rated it it was amazing
love this book!
Aug 18, 2011 Erin rated it did not like it
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Madeline Ruth was born on 1963 in California, where she raised. She married her high school sweetheart and they have three sons, all handsome enough to be cover models. Growing up, her favorite pastimes were going to the movies and going horseback riding on Saturday mornings at Griffith Park. Madeline has always been "horse happy." A horse was the one thing she asked for on every birthday and ever ...more
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