The third book in the exciting and sexy "Once Upon A Time In The West" Series from Lori Austin.
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…
Don't miss the first two books, BEAUTY AND THE BOUNTY HUNTER and AN OUTLAW IN WONDERLAND
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The Lone Warrior is my first book by this author and although being part of a series I read this book first and it didn’t matter that I hadn’t read the first of the series. One thing I discovered by the time I reached the end is the I definitely wanted to go back and read the earlier books. This author is simply, in one word, great.
The setting is the old west with a damaged, although sexy hero who survived being a captive of the Cheyenne. The brave and strong heroine is no measly miss but needing help to rescue Lily from the Cheyenne. The couple faces danger and steamy sexual tension while undertaking the rescue mission. Lily, the heroine’s daughter, is taken captive by the Cheyenne and staying strong she sets out to rescue her. Who better, she believes, could help her other than an ex-captive of the Indians, Luke, the hero. As a result of his past experiences Luke has problems of his own and has no interest in going down that road again and...
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and this series as a whole. From chapter one of book one this series has thrown me off guard, and this book was no different. This series does not romanticize 'The West' like so many historical romance novels. Oh no! It is gritty and hard and most of the times the people there live lives full of pain and misfortune. This series is about those people and how they have fought back and found love in the process.
This book is about Luke (Annabeth's missing brother we heard about mostly in book two) and Rose who needs help finding her missing daughter whom the Cheyenne kidnapped. Rose seeks out Luke because of rumors that he once lived with the Cheyenne so she hopes he will help her find the tribe and hopefully her daughter as well. Luke, having been a prisoner in both the Civil War and to the Cheyenne, knows that going back will be the death of him, but since he already believes that he has nothing left to lives for he agrees to help Rose find her...
Parts of it were slow. Luke has memory losses. Some things happen he’s not aware of. He speaks as if he is hallucinating. It’s like PTSD but it wasn’t called that back then or in this book. He also grieves the deaths of loved ones. All this created murky delays and conflicts. He was attracted to Rose, but she didn’t know it. Instead she told herself falsehoods like he is so repulsed by me that he did such-and-such. I was depressed with the US military killing masses of Indians including women and children.
The overall idea was good and the characters were good. But other things were not working for me.
DATA: Narrative mode: 3rd person. Story length: 311 pages. Swearing language: mild. Sexual language: none other than the f-word used once. Number of sex scenes: 2. Setting: 1865 and 1871 Kansas and Colorado. Copyright: 2014. Genre: western historical romance.
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