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Dancing on Coals [Kindle Edition]

Ellen O'Connell
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)

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Book Description

After escaping robbers intent on murder, Katherine Grant says, "I jumped from the frying pan into the fire. Before long I'll be dancing on the coals." The highwaymen were the frying pan; the handsome young Apache who saved her from them was the fire; and the coals? Gaetan.

Rage against the enemies of his people has consumed Gaetan from boyhood. The only use he ever found for any white was to test the sharpness of his knife. Forced by his brother to endure Katherine's company, Gaetan tries to deny what he sees - the white woman has a man's temper and a lion's courage. She has an Apache heart.

In spite of hate, distrust and fear, surviving in the rugged country of southern Arizona and northern Mexico forges a strange bond between Katherine and Gaetan. When the bond turns to love, can they admit it? Can they bear the consequences?

Sensuality warm. 92,000 words. 3,830 Kindle locations.

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  • File Size: 381 KB
  • Print Length: 333 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1466441186
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0061FDRNA
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Apache and the Tomboy November 11, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
(Content: a few explicit sex scenes, minimal or no cussing, assorted violence, including murder, scalping, aborted torture, attempted rape, reference to sexual child abuse)

This is a beautiful story. Far better than I expected. It lives up to the great reviews, IMO.

However, when I went back to re-read favorite sections a few days later, I found myself with slim pickings. It is missing great dialogue -- the kind that makes you laugh or else draws you into the relationship. In fact, dialogue between the Apache and the Tomboy is sparse, and when they do talk, it is brief. So...this just isn't the kind of romance novel that lends itself to dreamy re-reading. It's a satisfying story, but not a super-satisfying ROMANCE.

Just to be clear, it is not ANYTHING like a typical romance. It portrays a heartbreaking time in Native American history, is steeped in historical facts and survivalist details, and .... is not one bit flirtatious or lighthearted (until towards the end). In fact, for half the book I doubted that it even WAS a romance. The Apache (Gaetan) never speaks to the tomboy (Katherine) until the percentage bar reads 47%, even though he is with her for days on end. Unheard of in this genre! Instead, he uses hand signals to make her stop, heel, etc. -- much like with a dog. He hates whites, and he won't speak English or Spanish, even though he knows how. Also, he is gone a lot, out on raiding excursions. Hard to build a romance when the hero checks out for weeks and sometimes months at a time. So, there is obviously a lot more to this book than the romance.

But even though Gaetan doesn't speak to Katherine till midway through, the remarkable thing about this book is how much is said without speaking a word. Talk about show and not tell!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Without a doubt Dancing on Coals is a 5 star book December 3, 2011
After reading Ms. O'Connell's last two books - Eyes of Silver Eyes of Gold and Sing My Name - I was nothing less than estatic to see she had released another book...Dancing on Coals. I immediately purchased Dancing on Coals and read it in two nights. If I did not have kids or work full time I would have sat up and read the book in one sitting.

I have been an avid reader all my life (well at least since I began reading my first book - Dick and Jane!) I seem to never be able to quench my craving to read. When I can get my hands on a book like Dancing on Coals I am finally satisfied! Her ability to describe without boring me with repeated adjectives and talent to make heroine and hero so likeably dislikable (Gaetan's daunting silence and fierce opinions toward whites makes you wonder how Mrs. O'Connell is going to weave the characters' lives together!) is a creative "masterpiece".

