Review: Cheyenne Amber by Catherine Anderson

Format: E-bookcheyenneamber
Read with: Amazon Kindle
Length: Novel
Genre: Historical Romance
Series: Standalone
Sensuality: 3
Publisher: HarperTorch
Hero: Deke Sheridan
Heroine: Laura Cheney
Date of Publication: March, 1994
Started On: February 26, 2010
Finished On: February 28, 2010

This title seems to be one that is pretty popular with Catherine Anderson’s fans. Maybe because I started reading the book with a lot of high expectations based on the raving reviews this book has received, I found myself sort of perplexed as to why readers found this title to be such a great romance. Believe me the book was interesting enough, but it just doesn’t seem that remarkable a story to me though the story had its good moments.

Laura Cheney comes from gentle breeding and a rich family. Tristan, then her husband married her thinking he could get his grubby hands on Laura’s money but her father, who had always been cold towards Laura ever since Laura’s mom died during childbirth cut all ties from her after she wed Tristan. Then everything went downhill for Laura, where Tristan turned abusive physically and emotionally towards her just to get her money’s worth from her body and soul. He moves her from all that’s familiar to her to Colorado and sets her up in the rough countryside where stories of Indians butchering and torturing the whites seem to echo throughout the mountains that surround her home.

Laura is left to her own vices and she gives birth to her son Jonathan all alone. Meanwhile Tristan goes for mustang rounding with a couple of rough Mexicans who bring a whole new meaning to the word cruel. Tristan who always had a thing for gambling, gambles away and offers his wife as the prize when he loses to Gonzales the head of the rough Mexican crowd. Gonzales kills Tristan without thinking twice about it to claim Laura and sell her across the border for pretty a penny, after all his gang members have had their fill of the pretty lady.

However a turn of events end Gonzales and his gang with Jonathan to lure the pretty white haired Laura into their clutches. Frantic and fatigued beyond anything Laura tries to find someone who would help her track down those who snatched away her baby and the sheriff points her towards Deke Sheridan. Though he is white in origins, he was brought up by Cheyennes and is named Flint Eyes. Rough around the edges with an air of danger always around him, Deke is the best tracker around. Though Deke at first refuses to help Laura, something about her reaches into the cold realms of his heart and before he knows it he is saddled with a woman whose determination to find her baby is unlike anything Deke has ever encountered before.

Suspicious by nature about white people in general, whilst Laura is more than suspicious about anyone who has an Indian heritage, these two make a striking team when they start off on the rough and unforgiving barren land towards tracking those who kidnapped Jonathan. As much as Laura would like to wash her hands off of Deke, she knows that he is her only hope and thus has no choice but to trust him with her life.

Laura’s stubbornness in not admitting that she is sick after her childbirth nearly kills Deke and Laura to be saved in the nick of time by Deke’s Cheyenne tribe. There within the Indians, Laura comes to learn the real man behind the rough facade that Deke puts up to the rest of the world and comes to treasure the way of life of the Indians about whom Laura had always heard the worst things possible.

What irked me the most in this novel was the fact that Deke who deserved her utmost trust when he did nothing to deserve otherwise had to work the hardest to gain it. Whilst at the beginning of the novel, Laura was thinking of trying to make her marriage to the undeserving Tristan work, Laura doesn’t want to trust Deke, who nurses her back to health when she was on the brink of death after childbirth. I just found the notion kind of difficult to swallow. If someone such as Deke treated me the way Deke treats Laura I wouldn’t have hesitated to embrace him with all I have got. Maybe that’s just me. But I guess this whole novel didn’t rate so highly with me because of that.

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Review: Annie’s Song by Catherine Anderson

Format: E-book
Read with: Amazon Kindle
Length: Novel
Genre: Historical Romance
Series: Standalone
Sensuality: 3
Publisher: Avon
Hero: Alex Montgomery
Heroine: Annie Trimble
Date of Publication: January 1, 1996
Started On: February 25, 2010
Finished On: February 26, 2010

Goodness me! This is one of the sweetest and most adorable romances that one could ever read. The story of Alex and Annie is one that is bound to stay with the reader for a long period of time as one of the best and most touching romances a reader could come across. This is a re-read for me and I assure you that after sometime I would be picking up this novel once again just to feel those tugs at my heart and get the warm feeling deep in my tummy that you are guaranteed to get after reading this beautiful story.

