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Historical Romance 101: Introduction and Why I Love Historical Romance

Historical Romance 101Welcome Everyone!! This is the start to Historical Romance 101, this is the first installment of a series of various thoughts that we have on our love of Historical Romance. I am on a join effort with three other fellow bloggers who also have a passion for historical romance. We have Jennifer @ Feminist Fairy Tale Review, Quinn @ Quinns Book Nook, and Anna @ On A Book Bender.  Continue reading

Throwback Thursday (73) Historical Romance Edition: Fires of Paradise

Throwback Thursday is a new meme hosted by Buried Under Romance and Love
Saves The World, and since I just love Historical Romance I decided to
participate.

What Is Throwback Thursday? Traditionally, Throwback Thursday celebrates
nostalgia, asking participants to post a personal photo or image from
their past–usually from 5 to 10 years ago. There are a lot of book
blogs that also do a book related Throwback Thursday.

Here Are The Rules: 1. It must be posted on a Thursday. 2. It must be a
historical romance novel published before October 3, 2008

Book Review-The Lone Warrior by Lori Austin

The Lone Warrior
Once Upon A Time In The West (3)
Lori Austin
Signet Eclipse
Paperback
Published January 2014
307 Pages
Acquired: Library
Western Historical Romance
ISBN: 978-0-451-24232-7
Authors Website

Synopsis
Rose Varner needs a man……

But not just any man. The one known as “White Ghost with Hair of Fire.” He may be the only way to rescue her daughter, Lily, from the Cheyenne.  Legend has it he was once the Cheyenne’s captive, but his courage impressed them so much that they accepted him as one of their own. Yet the man Rose finds seems far from legendary.…

Luke Phelan’s tortured past has driven him to live as a recluse in the Smoky Hills of western Kansas. Having vowed to keep his distance from the Cheyenne, Luke refuses to accompany Rose on her rescue mission. But her bravery in the face of dangerous odds changes his mind. Now as they ride toward their destination, they’ll battle outlaws, bounty hunters, and their own rising desires before finding Lily. But the cost to Rose will be high, and her budding love for Luke will be put to the test.…

My Review

This is the first time I have read this author, and what a interesting plot that this turned out to be. It has been a while siine I have read a historical western romance, so I found this story to be like a breath of fresh air. I was really surprised in how much I really liked reading this one. I wasn’t expecting it, I had read the blurb and it sounded intriguing but I think I chose to read it for the gorgeous cover we have here. The style was very original and it didn’t turn out in the way I ever expected it to. One of the major aspects I enjoyed was how this book constantly was surprising me, whenever I thought I could predict what would happen next, well then there would be a certain “bump” in the plot and it would totally put me on edge in supsense. There is so much in this story that I would highly recommend. I have to admit, I have been wanting to read this one since it first came out at the beginning of the year, but wanting to wait till it became available at my local library It was definitely worth the wait.

The story begins when a young woman, who left everything she knew in the city, from a rich family, to marry a farmer in Kansas. But then the Cheyenne attack and take her daughter from her. For over a year Rose has been searching for any clue as to her daughters whereabouts. When she hears of the “white ghost” she knows that she must find him at all costs, because he may be key to finding her daughter, rumored to have lived with the Cheyenne for some time. When she finds him, he isn’t willing to help in any way, and almost kills her, but for the first time Luke doesn’t listen to the Wind, there is something about Rose that keeps him for killing her as he as the others that have hunted him. As they search together for Lily, you see a desire between them burn, but meanwhile they are chased by outlaws and bounty hunters, and they will find Lily in the least expected place…but it will come at a price.

There was such a strong connection between Luke and Rose from the start. Unlike other native american romances I have read, this story really threw me off….in the least expected ways. I adored this story, and the way the author had the ability to create a plot that you find yourself captivated and drawn into the story. The descriptions and the history were very vivid and I enjoyed seeing the authors voice come shining through in the story as well. I found myself fully satisfied by the end of the story, and I definitely can’t wait to try the preveious books of the series….they just sound delightful and if you have read the previous books…you get to see those characters in this story. Even thyough I read this out of order, I never felt like I had to read the previous books. This story can be read as a stand alone if need be. Although I would have liked a chance to read it in order. Overall a captivating story of passion and history!! COMPELLING ON EVERY PAGE!!

My Grade 
4 Blossoms

Heat Rating 
Warm

Other Books In Series 
Beauty and the Bounty Hunter
An Outlaw In Wonderland

Book Review-When Passion Calls

When Passion Calls
Cassie Edwards
Leisure Books
E Books
Published December 1991
448 Pages
American West Historical Romance
ISBN: 0-8439-3265-1
Author’s Website

Synopsis
BROTHERS AND RIVALS

Heartbreakingly lovely, Melanie Stanton had been promised to Josh Brennan for as long as she could remember. But marriage was the last thing on her mind until Josh’s long-lost twin returned to take his rightful place raising Texas longhorns on the family’s vast spread.

Shane was as different from his brother as two men could possibly be. Raised by the Chippewa, he was as wild as the untamed frontier, as savagely virile as Josh was spoiled and weak. And Shane’s intimate caresses aroused a white-hot desire she had never known in Josh’s arms. Their love was forbidden, but Melanie knew that when passion calls, the heart must obey.

