Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Haven's Flame (Fires of Cricket Bend, #1)” as Want to Read:
Haven's Flame (Fires of Cricket Bend, #1)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Haven's Flame

(Fires of Cricket Bend #1)

by
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
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Haven's Flame, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Haven's Flame

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
4.24  · 
Rating details
 ·  37 ratings  ·  10 reviews


Filter
 | 
Sort order
Jane Hunt
Mar 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Haven's Flame (Fires of Cricket Bend #1) by Marie Piper

Follow my reviews. :
Jane Hunt Writer First Steps
Jane Hunt Writer Book Reviews Facebook
Jane Hunt Writer Book Reviews Google+
Connect on...:
Twitter

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
...more
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
...more
Anita
Nov 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
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
Shelves: novels
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
...more
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
...more
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.
Henderik
Jan 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I won this book on Goodreads and I absolutly loved it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Kelly
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.
Jackie Thorpe
rated it really liked it
Mar 03, 2017
Casey
rated it it was amazing
Sep 25, 2017
Sandra White
rated it it was amazing
Sep 23, 2017
Debra Reeves
rated it it was amazing
Mar 14, 2016
Nicky Garven
rated it it was ok
Jul 03, 2016
Marilyn Mann
rated it did not like it
Mar 29, 2017
Waylon Werner
rated it really liked it
Mar 19, 2018
Bill Bushlen
rated it it was amazing
Oct 09, 2017
Kim
rated it it was amazing
Oct 28, 2017
mary champion
rated it it was amazing
Mar 16, 2016
Pamela
rated it did not like it
Feb 11, 2018
Nimia Bradford
rated it it was ok
Aug 26, 2017
Lucia
rated it it was amazing
Mar 05, 2017
donna lindsey
rated it it was amazing
Nov 21, 2016
Barbara
rated it really liked it
Nov 20, 2017
Laura
rated it it was amazing
Dec 05, 2015
Crisp
rated it really liked it
Jan 02, 2016
Catherine
rated it it was amazing
Mar 10, 2019
Erika
rated it really liked it
Jun 27, 2017
Linda
rated it it was amazing
Nov 30, 2015
« previous 1 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • Mail Order Doctor (Brides of Tombstone, #2)
  • Wild Violet
  • Home by Morning (Heroes of Heartbreak Creek, #3)
  • The Wanting Heart
  • Loveland
  • The Lady and The Cowboy
  • Prairie Desire (Cowboys of the Flint Hills, #3)
  • Endless Heart (Heart, #3)
  • The Bluebird (Wings of the West Book 5)
  • The Gunslinger's Untamed Bride (Bride, #2)
  • Heart of Gold (Mercers of Montana #2)
  • Laying Down the Law (The Triple Horn Brand, #1)
  • Dust Devil
  • The Double Cross (Spanish Brand, #1)
  • Her Wicked Captain (The River Rogues, #1)
  • Wild Burn (Wild State, #1)
  • The Education of Madeline (Plum Creek, #1)
  • Severed Trust (Men of the Texas Rangers, #4)
82 followers
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
...more

Other books in the series

Fires of Cricket Bend (3 books)
  • Emma's Blaze (Fires of Cricket Bend, #2)
  • Callie's Embers (Fires of Cricket Bend, #3)