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Mackenzie's Mountain

(Mackenzie Family #1)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  16,077 ratings  ·  738 reviews
A small Wyoming town is about to learn a few lessons -- from a new schoolteacher with the courage to win the heart of a man who swore he had nothing to give...

Mary Elizabeth Potter is a self-appointed spinster with no illusions about love. But she is a good teacher -- and she wants Wolf MacKenzie's son back in school. And after one heated confrontation with the boy's fathe
Kindle Edition, 375 pages
Published March 1st 2016 by Avon Impulse (first published March 1st 1989)
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ρυηүα [Punya Reviews...] This will be out on kindle on April 2016 according to Amazon US, already up for pre-order. Couldn't find any info about nook though.…more
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Val ⚓️ Shameless Non-Snowflake ⚓️
Still amazing to me, even decades later.

Re-read this old all time favorite in kindle format (still have it in beat up paperback), because it’s on sale for $1.99 right now - so snag it now if you are interested! Anyway, I forgot how much I adore this story. And my Mackenzie family in general.

It's old school romance, with an OTT alpha hero, and I adore it.
Brittain *Needs a Nap and a Drink*
Warning: This is a rage review. It will be inappropriate and expletive ridden. Proceed with fucking caution

Soundtrack for this review: Gregorian Monks chanting "What the actual fuck?" over and over

This book was so backwards and ridiculous, I wish I had never wasted money on it. Because that's what it was. It was an absolute waste and completely offensive and racist. Half of this book is about discrimination against Native Americans but the author does nothing except make it worse by describing t
Carol [Goodreads Addict]
Mackenzie’s Mountain is book one in the Mackenzie Family series by Linda Howard. This is my first Linda Howard book.

Don’t judge a book by it’s cover! I think that should be the theme for this review. I never would have chosen this book for myself. Two of my book buddies insisted that this is a book I NEEDED to read! The same phrase also applies to the hero of this book. That he was judged by his cover, his heritage. Not by the man he was inside. But all it took was one particular woman to come
Blacky *Romance Addict*

This book has a very "Dr Quinn, Medicine Woman" feel to it.
Except of course, she isn't a doctor but a teacher :D

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For the most part of the book, I kept forgetting it's actually a contemporary. I can't explain it, it's just the feel of it. How they all behave, the story, Indian in the mountain and spinster teacher in small town fall in love, while the town hates him, plus being his cottage in the mountains, training horses and just everything :D
I saw cars being mentioned and that made me remember
Aug 08, 2020 rated it did not like it
Look up the words white saviour complex and a picture of whatshername would accompany it. What a load of racist bullshit crap.

In all fairness, had this story occurred at the turn of the 20th century then I might have given it a pass, however, this was written during AND situated in the 1980s. 1980s!! My god.
Opening Line: He needed a woman. Bad."

I had a ton of problems with this book and I’m finding it really difficult to review because as much as this story confused me, annoyed me and downright offended me, in the end as much as I wanted to I just didn’t hate it. I did however breathe a sigh of relief when I finished.

Written in 1989 Mackenzie’s Mountain is a contemporary romance however it reads, and for the first 100 pages I thought it was a historical, taking place around 1890-1910. It takes plac
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
This is in my top ten books of all time. I love Wolf and Mary. They are one of my romance supercouples. This is a book to read when you are feeling jaded about romance novels. When I read it the first time, I immediately turned around and reread it. I still have my first copy but I bought another copy since the first one is a little worn.
This is my favorite contemporary romance! I love the Wolf and Mary's story, they are two great characters. Mary Elizabeth Potter is a transplanted southern teacher who is trying to find a more exciting life in Wyoming. Mary meets half-breed rancher Wolf when she goes to his house to find out why his son Joe quit school. Sparks fly between Wolf and Mary right away but Wolf pushes her away because he is resented in town after going to jail for a rape he didn't commit, so he does not want to risk h ...more
Addie H
I am re-reading all my 5 star rated romance novels. There are 60 on my shelf. This is book 18

(Tropes: Modern Spinster, Class/Culture Divide, Wrongly Accused)

This is how my 18th re-read held up.


But also another problematic favorite ☹


Quick plot:
Mary Potter has moved to a small (small minded!) town in Wyoming to teach high school. When she notices that a top performing student left school 2 month earlier she goes to investigate and meets his father Wolf McKenzie. Wolf has been in prison fo
Nov 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Armpits . . . well, everyone had them, but she certainly wasn’t accustomed to touching them. She had never before been this surrounded by anyone, least of all a man.