Annie lives in her own lonely world labeled as a crazy person after she had a fever when she was young. Though no one understands her, Annie roams freely across the forests that surround her home. During one of her excursions and at the age of around 18, Douglas Montgomery, Alex’s step brother who has a mean streak in his nature a mile wide comes across Annie and brutally rapes her just because he thinks that he could get away with it. Alex had always let Douglas get away with all sorts of behavior but his latest crime gives Alex a  bad taste in his mouth and so cuts off all ties with Douglas and asks him to move out of their home.

Alex approaches the Trimbles (Annie’s parents) and offers to make matters right. When Annie’s parents discover that she is pregnant and four months along, Alex offers to marry her till the babe is born and divorce her so that no scandal would touch the Trimble family since Annie’s father had political aspirations that wouldn’t survive a scandal of Annie becoming pregnant since people ridiculed Annie as it is.

Alex installs Annie at his home never thinking for a minute that Annie would have the power to bring him down to his knees. Annie’s odd behavior suddenly starts to make sense to Alex when he realizes that rather than being crazy as she is labeled to be, Annie had lost her hearing due to the ravaging fever she experienced when she was young.

What proceeds is so heartwarming and so very beautiful that any reader with even an iota of romance in his or her heart would be totally captivated by the lengths that Alex goes through to give Annie everything he could possibly give her within his power.

The love between these two grows so beautifully throughout the novel that you can’t help but fall in love with these two characters that Ms. Anderson has created so well.

Very highly recommended.

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Review: Coming In Last by Shiloh Walker

Format: E-book
Read with: Amazon Kindle
Length: Novel
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Standalone
Sensuality: 4
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Hero: Jamie McAdams
Heroine: Andi Morrow
Date of Publication: July 30, 2006
Started On: February 24, 2010
Finished On: February 25, 2010

Andi grew up in foster homes and other such state child care centers ever since she was abandoned by her parents when she was 5 years old. Growing up, Andi learnt the tough lesson of never relying on anyone but herself to see things through. Now a nurse working at the day care at a private firm, Andi is also an author of romance novels though no one knows about this secret career of hers.

Jamie is a private investigator whose godfather Jeb is one of the president’s of the firm at which Andi works. Jeb hires Jamie and his partner Mick to find out who has been embezzling money from the company. At first with the help of Art Letcher the money guy of the company, all clues point towards Andi been the one who had stolen money. But as Jamie and Mick dig a little further, they realize that Andi is innocent and that the real thief was doing a good job of framing an innocent whilst he/she was going to get away with more money than that had initially been identified as stolen.

Without Andi’s knowledge and Jamie’s heartfelt disapproval, Mick hatches a plan to catch the real thief by using Andi as bait. However, Jamie feels like a heel because he has fallen in love with Andi and he knows that Andi is the woman that he has been waiting for all his life. Andi too feels the intense connection and its not long before these two hits the sheets and burn their way through them with the intense passion and heat these two generate.

But once Andi finds out the extent of Mick’s and Jamie’s plans, Jamie’s worst nightmare comes true when Andi wants nothing to do with him. But in the end, everything works out and the bad guy is caught, and Jamie and Andi gets the happy ending they both deserved.

Not one of Walker’s greatest stories but enjoyed it.

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Review: The Cinderella Deal by Jennifer Crusie

Format: E-book
Read with: Amazon Kindle
Length: Novel
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Standalone
Sensuality: 3
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Hero: Dr. Linc Blaise
Heroine:  Daisy Flattery
Date of Publication: January 26, 2010
Started On: February 23, 2010
Finished On: February 24, 2010

Jennifer Crusie is an author famous for writing romances with loads of humor put into the mix that you can’t help but laugh aloud or smile throughout the novel. I think this is the 3rd book that I tried from this author and the story was a wonderful mix of humor, married life, passion and the quirks of living in a small town where every single person knows the other.

