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Consent to Love

3.05  ·  Rating details ·  82 ratings  ·  45 reviews
Twenty-four-year-old small-town girl Ana Reynold serves beer at the local bar, tries to keep her beater car running, and dreams of a better life as a painter. If she can learn to make a decent steak, she might get promoted to cook—and earn enough for her real heart's desire. Right now, that doesn't include romance.

But when she meets a tall, dark and sexy Native American ma
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Published April 2nd 2012 by Carina Press (first published January 1st 2012)
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"Bringing mindfulness into my day is easy. All I have to do is watch myself. Breathe in and breathe out, to be present in what I do--to taste and savor when I eat, to see what I look at and to hear the noises that surround me. All I need to do is let go, to release everything that is not me, so I am at one with the moment."
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Sadly, halfway through the story I just had to cave in. DNF. Consent to Love is nothing mindful and did not work for me. Not at all. This is not
Elizabeth (Liz)
**Book provided courtesy of NetGalley & Carina Press

DNF. I don't like to be harsh, but I do have to be honest. I could only get about a third of the way in before I had to stop reading. The characters were completely one-dimensional, and the writing was almost childish. This was simply not a book I could keep reading. Unfortunate, but true.
Jen Davis
Apr 03, 2012 rated it it was ok
I'm just going to come right out and say it. I did not enjoy this book. I've got a bit of a soft-spot for hot Native American heroes so the blurb on this really grabbed me, but once I started reading, it became quickly apparent that this was not the book for me.

The story follows an insecure and inexperienced barmaid named Ana as she meets and falls for Kane. The sexy and mysterious Native American lives on the nearby Lakota ranch. Their connection is instant, but neither can stick to their plan
Jun 14, 2012 rated it it was ok
I have a rule.

If I finish a book, I won’t give it less than two stars.

So, Consent to Love gets two stars.

I didn’t love this book. Actually, that’s a lie. I loved it because it was so supremely awful that almost everything about it made me laugh.

Meet our hero, Kane. Or Howahkan, his birth name. He is a Native American who lives on a reservation outside of small town New Mexico. He is drawn to our heroine, Ana. She is a small town barmaid who is twenty-four and only has two sexual experiences to h
Cheryl McNeil
Jun 24, 2012 rated it it was ok
I'm afraid I stopped reading this ebook a quarter of the way through. Specifically, on page 38, when the main character stomps away from the man I was getting into. It rang false, like, why are you getting in such a huff? Her reaction was outsized for the situation, there just hadn't been a build up to warrant it. And I had already had a few "huh?!" moments earlier in the book. The premise of the book is that the Lakota man at first just wanted a weekend of hot sex with the Anglo main character, ...more
Mariann {at} Belle's Book Bag
Mar 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
I am big fan of Abby Wood and I really liked this story!! This is a light and easy read with some scorching HOT sex scenes.

Consent To Love is the story of Kane and Ana. Kane is a Native American who rarely leaves the Reservation and Ana is a white small town barmaid. They are immediately attracted to each other but prejudices come into play and Kane is worried that a relationship with him will cause trouble for Ana.

Consent To Love is about more then prejudice, it is about how finding th
Apr 11, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: erotic-romance
Good erotica but otherwise pretty boring. I didn't get into it at all.
Aisha Oaktree

Ahhh don't you love when the premise sounds great?!?! How about that cover?? Consider that each book I have read by Carina Press has been pretty stellar, I clicked on the Netgalley link and was super excited once I got the go ahead.

I was all geared up for steamy sexy over the weekend loving that might turn into something or might not, but it promised to be hot and steamy. I'll be honest it was hot and steamy, and then the rest of the 'plot' kicked in. Now had this been labelled a romance I woul
Jun 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
This was one of those stories where if I had gone by my first inclination then I would not have finished the book. And that would have been a shame because it got better as it went for me.

The premise of the story is about how a small town girl, Ana Reynolds, with a few dreams and little self-confidence in the relationship department sees an incredibly handsome Lakota man who to her is out of her league and off limits- Lakota's only choose Lakota women. Ana is working a bartending job, but she's
Sep 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
Consent to Love by Abby Wood
* I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

Ana is a small town girl, born and raised. She works in the local bar as a waitress but is hoping to move up to cook when she completes her cooking lessons. She paints as a hobby but would love to be able to take lessons and paint full time. She doesn’t have confidence in her paintings until one sells at a gallery in New York and they ask for more. Her heart’s desire may be closure than s
Apr 05, 2012 rated it liked it
Review originally posted here:

After I read Consent to the Cowboy by Wood last year, I was anxious to read another story by her. While this book didn’t rate nearly as high for me, I still thought it was a good erotic short.