I debated about what to rate this one. It is dated, yes, but I really loved it. Loved the characters, loved Wolf, loved Joe, and Mary. And the story had me intrigued until the end. I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the series.

3.5 stars

I wish I had read this about 10-20yrs ago, I think then I would have loved it as much as others do. There are a couple older books (hello, purple prose!) that are very close to my heart that others read for the first time in this day and age and they don't find it as great as me. I think this may be the case with this book and me, I liked it but cringed at some parts. One person's sentimentalism is another person's expiration date.
Our main couple, Mary and Wolf, had an incredibly sweet
Audio update: I recently bought the abridged audio version, narrated by Nanette Savard. Didn't like her voice. Sharp, angry, and biting too much of the time. The abridged version leaves out far too many important scenes, including the epilogue. Half the book is missing. Not recommended. Wish they would produce an unabridged version.

But the story and the series is good! See original book review below.

Content: Several explicit sex scenes, assorted violence, some cus
Stacia (the 2010 club)
Does anyone else find it hard to assess a book when the thing is completely out of date?

I felt like I'd stepped back in time a few decades, when most small towns were suspicious of anyone who looked "different" from whatever they were used to in their small little bubble. Of course, there are still remote places of small town Americana that are like this, but not on the same saturated level that there was back then. And by that level - I mean OMG, LOCK THE DOORS, the Native American Indian man
Oct 08, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who reads romance
Recommended to KarenH by: MelissaB
I read this book in one sitting - which means I stayed up all night - so I'm a little delirious right now. I won't write a review (you can thank me for that) but I would like to say a few things while I am still "living in the moment" of Mackenzie's Mountain.

First of all, if you haven't read this book, you really need to get that taken care of. Within 10 years it will be proclaimed a "classic" (you'll be shelving it right up there with Catcher In the Rye & The Grapes of Wrath) and you will want
Obsessions were funny things; unhealthy ones could ruin lives, but some obsessions lifted people to higher planes of life, made them shine with a brighter light, burn with a hotter fire, and if those obsessions weren't fed, then the person withered, a life blighted by starvation of the soul.

Classic Linda Howard at her best!!

He had learned to use iron control when dealing with Anglos, but something about this prim little woman got under his skin.

Wolf Mackenzie is an Indian an

Feb 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 re-read stars.

Maybe it is not a good idea to re-read some books. I did enjoy it but it would not be five stars from me this time around. Seemed very repetitive ... too much sex! It was as if they were in heat, Wolf and Mary! For such an innocent, she sure got the hang of it fairly quickly!

Sort of skimmed to the end ... but then again, I had read it before ...

Sandra ~ ♥ Cross My Heart ♥
Mackenzie's Mountain is a charming love story between two unlikely characters. Written almost 30 years ago, it seemed a little outdated in theme to me at first, but proved to be a very satisfying, well-written romance that I enjoyed. Mary is a stranger in a small Wyoming town - a prim and proper school teacher who's never been kissed. Wolf is a half-breed with a undeserved reputation that he can't live down and so he no longer tries. Shunned and feared by most of the town's people, Wolf keeps to ...more
I liked it. I may not always like Linda Howard books because of my issues with her heroes but this one nailed it for me.

I liked the main characters. The side characters are definitely mean and disgusting but who cares about that if the main characters are ok. I didn't like the fact that there is nothing about the heroine's background where we get a clear idea about the hero's background.

The suspense building is good but I know who is the culprit from the very first. It was easy. As always, the
MG *Bury Me with My Kindle.. & a REALLY Long Charger*
4 stars

In a word: All

Linda Howard is one of my favorite romance authors, but I had not yet read this book, so I was excited to finally have the chance to do so. I was not disappointed! This one pretty much had it ALL --- action, adventure, mystery, suspense, steamy goodness, and solid character development.

