This was a fairly typical sheikhy HP from the time period it was written (1988) that was an interesting and amusing read.
The best part of the book - wThis was a fairly typical sheikhy HP from the time period it was written (1988) that was an interesting and amusing read.
The best part of the book - when the hero makes her watch belly dancers to make her jealous, she strikes back by doing a rhythmic gymnastics routine to the theme from Chariots of Fire. My mind was blown from the 80's version of a dance off, complete with a leotard.
There were some off putting things too, the dialogue is a bit stilted at times and the heroine loses brain cells as soon as the hero touches her. There was a scene that bordered on non-consent but that was fairly typical in 80's HPs and she seems to want him even more afterwards so I just shrugged it off.
Overall, the story still amused and entertained me so I liked it....more
Logan Tyree is a gunslinger with a past which has hardened him into a man who hires out his gun and will kill for money. He escapes f** 3 1/2 stars **
Logan Tyree is a gunslinger with a past which has hardened him into a man who hires out his gun and will kill for money. He escapes from jail and ends up on the ranch of Rachel Halloran and her father. They are having trouble with a neighbor who wants to buy their land and is very ruthless about it, to the point of killing some of their ranch hands. Rachel's father hires Tyree to help protect their land and kill the neighbor because he knows it's him or them.
Rachel is attracted to Tyree but abhors his way of life and his lack of conscience toward killing. Tyree sees Rachel as a pretty woman but has no intention of changing his ways. The story follows this couple as they eventually fall in love after many adventures and obstacles. The hero overgoes a change during the story due to the heroine's influence, he stops killing without thought and tries to be a better person, though he is still a man who will use his gun when he felt it was needed.
This book was interesting to me because the hero was a tortured man who started out the type of man to kill anyone for money, he really didn't care. It took awhile before he grew a conscience and started to shoot to wound if he could and think about his actions. He is still a man not afraid to use his gun but he loves the heroine and wants to build a life together at the end of the book. I liked the heroine but she took awhile to get rid of another guy who also liked her, though I understood because Tyree didn't seem the type to stick around and she tried to get him to commit to her. She was brave and helped save the hero more than once.
The book isn't perfect but it was interesting. There was a separation I didn't care for and the heroine's other suitor stuck around too much. She thought the hero had abandoned her at one point and was kissing the suitor again, but the hero also kissed another woman during the one separation, I don't really care for that in a story but they wren't committed to each other at these times. The loves scenes were very vague and not descriptive.
If you like westerns with a gunslinger hero, you may like this book....more
Apache Conquest was interesting to me because of the setting and time period - the Mexico territories under Spanish rule in 1690. The heroine, CarmenApache Conquest was interesting to me because of the setting and time period - the Mexico territories under Spanish rule in 1690. The heroine, Carmen Yolanda Diaz y Silvera, is a young Spanish noblewoman from Seville who travelled to Mexico to marry a man she has never met. She needs to travel through Apacheria to get to Santa Fe and finally meet her intended husband. Along the way she meets Puma, the half-Apache half-Spanish hero. Puma was brought up by his Apache mother but was betrayed by a tribeman into slavery with the Comanche then traded to the Spanish. He was in jail for a year until a priest released him and other prisoners to become soldiers. He is riding along with the same caravan as Carmen but plans on leaving to find his Apache tribe once he makes it to Apacheria. Once he sees Carmen, he is tempted to take her along with him.
A rogue band of Apaches attack the caravan along the way, taking horses, Carmen and her duena (a maidenly female chaperone). Puma goes after Carmen to save her because he knows only another Apache can track his people. He finds Carmen relatively unharmed and is able to get away. But instead of taking her to Santa Fe, he decides to keep her and take her to his Apache tribe. The rest of the story follows their adventures as she adjusts to the Apache way of life and he tries to get used to the idea of falling in love with one of the Spanish he hates for taking over his homeland.
