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Keegan's Lady

(Coulters Historical #1)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  3,881 ratings  ·  205 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
Mass Market Paperback, 410 pages
Published January 25th 2005 by Avon (first published July 1996)
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Kristy Moore Yes. This is the first in a series of 4 (well, 4.5 if you count the 3 in 1 novella) about the "historical" Coulters/Paxtons. The others are "Summer Br…moreYes. This is the first in a series of 4 (well, 4.5 if you count the 3 in 1 novella) about the "historical" Coulters/Paxtons. The others are "Summer Breeze," "Lucky Penny," and "Early Dawn," and the 3-in-1 novella is in "The True Love Wedding Dress" which cover all the remaining brothers, Edie's story, and Patrick's story. The modern series picks up with the Kendrick family, which quickly brings in the modern Coulters and Paxton descendants by book 2.(less)

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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.
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.

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
Jan 05, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Definitely not as good the second time around... was quite bored for most of it. Very repetitive!
Carol Cork *Young at Heart Oldie*

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 Caitl
Aug 20, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: series-read
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!

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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
Mar 06, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5/5 stars
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
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
Feb 06, 2008 rated it liked it
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"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
Sep 28, 2019 rated it did not like it
Absolutely disappointing despite all the glowing five-star reviews. The main characters, Caitlin O'Shannessy and Ace Keegan have very little chemistry. Nothing much happens; the story is neither engaging or emotionally compelling.

The plot is that Ace Keegan is out for revenge on Caitlin's despicable father, (who also had raped Keegan's mother). Caitlin is terrified of consummating her marriage because of the trauma of being brutally raped when she was sixteen. They mostly dance around each othe
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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
4 stars, maybe even 4.5... but I took off a half star for all the editing errors (idk if I read an early edition, but it’s bad). Not counting the editing, this is a really well written and touching story about love and forgiveness. My heart hurt while reading, I cried like a baby multiple times, but in the end, I’m glad I picked this book up.

This is the story of Ace and Caitlin... Ace and his family suffered greatly as a result of Caitlin’s father’s actions. He returns to the land that his fath
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
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
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!
Jul 14, 2016 rated it liked it
Many people love this book but I thought it was flat and uninteresting. I did not connect with the main characters like I should have and the drama seemed contrived. It was not terrible, just not great either.
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.
Tully Ehlers
Mar 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I'm not that much into Western love stories, but definitely Catherine Anderson became a favorite to me. She presents us strong heroines, but not in the modern meaning of the word. They are full of vulnerabilities and faults. But they arise every time, and with Caitilin is not different. I'm glad that there is more books about this family because I love them already. Keegan/Paxton brothers and sister are awesome. I just loved it this book. Ace is strong, but vunerable, he is sweet but can be hard ...more
DNF at 39%, I loved this author years ago, but for me now this book was a little boring, so did not finish it.
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
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