Coming upon a coach accident after hearing a gunshot, Colt Thunder pulls out of the wreckage the talkingest white woman he ever met. After being beateComing upon a coach accident after hearing a gunshot, Colt Thunder pulls out of the wreckage the talkingest white woman he ever met. After being beaten to an inch of his life for falling for a white woman in the past, the last thing the halfbreed needed was being in the presence of a English lady- and a rich one at that. But there’s something about this one that causes a strong pull... which is why he makes his escape as soon as her entourage shows up.
Still, Jocelyn Flemming, Her Grace the Duchess Dowager of Eden,is anything if not resolute and she is determined to have Colt Thunder join her as guard and guide through the west. So, not being able to gain Colt’s acceptance, she talks circles around his kid brother and gains his acceptance instead, which means of course- she gets Colt too.
And then attraction starts its work. Both helpless toward it, a battle of wills begins and the more the fires of lust draws them together, the harder Colt pushes away- until the man after The Duchess and her money catches her unaware and places her in serious danger.
Though Colt was not there when it all went down,(remeber, he's doing his best to avoid her), he was all over her rescue through the help of a friend.
After this lastest attempt on her life, because there has been many, Colt decides to get her to their destination on his own. He has no idea, however, the journey has more to do with healing his wounded soul then any destination in the long run.
I so enjoy JL’s old historical romances, despite their cheesy titles, and it's been fun rereading them for review purposes. These books are more about sexual tension and falling in love then titillation like their more modern counterparts- though I still find the sex pretty darn hot. Although the hero is rather harsh with the heroine early on, the prologue set up his reason why quite nicely. (I love that Jocelyn later becomes his perfect revenge for the horrendous treatment he endured- in all the best ways.) Memorable story and enjoyable re-read. ...more
I loved the heroine- so much strength, no shinking virgin this!- and intelligence? Wow, I so can get a female lead like this. And the hero, which theI loved the heroine- so much strength, no shinking virgin this!- and intelligence? Wow, I so can get a female lead like this. And the hero, which the author did not compromise one iota, had me riveted.
I had tears in my eyes at one point and sat holding my breath at the next. I love a book that engages my emotions and rare are they that come around anymore.
Another thing- I thought the book was going one way until about 15% in and up till that point it was sorta meh for me, then a sudden turn left and I was hooked. If your a romance lover at heart- dont give up on this H/h, it takes them a bit to give in to their passion but I swear if you do, you'll get a HEA that'll make you heave a wistful sigh... just like I did. :)
One of those romances that will stick with ya!
Everyone's praising this story, as well they should. Read it and find out why!...more
Waited for Connor’s story for a long long time. Then, after it hit the shelves, I waited some more because I wanted it to be the right time.
The timeWaited for Connor’s story for a long long time. Then, after it hit the shelves, I waited some more because I wanted it to be the right time.
The time came and now it’s gone, read in one day, of course. I’m a little sad about that.
But whoooweee, it did not disappoint and was so worth the wait.
Set just before the American Revolutionary war, the story revolves around Connor MacKinnon the youngest brother of the infamous MacKinnon's Rangers, a unit formed when a crafty Lord from England effectively pressed three Scottish brothers into service in the American colonies.
Connor doesn’t like Lord Wentworth so much but has made peace with his service to him and England. When Wentworth orders him to rescue his niece from the hands of an Indian war party, he's not adverse, although he’s sure she’s a spoiled brat who’ll never survive the harsh treatment awaiting her anyway.
Lady Sarah Woodville is certain death would be on her at any moment as she is dragged across the wilderness, at the hands of a merciless savage. But she knows her uncle would at least try and send someone to help. So she secretly leaves a trail for those following them- until she's found out.
When Connor discovers the trail and that the Lady is far more courageous then he ever dreamed, he does something foolhardy. He goes into the heart of the Indian camp and agrees to do whatever it takes to get her out. Fight to the death for the right to take her? No problem. Forced marriage? Okay. Wedding night? yep- because he’s already a little bit in love with her anyway.
Circumstances only a historical romance novel could contrive aside, I loved watching these two fall in love as they made their way back to civilization- because rescue her he does. Epic baby. And, sigh, SO romantic. :::hearts::
Of course, she being in the bloodline of King throws a bit of a kink in their happily ever after with him being a relative commoner. But, never fear, theirs is a love that will not be denied, and MAN, their furtive desperate love making is some of the best written out there.
