I started this book on a Saturday and finished it the same day. This book was incredible. It has the great elements of an authentic western setting, eI started this book on a Saturday and finished it the same day. This book was incredible. It has the great elements of an authentic western setting, engaging characters, sensual romance, humor, and danger. You will love Skylar as she is an incredible woman with a sense of honor but also the grit and determination to do what it takes to make a life for her younger brother. She was forced from a young age to suppress her feminine side and to work and to live as a cowboy, and nobody would question her abilities. Skylar ends up accidentally married to playful, but dangerous former bounty hunter, Tucker Morgan. He's gorgeous and tempting, but having a home for her brother is her first priority. The end goal is to get to Wyoming, get paid for her mustangs, and get an annulment. She just has to keep her hands off him, and his hands off her. Tucker wasn't looking at getting married ever, but he has one heck of a bride on his hands. She's willing to pull her weight and then some, and earns his respect. And she's beautiful. He finds it harder than he thought to keep from taking his wife to bed, and soon finds that he wants her forever. I really enjoyed this book. It was fun, it was intense, and I felt like I was there on the trail to Wyoming, with dust in my mouth, the cold wind blowing on face, hearing the mustangs neighing, and dodging bullets, along with the characters. If have been feeling at a loss as less and less western romances are being published, I highly recommend picking up this book. It will keep you entertained for hours indeed. Stacey Kayne is a new go to author for me when it comes to western romances. ...more
Maverick Wild gave me many hours of entertainment this weekend. It is the second story in the Morgan brothers duo by Stacey Kayne.
Chance Morgan is eagMaverick Wild gave me many hours of entertainment this weekend. It is the second story in the Morgan brothers duo by Stacey Kayne.
Chance Morgan is eager to continue his carefree bachelor existence and not at all eager to get married. However, meeting Cora Mae Tindale again puts a wrench in those plans. Cora is the daughter of his hated stepmother. When they were kids, she was a boon companion who Chance and his brother enjoyed corrupting. Many times they got the young girl in trouble with her mean, overbearing mother, but she never complained about the abuse that she suffered at her mother's hands.
When Chance and Tucker ran away to join the Confederate Army, they knew that they couldn't take little Cora Mae with them. But Chance promised to return for her. However, when they were able to come back, Cora was gone, and their stepmonster had sold their father's farm. Bitter about women and how marrying them destroyed a man's life, Chance vowed never to get married.
Twenty-one years later, they are reunited when Cora Mae arrives in Wyoming to visit her stepbrothers for a short time. When she arrives, she finds that Chance has become a hard, dangerous stranger who only sees a hated Tindale when he looks at her. Little does she know that he sees a beautiful red-head with bewitching curves that make it very difficult to be resistant to her.
He needn't worry that she wants to trap him into marriage. After a painful and harrowing experience with a man that her mother tries to force her to marry, Cora Mae has sworn never to marry. She just wants to feel a sense of family and home that she felt when she tagged along with Chance and Tucker as a girl.
Maverick Wild was an excellent book. It helped to cement my appreciation for Stacey Kayne as a western writer. It's not a copycat of her first book, Maverick Wild. The heroine and hero are different people with different motivations. Yet the elements that made her first novel appeal to me are there in spades: emotion, vivid descriptions of western life, good storytelling, and likable, appealing characters.
Cora Mae is not a rough and ready cowgirl like Skylar. She's more of a homemaker who is very happy knitting and crocheting, and baking goodies. She is a sturdy, curvaceous woman, who has been made to feel that she is unattractive. Although she is self-conscious after years of being put down by her mother, she has an inner strength and spunk that makes her a worthy opponent for Chance. She also has a sweetness and a kindness that makes everyone around her love her. Chance sees this in her, but is determined to resist the pull she has on him, at times showing a suspicious attitude towards her that is hurtful to Cora Mae.
Chance is definitely a western hero. He's very attractive in a hard, sexy way. He's tough and independent, but clearly loves his family and wants to protect them. Although he fights his attraction for Cora Mae fiercely, when he realizes how dangerous her plight is, he steps up to the plate to take measures to keep her safe, even if it means losing his freedom. Of course, deep down, the real reason is that he wants her to stay.
The chemistry between the characters is just as heady and appealing as it was in Mustang Wild, but there is also a poignancy as Cora Mae heals from her fears of men and opens her heart and mind to being loved by Chance.
