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3.48  ·  Rating details ·  141 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
Something about the woman hit John Roper hard, right in the gut. She was frightened, her face bruised, yet her inner beauty and bravery were immediately apparent. And there was no way in hell he was leaving her alone to face a roomful of rowdy cowboys and whatever desperate circumstances had brought her there in the first place.
But how he got from those first thoughts to
ebook, 384 pages
Published March 1st 2009 by Harlequin Books (first published January 1st 2009)
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May 23, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
‘Eden’ was my first book from this genre and I loved it. It didn’t start out that way though.

The story is set in Eden, Dakota in 1890 and the hero and heroine meet in the first few pages. Katie stumbles into a seedy bar to escape the cold of night and is saved from the advances of several bar rats by John Roper. He’s a local rancher and well-respected within the community. We discover Katie (not yet eighteen) is running away from her abusive foster parents. John immediately notices the bruises
Crystal S
Heroine was just too too too unbelievably naive. Couldn't suspend my disbelief and life's too short to read books you constantly want to throw across the room.
Phylisha Stone
Oct 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book. The H and the h both had some issues (his first wife cheated on him) and she was the daughter of a prostitute (known) and the saloon owner (unknown) who had been given to a couple who purportedly wanted children, but in reality wanted cheap slave labor. The H seemed to not be over his cheating wife as evidenced by his behavior his new (innocent) wife when another cowhand started pestering?? her. Because of the H's past he let past history color his attitude toward his n ...more
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Linda C
Bruised and battered, Katie stumbles into the Dogleg Saloon. John Roper realizes that she needs help and takes her to the kitchen where the cook feeds and tends to her. When they realize she needs protection John offers her a job as his housekeeper on the ranch where he is foreman. Katie is not quite 18 and innocent; the daughter of a deceased prostitute who was given into the Schrader's care when her mother died. They treated her as slave labor and now Jacob was trying to get in her bed; so far ...more
Kym McNabney
I was very disappointed with the book. I've read a couple of books by Carolyn Davidson, and loved then, but this is the second one that I didn't like. The beginning was amazing, but it slowly dwindled from there. I almost stopped reading it several times, but wanted to see if things changed.

I felt as though there was too much telling, and not enough showing. Not enough dialog. And I didn't like the main characters. The hero treated the heroin as a child, and really a child she appeared to be. Sh
I loved 2/3 of this book.. those 2/3rds get 5 stars.

John was a great hero. At the beginning and end of the book he was almost perfect ::sigh:: ... but then for a small period towards the middle of the book he was a complete a$$.

Sweet heroine, and lovely secondary characters.

I love Carolyn Davidson's books and this was pretty close to 5 stars.
Jo  (Mixed Book Bag)
When John the hero in this book forced himself on Katie I lost all interest in this book. It did not matter that Katie was his wife, it was still rape and unforgivable. I don't know what the author was thinking. I will not be buying another book by Davidson and this one will not be passed on. Instead it will be destroyed.
This lady is really becoming a favorite of mine. I love the way she crafts her characters and storylines. Also her storylines have a social problem involved in them. This one was of Abuse and it really had a HEa
Apr 29, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A little gooshy - even for me.
Dec 21, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011-books
The story was a good story. The author does know how to write a page turner for certain. I likely once owned this book in paperback. :)
Feb 09, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Cheesy romance
Potential wallbanger. Honestly I just couldn't finish it. It started out good but then became wayyy too sappy.
Mar 23, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Um...a simple formula that left me wanting. This book is like popcorn. You'll read it because it's there, but there's probably a better use of your time.
Feb 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
the characters were well developed and the story was engaging
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Carolyn Davidson began writing in 1986, knowing absolutely nothing about the craft. Her first three books were rejected by Harlequin.

She met Dixie Browning at a Harlequin dinner in Charleston, South Carolina, and told Dixie she was writing, but that she feared she was too old to begin such an undertaking. Dixie's response spurred Carolyn to pursue her dream. Dixie said, in her own inimitable fashi
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