Ana has lived a little bit of a sheltered life, she hasn’t had much sexual experience but when she meets Kane, she wants to change all that. She has always wanted a simple life, someone to love and come home to, a job to keep the money c
May 27, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: adult, modern, romance
To be perfectly honest, the book was average. Sure, it does promise you that one thing but what I'm looking for in a book was the quality of writing, characterization and fluidity of the storyline. It might sound weird to be asking it in an adult romance sub genre but its still a piece of published work so naturally I assumed it have gone through phases of the horrendous pre-publishing work (most importantly proof reading). However, this book failed in every of those thing except that I like the ...more
Aug 07, 2012 rated it it was ok
Color me shocked.

By the time I was two chapters in, I was fairly certain I was not going to like the book (melodrama for DAYS), but I kept reading it because it was funny. By the time I reached the second or third sex scene (there are a lot of them crammed into the short book), I had contracted a case of the horrified giggles. You know the kind I mean: you're giggling madly while reading the crazy nonsense, but you also have aftershock giggles hit you at unexpected moments during the days follow
Kathy Martin
May 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This short novel (114 pages) packed a lot of sexy and a lot of romance into its pages. Small-town girl Ana Reynold is working as a barmaid and trying to move up to being cook when she meets a handsome Lakota man named Howahkan. They don't seem to have much in common except a powerful attraction to each other.

Kane knows that there is a lot of prejudice about a white woman dating a Lakota man. He is also concerned about preserving his Lakota heritage. When he was younger he left the reservation w
Apr 17, 2012 rated it liked it
This is a short 219 page book. The man is hot the sex is hotter. You meet Ana in Consent to the Cowboy the first book in this series. Ana hasn't a lot of options. She just getting by basically. Working as a Waitress in a bar and taking cooking lessons from a friend so she can get away from all the grabby men and work in the back cooking at the bar. On the side she paints and sketches for personal enjoyment. She has no lofty ideas of marrying a rich man like her friend Daphne (from Consent to the ...more
Apr 19, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ebook-arc, adult
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*The publisher provided me with this book for review, via Netgalley.*

Consent to Love by Abby Wood is just one of those books that seemed to never get going. It just went through the motions, moving from one scene to another without lingering to flesh anything out.

Unfortunately the characters are no better; there is no depth to them. No real personality or story behind them. They just are. Ana spends most her time acting like a teenager or a porn star. Kane seem
Apr 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed reading this book. I thought the concepts of interracial dating and traditional Native American culture were both captured quite well. There were a couple of spots where I felt the story was jumpy and maybe the main characters were not expressing their feelings and emotions well; but mostly it was a good, easy read.
Ana finds herself instantly attracted to Kane, but quickly puts up walls because she has been known to fall for guys too quickly and give them everything she has. Thi
May 05, 2012 rated it liked it
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This novella is a quick read with only about 135 pages. The story is very well written. There were a few times while reading the dialogue of the characters that I thought to myself “this is not how a normal person would speak” but once you get into the swing of the story it is not as obvious (either that or the conversations get better). Ana seems somewhat naive for a twenty-four year old even one raised in a small town but she is a sweet character. Kane
I received this book as galley from NetGalley, and I must admit that I have not finished reading Consent to Love. The truth is, 519 pages in (there are 1718 pages to this story, per my iPhone Kindle app), the story did absolutely nothing to grab me.

My biggest issue with this book is Kane's pattern of speech, which reminds me too much of the cliché Native American. At any moment, I expect him to say, "You, Ana. Me, Kane." à la Tarzan. Maybe I am biased because my husband is half Native American,
Apr 15, 2012 rated it liked it
Kane is an intriguing character. I was captivated by him from the beginning. Unfortunately when the story ended, I was left frustrated not knowing what it was in the past. . . Heather . . . that caused him trouble. She is mentioned several times but never explained. Little bits and pieces to keep the reader wondering what happened, but ultimately left guessing. Very frustrating.