My Review
Summary 
When Melanie’s father dies, and leaves the land and the cattle business to both herself and her brother equally, she never expected that her brother would turn on her, and change right before her eyes. She knows that there is a real possibility that she will have to marry Josh, their next door neighbor. But then she meets his twin brother, Shane, who arouses her and makes her feel alive. Shane, when he was four years old, watched his mother being murdered and he was found by a indian who took him into his tribe, and was raised like an Indian, and it is the only way of life he has ever known. But when the tribe chief dies suddenly, the new chief asks him to leave and go back to his father and brother who are still alive. So Shane decides that it is time to move on with his life, and find his family. On his way he comes across a young woman with a zest for life and her passion only rivals his own. For the first time he has found a woman that he could start a new life with, and to be the man he was born to be.

My Thoughts 
When Passion Calls is a ebook I was able to borrow from Open Library. I do love a good native american romance, and I found this one to be at the top of my list especially from this author. I have enjoyed being able to read form this author over the years. She has a way with her writing that instantly draws you into her stories.

When Passion Calls starts out with the tragedy that changes Shane’s life. When he see’s his mother being killed, he has vowed to himself for vengeance. Ever since he has been hunting this man that caused so much grief and loss on his family. I really enjoyed the tender relationship that builds between the two. Melanie, I found to be a endearing character, and I grew to really like her as a heroine. I did find that their “falling in love” happened a bit too quick for my taste, but as the story progressed even further their relationship seemed to be more real to me. I really enjoyed seeing how Melanie is very protective of Shane, even though there are times when it is her that needs it. There was such a sweet poignancy to the story, that only made it that much sweeter. The plot was full of a variety of intrigue and suspense, and a bit of a mystery that totally boggled my mind in the end. I found that there was a side of sweetness to the story that almost broke my heart. There was such a strong connection between Melanie and Shane, one we see that only gets stronger and more vitalized especially when the danger to them only increases, and it was a joy to see this couple become stronger despite the setbacks.

There was a intensity to the story as well, and I enjoyed the small different aspects to the story, that in the end made for a Stellar read. A job well done and can’t wait to read more from this author!!! Overall a outstanding written story that is bound to take you on a journey of love and adventure!!

First Line 
The sun was slow in the sky, casting orange reflections upon two fifty-foot keelboats making their way up the Mississippi river. 

Favorite Quote 
Slowly, Shane drew her lips to his mouth, then kissed her with fire. Melanie was catapulted into a world of spinning sensations that flooded her whole body. She was not even aware of being lowered to the ground; that Shane was still kissing her and holding her was all that mattered. Nothing could be sweeter or more beautiful. He was the world…the universe…He was her every breath. 

My Grade 
4 Blossoms

Heat Rating 
Steamy

 

Book Review-What The Heart Knows

What The Heart Knows
Kathleen Eagle
Avon Romance
Paperback
Published July 1999
361 Pages
Contemporary Romance
ISBN 0-380-80309-7

Helen Ketterling thought she had left the Bad River Sioux Reservation in South Dakota behind her thirteen years ago. Once an idealistic and spirited schoolteacher, Helen was swept into the lives of the Sioux people and the arms of Reese Blue Sky. These fiery opposites attracted with such heat that their love burned brightly–if all too briefly.
Now a single parent with a son–a son Reese knows nothing about–Helen accepts an assignment that brings her back to Bad River and into the realm of the one man she cannot forget.
A family tragedy has brought Reese home to Bad River. And though it has been years since he has seen Helen, Reese immediately recalls the bittersweet memories of a time when he was very much in love. Now the passion he felt for Helen has been rekindled but he senses in her a secret that she will not–or cannot–share with him. Soon, Reese discovers that the life on the reservation he dearly cherished appears to have been threatened. In a world where tradition and ritual face off against development and greed, a proud but lonely man attempts to reconcile his past, hoping to find his place in the heart of his one true love.

Summary:
Helen, has come to Bad River on a job, she has been sent by her boss to find out important information and she is earnest in discovering the truth behind a old man’s death, the father to the man she once abandoned, who is the father to her child. Helen, at first never imagined that she would encounter Reese so much, or that the passion they once held for each other would be rekindled as powerful as fireworks. Reese, is shocked when he comes across Helen Ketterling, the one woman who hurt him more than any other, even though he is younger than her, the feelings he had for her were genuine and real. Now she is back in his life, at a time where he has just lost his father, and becoming more involved in family affairs, but then there is a secret that he will soon discover to be shocking and surreal, and when a danger surfaces to threaten everyone he loves, he will discover the true power of love…

The Hero (Reese Blue Sky)
Reese, has always held onto those ancient traditions of his fathers, having been raised on a reservation, his father firmly believed in those traditions. Reese once fell in love with Helen, but then one day she up and leaves with no word to him…no goodbye, and he moves on with his life and makes a career for himself, but when a injury prevents him of playing ball again, he knows that life for him will never be the same.

