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Keegan's Lady

(Keegan-Paxton #1)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  3,376 ratings  ·  176 reviews
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Only Love Can Heal a Wounded Soul ...

Caitlin O'Shannessy's late father left her with many things: a Colorado ranch, enduring memories of pain and sadness, an unshakable mistrust of men ... and an adversary.

Ace Keegan has returned to No Name, too late to enact a rightful vengeance on his most hated enemy. The man who put a hole in
Mass Market Paperback, 410 pages
Published January 25th 2005 by Avon (first published July 1996)
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Sophie ♥

Rate: 2 stars

Caitlin O'Shannessy survived years of abuse at the hands of her alcoholic father. Now he is dead---leaving the strong, courageous miss with a Colorado ranch, an unwavering devotion to her brother, a lasting mistrust of men...and an adversary. A man of honor, Ace Keegan returned to No Name intending to avenge his stepfather's murder. But when his calculated anger damages the good name of his dead enemy's daughter, Ace vows to make amends by marrying the flame-haired Caitlin.
Jul 16, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: Ñeee, del-oeste
Adoro a esta autora pero este libro simplemente sobrepasó mis límites.

A mí amiga le pareció un libro 5 estrellas y por eso lo he leído pero es que ya desde el principio se veía venir el desastre. Al menos para mí.

En primer lugar, el prota nada más verla y lo primero que piensa es en su hermana... o sea como?

La segunda vez que la ve decide que va a casarse con ella y esa misma noche la arrastran a una capilla o lo que sea... el punto es que la obligan a casarse con el.

Esa misma noche el ya le dic
Mar 18, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of Catherine Anderson; fans of American historicals
Love it loved it loved it. This book had everything! Why did I wait so long to read it? There's no beating a good story, and Catherine Anderson was at her best when she wrote this gem. Former gunslinger Ace Keegan has to be one of my all time favorite CA heroes--wow, what a man. Patient, loving, tolerant, honorable, forgiving, and very, very, sexy. In short--everything you look for in a romance hero.

This was a story about a young boy (Ace Keegan) witnessing his loving stepfather wrongfully hange
Oct 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I just love all of Catherine Anderson's books - they all get 5 stars from me - even went to the bother of buying the paperback of this edition as it is not available on Kindle - that is proof of how much I love her work.

Carol *Young at Heart Oldie*
Jul 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing

Colorado Territory

I loved this book! It’s a beautifully written and deeply moving story of two emotionally scarred people finding lasting happiness through the healing power of love. Classic Catherine Anderson.

Ace really made this book for me. He’s the perfect hero; under that tough exterior is a tender, sweet, caring man. He treats Caitlin with such patience and sensitivity when he attempts to woo her and gain her trust. I loved all the things he was willing to do like putting up with Caitlin
Aug 20, 2010 rated it really liked it
Not as good as Annie's Song, yet very similar. I know Caitlin was abused (quite severely), but her constant jumpiness and refusal to trust Ace (and how douchey a name is that?) started to wear thin after several chapters. I was happy when they finally worked their issues out and their marriage actually took off in the right direction.

Despite the douchey name, Ace was an amazing character. I wanted to cuff his ear a couple of times, but heroes aren't supposed to be perfect and I'm glad he wasn't.
A typical American West romance from the mid 1990s with a scarred H, a heroine with a dark past and a passel of brothers. I found the majority of townspeople hard-pressed to want as my neighbors. Gossip and innuendoes ran rampant even when there was no foundation.

I liked Keegan. He wanted revenge for such a long time but Caitlin's valid insecurities changed him. Caitlin...she was a bagful of angst, deep-rooted fears and self-doubt. A lesser man would gave given up on her. Her brother, Patrick,
Overall rating: 4.5 stars!

Cheating: (view spoiler)
Love triangle: (view spoiler)
Sex with om/ow: (view spoiler)
Intimate pasts: (view spoiler)
May 25, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of abused heroines
Unfortunately, this book was so good that I ended up sort of skimming it and reading all the "good parts" beforehand. So then when I sat down to read it all the way through, I'd totally spoiled it for myself. It was just so good though that I couldn't resist.

