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Dancing on Coals [Kindle Edition]

Ellen O'Connell
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 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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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,720 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a gift November 8, 2011
By Gypsy
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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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3 of 3 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 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Could I have more please? ;) December 12, 2011
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You know those books that refuse to let its hold on you go even long after you are done? Yep, Dancing on Coals by Ellen O'Connell is one such novel that I lay thinking about long after I was done. The characters, the passion, the violence and the undying love between two people who are so obviously two halves of one just kept coursing through me, wishing that I could keep on reading their story forever.

The year is 1881 and Katherine Grant is on her way home to New York after travelling throughout the country. The only girl amongst 5 boys, Katherine had grown up running around with her brothers in different parts of the world ever since their mother had died when she was 6 years old. The only reason she had left home unknown to her family had been because they had not believed in her when she had needed it the most, and as Katherine figures, what her family doesn't know cannot hurt them.

But when armed robbers attack their stagecoach and everyone else but Katherine is killed, her savior comes in the form of Nilchi, an Apache warrior whose lean good looks and fluency with English puts her at ease even with Nilchi's older brother Gaeten glowering at her, hatred spitting from his eyes at every turn.

But not long after, Gaeten and Katherine are forced to team up, Gaeten's promise to his younger brother on his deathbed the only reason that prevents Gaeten from testing the sharpness of his knife against the white woman's throat. Gaeten's hatred for the White runs and courses deep through his veins. The haze of rage that blinds him is a vicious one ever since his parents had been killed by white men when he had been just 9 years old.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 14 days ago by Jane
5.0 out of 5 stars Loveable
A real pageturner, with interesting characters, full of breathtaking action, a fair approach of the historical time it refers to and a carefull presentation without typing or... Read more
Published 1 month ago by zoe
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
pulls you in and keeps you reading
Published 2 months ago by FireLookout
5.0 out of 5 stars I just Love Ellen O'Connell
Love this book, like I love all her others. good story, good adventure, good historical reference! 2 thumbs up! Love
Published 4 months ago by MauraLynneOfTheWest
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
Fantastic historical romance read. If you enjoy good characters and a fantastic plot, this is the book for you. Thanks
Published 4 months ago by Melinda Ann Kolderup
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book
I loved this book and quickly ordered others by this author. I've thought of this story many times after I finished it. Wish there were more books out there that are THIS GOOD.
Published 6 months ago by Jennifer Batcheldor
5.0 out of 5 stars What a great read!!
I really wasn't sure about the synopsis of this book. It did not sound like something I would enjoy. What a great surprise this book was! Read more
Published 6 months ago by Zoe
5.0 out of 5 stars Lasting love story
150 reads in this genre yet this my very first review. I've read all of EO's, except for "Rachel's Eyes" (and for sole reason that I just don't invest in short stories). Read more
Published 7 months ago by Patty Reifschneider
5.0 out of 5 stars Dancing on Coals
A very good historical romance; the book doesn't start off as a romance between the H and h. Katherine Grant is rescued from stage robbers by a band of Apache. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Lily
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing

This is the kind of book that stays with me long after I’ve stopped reading. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mrs. Russell
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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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