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Zoe Archer is an award-winning romance author who thinks there's nothing sexier than a man in tall boots and a waistcoat. As a child, she never dreamed about being the rescued princess, but wanted to kick butt right beside the hero. She now applies her master's degrees in Literature and Fiction to creating butt-kicking heroines and heroes in tall boots. She is the author of the acclaimed BLADES OF THE ROSE series and the paranormal historical romance series, THE HELLRAISERS. She and her husband, fellow romance author Nico Rosso, trade off writing the books in the steampunk romance series THE ETHER CHRONICLES. June 2013 will see the launch of her new gritty Victorian romance series, NEMESIS, UNLIMITED for St. Martin's Press. Zoe and Nico live in Los Angeles. Please visit her on the Web at http://www.zoearcherbooks.com/
Attorney Nathan Lesperance is kind of an outcast. Being the first Native American attorney in Vancouver, he is used to fighting his way to the top. Taken out of his home and sent to live with white people at a young age, he is also used to feeling out of place and has felt the need to prove himself ever since.
He is sent to the Northwest Territory in Canada to wrap-up some legal business with Astrid Bramfield. Astrid gave up her membership in The Blades of The Rose (those that protect the magical sources in the world from the evil Heirs of Albion) when her husband died in battle with the Heirs five years ago. Ever since, she has secluded herself deep within the cold wilderness of Canada, alone, breaking off all contact with her family and other members back in England. She has made the day's journey to the fort to turn over a deceased trapper's belongings. When she meets Nathan, there is an instant connection. She sees him and treats him like a man, not like an outsider or savage creature. She also notices magic surrounds him, something he is totally oblivious to.
Nathan not only takes in the breech-clad, gun slinging beauty Astrid, but the landscape is calling to him. He can almost hear the mountains asking him to come explore. When The Heirs of Albion come calling to the fort, in search of Astrid, Nathan's protectiveness goes on full alert. The Heirs are now in possession of the very powerful, primal source and they know Astrid is very knowledgeable on this subject. Astrid and Nathan go on the run, Nathan discovers he is much more than just a man, and a love blooms in the wilderness.
When an 'errand' brings 'rebel' Native attorney Nathan Lesperance to back to the area inhabited by his ancestors, a meeting with reclusive frontier-woman Astrid Bramfield sparks his senses and causes something hidden within Nathan begins to stir. Even as Nathan tries to pursue his unexplainable draw to Astrid, the former Blade rebuffs Nathan's advances and retreats to her self-imposed exile. But when Nathan runs afoul of the Blades' enemies, the magic stealing "Heirs", and ends up naked and bloody on Astrid's doorstep, Astrid finds herself pulled back into the battle and partnered with Nathan. As they fight their way through the rugged frontier in a race to beat the Heirs to a magical prize, Nathan challenges Astrid to put her grief behind her and to 'live' again.
I am really enjoying Zoe Archer's historical adventure romance series set in exotic locales - this time the wilds of the frozen northwest. And Rebel is my favorite of the Blades or the Rose so far. Throughout the series, Archer has done a really good job in making all of her books stand apart, no cookie cutter romances with interchangeable starring pairs here. But as much as I've liked Warrior and Scoundrel, Archer outdoes herself in Rebel, Nathan and Astrid are both well drawn characters and their slowly developing relationship brings a great deal of emotional depth to a story that also has a good amount of action and covers some very beautifully described territory.
So I loved both Nathan and Astrid and I loved Nathan's awakening which added a touch of paranormal to the story and I loved Rebel.Read more ›
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Nathan Lesperance comes from a world of being an Outsider in every way. Taken from his Native people as a child, raised in white society yet never being accepted socially in that society would have beaten down anyone. But not Nathan. He shows them all by becoming the only Indian lawyer in Victoria, often taking pro bono cases by the minorities who would otherwise have no representation. Nathan has always known he was different on the outside, but could only guess that he was different on the inside as well. The minute he enters the Northwest territory, and meets the enigmatic Astrid Bramfield, the land immediately calls to him and his yet to be tapped magic.
Rebel is the third book in Zoë Archer's Blades of the Rose series, and is my favorite of the the three so far. The mysticism and harsh cruelty of Northwest Americas landscape was beautifully done. The mountains and forests and devastating cold was easy to imagine as the story played out and their journey took them across the unforgiving landscapes. And Nathan... Sigh... Nathan. Here is a man who has never fit in anywhere, but has gone out of his way to shove it right back in to the white peoples faces by becoming part of their own legal system. He is fascinatingly complex in intellect and unlike any man Astrid has ever seen. He has survived a solitary life and unimaginable loneliness, and in Astrid he finds an instant jolt of awareness. The reaction is mutual and at first sight they are instantly enamored with one another. I was so pleased that I not only connected with each the hero and the heroine, but watching them both grow and discover themselves was rewarding. I smiled a LOT during this book, as cheesey as that sounds.Read more ›
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