When Keegan was a boy, his father was hanged for a crime he didn't commit and his mother was raped by the men who did it. He returns to the town where it happened to buy back the land his father was swindled out of and get his revenge. Caitl
Jun 05, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Romantic Western Readers
A little history:
This is the first book with the Paxton brothers and Jamie/James/Ace Keegan (main character) is the stepson and the eldest in the Paxton family. His stepfather (Joseph Paxton, Sr) is murdered and his mom is sexually assaulted. Ace becomes more of a father figure with his step brothers (Joseph (Jr), Esa, and David--all Paxton's) and his step sister, Eden--a result of the sexual assault by a man named Conor O'Shannessy. (All that happens in the Prologue)

The review:
This was a heartw
Rating: 3.5 / 5

I almost wasn't able to finish this book...not because it was bad or anything, but because I got to the end and found that my used copy was missing the last three pages. As you can imagine, I was not very happy to discover this. Luckily, I was able to use Amazon's "look inside" feature to read the last little bit. And though this was a good book, I can't say it will be one of my Catherine Anderson favorites. It was an average good romance, but it didn't have anything particularly
Amel Armeliana
4 bintang buat ceritanya dan 1 bintang buat Ace Keegan^^

Ace Keegan dan saudara-saudaranya yang lain datang ke No Name dengan tujuan untuk membalas dendam kepada keluarga Conor O'Shannessy yang telah menipu dan membunuh ayah mereka secara kejam serta memperkosa Ibu mereka 20 tahun yang lalu. Walaupun Conor O'Shannessy telah tiada, masih tersisa dua anaknya yaitu Caitlin dan Patrick. Menurut Ace, Caitlin dan Patrick pastilah seperti ayah mereka. Toh, buah tidak jatuh jauh dari pohonnya bukan? Berk
Nov 03, 2017 rated it liked it
3,5★ Me ha gustado bastante, aunque no esta a la altura de otros libros que he leído de la autora, y además esta visto que tiene una fijación con las violaciones, en casi todos los libros que leí de ella hay algún abuso de este tipo.
Jan 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
There was a lot I loved...the hero (in a moment of rage) does something hurtful and pretty unforgivable to the heroine, and then has genuine remorse. Love a remorseful hero. Loved the richly drawn and complex portrayal of the characters (down to the cat), how we saw Ace's POV in the genuine way their relationship developed and how he transformed from her oppressor to her real "hero". Hands down my favorite scene was where Ace is saying to himself that he has to be patient and then in the middle ...more
When Ace Keegan was an eleven year old boy his father was hanged and his mother raped and the land stolen. Ace returns as a grown man for his revenge. Caitlin is the grown daughter of the object of Ace's revenge. Caitlin's father is dead so the revenge is moot. Ace half halfheartedly starts to take his revenge out on Caitlin, but can't do it.

He starts to love this girl, and realizes she was as much a victim of her father as he was. She is the victim of sexual and physical abuse herself and is a
Katrina Passick Lumsden
Classic Catherine Anderson. She has a knack for emotionally tumultuous storytelling. It's just hard to like some of her characters. What Caitlin went through was horrible, but some of her judgments and reactions seemed well out of proportion in the grand scheme of things. She was....well, almost impossible to like. Keegan was OK, but he was so reserved and uncommunicative that he bugged me, too.

Still, Anderson's stories are well-paced and well-plotted, her arcs are nearly seamless, her characte
Jul 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
En un comienzo por el contexto de la trama, es lento y Caitlin hasta resulta exasperante, porque es una mujer marcada por el miedo, pero Ace (su esposo), tiene una paciencia infinita. Incluso para soportar una y otra vez la actitud hostil del cuñado.
Como no querer a Ace Keegan? Siempre preocupado de los detalles, tierno, atento y esperando a que Caitlin confíe en el.
Muy lindo.
Feb 06, 2008 rated it liked it
Reviewed for THC Reviews
"3.5 stars" I really enjoy emotional stories in which one of the protagonists has a major obstacle to overcome. While Keegan's Lady fit that bill in some ways, I felt that the emotions were not well-balanced and consequently it fell short in other ways. It seemed that the main emotions that permeated a large part of the story were fear, anger and sometimes, hatred, which gave it a rather heavy feel. It seemed to lack the wonderful humor that I've seen in some of Catherine
Jul 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
5+ Stars

Oh man, I didn't think I would love this book as much as I did. The writing was so wonderful! It sucks you in and makes you feel a part of the story.

