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Pieces of Sky (Blood Rose #1)

3.98 of 5 stars 3.98  ·  rating details  ·  969 ratings  ·  158 reviews
Jessica Thornton is a long way from her native England. An author and milliner, she carries the weight of a scandalous secret-a horrible shame that has brought her to the West on a desperate search for the only family she can trust: her brother. No one prepared Jessica for the heat and the hardships-or for a man like Brady Wilkins, a man strong enough to carve out a home i ...more
ebook, 432 pages
Published January 5th 2010 by Berkley Books (first published December 18th 2009)
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Sandi *~The Pirate Wench~*
Wow..just...Wow! For the past few weeks I have been in such a "reading-rut",no matter what I tried to read nothing would grab or hold my attention past the first 100 pages. Then I came across this book at the UBS and thought "why not it will just go to the cant-get-into it-pile" What an absolute fabulous historical romance!! I cant remember the last time I have enjoyed a book this much,that I couldnt put it down nor did I want it to end. Not only did the author bring the backdrop of New Mexico t ...more
♡Karlyn P♡
A great character driven story that brings the roughness of the wild west to life. It had a slow pace to it, especially in the beginning, but it just worked. I especially enjoyed the way the H/h could laugh and enjoy each other despite all the crazy hard times going on in their world. The dialogue between H/h was especially funny at times, and the story was told in a way that made you feel you were right there in the old west. I will read the next in this series for certain. Hope you enjoy it!
"She looked at land and thought flowers. He looked at land and thought cattle. She was liveried servants and ivy-covered stone. He was hard-living cowboys and rough-hewn timbers. Champagne and Forty Rod. The two didn’t mix."

Oh, but they do…

Jessica Thornton is a very proper English lady who is very pregnant and on the run from her dastardly brother-in-law who wants to force her into signing over the family estate to him. Jessica comes to New Mexico hoping to find her long lost brother, but instea
Lisa Kay

★★★★½ Whoa. Babe. What is Ms. Warner trying to do here? Get me to replace my favorite epic Western Romance series with her Blood Rose? This is no “wallpaper” western; it has grit. And there’s plenty of it, along with tears, laughter, and real life struggles. Starting with the horrific aftermath of a stage coach attack.

There were several things this book had to overcome for me to rate it so high, and I knew that going in. It is one of the reasons I put off starting it for so long; however, it sti
Kaki Warner is great writer. From page one, I was lifted out of my reading room and thrown into 19th century New Mexico. I could feel the heat, taste the dust. I love how Warner captured how miserable it was to travel by stagecoach through the barren Land of Enchantment. LOL

Also Pieces of Sky has great characters, especially Brady. He was written with nuance and depth. I could almost imagine what he was going to say before he said it. Warner did a good job of showing how tough he was without ju
4.5 Stars! A fabulous debut! I can’t believe I’m just now reading this. Thanks again Jilly for recommending this author:)!

Kaki Warner’s talent shines throughout this Western Romance. It’s very well written and includes two wonderfully crafted and lovable MCs. Her descriptive writing skillfully depicts the setting, placing the reader back in time as well as giving a story that feels authentic and believable. But the absolute amazingness of this tale goes to the characters - one English lady with
Jessica Thornton has traveled all the way from England to the harsh New Mexico Territory to escape her brother-in-law, who in a fit of anger, raped her and left her pregnant. Because of his outstanding debts, he tried to force Jessica to sign over the deed to her very profitable property so he could mortgage it and pay off his creditors. She refused and he did the worst possible thing he could do to a woman. Jessica hopes to find her brother in this harsh desert landscape where she doesn’t know ...more
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Pieces of Sky is one of those books that even though it has flaws, it stays with you for awhile. Its a character driven story with a lot of emotional content. It starts out slowly and has an easygoing, laid back pace, which at times is unnerving, because you want the story to MOVE!

The heroine, Jessica, is likable but has a few moments you just want to shake her. Not quite TSTL, but immature for someone her age (26). Still, she's been through a lot, and is on her own in a foreign country. I don't
This book felt really really long. The only thing that seemed vaguely realistic was the 'grittiness' of ranch life, but that doesn't really feature all that much, in relation to the over-the-top baddies (one for both the hero and heroine) and the miraculous circumstances that helped lead to the resolution - both the heroine and the hero get nearly the same thing! Separately! I guess that's a bit of deus ex machina, in some sense. Definitely hard to swallow. The characters are constantly saying m ...more
This book just had me so blown away that rendered me speechless. I will write a review later after I've sort out my thoughts. For right now, I'll just simplified it as a must read for saga lovers and brace yourselves for some emotional spins. Oh, and you might want to have your tissues handy.

In my quest to read any romance (or western) set in New Mexico, I'm finding some real doozies. I went into this one with optimism. I wanted to like it. I really did, considering so many of my GR friends gave it 5 stars.

I'll try to keep this review short and sweet, something this book is entirely incapable of. Or at least only say what I need to say - these were the things that made me bail at pg. 146 after 4 days of slogging (Hey, you can't say I didn't give this book a chance!)

The painstaking d
Anne OK
All the recommendations were spot on! I thought this new author's debut was amazing. Not a western fan, I wasn't quite sure if I would meet the challenge but I am ever so glad I did. The story was well-written, the characters well-defined, and delivered a really enjoyable book. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a story of the west and a romance between two very spirited characters. I'm looking forward to the next brother's story to be released in June 2010.
4.5 stars

"How did he die, if you don’t mind my asking?”

“A hunting accident.” That seemed the simplest. Less complicated than disease or drowning, and certainly less dramatic than murder. Or being bitten by a rattlesnake, or one of those giant Gila monster lizards. Or being scalped by natives, or burned to death in a stagecoach. The West offered so many options.

