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Early Dawn (Keegan-Paxton #4)

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After breaking off their engagement, Eden Paxton's fiance spreads so many rumors about her that she is forced to leave San Francisco. Her pride bruised, an angry Eden heads for the wilds of Colorado to live with her half brothers. But murderous outlaws cut the trip short when they kidnap her, intending to sell her across the Mexican border.

Ever since a gang murdered his wi
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Mass Market Paperback, 417 pages
Published December 29th 2009 by Signet
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Lisa Kay
I do love Ms. Anderson’s storylines and have rated a lot of her books five stars; I have tagged and shelved her as an “auto-buy-author”. So, why only three stars?

I should tell you up front, I’m not a big fan of the rape theme; however, she’s one of the few authors who could (note use of past tense here) incorporate this horrible, devastating event into a beautiful story as she did in Annie's Song and Seventh Heaven. That said, sometimes she seems to do the rape, rape, rape theme too much (I
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Auntee
Oct 25, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of Catherine Anderson; fans of American historicals
This story didn't have a whole heck of a lot going on, but I loved it anyway. The reason I enjoyed it? The hero and heroine, Matthew Coulter and Eden Paxton. Wonderful characters. Even though it took a long time for their romance to get physical, I enjoyed reading about their backstories and loved seeing their relationship evolve into what started out as mistrust, to a gradual friendship, and then to an intense desire and need and then a romantic love. Matthew and Eden were terrific characters-- ...more
jenjn79
Jan 01, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommended to jenjn79 by: continuation of a series
I had some wariness coming in to reading this book. I've read so many Catherine Anderson books that I've loved, but then some of the recent few have been so-so and including a lot of religion. So I wasn't sure what to expect of this book. But this ended up being a good one. I enjoyed it a lot, though the story wasn't perfect.

Series Note:
This book is connected to both other historicals by Anderson, and also her long-running contemporary series. The hero of this book is the ancestor of the contemp
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Rhapsody
Mar 20, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, romance
Catherine Anderson is one my top favorite romance authors, but I just don't think she writes with the same passion that she used to. Compared to Comanche Moon, Comanche Heart, and Keegan's Lady, this book was pretty tepid. Eden is abducted by outlaws while on her way to join her brothers in Colorado. They abuse her but don't rape her, planning on selling her across the border. Matthew Coulter, whose wife was killed by the outlaws, has been hunting them for 3 years. He rescues Eden, temporarily s ...more
Elizabeth Bennet
Mar 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
My friend Rachel told me about this author and I got to tell you CA is amaaazing!! I started this book yesterday and I couldn't put it down, staying up until 3AM to finish. The Sebastian gang are a ruthless group of brothers who destroy everything in their path. Eden Dorelle Paxton is a brave young h who was jilted by a mamas boy. The rumors that were spread forced her and her mother to take a train to Denver. The train is ambushed and Eden is abducted by the gang.

Matthew James Coulter has been
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Julianna
May 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of Historical Western Romance w/Tortured Hero & Abused Heroine
Reviewed for THC Reviews
Early Dawn is another sweet, historical romance from Catherine Anderson that was nearly perfect in every way. The hero and heroine are very much the focus of the story with the secondary characters only coming into play during the first few chapters and the last few chapters. The rest of the time it's all about Matthew and Eden as they get acquainted and learn to trust each other while riding around the Colorado wilderness, trying to evade the bad guys. With only two char
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SheLove2Read
Oct 25, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2010
Just didn't do much for me. I wasn't impressed at all. I've read better by Anderson. The plot I thought had potential but it just seemed to drag on way too long.
Debbie
Feb 13, 2010 rated it liked it
I love Catherine Anderson and I really enjoyed this book, but for me it's not up to par with the other books to this series.
Katherine 黄爱芬
Eden Paxton tidak menyangka dirinya akan diculik oleh Geng Sebastian yg keji. Setelah 5 hari disiksa mereka, Eden ditolong oleh seorang pria, Matthew Coulter. Dan selama perjalanan mereka yg menghindari Geng Sebastian, tumbuh bibit-bibit cinta. Namun ada halangan diantara mereka yaitu kenangan Matthew terhadap mantan istrinya, Olivia, yg dibunuh keji oleh Geng Sebastian. Dapatkah mereka menjalani kebahagiaan bersama tanpa masa lalu kelam membayangi mereka?