What I liked:
--- Howard's main characters are always layered, which I appreciate as I get to unwrap little by little to get the whole picture; the female MC (Mary) was pretty straightforward
Yes, I am the last person to ever read this. Well, I listened to it. Audible has an exclusive and it's part of their Romance package (Like KU for audible).
I absolutely loved this. It's NOT dated! It's Over 25 y/o so it's now historical romance. 3rd person POV.
OMG. I loved Wolf. Damn. The narrator, Nanette Savard did a great job of doing all the voices.
I do have to say, Mary sounds like an OLD biddy-especially at the beginning. She eventually sounds younger & her voice gets a little softer. I wa

Oh, the bullshit.

The old-school, overly-dramatic, racist bullshit.

How many times was the word "savage" used, for starters?

The narration was exaggerated as well.


Everyone loves but me.
Apr 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: highly-recommend
Loved it!! I stayed up till the wee hours reading this book. I couldn’t turn away from it. One of the best romance books I’ve ever read. Lol. I’m slowly working my way through a “best romance list” I found on the internet and this was on there and I was very happy with it!!
I have to say I had some trepidations when I started this book. I like contemporary romances but my favorite is historical. It was also a very short 250-something pages. I tend to like my books longer than that since I can fly through books at lightening speed. But it had a cute premise and tons of good reviews so I gave it a shot.

I felt like I went 'Awwwwwwwwwwwwwww...' throughout almost the whole book. It's definitely one of those warm and fuzzy kind of romances but the love scenes definitely
Lady Heather
Oct 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: contempory romance, kick-ass, possessive alpha males & strong willed, kick-ass female leads
Recommended to Lady Heather by: Karla
I LOVE. WOLF!! ..and Mary is wonderful! I love her backbone, and 'sensibility'.

This was such a great story to read, and I'll be reading Joe's story very soon!
Feb 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book only took me two days to finish it was that good.
I got about two thirds of the way through and just didn't care any more. This one was a bit too 1980s for me. It does have a funny first line, though:

"He needed a woman. Bad" Ha ha ha. Yeah, no.
3.5 stars. This was my first Linda Howard read. Yes I know, I must have been living under a rock! Anyway, I do not think reading this 20 years after it was written would change anything. I am not a fan of historical romance and I would not classify this as that. But the author really had no idea what century the characters were living in. A petticoat - really? Seriously? Indians and Anglos? Come on! I remember the 1980s very clearly. While there was and still is discrimination, people did not ta ...more
Apr 15, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mary Potter moves from Savannah, Georgia to Ruth Wyoming after accepting a job as a teacher for the small community. She soon discovers that the school's top student, Joe Mackenzie, has dropped out of school. Mary goes to visit the Mackenzies to get Joe back in school but gets trapped on the way up their mountain in the middle of frigid winter temperatures. Wolf MacKenzie, Joe's father, rescues her and takes her into their home. They have an immediate physical attraction, one that is taboo for W ...more
A heart-warming story with a very yummy intriguing hero named Wolf. Wolf and Mary made an adorable couple. It did have some cringe-worthy moments. Incredibly dated and awkward writing and painfully skewed stereotypes. Whites do not refer to themselves as white Anglos and Native Americans do not refer to themselves as Indians. And a 29-year-old virgin doesn't need to keep referring to herself as an old maid no matter what her staunch strict Aunt drilled into her head. It's the late 80s not early ...more
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This is an old category romance that I read way back when. I’m not usually a re-reader but I stumbled across this in unabridged audio format and figured what the heck. I listen to audio’s when I’m doing tedious tasks like driving, cleaning the yard of dog poo or scrubbing the bathroom. There’s not much to lose on my end and I’ll usually finish everything I start on audio, excepting The Ill-Made Mute which was one of the few too torturous for even me to finish. Mackenzie’s Mountain was a much bet ...more
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Linda S. Howington is an American best-selling romance author writing under the pseudonym Linda Howard. After 21 years of penning stories for her own enjoyment, she submitted a novel for publication which was very successful. Her first work was published by Silhouette in 1982. She is a charter member of Romance

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“She started to tell him so, but the words vanished
unsaid when he abruptly thrust his hands under her skirt, all the way to her waist. Mary
gave a startled shriek and jerked back, almost oversetting the chair. He glared at her, his
eyes like black ice.
"You don't have to worry," he snapped. "This is Saturday. I only rape on Tuesdays and
“She was flustered; he could see it in the
way she kept twisting her fingers together. Did she think he was going to throw her down
on the seat and rape her? After all, he was a renegade Indian, and capable of anything.
Then again, the way she looked, maybe this was the most excitement she'd ever had.”
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