If you would like to read a western that reinforces the joy of hearth and home, and features characters who are struggling to get over painful pasts to find a happy future, you will love this book. ...more
This book really snuck in past my prejudices and preconceived notions. I don't particularly like books with heroines who have been mistresses to otherThis book really snuck in past my prejudices and preconceived notions. I don't particularly like books with heroines who have been mistresses to other men besides the hero, but then I'm not crazy about mistress books period. But when I started reading this one, I couldn't put it down. It was just that engrossing. The book starts with the heroine being put aside by King Henry. However, his method of putting her aside is to marry her to a loyal subject. There are several issues that arise at this point. One, she is pregnant with the King's child. Two, she is in love with the King and hardly happy with being pushed off on another man. Three, the hero is the lucky fellow who is "asked" to marry the King's mistress. Asking doesn't mean you can say no. And another issue is, if she's pregnant with the King's child, that means she's less likely to be able to produce an heir for her new husband right away. It's a great way to start a romance, I'm thinking sarcastically. No, it's a challenge for the reader and especially the writer. How can this end with two people happily in love and married? Well Ms. Brisbin managed to achieve this. Very well in fact.
The key was making Lady Marguerite a three-dimensional, sympathetic character. At first she was spoiled and shallow, but consider that she was pretty much raised to be the plaything of a king. She knew no other life. Lord Orrick was marvelous. If he had issues with getting the King's discarded mistress, he put those aside and made the best of it. Instead of pouting, he focused on wooing his wife and loving her. In fact, he loves and regards her to a degree that her beloved King never did.
So I must say that I am very glad that I gave this book a chance. It turned out to be a gem. Well-written, and full of deep characters who hold your interest, and earn your respect. I highly recommend this book....more
I've read The Rogue's Seduction twice. I really thought Jason was a very effective hero. He has been obsessed with Lilith for years. He has waited forI've read The Rogue's Seduction twice. I really thought Jason was a very effective hero. He has been obsessed with Lilith for years. He has waited for her to be free and makes his move. It was very passionate and intense. ...more
I really loved this book. I thought it was so neat to have a deaf hero, and to see how he has compensated and become a very strong, capable man duringI really loved this book. I thought it was so neat to have a deaf hero, and to see how he has compensated and become a very strong, capable man during a time when people with disabilities were discounted and not even considered worthy of having their own properties and running their lives. I also enjoyed the relationship between Mairi and Robert. Lyn Stone knows how to write romantic and sensual, and interesting love stories. A must read.”...more
I love this book. It has a heroine who has had her reputation slandered and an upright hero who ends up helping her and falling in love with her. ThisI love this book. It has a heroine who has had her reputation slandered and an upright hero who ends up helping her and falling in love with her. This book really impressed me because of the transition of Neil from being a stuffed shirt to a man deeply in love with Elizabeth. Elizabeth really got a bad rap, and did what she could to extricate herself out of the situation, but in the minds of society, she was tarnished goods. Neil starts out looking down on her and believing the lies and the superficial gossip of what was seen on the fateful night that was the nail in the coffin of Elizabeth's reputation In fact she is an innocent and virtuous woman who is being preyed on by an unseen enemy out to ruin her. As Neil gets to know her, he comes to realize that she is a really good person. If you dislike the virginity proof is a sign of innocence plot, you would enjoy this book. Elizabeth seduces Neil while he's drunk, thinking he'll be more likely to have a sexual relationship with her if he doesn't believe she's a virgin. So his feelings for her and coming to love and respect her have nothing to do with her virginity because although he has a vague memory of having sex, he doesn't know it was with her.
Fans of the woman dressed as a man theme would also like this book. Elizabeth doesn't quite make a very convincing man. Neil and his friend immediately know she's a woman, and Neil, feeling sorry for the runaway, takes her into his house for her protection until her situation can be resolved. Events unfold to reveal that although Neil is priggish (it's a Victorian, so that's fitting) he has a good heart and a good head on his shoulders. Although Elizabeth is rather young acting and somewhat impulsive, it doesn't ruin this book for me. I think she is a good match for Neil, who really needs to learn to relax, and slowly does unwind over the course of this book.
This is another underrated gem from the Harlequin Historicals line, in my opinion....more