Separuh awal novel ini berjalan lambat d
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Maryam Hanani Safian
Apr 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
This story is an emotionally love story and I couldn't help but feel bad for both of them. This story tells about their journey of surviving in the middle of nowhere while running away from the Sebastian Brothers. The bond between them started to develop but not too fast n not too slow either. Just perfect. Why? This is not the typical love story when the girl was brutally raped or touched by someone, but after being saved by the hero, she felt safe around him. No!!!! It took more than a few cha ...more
Jacqueline
This story was okay in that it wasn't choppy or anything and the words flowed well etc. If it matters to you, the love scenes are very tame and the scenes where the girl is being abused by the bad guys are merely suggested and nothing is explicit at all. The loving each other part was okay but the story itself was lame plot wise. There will be a few SPOILERS below so don't continue if you don't want to know.

Some of the decisions the hero made didn't make much sense. He's been hot on the trail o
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Noelle
I wish it hadn't taken me so long to finish this book,it took me awhile to get into the story but it wasn't the books fault. I also wanted to note that I added this to my "rape" shelf even though the h wasn't raped. The h was used as the bad guys nightly entertainment but they stopped just shy of actually penetrating her because they wanted to sell her, with her virginity in tact,across the boarder. She still has had all of the emotional issues to.deal with through out the book.

Eden,(h) was on a
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Ryn
Mar 26, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance
I used to like Catherine Anderson when I was younger. Her blend of psychologically scarred, fiesty heroines and strong, gentle heros made her a comfort-read for me.

Now, though, I think the writing is too basic and simple. She doesn't really capture the true essence of a romance because... well, because the hero and heroine talk about every single silly issue that they have so that they are always perfectly understood, and so that they never have any conflict with each other. In a nutshell, what
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Gemma
Aug 11, 2011 rated it it was ok
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Marleen
Apr 07, 2010 rated it liked it
I like Western historical romances and good ones are hard to find. (On a side note - for that matter - I'm looking anxiously forward to L. Lael Miller writing another winner some time soon).
I've always enjoyed C. Anderson's books, but not lately.
However, with this one she has gone back - a bit - to the "freshness" of her earlier books. Overall this was a good classic Western story. No need to go looking too much for a sense of realism, it's lacking in that department, but then it's mainly a ro
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Melanie
Really enjoyed this one! A different pace than the other books I've read by CA, but a sweet read nonetheless.. I liked the fact that Matthew didn't pressure Eden for anything and that she didn't fall in lust with him right away, which would have been too improbable give what she'd been through (it was still a little fast, IMO, but then again, it is fiction and they are travelling together!)..
Not my fave in the Coulter's Historicals (that would be Keegan's Lady), but a solid 4*!
Brenda
Feb 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This was a great book, I flew through it. I love everything Catherine Anderson has ever written and this book did not disapoint. I like that she has written some of her books in a series, when she writes a new one it is like visiting an old friend once again. I had to do nothing at home for a day and one half so that I could read this book from front to back, I don't do that often. You really must read her books if you have not read them before!
Pamela(AllHoney)
Started out great and had a lot of potential. Unfortunately, it didn't quite live up to it. It got a little boring in places and it would have been nice to have a little more action going on. I'm torn between a 3 and 4 but decided to stick with a 3 due to the slow boring parts that had me skimming.
Anne OK
Jan 06, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2010-reads
Not my favorite of Catherine Anderson's books. This book dragged for me. I didn't even find much entertainment in the relationship between Matthew and Eden. Overly long and drawn out.
Debbie
Jan 31, 2018 rated it it was ok
...'Well, butter my a** and call me a biscuit!'... 'You get kind of dirty when trying to run polecats to ground.'...
These kinds of phrases are a representation of the type of dialogue that runs throughout this book. My family had quite a laugh one evening from a few of these...

