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My first time reading Sarah M. Anderson...and I loved it! :) Mystic Cowboy is a wonderful story about a man who's trying to remain true to himself, and his people, and a woman who's trying her hardest to make a difference in the world, one sick person at a time. When Rebel sees a vision of his people all dead, he asks Madeline for help; she may not believe in the spirit world and visions like he does, but she realizes that he does believe, and isn't that what matters? Together, they must find out what the ranchers just off the rez are doing...before it's too late.
I loved Rebel! He's trying so hard to be the right person—his tribe needs a medicine man, which he can be, while the outside world wants a Native America artist, one they can more or less parade around like a prize show dog. He doesn't want to be that person...but if it means he receives money to help his whole tribe, how can he say no? But it's just a part he plays, it's not who he is, and it never will be. He's already tried his hand at being that man, and it didn't work out... Nope, his duty is to his tribe, keeping them alive and well, and helping to keep the traditions of the Lakota alive as well. Really, what's not to love in a hero like that? He puts so much of himself into helping everyone else!
Madeline is, in a way, much like Rebel. She gives and gives, often until there is no more to give. She works hard, very hard, to heal the people of the rez. With no supplies, no room, and very few people to help, she manages to do it. And while many of the people may look at her as an outsider at first, I think by the end, after seeing how well she does her job, they start to see her as more than that. It may not seem like they'd match together (two people who give everything they have to everyone else) but they do. Rebel takes care of her, and when she sees that he is the one who needs the support, she'll be there for him. Will their relationship be easy? No, of course not. But it's real, and they're willing to work through it, for love, and that's what matters.
4 STARS! A sexy tribal cowboy for a hero, a cast of wonderful characters to help bring the story alive, and a heroine who won't take any crap, Mystic Cowboy kicks off Anderson's new series and left me wanting more! I especially look forward to Nobody's story. Oh my. Dark, quiet, mysterious...and with an air of “deadly” about him, I'm dying to know more! :D (less)
Ugh...a TSTL heroine AND hero was just too much for me. I've liked some of Palmer's previous books, but this one just didn't do it for me. I almost th...moreUgh...a TSTL heroine AND hero was just too much for me. I've liked some of Palmer's previous books, but this one just didn't do it for me. I almost threw the book against the wall many a times, and to be honest I more or less skimmed the last 100 pages just to finish it. (less)
I'm loving each book I read of Ms. James'! Cord is sexy and strong, I'd let him tie me up anytime. :) AJ is a great heroine, one that I really connect...moreI'm loving each book I read of Ms. James'! Cord is sexy and strong, I'd let him tie me up anytime. :) AJ is a great heroine, one that I really connected with and understood, and I was happy to see her finally get the life and love she deserved. Even if I am jealous that she gets Cord--I want him! :)
4.5 Stars---While I wouldn't suggest Lorelei's books to readers who do not like their romances smoking hot, to erotica fans I can only say this: Be su...more4.5 Stars---While I wouldn't suggest Lorelei's books to readers who do not like their romances smoking hot, to erotica fans I can only say this: Be sure to pick up this series! I only regret that I waited so long to start; now I'm a fan for life! (less)
I first read Sarah McCarty's work a few years back when Caine's Reckoning, book one in the Hell's Eight series, came out. Right away, I fell for all of the dangerous men introduced to us in that book. I looked forward to their own stories, and counted down the days until I could read them. And then...something happened (life) and I never did pick up book two...or book 3... or..Well, you get the idea. So when I saw Shadow's Stand up on NetGalley, I jumped for it, eager to finally have another taste of the Hell's Eight men! :) Let me tell you, I wasn't disappointed!
While reading Shadow and Fei's story, I was once again reminded of all the reasons why I love McCarty's books: wit, banter, action, steamy-hot lovin', dangerous heroes that I'd steal away in a heartbeat and fierce heroines that I want to have as my friends. Oh, and did I mention the freakin' hot passion? Yeah, there's tons of that in Shadow's Stand and you won't find me complaining about it one bit!
Even though I missed a few books prior to this one, this series is one that can be picked up at any point along the way without getting lost. However, I would strongly encourage you to read it in order (as you should with any series), although I can't say much since I keep making this mistake again and again... The men from Hell's Eight are all tied together, at first through a promise for revenge when they were younger, and now from loyalty and brotherly love (though they are not blood relatives, with the exception of Shadow and Tracker). Their stories are intertwined, partly because they are always there for one another when something goes wrong (and it almost always does), but also because for all of them, the Hell's Eight ranch is home, and always will be.
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The review that follows is a partial review. To read my full review, please visit: http://tbqspersonalbookpalace.blogspo... ~*~*~ What length would you g...moreThe review that follows is a partial review. To read my full review, please visit: http://tbqspersonalbookpalace.blogspo... ~*~*~ What length would you go to for the sake of family? Would you live a lie, dig out of trash cans for food, pretend to be someone you're not—all so your promise to a dying relative will be upheld? Brianna O'Keefe has done all of these things, and more, for her “daughter”. And she won't give her up, no matter what!
David Paxton, a small town marshal, is surprised when he is given a bag of mail, all sent from a woman, Brianna Paxton, who claims to be his wife, and Daphne, who is supposed to be his daughter. Problem is, David's never heard of the woman, nor does he have any children. He sure as hell isn't married....unless he got extremely drunk one night during his younger years. What if Daphne really is his? How can he ignore their letters, especially should she prove to be his? He sets off to find out the truth—but nothing could have prepared him for what he'd find in Glory Ridge. Brianna, though a bit prim-and-proper, is a beauty and sweet Daphne has the Paxton looks, right down to the birthmark on the neck. So how is it that Brianna can look him in the eye and tell him he's not her father?
Brianna made a promise to her twin, Moira, when she was on her deathbed. She would raise Daphne as her own, caring for her like she would a child from her own womb. She's kept this vow all these years, and nobody else knows the truth. But when David Paxton, her made-up husband, suddenly appears at her doorstep, her life of lies is in jeopardy. Though she won't admit it to David, she can't deny the overwhelming family resemblance between Daphne and David—but Brianna knows better. He's not the father of her dead sister's child. But then how does one explain the looks? Or David's determination to claim her as his own and Brianna as his real wife?
There is more to this story than what is appears, and only after the details are told and the lies picked out can we see the whole truth—and some of it will come as a surprise, even to Brianna!
The storyline for Lucky Penny was unique and very well done. I couldn't help but feel for Brianna and Daphne after reading of their hard life. I wanted David to be Daphne's dad, even though I knew it was impossible (biologically, that is). But this story taught Daphne, Brianna, and us readers as well, one very important thing—family and love is not determined solely by blood.
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