To each their own, however, Mrs. O'Connell's books in this particular genre is virtually unparralled. After reading so many books with the same ole' plot line and after reading so many I am now able to predict the endings to most books without even a hint of foreshadowment I am relieved by an author who can write something new and different not only from other authors, but from herself as well. Which is a task in and of itself. Each of her books are unique and deserving of 5 star ratings. So, the short end of it...this book (and her others) are highly recommended if you desire a book that includes wit, romance, action, and complexity packaged in a way that has never been accomplished before.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a gift November 8, 2011
By Gypsy
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I read Dancing on Coals in one sitting. It was a gripping journey into an incredibly painful chapter of our history.
The way the characters grow, evolve and adapt was inspiring. The descriptions were so vivid I felt like I was watching a movie.
I just finished the book ten minutes ago and could not wait to shout my praise for another creative masterpiece from Ellen O'Connell. I have reread Eyes of Silver Eyes of Gold and Sing My Name (Is that not the best title ever?) several times.
Her plots and characters are so fresh. I am a voracious reader and I find O'Connell to be in a class by herself.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it Down November 11, 2011
By noreen
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I've been waiting for months for this book to come out, and I wasn't disappointed. Dancing on Coals is filled with action and romance, and was almost impossible to put down. The book is very well written. It's touching. It's sad. It's funny. The heroine has this awesome, dry sense of humor. The hero is very alpha, and oh when he falls -. It took the two a long time to get together, but it didn't matter, because you knew they were going to and you knew why they hadn't yet. I loved "the smile that wasn't a smile," "the hard promises," and "the Apache unbeliever." Great book. Can't wait for the next one.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Western/Frontier Novel January 1, 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I've read all three of Ellen O'Connell's western novels and enjoyed them very much. She is an excellent writer who knows how to plot compelling stories and develop interesting characters. I particularly like her female protagonists, who are bright, resilient, and resourceful. It's a joy to read about women who have inner strength and fortitude, and who often get out of scrapes by their own wits, or with the help of their love interest.

O'Connell's books also have very interesting and original plots. They don't feel contrived. Too often, love stories like this one feels forced when situations are created to throw the main characters together and obstacles are invented simply to add drama or pages to the book length. I don't find that in O'Connell's books. Instead, each novel seems to flow naturally, perhaps because she understands and has developed her characters so well on the page that their actions and decisions seem logical and in character. The events and the action in the books drive the story forward, helping the reader better understand the main characters.

Each one of her novels have quite different plots and characters, but there is one common theme. The main characters are outsiders--by nature or circumstance--who find someone who accept them as who they are, creating a life for themselves that makes sense and is satisfying to them and to the reader.

I really enjoy reading westerns and frontier novels, and Ellen O'Connell is one of my favorite authors in this genre now. I eagerly await her next book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Solid
This book was crazy good. It started slow and I almost abandoned it. I'm so glad I didn't because this book straight up rocked my socks off. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Me
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Like the book a lot! I love westerns and frontier novels, and Ellen O'Connell does a great job!
Published 2 months ago by Kathryn Thiel
5.0 out of 5 stars Mouthwatering alpha warrior with scars meets spunky heroine ... best...
I admit I am a sucker for a good historical romance featuring Native Americans. I loved Eric Schweig as Uncas, Wes Studi, Rodney A. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Kathylill
5.0 out of 5 stars Western/historical romance done right
~4.5 stars~

Let me start by saying, I am not normally a fan of historical romance. Or westerns for that matter. However, this book is quite the exception. Read more
Published 2 months ago by hollieanne
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful
This was my second consecutive read from this author and what a book! I'm not all that knowledgeable but have a basic inkling from General school books and history channel that... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Dancing on coals.
I have read many stories over the years and Ellen O'Connell is by far one of the best. Her way with words are beautiful. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Roslyn K Murphy
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice book and I felt it was pretty accurate historically
Nice book and I felt it was pretty accurate historically. The only thing I didn't love was the ending. I felt it was sort of abrupt and then skipped to the future. Read more
Published 4 months ago by LM
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous Western Romance Story
This author writes western romance better than anyone else I have ever read. The storyline of this story was absolutely amazing with all of the elements of a fantastic book. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
You have to read this book
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars for romance, but the setting was too depressing for me - the...
Good story about the relationship, even though he was emotionally distant for 3/4 of the book, and it took a long time for them to get together. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Jane
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Ellen O'Connell lives in Douglas County, Colorado, with a motley crew of Rottweilers and Rottweiler mixes. She was active in Rottweiler rescue work for almost ten years, first on her own, then on the Board of Directors of Rottie Aid ( At the present time, her rescue work is limited to transporting dogs for Rottie Aid, but she expects there will be other foster dogs in her future. Before becoming so heavily involved with dogs and rescue work, Ellen raised, trained, and showed National Champion Morgan horses for over twenty years as Serendipity Morgans. She still keeps a Morgan mare, Serendipity B Wichin, although she now concentrates on rally, carting, and drafting competition with her dogs. She is currently working on "Rottweiler Railroad," a second novel in her Rottweiler mystery series. Her website is

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