If you love historical romance, you need to read this series. Seriously. Epic.
(Btw, this series leans heavily on the most romantic movie ever, aka: Daniel Day Lewis’s “Last of the Mohicans”, especially this last book. Come into it knowing it and enjoy the ride.) ...more
His Native American family brutally murdered during an unwarranted attack, Chandos encounters a young woman staying with the man knoGuilty Pleasure #1
His Native American family brutally murdered during an unwarranted attack, Chandos encounters a young woman staying with the man known to be one of the murderers. Her life in his hands, he nevertheless sets her free, intuitively sensing her innocence. Four years later and he’s still hunting down the rest of the men involved that day- and Courtney Hart once again has managed to cross his path. However she has no idea the history they have together and though he wants nothing of her, she’s determined to hire him to take her to Waco where her long thought dead father appeares to be alive and well, if the picture in the paper was to be believed.
Since she’s too stubborn to take his advice- ie go home and get that fool idea out of her head- he agrees. Along the way she moves from being his burden (someone has to take care of the headstrong greenhorn), to his tormentor (the skin tight pants she inadvertently buys), his lover, to his greatest weakness. Meanwhile he must stay on the bloody path he had set for himself- avenge the slaughter of his mother and half sister.
She hated living with her selfish step mother, so when it seemed her father was not dead, Courtney Harte jumped at the only chance she had to getting there- riding along with the enigmatic Chandos- a man she just met.
Even though he tries to frighten her off her mission, she still trusts him beyond all reason. Besides, he is beautiful after all, and she can't take her eyes off him. Then, despite looking otherwise the entire time, she discovers he’s not as uninterested as he appears. When he finally releases the full force of his passion, it frightens her- but his confession that he wanted her too simply undoes her.
With much of her timid nature behind her, they give into the wild heat between them, but a wild heart is not easily tamed and Chandos knows more than anyone that loving means loss.
When they reach their destination, he leaves, intending to never come back. In despair, Courtney tries to move on, as does he, only to find that is all but impossible. Especially when the ties forged on the trail refuse to let go- of either of them.
I love the old western romances that have the hero and heroine riding the open trail across the west, with only each other to survive and A Heart So Wild is probably my most favorite. I re-read it often and every time it’s just as passionate, just as engaging. For some reason, I’m always amazed at the delicious feeling in the pit of my stomach I get when Chandos gets all possessively protective of her. I’m amazed- not because it happens, but because it happens with a story I know like the back of my hand- and one I’ve been reading over and over since my teenage years. That’s how much a woman likes to feel protected- even one who knows she can pretty much survive anything after all she's been through. Well, this woman anyway. Written in the 80's, trust me when I tell ya, it still has the magic.
Now that I think on it, perhaps A Heart So Wild is my favorite romance novel, period. If you know my reading habits, that’s saying something....more
Fantastic time travel hist-rom. This is one of those books that you fall into as soon as you crack the spine. I picked it up thinking I’d on4.5 stars.
Fantastic time travel hist-rom. This is one of those books that you fall into as soon as you crack the spine. I picked it up thinking I’d only read a couple chapters till I couldn’t keep my eyes open anymore and ended up staying up till the wee hours of the morning finishing it in one sitting.
Ryan Burke is on her fist assignment as an anthropologist at Little Big Horn when she encounters a mystery. Things are going missing from the dig and it looks the man who hired her is the guilty party. It will take a holy man, a sacred tipi and a courageous heart to solve the mystery by laying a trap in the past- right before Custer’s last stand.
This book totally surprised me. I loved the characters- even with Ryan being more of a starry eyed innocent while in the past, then the strong capable woman she was in our time. (But she did manage to show some backbone when the opportunity presented itself so I was cool with it.) The Hero- okay okay, I get the romanticizing of the Native American culture is so yesterday its almost wince-worthy- heck even the author acknowledged that thru the heroes inner thoughts-but she seemed to know her stuff. Every bit of the Lakota Cheyenne culture portrayed here felt genuine and had a certain amount of depth, both now and in the past. (I’m wondering if this book came out during Dances With Wolves heyday because I thought of the movie often while reading it.)
The love story is magical and sensual and made my romantic heart heave a dreamy sigh. Srsly, if you like this genre- it’s a must read. ...more