The Heroine (Helen Ketterling)
Helen, is a undercover agent and detective, and has come to the reservation to find the answer to some secrets, and when she is faced with Reese, she doesn’t know if she will be able to keep a clear head, or keep a deep secret from him. However she knows the truth will eventually come out and she hopes that she won’t lose her son or the only man she has only loved.

My Thoughts 
What The Heart Knows is a single title by Kathleen Eagle, I think though I had high expectations from this book, and I found myself pretty disappointed throughout the whole novel. I have read a few books by Kathleen Eagle, and I think there has only been one or two that I ended up satisfied with. What The Heart Knows started out ok, and I was hoping it would just get better, but the flow was uneven and static at times. The story line was the best part of the book, but I just felt from beginning to end I had to force myself to get through it, I almost gave up on it, but I stuck with it, hoping it would get better however I only ended up in a spirit of frustration and how I seemed to get lost at times, and I felt like there could have more substance to the characters. I hope the next book I read from this author is much better.

My Grade On This Book 
1 Blossoms

 

Book Review-The Fires Of Paradise

The Fires Of Paradise
The Braggs (5)
Brenda Joyce
Avon Romance
Paperback
437 Pages
Published April 1992
American West/American Indian

Synopsis
Heiress to the dazzling Bragg empire, beautiful, headstrong socialite Lucy Bragg lives a life that defies convention. Dark and handsome half-breed Shozkay Savage lives an outlaw’s life on the edge. They inhabit different worlds — hers opulent and glamorous, his dangerous and untamed. But on the vast and sweeping plains of Texas, their worlds collide…

Abducted and held for ransom, Lucy despises Shoz for his arrogance … yet is drawn to the magnificent and mysterious fugitive by a shameless, all-consuming desire. Sworn to escape him but betrayed by her heart, she will follow Shoz from the glittering world of New York high society to the tropical heat of revolution-swept Cuba — braving scandal and heartbreak, risking life itself for a bold and passionate love.

  
MY REVIEW
Summary:
It is 1897Lucy Bragg, heiress to the Brag Empire, has always managed to get herself in trouble despite her best intentions ever since she was old enough to walk. Now an adult, she never thinks before she acts, where she decides to take an adventure with her best friend, to Paradise, Texas. So on their way, she rents a autmobile. , deciding to drive herself to Paradise, however they have car trouble and are  somewhat rescued by a half breed indian, tall dark and handsome but his disposition is much to be desired, despite the chemistry between Lucy and Shoz, and after sharing a passionate encounter Lucy knows she will never be the same. However Shoz considers her to be spoiled rotten brat of a woman despite that she is as sexy as hell no matter how dirty or clean she is, and knows he could be in deep trouble if he starts thinking tenderly toward her. But when his past comes back to haunt him and he is forced to take desperate measure to kidnap Lucy, a fiery love will emerge and Shoz knows he can never let her go and must keep her with him at all costs…

The Hero (Shozkay Savage)
Shoz, a half breed has had no choice but to be on the run, when he was betrayed by a woman who used him only for his body, and had him thrown in jail, but then he managed to escape and he craves freedom and will do anything he must to keep it that way.  Shoz has always enjoyed a beautiful woman to satisfy his sexual needs, but Lucy is the first that he has ever wanted more than just physical pleasure, she starts to break down the brick wall around his heart and finds himself softening into a man in love and will do all that he can to keep her in his life….

The Heroine (Lucy Bragg)
Lucy, is beautiful but very headstrong and has always been in trouble, even since she was a infant. It seems that trouble always tends to find her, but Shoz is the biggest pain of trouble she has ever had to deal with. Despite his rough exterior, he awakens a part of her that she didn’t know exist and she knows that she has a lot of lessons to learn in trust and love on the rugged lands of Death Valley through to Cuba…


My Thoughts 
The Fires Of Paradise is the fifth installment in the Bragg Saga written by Brenda Joyce. This is the first book that I have read from this series, and from the first to last page I was enthralled and could barely set the book down for food and bathroom breaks. LOL This story was very stimluating and the characters were full of life, and the plot kept me on my toes and I felt like I was on such a thrilling adventure I could barely keep up with it. Such a blistering romance that singed me from my head to my toes and had me on such a rollercoaster of a ride…and I just loved every moment of it. The beginning of the story was a bit slow to get into, but once it picked up the pace a bit I could barely put this one down….A winner for Brenda Joyce!!!


My Favorite Quote 
Lucy had never opened a can in her life. She wasn’t about to start now. His attitude was irritating. She threw the can at him. ” I refuse to cater to you,” she retorted ” For your information, woman are equal to men-in every way. So you can cook yourself,”
“Women are equal to men, huh?”He laughed ” In every way? Really?”
“In every way. But I don’t expect a backwoods person like yourself to be familar with liberal thinking”
“Oh, I’m real liberal,” he said, still laughing ” If you come on over here, I’ll show you how liberal I am–and we can test out your theories of equality. “

My Grade On This Book 
4 Blossoms

Other Books In The Series 
Innocent Fire
Firestorm
Violet Fire
Dark Fires
Scandalous Fires (also part (2) of De Warren Dynsasty)
Secrets