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