As for Ana, she is an interesting woman. Afraid and brave all at the same time. I found her emotional roller coaster qu
Feb 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Consent to Love by author Abby Wood is a story about two people from different background who overcome obstacles to be together. Kane is a Native American who lives on the reservation raising horses and does not plan on ever leaving his home or his people. Ana is a young, Caucasian woman who works as a barmaid but has talent as an artist yet to be fulfilled. The two are instantly smitten as they stare across the room at each other and soon embark on a passionate weekend together. After the weeke ...more
Shan ~ A ~
Jun 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
I had never heard of Abby Wood until I read this book. I am glad that I know of her now. I enjoyed this book very much, when at first I thought I was going to hate or at least dislike it. When first meeting Ana I thought she was a push over and very naive. I thought Kane was a hypocrite. I was about to put it down and wash my hands with it. I am gladed that I stuck with it.

There has never been two people who belong together more. Kane and Ana were two halves of a whole. I loved that they finally
Oct 29, 2012 rated it it was ok
I received this book from Netgalley for a honest review.
Ana is a barmaid who wants a better life as a painter. In the interim she’s learning how to cook from a friend hoping that she’ll get promoted to cook and more money.
She meets Kane, a Native American from a nearby reservation, while serving drinks for a crew of guys helping a family by rebuilding their barn. My first impression of Ana was of a mousy little girl with little confidence.
The stuttering was annoying. The writing seemed juveni
Crazy for Books (Stephanie)
Small town girl Ana Reynolds falls for Lakota Indian, Kane, who lives on the reservation, who doesn't believe living on the reservation with him is best for Ana when she's discovered as an emerging painter.

I didn't hate it, but it wasn't great either. I found myself skipping paragraphs because the writing seemed so simple an not interesting enough to read in depth.

Ana was so simple in a lot of ways, which bugged me. She never thought herself good enough for Kane, as a painter, as a woman as a w
May 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book. I thought Ana was charming and I loved her naivete, she seemed to embrace everything that came her way with joy. I also really liked how the Lakota culture was a big part of the story and how both Ana and Kane dealt with issues that come up with a mixed couple. I will admit that at times Kane did drive me nuts, especially at the end. He prided himself on knowing Ana, but at that point he proved that he didn't, that he was letting his own issues from the past hurt the be ...more
Jul 20, 2012 rated it did not like it
The story between Ana and Kane is nothing new. She is the naïve 24-year-old who is looking for love and happiness and he is the strong silent Native Indian type intrigued by her charms.

I felt the writing was hurriedly put together and it had more sex scenes than actual character-building content. Don't get me wrong, I like the sex scenes, but I wanted balance within the story. Seeing Ana grow more intellectually and socially was helpful, but Kane seemed to stay the same and in my experience tho
Aug 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
I feel in love with this story. From the get go it was great. So fun to read. I never knew what was going to happen next. I requested this one from and I’m glad I requested it. I like to try out all different kinds of stories and you just know when it’s a good one. For me this was one of them. It starts off kind of bumpy but picks up really fast and turns into something that just is a enjoyable read.
So if your looking for a fun Contemporary Romance then this one is for you.
Oct 17, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: abby-wood
Another good fast paced read... However, there was just something about Ana's character that just didn't draw me in. She was just too sickly sweet for me, especially for a country girl... shoot fire, I'm country and if one of them old coots from that Chum's Bar had smacked me on the a$$, he would've come away with even fewer teeth than he had or some bruised balls cause I would've been smackin', punchin' and kickin' his a$$. Now for Kane...oh my my my, Lordy have mercy, that's all I'm gonna say. ...more
Oct 19, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: ebook-arc
Consent to Love was an enjoyable contempoary romance that focused on a small town girl and the Native American man she becomes involved with. The characters of Kane and Ana were interrsting, and I enjoyed seeing their relationship develop and wathcing how they went about making a place for one another in their hearts, as well as figure out how to build a life together. I received this book as an ARC form Netgalley.
May 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Consent to Love is a story of growth. Ana and Kane learn about each other and themselves. Ana is a small town girl with a gift but no belief in herself. Kane is a Lakota who has been the victim of prejudice and it has colored his view of himself and the world. There is an instant connection between the two but real trust takes time. I enjoyed watching Ana grow into her own.
The publisher provided me with this book for a fair and honest review, via Netgalley
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