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Sunset Embrace (Coleman Family Saga #1)

3.96  ·  Rating Details ·  2,962 Ratings  ·  120 Reviews
They were two untamed outcasts on a Texas-bound wagon train. Two passionate travelers, united by need, threatened by pasts they could not outrun...

Lydia Bryant--voluptuous and russet-haired, fleeing from a secret shame, vowing that never again would a man, any man, overpower her...

Ross Coleman--dark, brooding and iron-willed, with the shadow of a lawless past in his pierci
Paperback, 368 pages
Published May 1st 1997 by Warner Books (NY) (first published 1985)
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Duchess Nicole
DNF-ing at about 65%.

POSSIBLE SPOILERS!!!! Don't read on unless you want the details.

I read this book in the past and remember liking it, although I do recall that the hero was a standout jerk at first. Upon this reread, I confirmed my earlier thoughts but honestly, he went way beyond jerk territory into complete asshole.

The premise is already an uncomfortable one at the beginning. In the opening scene, Lydia is giving birth to a stillborn baby conceived through rape via her stepbrother. She's
I first read Sunset Embrace by Sandra Brown in 2009 and this romance lodged itself permanently in my heart and my favorites shelf for eons to come. Lately my hankering for a fix of romance that features a dangerous hero whose undeniable passion towards a woman that seems to be the least likely match for him literally brings him down to his knees had me re-reading this oldie but goodie and finished it off loving it as much as I did it back in 2009.

20 year old Lydia Bryant is found on the verge of
Nov 16, 2010 AH rated it it was ok
I won this book in a Goodreads First Reads giveaway. It arrived with a signed copy of Long Time Coming.

I have mixed feelings about this book. This is my first time reading Sandra Brown and I didn’t know what to expect. This is also one of her earlier books. I enjoyed the story, but I absolutely despised the characters.

Sunset Embrace takes place on a wagon train ride out west. Our heroine Lydia is discovered nearly dead after giving birth to a stillborn son in a pile of leaves by two members of
May 12, 2012 Vi rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A typical bodice-ripper of the 80s. The male lead(Ross) is a alpha-hole and the female lead (Lydia) is your typical tragic Mary-Sue. So plot summary first: Lydia is pregnant, on the run from somebody. At the opening of the book, we find her giving birth to a still-born baby (which she wants to die because she was raped). She is found by two boys a traveling train and nursed by their mother. Ross, then has his wife going into labour and dies as she gives birth to a baby boy. Lydia is then tasked ...more
Bark's Book Nonsense
Jan 28, 2010 Bark's Book Nonsense rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
This is one of Sandra Brown's earlier books way back when she was writing historical romances instead of mysteries. I read this book years ago after reading rave upon rave about how fantastic, how romantic, how wonderful, how classic a romance, etc. I found it disturbing, horrific and migraine inducing. The hero is this sullen, angry, vindictive brute of a man who infuriated me page after page. Ten years later I *still* remember what a cretin I thought him and that's saying a lot since some days ...more

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This is the first book of the Coleman Family Saga.

I know Sandra Browns books since many years, and I personally believe she is at her best, when shes writing thrillers. Yes, she has one or two good books in the other genres shes written about, but Sunset Embrace isnt one of them. I missed the brilliance in her writing style, her fantastic use of the words she usually has and of course the lack of the thrill. Sure, the story of Sunset Embrace has some kind o
Fabulous book! Lots of hardships for the H&h and definitely had some choke up/ teary moments for me. The book is about a wagon trail heading to Texas and is set back in early America after the Civil War has ended. The hero, Ross and the heroine, Lydia, are in parallel situations. An almost dead Lydia is found by some young boys laying in the woods after she had just given birth to a baby boy (which I think was strangled by its umbilical cord). She wants to die because of the cruel life she i ...more
Nov 24, 2015 Tanya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book very much, however I reckon it was epic when I was younger. Still you can't go wrong with Sandra Brown.
May 19, 2010 Crista rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2-star, western
After all the 5 star reviews, I'm wondering what in the world is going on? Did I miss something? Am I this "different" from the rest of the world? I feel like I've entered the twilight zone!

I won't rehash the plot, but here is why I feel so bothered and disturbed by this book. Ross Coleman, the "hero" of this book is not a nice man. It is important to me, as a romance novel lover, to "like" the hero. I don't need to love him or even want him for my worst enemy but I need to at least have some c
The first book in the Coleman Family Saga by Sandra Brown. Lydia Bryant is on the run and pregnant. She gives birth to a still-born baby in the wilderness. She is found by two young boys who bring her to their wagon train. Also in the wagon train is Ross Coleman and his pregnant wife. Ross's wife, Victoria ends up dying after giving birth to a baby boy. Lydia is needed to keep the baby alive.

