My biggest problem with this book was the bland writing style. The character set up wasn't bad but the author didn't do much with the s** 2.5 stars **
My biggest problem with this book was the bland writing style. The character set up wasn't bad but the author didn't do much with the story. It was very unexciting and predictable. This author's writing style is just not for me, it comes off as juvenile. This read like a Harlequin Desire book but with hotter love scenes. There were a few hot love scenes, I liked those and the portrayal of modern Native American characters. ...more
Dancing on Coals was a pretty good Native American romance. My biggest problem with the book was that the entire first half of the book read more likeDancing on Coals was a pretty good Native American romance. My biggest problem with the book was that the entire first half of the book read more like historical fiction, as we are mainly in the heroine's head and there is no romance to be seen. The two leads hate each other, especially the hero who hates all whites and would gladly have left the heroine for dead initially except for a promise to his brother.
The second half of the book was a lot better in the romance department, Katherine and Gaetan finally come together after knowing each other for months, basically because Gaetan finally gives in to himself. I really liked Katherine as a heroine, she was a strong, intelligent woman who made the best of her situation and showed courage by following her feelings and supporting Gaetan who became her husband. Gaetan was harder to read, we don't see much of his point of view so most of the time we have to judge him by his actions. He is very cold and hard for the first half of the story but he tries to be a good husband to Katherine once they are married, he eventually shows more emotion toward her.
I enjoyed this story of a woman who through circumstances ended up living through the last free days of the Apache and falling in love with an Apache man. I appreciate the realism of the story but I wish the romance would have started sooner and been a bigger part of the story. I felt somewhat removed from the characters sometimes, I am not sure why. The hero is especially hard to connect with, I wish I would have known him better and cared more about him. But overall, it's definitely worth checking out if you enjoy western and Native American romances. Not many good Native American romances are written anymore but I would count this as one of them....more
This book was actually two shorter stories previously published in anthologies. I liked both stories, it was a sweet romance between the heroine, a woThis book was actually two shorter stories previously published in anthologies. I liked both stories, it was a sweet romance between the heroine, a woman whose husband was killed by Indians. Her son was kidnapped by the same Indians and she is all alone in the wilderness. The hero is an Apache warrior who was part of the raid who killed her husband. His mother was a white woman and he couldn't kill the heroine because she reminded him of his mom. He looks after her from afar by leaving food. Eventually the two meet and fall in love despite their different backgrounds. The second part of the story happens four years later, the heroine is kidnapped by Comanche and the hero risks his life to save her.
Both stories were pretty good, they were a sweet couple. There was a Christmas theme to both and some religious references. The stories weren't overly detailed since they were short but it was worth the $2 I paid for this on Kindle....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
Lakota Surrender was my attempt at trying Karen Kay once more to see if I had been missing something. The answer: no.
This book was boring because therLakota Surrender was my attempt at trying Karen Kay once more to see if I had been missing something. The answer: no.
This book was boring because there was no real conflict. The lead couple see each other and are instantly in LOVE, despite the fact they don't know each other. The thing that annoyed me about this story is the way it's written as almost an overview rather than from the mind of each character. I didn't really feel connected to either of the leads. I was also put off from the way the author referred to the hero as Indian, he supposedly even thought of himself as Indian. From what I have read, Native Americans thought of themselves by their tribe names certainly not as an Indian.
The story kept emphasising how in LOVE the couple was, not really showing them fall in love. The story wasn't realistic and didn't give enough detail to give a real feel for the location and time period. I didn't buy the romance and was annoyed at the heroine's actions. The hero wasn't bad but I was annoyed that most of the story was at a fort so we never really got to see how he really lived. The way the hero was described felt realistic but the instant eternal love with barely any interaction with the white heroine just didn't make sense to me.
So my end opinion: I am not missing anything by not reading Karen Kay, her stories are not realistic or interesting enough for me. The writing wasn't totally bad, it just is not my type of story....more