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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; Reissue edition (February 5, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425257304
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425257302
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 1 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #913,694 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Sexy, sensitive and resourceful frontiersman Nicholas Kenleigh, Clare's gloriously larger-than-life hero, will seduce readers as he wins the heart of young widow Elspeth Stewart. Elspeth is eight months pregnant and struggling to survive without the help of a man when a wounded Nicholas comes along and demands her aid. Smart enough not to say no to a scruffy-looking trapper with a revolver, Elspeth takes him in, tends to his wound and then ties him up for her own protection. What follows is a taut, sensual adventure during which the two protagonists find love and discover that braving the many hardships of the frontier (and the dark corners of their pasts) is best done together. Through her tight plotting and deft descriptions of the Ohio wilderness, Clare keeps the suspense level high. As her characters state often throughout, the first rule of the frontier is survival, and Clare does an excellent job of depicting the constant struggle to stay alive.
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"One of the best historical romances I've read!"—Fresh Fiction

“A sensuous, gripping, and powerful love story that will stay with you long after you finished it; a new classic!”—A Romance Review
“Once again Pamela Clare has taken my breath away.”—Blithely Bookish
“A brilliant masterpiece to be savored like a fine wine.”—Fresh Fiction

More About the Author

USA Today best-selling author Pamela Clare began her writing career as a columnist and investigative reporter and eventually became the first woman editor-in-chief of two different newspapers. Along the way, she and her team won numerous state and national honors, including the National Journalism Award for Public Service and the Keeper of the Flame Lifetime Achievement Award. A single mother with two college-aged sons, she writes historical romance and contemporary romantic suspense within view of Colorado's beautiful Rocky Mountains.

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Pamela Clare's historical romances are by far some of the best I have ever read...if not the best!
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She creates a very well crafted storyline with with great characters.
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful By M. Rondeau VINE VOICE on February 28, 2005
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Setting - Ohio wilderness, 1757 --- Nicholas Kenleigh had served in the army, been captured and tortured by the Indians, and then escaped. The things he'd done and been forced to do, the killing or be killed - the will to survive, had changed him. He'd gone home but, dead inside, he felt for the sake of his family he'd be better off alone. Six years roaming the wilderness he was attacked once more, killing his attacker but left with a mortal wound that would surely have killed him had he not happened upon the farm of the widow Elspeth Stewart.

Elspeth, better known as Bethie, was widowed, pregnant, and trusted no man, given her history of abuse at the hands of her step-father and step-brother. She'd been married off to a man old enough to be her father who though treated her kindly, did so without any great affection. When Nicholas appeared -- looking as much like a savage as any others she'd seen, she didn't trust him at all, particularly when he stuck a pistol to her temple, forcing her to help him. Nicholas, weak from loss of blood, and after having his wound cauterized found himself at her mercy once Bethie was able to slip him a drug to knock him out. As he convalesced, Elspeth came to accept his presence, and thankfully he was there to help with the complicated delivery of her baby or both she and the child would have died. Unfortunately, their peaceful co-existence would be shattered when an old enemy came to call and they would have to rely on each other as they raced just ahead of marauding Indians in search of safety.
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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Suzanne Tucker on February 25, 2005
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His body was on fire as burning embers were placed in pockets cut deep into his flesh, just the first of many insults dealt to his body by the Wyandot Indians. It took every ounce of strength, every bit of courage he possessed, but Nicholas Kenleigh would not utter a sound as he suffered pain and torture far worse than any man should ever have to endure. He had all but resigned himself to death. But there was only one rule on the frontier - SURVIVAL.

Even though Nicholas already felt dead inside, there still beat the heart of a man strong with principles, a man who could show kindness and compassion, all the feelings deeply buried from a childhood of privilege and filled with love. It took the chance meeting of Elspeth Stewart to awaken him and direct him on the path of rebirth.

Bethie is a widow, alone on the frontier, expecting her first child and very much afraid. Nicholas rides into her small homestead, half dead, pointing a gun at her and threatening her safety. He swears not to harm her or her unborn child. And for the short time she shelters him, to protect her at all cost. Then he will leave and return to the only life he is fit to live.

But as Nicholas and Bethie spend time together, the healing begins and their desire for each other grows. They both have their own shadows, their painful pasts. Nicholas wants to be the man who heals her, soothes her fears, teaches her about pleasure. Could Nicholas, the man who trusts no one, win Bethie's trust? Could Nicholas, with his scarred body, heal her hidden wounds?

Nicholas awakens longings in Bethie she didn't know she possessed. She soon finds it safe to touch him, to want him, to give herself to him without hesitation, without pain, without fear.
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Important note:

This is the third book in a series. (Wish I had known before I read it!) Here is the order of the series. All three books have very high reviews from Amazon readers.

Sweet Release- The story of Alec and Cassie

Carnal Gift- The story of Cassie's brother, Jamie, and Brighid

Ride the Fire- The story of Nicholas, son of Alec and Cassie/ nephew and best friend to Jamie, and Elspeth

This is the first book I've read by Pamela Clare. I can't wait to read the others. Her development of scenery and characters made this book come to life. Key parts of the story (i.e. the birth of baby Isabelle) were so touching that I found myself completely enthralled. I couldn't put the book down.

The Story:

Elspeth (Bethie) Stewart is the daughter of Scots/ Irish immigrants, living in the wild and dangerous West. She is alone and very close to giving birth. Her husband by forced marriage has died and left her defenseless. Too pregnant to travel, and with nowhere to go, she is doing her best to survive in her small cabin. Indians and French rebels are a constant threat. Her world stands still when she finds an injured man on her porch, his pistols aimed at her. He is in desperate need of help.

Nicholas Kenleigh knows fear. 6 years ago, he was captured and tortured by the Wyandot tribe. Tied to a stake, he watched as his friends were shoved into bonfires and burned to death. After months of torment, he escaped and returned to his English family in the eastern territories. Realizing that he is a changed man, who could prove dangerous to his family, he got on his horse and rode west to live in the exile of the forest.

After an attack by French rebels, Nicholas is badly wounded.
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