I read this years and years ago and reread it recently and still loved it. About 2 people thrown together
In Sandra Brown's Sunset Embrace, the first installment in the Coleman family saga series, she took a turn of a page of history for this enthralling classic historical romance. For Lydia Bryant, she fled from a secret shame and vowed never to let a man overpower her. For Ross Coleman, he had the shadow of his lawless past and sworn to resist temptation. But when Fate thrown them together on a wagon trail on the Oregon trail, they fought the desire growing between them, while the shadows of their ...more
Jenny Jo Weir
First Sandra Brown book ever! I would have never read this if not for my bestie and Im so glad she suggested to me. I loved it.

I loved all the characters! Truly, I could do a whole review about the support cast alone in this book. I can't express how much I loved them. As far as the 2 main characters, Lidia and Ross Coleman, well, they aren't perfect but I liked that about them.

I'm looking forward to Jakes story next. He was one of my favorite characters in this book.
Anne OK
Aug 19, 2011 Anne OK rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm going to do another read and see what I found so unappealing the first go-round. It has been years sine I read this one and maybe I was in a bad mood, interruptions could have played a part in it, whatever, I just want to give it another chance because I liked the other book of the "Coleman" duo. (Christy Reece, whose opinion I highly respect, loves this one!)
Cat The Debaucherous (Catherine)
I don't like giving one star to an author with skill. The author has skill but the story was not for me. I stopped at 30% of this book. The hero seemed to really detest heroine more than any book I can remember and for stupid reasons. Ugh I really disliked this book.
Mar 17, 2010 Rhona rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another book I just finished today that was a very fine read in Gulu, Uganda. had to take a break from my financial non-fiction books for a bit of romance. This is a hotty with some real description of some loving! Now I need a cold shower...which is all that I get here in Africa anyway!
Awilk -never sleeps-
I just couldn't finish reading this. I usually enjoy this author, but this particular read just wasn't for me.
Wow, what an adventure! Sporting the best narration I have listened to so far this year, this memorable wagon trail story, will no doubt be one of my top historical romance listens of the year! Ellen Archer has won a spot on my top narrators list! I just wish she would take on more romance assignments (as it appears that only approximately 10, of the over 80 titles I found, are romances).

This was also my first experience with Sandra Brown, and I am now eagerly looking forward to experiencing mo
Shari Kay
Sep 27, 2016 Shari Kay marked it as skip-it  ·  review of another edition
Will not be reading as (view spoiler) <--huge spoiler
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Nichole ~Bookaholic~
This audiobook was provided by the Author/Publisher through Audiobook Jukebox for an honest review

I will start the review by admitting that I did not really check more then the blurb “Lydia and Ross have both been hurt in the past. However, they find themselves thrown together, fighting the same enemy and unable to stop the events that will eventually pit one man's vengeance against the strength of a woman's love.” So was not expecting a historical western, not really one of my favorite genres…
Domino (aka Meme)
this novel i have to say was my favorite besides Breakfast in Bed. i loved the plot and the characters. the turmoil and tension between the main characters was fabulous! and the side characters were developed well too. i read this book in one day. could not put it down. great read for all romance readers!!!
Geo Marcovici
Mar 25, 2016 Geo Marcovici rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Superba carte!
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Nov 09, 2016 Kristina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a cute sweet read, nothing mind blowingly exciting but a good break from some of the more intense reads like Game of Thrones, lol. Also, extremely hot, Sandra Brown is the best when it comes to writing sensual erotic scenes.
Tammy Busby
Nov 10, 2016 Tammy Busby rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wasn't sure I would like a historical type romance, but I actually enjoyed it very much.
A long line-up, abject boredom and a $0.99 book sale lead to the purchase of this book from Apple's iBooks store during holiday season shopping. Thinking it was a suspense/thriller from Sandra Brown, this book actually turned out to be a historical romance novel set in the 1800s U.S.A. The writing style, the twist/turns and plot line development of the book are typical Sandra Brown, but what I'm starting to notice is Brown's male leads are VERY angry, VERY sexist and VERY hateful towards women! ...more
Oct 05, 2016 Oksana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 23, 2017 Natalia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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