Daisy and Linc couldn’t be any more different from one another even if they tried. Where Daisy is an artist struggling to make ends meet whilst trying to get her career as an artist on track, Linc is a university professor specialized in historical studies. Though they both live in the same housing complex, Daisy has always considered Linc to be a bit stuffy and of course the time he kicked Liz her cat has totally painted Linc to be the bad guy in Daisy’s eye. Linc considers Daisy to be a bit of a nut case who wears clothes in bright and mismatched colors that hurts one’s eyes to look at her.

Daisy hits a rough patch when her savings all but dry up leaving her destitute. And Linc covets a position in a small town college as a professor so that he can devote more time to write his second book. However, Linc realizes that without a wife on his arm he wouldn’t land this job that he so desires and so strikes up a bargain with the weirdly homely looking Daisy to pose as his fiance for a day so that he could convince the college to offer him the job.

Linc never thought that he would end up utterly fascinated with Daisy’s vibrant and colorful nature. Although Linc and Daisy do go their separate ways once their Cinderella deal is up, Linc is forced to come back and make the offer of marriage to Daisy, though Linc refuses to acknowledge the fact that he yearns for Daisy in a way that he never thought possible.

Daisy tries so hard to mold herself to be the perfect, respectable college professor wife and in turn nearly loses what essentially makes her who she is. Though these two agree to keep their relationship on a platonic level till the 10 month period of their marriage is over, it doesn’t make the heat that flares between the two any easier to ignore.

This story is wonderful in the way Daisy and Linc both grew in their marriage without the physical hocus pocus that clouds everything from the beginning. Linc learns to loosen up, to appreciate Daisy for what and who she is and in turn Daisy learns that she is worthy of being loved and wanted for who she is.

The side characters in the novel and all the antics and hilarity of Daisy being landed with three mothers to look after her gives the  book the edge of humor which makes this book an unforgettable romance. Loved the book from the beginning.

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Review: The Secret Passion of Simon Blackwell by Samantha James

Format: E-book
Read with: Amazon Kindle
Length: Novel
Genre: Historical Romance
Series: McBride Family, Book 1
Sensuality: 3
Publisher: HarperCollins Publisher
Hero: Simon Blackwell
Heroine:  Annabel McBride
Date of Publication: April 1, 2007
Started On: February 22, 2010
Finished On: February 23, 2010

This has got to be one of the best historical romances that I have ever had the pleasure to read. I read this book sometime back and this title has always remained somewhere in the deep recesses of my mind as a book that should be re-read from time to time. So after the previous historical romance I read and reviewed, I had this itch to find this book once again and give it a a go. And this story enthralled me the second time round as well, maybe more than the first time round.

Simon Blackwell is the epitome of tortured heroes. Though he is not cynical and deliberately cruel as certain heroes tend to be, Simon is a man who hides his passionate nature behind a wall of anguish that one can never even begin to describe or comprehend. Losing his wife and two kids five years back in a tragic accident, Simon has blamed himself for their deaths and berated at the fates for snatching away the most important people in his life.

By chance on one of his rare trips to London, he meets Annie. Annie dislikes Simon for the rudeness that he showed her on their first meeting but finds herself inexplicably drawn to this enigmatic man whom all members of her family seem to like on their first encounter. The smoldering attraction between these two finally takes a turn when during their first kiss, Annie’s family discovers them with the tip off from an old nemesis of Annie’s. Forced to wed never knowing about Simon’s painful past, Annie has her work cut out for her in thawing the ice cold lock around Simon’s heart.

Simon fights the immense attraction and the intense feelings that Annie arouses in him every step of the way. Being as stubborn as Simon, Annie at last manages to crumble his defenses and make Simon embrace the smoldering hot passion that flares between the two. I have to tell you, this book has got one of the hottest and greatest love scenes ever!

Finally at the end, love triumphs over tragedy and heartache and Simon finds the courage in him to let go, to love and be loved in return. Lovely story highly recommended for historical romance lovers. Will surely end up re-reading this book in the future. Yes, it is THAT good!

