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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on December 8, 2011
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You can pick your employees but unfortunately you can't pick your family. A realization Dan Armstrong has had to live with for years. His uncle Cecil and he never got along but since they generally worked in different states within the company they co-owned, Dan could tolerate him. Now Cecil is telling him to come and deal with a situation over a impending dam structure and the local Lakota Indian tribe. Seems the tribes Attorney, Rosebud Donnelly is tenacious and Cecil thinks Dan might be able to woo her away from her lawsuit. Dan does't quite know what to expect upon arriving, but the last thing he thought about was getting shot at in the forest by a beautiful Indian princess riding bareback.

Rosebud doesn't want to fall for the gorgeous cowboy/oil entrepreneur but something about Dan keeps her interested. He seems to actually care about what will happen to her reservation if the dam plans go through. What starts out as a plan to save her reservation is quickly turning into how to survive falling in love with a man her entire tribe hates on principal.

I really enjoyed this debut contemporary romance from Sarah M Anderson! It combined my love of cowboys with my fascination with Native American culture for a most definite win! A Man Of His Word not only has the sweet romance of Dan and Rosebud but it also brings to light the tension between the Indians and the "white man". I know this has been going on for a long time, but I have never had a first hand account of the quarrels. I don't know if Sarah does either but if Indians are treated by other people like they are in the book. Wow. Shame on those people. It's just another example of racism and bigotry within the human race. It upset me to see characters in the book treat Rosebud with so much contempt simply because she was Native American. I guess that means I got attached to her huh?

Dan and Rosebud were a great couple. Both strong willed, accomplished people just trying to do what they believe is right. Dan was incredibly hot...and moral to boot. Can't go wrong with that. I felt for him because he was stuck in the middle between what was good for the company he owned and what was best for the Lakota Tribe. It did give him amble ways to take down his crooked uncle Cecil once and for all though. He was also incredibly patient and understanding with Rosebud though and he actually listened when she talked instead of trying to bowl her over for being a woman attorney.

Rosebud was in an awkward position herself. Falling for a man that basically held her reservations survival in his hands. Being told to use her body in any way necessary as long as it accomplished the correct end result for her tribe. Then to be treated like she is lesser of a human being just for the color of her skin and her heritage. Even though she was probably more accomplished then any of the idiots that looked down on her. I loved her ability to stand tall, even in the face of such ugliness.

There was a sweet, comfortable feeling in their romance. Like two halves becoming whole. The entire story read smoothly and I rarely hit a rough patch that made me want to skim.

The only thing I thought could have been played up more was the threat to Rosebud. We are given a bit of background threat but nothing much happened between her and Cecil with the exception of some verbal threats towards the end. We are told she's had skinned animals and such show up on her doorstep, her brother died mysteriously...all things in the past. I would have liked a bit more on that front. Not enough to take it to a suspense obviously, but something in the present instead of everything happening before Dan shows up in the picture.

A Man Of His Word is a excellent contemporary romance read, sure to keep you interested not only in the amazing love story but the culture surrounding these two as well!

I give A Man Of His Word by Sarah M Anderson 4 stars!

Nikki- Ramblings From A Chaotic Mind
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on June 30, 2012
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From the moment Dan has his hat shot off, by what he can only describe as an Indian princess, you know this book is going to be good! When he finds his princess in the form of Rosebud, a tough tribal lawyer blocking his family's plans for a new dam, he's stunned. Is this the woman who took a shot at him? The two are instantly attracted, even though their professional interests are at odds. Dan and Rosebud's romance sizzles even as they confront the prejudices of his uncle and her family and tribe.

I'd recommend this for anyone who is a fan of contemporary romance and isn't afraid of a little reality in the modern west.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 24, 2011
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I had never read a Harlequin Desire book before I picked up A Man Of His Word by Sarah M. Anderson. I will certainly grab another if her name is on the cover! My being from a town in TX next door to where Dan, the hero, is from, I was able to critique her ability to create a believable character as well as his surroundings. She did a fantastic job creating a hero that I might meet in my town. The love story between Dan and Rosebud is a sweet, building thing that kept me drawn in. I found myself rooting for them to overcome the obstacles set before them. I highly recommend this book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 16, 2011
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A strong debut. Ms Anderson has penned a well-written contemporary western romance about divided loyalties and cultural conflicts while sprinkling in enough authentic detail to show she has done her research into Native American customs and current attitudes today. It is a sweet romance with clearly defined, sympathetic characters who have to rise above their differences and pre-conceptions to attain their "happily ever after". Ms. Anderson is definitely an author to watch, and a welcome addition to the Harlequin Desire line.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 8, 2012
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A Man of his Word is one of the best debut novels I have ever read. Sarah Anderson has managed to pen a book that has a sweet true romance that builds, sizzling sex scenes, well defined characters,humor and a sensitive accurate portrayal of what it is like being a Native American in a prejudiced "white" culture. This romance has so many well done layers of action that it is very hard to put down. And when I was done, I wanted even more to read. Since this is a series romance, more will be coming, and I hope soon.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 13, 2012
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This was my first introduction into the world of romance novels. I am hooked. Sarah Anderson truly shines with her great attention to detail and phenomenal character development. The idea of Cowboys and Indians with a modern twist of cells phones and copy machines is truly addicting, even to the novice romance reader. I am really looking forward to reading through this series. I hope more to come is soon! Happy Reading!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 3, 2012
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I THOUGHT THIS WAS A WELL THOUGHT OUT STORY AND DIDN'T PUT DOWN MY KINDLE UNTIL I WAS DONE. I WAS PULLING FOR DAN TO GET HIS GIRL AND OUTWIT CECIL.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 22, 2012
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This book was given to my husband to review and I read it before he could get to it. I think Sarah has created a wonderful story about adult intrigue and their budding romance. Believable and consistent. First Harlequin romance I have read since my teens and I found my mother's Barbara Cartland books. Very good read.
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on September 7, 2012
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This story was something right out of the box. Cowboys and Indians. I for one am old enough to remember playing with guns and bow and arrows. I always wanted to be the Indian.
And when you meet Rosebud Donnelly you can agree that it was a great choice. Rosebud became a lawyer against her inclination to fight on behalf of her Lakota people.
The battle she's been engaged on for over three years against Cecil Armstrong and his company is to save part of her people's land being lost under a reservoir. Cecil is not above using intimidation tactics to get what he wants. When his nephew Dan arrives to find out what the hold up is he thinks Dan will be a useful weapon against the young lawyer.
The instant attraction Dan and Rosebud feel is complicated by their position on opposite sides of a war. Both have good reason to distrust each other. For Dan, it's a bullet hole in his hat and for Rosebud it's the suspicious death of her brother.
When they do take time out from the battle to get to know each other, the conniving Cecil is waiting to pounce on their weakness with disastrous results. It's going to take the courage of their convictions for both Dan and Rosebud to come out of the situation intact. Whether there is any hope for their romance after such an apparent betrayal is a different matter entirely.
Sarah M Anderson does a wonderful job portraying the realities of life for Indian tribal people in a modern and often hostile world. There is one edge of the seat scene that really hits home about prejudice that remains alive and well in a supposedly PC world.
The heat levels were high in this story but in the nicest possible way. The only thing I found a little uncomfortable was the high profile of Rosebuds former lover in the story. He's cute and has his own story next in the series but it made me squirm a little. The trials of the modern age for an old fuddy duddy like me. I like them out of sight and out of mind.
PS The ending made me cry. Just a bit. It was so sweet. He really is a man of his word. Chuck in another half a star.
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