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Haven's Flame

(Fires of Cricket Bend #1)

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  37 ratings  ·  10 reviews
High-button dresses aren't made for hot Texas springs-or the burning desire Haven Anderson has for Deputy Matthew Frank... After a lifetime of friendship, Matthew and Haven are finally engaged, but he doesn't seem to share Haven's emerging passion. Feeling rejected and uncertain about her future, Haven finds herself attracted to the handsome new saloon owner, Hank Porter. ...more
Paperback, 300 pages
Published October 13th 2015 by Limitless Publishing
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Jane Hunt
Mar 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This is an engaging read, even if you aren’t a die-hard historical western romance fan.
The setting is authentic and vividly described; you can taste the dust, smell the horses and hear the shouts and calls of the cowboys, as they fight in the saloon. The residents of Cricket Bend are equally realistic, without being stereotypical.
Haven is tough minded
Regan Walker
Jun 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Love in Texas and a Frontier Town

Set in Texas in 1886, this is the story of Matthew Frank, deputy Sheriff, and his childhood sweetheart, Haven Anderson, assistant to the town doctor. This is my first by this author and I must say, it was easy to read and enjoyable. Piper has a clear style that moves the story along at a nice pace.

The story begins with a touching scene when Matt and Haven become engaged. Though Matthew cannot wait to show his bride his passion, he nobly holds himself back and tel
Nov 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Loved this book! This was the first time I've read a story set in the Old West, and I was instantly transported. Haven was a wonderful, complex character and made me wish I could head down to Cricket Bend to have a cup of coffee with her. I honestly couldn't put the book down, and as I neared the end, I was eager to finish but anxious about it being over. I did finish, and was happy with the exciting and completely satisfying ending. But now I have to wait (impatiently) for the next Marie Piper ...more
Harley Easton
Oct 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I must admit I am not a Westerns person. I usually find them too formulaic and cliche. I picked Haven's Flame up because I've enjoyed Marie Piper's short stories and I am glad I gave it a chance!

Yes, it's the typical small town with one saloon, a tiny jail, and the usual crowd of uppity biddies, but Cricket Bend is refreshingly fleshed out with the farmhouses and prairie scenes Piper includes. The rich parlor filled with the backstabbing society women and their Ladies Meeting was vividly painted
Merissa (Archaeolibrarian)
As this book started, I will admit to being worried! It appeared that it was going the way of a love triangle which, although I don't hate, I do tend to dislike. However, I stayed with it and I'm glad that I did. This is an interesting and fast-paced tale, set when the West was Wild and women were buttoned up, unless you were a scarlet woman!

Haven is a strong female lead, although sometimes she does come across as a bit naive. She is only twenty years old though, so cut her some slack. Matthew I
Savannah Blevins
I have to admit, this is my very first historical. I am normally a full on Contemporary Romance kind of girl, but Marie Piper sucessfully brought me over to the dark side. Marie has a beautiful writing voice that is perfect for this genre. I was immediately drawn in by the love triangle (I'm a sucker for a well written love triangle) and Marie pulls it off perfectly. You struggle right along with Haven the entire way as she tries to find her between Mathew and Hank, and I definitely felt her pai ...more
Renee Nollora
Jul 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I hadn't read a single Western, and I'm just really starting to dip my toe in the world of Romance, and I absolutely loved this book - started and finished in one night (with whiskey and chocolates at hand)! I was sucked in with characters I cared about and a world I could imagine - Cricket's Bend came to life the way the author described it. I love Haven and her complexity, how she's struggling to know herself and what she wants for her life, and I love the real (and sexy!) scenarios that she f ...more
Randi Perrin
Jan 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I am not a fan of Westerns, generally, but I absolutely loved this one, and was anxiously counting down the days to get the second one.

Marie loves this time period and westerns, and that comes through, and even makes me like it too. When an author can make me say "I love it" about a subgenre I usually pass on, you know she has done something right.
Jan 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I won this book on Goodreads and I absolutly loved it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Jan 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Not my usual fare but I'll be honest it kept my interest. Always fun to read sex scenes written by someone you know! Interested to see where the second one takes the story.
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MARIE PIPER is a graduate of Michigan State University, a former actor/director, and a lover of stories.

The full-length steamy Western trilogy, FIRES OF CRICKET BEND, and the gothic dime store serial, MAIDENS & MONSTERS, are available now. Marie's short pieces are featured in a variety of anthologies. Currently, she is writing THE GILDED BRIDES.

Find her on Twitter/Instagram at @mariepiperbooks

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