The book started out with a bit of promise, but after the first 50 pages or so, I began to get frustrated with both of the main characters. I wondered why the hero sneaks into the drunk and sleeping villains' camp to resc
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Rachel
Sep 19, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Drug on too long

I understand character development takes time and typically I enjoy character based storylines in books, but this one really went on for too long. If the book was half as long or maybe even 2/3 rds shorter I think I would have enjoyed it much more. The main characters are likable. The bad guys anger you enough to invest in the revenge plot. But I found myself hoping I was nearing the end. No real surprises, unless you count how predictable it is. The writing is good and I'd try s
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Patti Irwin
Apr 29, 2018 rated it liked it
I actually don’t feel guilty about most of the romance reading I do. Slightly embarrassed by how much, but not guilty. Anderson’s books fit under guilty pleasures though. Female victim, alpha male to the rescue. It reads a bit mor palatably in a historical when gender roles might have dictated such.
Sandra
Sep 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful!
iulia
3.5 stars
Amel Armeliana
"Sinar mentari yang jatuh menembus dedaunan menari-nari diatas kepala mereka. Anak sungai bernyanyi di samping mereka. Kicauan burung terngiang-ngiang di benak Eden. Dihirupnya dalam-dalam udara yang menguarkan wangi bunga-bungaan"
Well, itu paragraf terakhir dari buku ini dan sepertinya itu salah satu alasan kenapa I love reading Catherine Anderson's book, yaitu penggambaran suasana alamnya. Jadi inget film seri Little House on the Prairie dan Dr.Quinn Medicine Woman, atau film2nya Janette Oke.
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C J
Overall somewhat boring even though it contained disquieting subject matter. Usually Anderson's books are keepers but not this one
Sara
Sep 20, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: guilty-pleasures
This one was...a very mixed bag. Very. On one hand, we have the typical Broken Heroine complete with an ex-lover who makes me want to drop a safe on his head. Eden Paxton's ex-fiance not only ended their engagement, but let his parents drag her name through the mud just because she wasn't a pureborn high society girl like THEY wanted for him. So she goes back home with her mother to nurse her wounds. Then the poor woman gets captured by bandits who do everything short of raping her, and only bec ...more
Sarah Eiseman
Feb 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
I typically don’t like, or tend to read, historical romance novels, but this one was quite good.

Matthew Coulter has been on a three-year search for the Sebastian brothers’ gang that raped and killed his first wife. His sworn vengeance has colored his view of humanity a relationships so far, that when he finally rescues the woman recently captured by the gang, he can’t even string a sentence together to calm her down. But Eden Paxton is made of stronger stuff. A recent San Francisco-transplant, E
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Tiffany's Book Blog
Aug 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Okay, I love Catherine Anderson. Her writing is so descriptive, it really gives you the ability to "see" what's happening in the lives of her characters. This book was no exception, and even though it seemed a little slower than others, it was a perfectly enjoyable read. One I definitely recommend in the Coulter/Paxton/Harrigan series.

I loved Keegan's Lady and Catherine's other historical novels, and looked forward to this, the next in the Coulter/Paxton/Harrigan line. It did not disappoint.

Matt
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Jill Dunlop
Jan 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
Early Dawn is book 10 in Catherine Anderson's Kendrick/Coulter/Harrigan series. This is my first in the series. I have only read Annie's Song by Anderson and I loved it. My friend had this book in her TBR pile and loaned it to me. It caught my eye because of the back cover. On it said that Eden Paxton was kidnapped and Matthew Coulter whose own wife was murdered at the hands of this terrible gang and he couldn't resist saving Eden. I was immediately hooked. I can't resist a kidnapping/rescue sto ...more
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“As he tightened his embrace around her, he knew he'd made the right choice.
He held the whole world in his arms.”
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“Matthew told to Eden what:" she sneaked into my heart and went to work, chipping away, day in and day out, until she hollowed out a corner all for herself, and then, as if that wasn't enough, she went and carved her name on it.” 3 likes
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