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Review: My Darling Caroline by Adele Ashworth

Format: E-bookmydarlingcaroline
Read with: Amazon Kindle
Length: Novel
Genre: Historical Romance
Series: Standalone
Sensuality: 3
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Hero: Earl of Weymerth Brent Ravenscroft
Heroine:  Caroline Grayson
Date of Publication: October 1, 1998
Started On: February 21, 2010
Finished On: February 22, 2010

It’s been quite sometime since I enjoyed a historical romance as this one. Adele Ashworth is definitely one author I would keep an eye on from now onwards. This romance is so heartwarming that I just can’t help but smile deep within after finishing the story of Brent and Caroline.

Brent returns from serving for England as a secret service agent and fighting the war against Napoloean Bonaparte to find his cousin to whom he had handed over his estate and finances whilst he was gone had sold his most priced possessions. A man who has a way with breeding horses, Brent finds that its Caroline’s father who had purchased his most priced collection of horses.

Willing to strike a bargain to buy them back into his possession, Brent finds Caroline’s father wants to strike a deal to marry off his 3rd daughter Caroline, whom society has already labeled  to be a spinster with no good prospective offers for her hand in sight, which is fine with Caroline since her life and passion is devoted to being a botanist and breeding different varieties of roses.

Caroline an extra ordinarily gifted woman, wants nothing to do with men but to be left alone to pursue her dreams and her one passion in life. Wanting to go off to America to pursue her study of Botany, but never finding the right way to approach her father regarding the matter, Caroline finds in her marriage a way out, an annulment from a husband who made his intentions of not wanting a wife in the first place quite clear.

However, both Brent and Caroline never factored into their little plans that they would both become irresistibly drawn to one another and eventually fall in love with such spellbinding sweetness that as the reader I couldn’t help but be enchanted.

Brent is the type of hero that you come across rarely. With a bitter childhood, and a lonely past, he is handsome and utterly drool worthy in his pursuits in seducing his rather reluctant wife to stay by his side.

An old enemy from Brent’s past who wants to ruin everything that means something to him, a deaf child Brent fathered and the tidbits from both Brent and Caroline’s pasts are intrinsically woven together together to create a tale that you can’t really put down once you have started. Wonderful love story!

Highly recommended!

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Review: Kissing Cowboy By J.C. Wilder

Format: E-book
Opens with: Amazon Kindle
Length: Novella
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Men of S.W.A.T, Book 3
Sensuality: 4
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Hero: Jeff “Cowboy” Diver
Heroine:  Payton “Pip” Whittier
Date of Publication: February 9, 2010
Started On: February 20, 2010
Finished On: February 21, 2010

The third book in the Men of S.W.A.T series, this is the first book that I have ever come across of this author and I have to say that I am pleasantly surprised considering how hard it is to find good new authors whose books that you can enjoy without giving it any thought.

The author promises this series to be a romance series with humor, suspense and heroes to melt our hearts and I would have to say she has delivered 100% on all counts with this novella. Though my only peeve was that this story wasn’t a novel and a novella, which means issues are resolved quickly, though the author did quite a good job of covering all bases so to speak.

Pip has always been in love with Cowboy ever since she started hanging around with his family. Pip comes from a family of beautiful and artistically made up women, and Pip’s mother’s only disappointment has been the fact that Pip remained her tomboyish self no matter how she tried to tutor and reform Pip otherwise. Pip only felt loved and at home when she was over at the Diver’s place and she and Cowboy had been inseparable as any two beings could be.

But then Pip developed feelings for Cowboy when she was fifteen and he eighteen. Though Cowboy never saw Pip as anything more than a sister, Pip launches a plan to make him want her, and in the end though those few moments spent in his arms has marked Pip for her life, so has the humiliation Cowboy served her right after those heated moments. Getting together with her much beautiful and older sister was the last straw and Pip leaves town and returns 9 years later, wiser and more in control of her emotions, or so she thought.

With a bunch of crazy girlfriends who are there for Pip all throughout, with interesting side characters which I am salivating over to read their stories, this book packs a hard punch with the intense passion between Cowboy and Pip, and of course with moments of absolute hilarity the reader can’t help but laugh aloud at.

Highly recommended for those who love a quick passionate story with two beautiful characters.

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