Jessica Thornton, pregnant and on the run from her brother-in-law, has come to New Mexico territory to search for her long-lost brother.
Regan Walker
4 and 1/2 Stars! Unusual, Worthy Western Historical from New Mexico Territory, 1st in the Blood Rose Trilogy

This is the first in Warner’s Blood Rose trilogy, named after the roses that surround the RosaRoja ranch owned by the three Wilkins brothers in New Mexico Territory. Set in 1869, it tells the story of Jessica Thornton, on the run from her home in England and the brother-in-law who raped her and left her pregnant with his child. She is trying to get to the only man she trusts, her brother.
I enjoyed this book. To me the beginning started off really slow but as the story progressed, I found myself dying to know what was going to happen. Brady was my type of hero. He was rough, hard, warm and caring at the same time. He was a true leader. My heart broke when he told his story of what happened to his brother. Jessica was a nice heroine also. At first I really thought she was going to work my nerves but once you learn of her past, you can't help but to feel something for her. I was so ...more
“Well, you know what they say. The quickest way to a man's heart is through his stomach."
"Indeed? I thought it was through a hole in his chest."

Jessica Thornton, a proper English gentlewoman, is pregnant and on the run in the American west, desperately searching for the brother who can protect her from the evil brother-in-law who has used and abused her. Instead of finding her brother, she stumbles across Brady Wilkins, the tough-talking, rough-around-the-edges cattleman who -along with his two
Wicked Incognito Now
I can't tell you how many times I almost stopped reading this and then continued to read it out of pure ennui.

The story is an American Western romance that takes place in NM, my home state, which I sometimes long for. The landscape is lovely and the author gets the descriptions right.

The reviews seem generally favorable. "This is a character-driven romance." Pluh. As if! This romance novel is PLOT-DRIVEN people! You know, like when the author comes up with all of these story devices that are imp
The first book in the Blood Rose series by Kaki Warner. I saw some reviews which made me curious to try this author. It had a lot of potential and I liked the beginning but after that it just got really slow for me.
This book got some good buzz when it first came out and since I like westerns I knew it would make it into my reading pile. At times it's a very gritty, realistic view of life on America's western frontier. Even thought it takes place shortly after the end of the American Civil War there is little influence from the aftermath of the war. It certainly would have had a different feel to it had it taken place "back east". The majority of the story is set in and around the ranch RosaRoja. This huge ...more
I can't finish this book after all.....and I wanted so much to like it. It started with such engaging characters and their relationship so promising....(I could see their attraction from the beginning.)

But alas, the story is dragging half way through the book, and the characters are all over the top either with how evil they are, or how angst their life are.....too much thrown into a perfectly good story. It was ready to end by the middle of the book....
I usually don't read the reviews unless t
Great bit of western historical romance. A lot of it could have been cliche--English miss, rough cowboy etc, etc. However, the author painted all the characters in vivid colors and deep emotions. I laughed, I cried.
I'm anxiously waiting for the next story featuring this family. Highly recommended.
I found this book disappointing. There was an overload of detail and not much happening. There were also a lot of characters in the book that were much discussed but served no real purpose.
Aug 26, 2012 Karla marked it as did-not-finish  ·  review of another edition
Ugh, could NOT get into it. Dull, overwritten, boring.
This is a character driven book and it's Amazing given it's a debut author. Frankly I was blown away, Brady and Jessica are people I will remember for a long, long time. There's this connection almost immediately between the two. Brady is everything I love in a hero if I had a hand in creating him. He's Tough yet tender, honorable, responsible with a wry sense of humor and a big heart. Jessica is resilient, loyal, smart, and best friend and lover to Brady when he believes himself undeserving. Th ...more
Erica Anderson
I'm not usually a fan of Westerns, but I really liked Open Country, so figured I'd read the first book in the series since the secondary characters of Brady and Jessica really interested me. Just FYI, it's okay to read these books out of order, as each one is self-contained.

What I really like about Warner's books is her control of setting and dialogue. This book is set in New Mexico, where I lived for several years. The setting is central to the plot and to the characters' thoughts and behaviors
I tried re-reading this book, to see if it was better the second time. Nope. It's a frustrating read. Left me feeling grumpy.

First, the positives: What did I like? It started off great! The first half was nicely suspenseful and intense, but also sexy and slightly funny. I liked Jessica, and Brady's brothers, and Jessica's new friends at the ranch. There were some funny and lighthearted scenes with Jessica and Brady, like when she was going to tend his wound by the water trough. I enjoyed the dev
This was my first reading of Ms. Warner and I was impressed. I thought the story moved well and took one through so many emotions. There were times I wondered if they were going to get the HEA (But it is a romance so...)the suspsense was real, the ebb and flow of life was real.

I really liked that the hard sides of life in the west after the Civil War were portrayed as well as the good. Many books do not show that side - it was a hard life and travel was difficult at best in the years before the
Eli Yanti
Love it and love how Kaki make the story up, creating a hero that reader couldn’t reject his at all and combines all the flavors of sadness, joy, bitterness and pleasures into 1 book with the sweet happy ending ;).

And the important thing is that never ever run away from the problems you have and trying to open yourself, talking with the one you believe and face it even how really bad the problem is.

This story is about feud that begin only because 1 matter – “RosaRoja” but have to involve so many
Allison Chase
An intelligent and beautifully written story about two people who couldn't be more different, or more unlikely to ever end up in the same place, yet are thrown together by circumstance. The romance develops gradually, but that is not to say slowly. It simmers and builds and is as emotionally driven as it is sensually motivated. I found myself yearning for the merest whisper or touch between the hero and heroine, and I applaud Kaki Warner for creating an alpha hero who can be rough around the edg ...more
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