The character of Caitlin was so broken and was in need of saving. She wished her whole childhood for a hero to come and save her from her horribly abusive father. My heart broke every time something was revealed from her childhood. Even though she's been through so much, she was not a weak character. She was so enduring. Ms. Anderson wrote
~Nichole~  Sizzling Pages Romance Reviews
I wish had more time this week to read. I simply barely had time most days for a chapter. But when I did I was so enthralled with this story. Very slow burning yet absolutely wonderfully romantic. Ace was a hero that little girls dream of coming to sweep them away. Not completely perfect actually pretty far from it. Yet he had everything you'd want. Unwavering loyalty and truly the most protective heart.
There's no words to describe the trauma that Caitlin lived through. Ace came around at the ti
Jan 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book. Jamie Keegan (aka Ace) witnessed the murder of his step father. Years later hell bent on gaining back what was stolen, his step father's reputation and his land, he returns to No Name. When he finds the man he wished to exact his revenge on is dead he decides to go after his family. When Keegan's anger gets a little out of control he ends up ruining Caitlin O'Shannessy's reputation. Being upset by his own reaction and being the honorable man that he is he decides to marry her. A ...more
Jul 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: series, western
I really enjoyed this first book, Keegan's Lady in Keegan-Paxton Series by Catherine Anderson. There is something about Anderson's writing that really draws you into a story, she just has the ability to dive deep into interpersonal emotions without the characters coming off as unreal. Caitlin is damaged, more than you know at the beginning of Keegan's lady and as the story progresses and her and Ace get to know each other you find out that her wounds can be healed and only Ace is man enough to h ...more
I was going on vacation and wanted to read a book by an author who I knew would not disappoint me. I'm glad I picked up this book. Keegan's Lady was another good story by Anderson. She always has a way of pulling all kinds of emotions out of me whenever I read her books. Ace and Caitlain's story did just that.
Dec 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of western romance books
5+ STARS!!! I freakin' loved this book. One of the best I've read of this genre.


Ace Keegan is one of my very favorite bestest heroes. AMAZING!

The scene where he says Keegan's Lady, oh swoon!!

Cailtin was a great heroine.

Ace's brothers were amazing.

Lucky the cat stole my heart!
Jan 10, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Great story!! Starts out as vengeance and ends up in understanding and love. Catherine Anderson writes books the way I could only wish to write them.
May 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
Great Books,tapi ga sampai pingin aku beri 5 bintang seh,mungkin karena aku agak kurang suka dengan tema rape dan KDRT. Conor benar2 mewakili semua hal yang aku benci dari seorang laki2/suami/dan juga ayah. Sayang sekali dia tidak meninggal karena dibunuh orang,aku sangat membenci kelakukan bejat makhluk ini. Awal cerita saja sudah cukup berat bagiku untuk mencernanya,apalgi pas bagian Joseph Keegan digantung secara paksa oleh Conor dan kawan2-nya. Sherrif sialan itu juga bikin aku benci setenga ...more
Jan 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
"Lindo, emocionante. Catherine Anderson nunca me decepciona. Esse é o primeiro livro da série Coulters Historical e eu já estou louca para ler os próximos. Caitlin O’Shannessy, a heroína, casa com Ace Keegan da forma mais inusitada possível, no meio da noite, forçada pela arma de seu irmão bêbado. Na verdade, ela ignora tudo relacionado a Ace. Ele já estava determinado a se redimir com ela desde quando colocou a sua honra em jogo – o primeiro capítulo narra esse episódio eletrizante – Na verdade ...more
Limau Nipis
At last, I needed a few weeks to finish the book. I don't rate it 4 stars just for the sake, but western romance genre is not actually my cup of tea. Thus, reading something from Catherine Anderson after a long break, make me realise why I love her writings so much. And with the exception that I have been watching a certain Korean game show series had made me VERY slow in my readings. Thank God I have not abandoned this one!

First of all, let me just say that I would never ever want a father like
Melissa McHugh
Overall Response

I've always liked this book. It has one of my favorite romance tropes -- a marriage of convenience -- and the hero and heroine are relatable, flawed people who give me something to root for. In addition, the plot itself is interesting and the supporting cast is strong enough that readers clamored for Catherine Anderson to write stories for the brothers. That being said, as much as I like this book, one this re-read there are aspects that bother me more now than when I first read
Caitlyn and Ace. Ace returns to the town where his father was murdered, as a wealthy man bent on vengeance. He totally loses his cool and ruins the reputation of the daughter of one of his targets (now deceased). There's no choice but to marry her right? But Caitlyn is emotionally scarred from her father and his evil friends, so teaching her to care for him will not be easy. And just how will she feel about him when she finds out about his plans to ruin her and her brother's farm??
I liked the pr
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