I enjoyed this story because of the unique setting, I haven't read many that deal with the Spanish settlement of Mexico and the interactions with the local Apache and Comanche tribes. The story was pretty fast paced and changed scenery often. The heroine was a bit immature at first but she rose to the occasion and found strength when she needed it, which is something I admire. The hero was pretty conflicted between his Apache heritage and the fact he hated the Spanish for putting him in jail but was himself half Spanish. Puma and Carmen start to build a life together in his Apache camp but have some problems with communication. She is a bit impulsive and quick to argue, while he blows hot and cold for her as he fights his feelings for a Spainaird. Once they start making love, they find somewhere where they got along and the differences don't matter. They eventually figure things out and realize they love each other.
If you want a fast paced historical romance with a Native American hero and a different setting, this book fits the bill....more
Lady Sarah Woodville is sent to the American colonies in disgrace over a scandal she doesn't even understand. Once in Albany, she plans to beseech herLady Sarah Woodville is sent to the American colonies in disgrace over a scandal she doesn't even understand. Once in Albany, she plans to beseech her uncle Lord William Wentworth for help but along the way to visit him she is kidnapped by Shawnee Indians and her entire future changes.
Major Connor MacKinnon is now in charge of MacKinnon's Rangers after Iain retired to take care of Annie and their children and Morgan was kicked out for his marriage to the French Amalie. Connor is in a bad place emotionally, he feels a lot of guilt for his harsh actions to French soldiers while he believed his brother Morgan to be dead. Lord William commands Connor and Joseph, his Mahican friend, to find Lady Sarah and rescue her. They go searching for her expecting to find a spoiled princess and instead find a courageous young woman.
Connor and Joseph arrive at the Shawnee village and go thorough some trials to save Lady Sarah, who impressed them with her strength and bravery in the face of her captors abuse. Connor wins her freedom, but not without consequences which bring him and Sarah together. Over the long, dangerous trip back to Fort Edward, Connor and Sarah forge a relationship based on mutual attraction and admiration but know there is no hope for a future between a high born English lady and a Scottish frontiersman. But then a surprising turn of events causes Connor, along with help from his family and friends, to fight to have Sarah in his life forever no matter the danger and obstacles.
I loved Connor's book! What I love about all three MacKinnon brothers' books is that they are wonderfully written romances that are actually romantic and a joy to read. The hero and heroine are both good people who stand together despite what the world throws at them. This setting and time period (American colonies during the French and Indian War) fascinates me and the author has a way of bringing it to life so I feel like I am hiking through the forest, running from danger along with Connor, Sarah and Joseph.
Connor is a great hero who rescues Sarah from a harsh fate then finds himself falling in love with his worst enemy's niece. He tried to do what he thinks is the honorable thing and let her go, but fights for Sarah (view spoiler)[ and his unborn child (hide spoiler)] when she is put in harm's way by a vengeful Lord William. Sarah is an endearing heroine, you feel her love of music which colors her life and feel sorry for her rigid upbringing. She faces a situation that is completely foreign to her but comes through it with grace and courage, learning a lot about herself in the process which helps her stand up for what she wanted when it counted. I like how she never betrayed Connor even when it might have made things easier for her.
The background characters help make the story. Joseph is a great part of the story, he and Sarah have a nice brother/sister bond. I hope to see his story soon! Wentworth first makes you want to hurt him badly, then pulls an act which brings some redemption - we will see what his story becomes when Ms. Clare writes it, I have faith she can make him redeemable as a hero. I loved seeing a bit of Iain, Annie, Morgan, Amalie and the children. The Rangers make some smaller appearances, plus there is a great farewell at the end of the book that will leave you chocked up!
Defiant is a brilliant finale to the MacKinnon brothers' story. I love all three books, which tell the story of how Iain, Morgan and Connor survive the frontier and find love despite the war they are fighting. The ending of Defiant made me tearful and nostalgic to be reaching the end of the MacKinnon brothers stories but it was a great ending. I love this trilogy, Iain, Morgan and Connor have a special place in my heart for being such sexy, honorable men who really know how to protect, love and care for their women.