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Cassie Edwards is a best-selling American author of over 100 historical romance novels. She has been published by Dorchester Publishing, Signet Books, Kensington Publishing and Harlequin.
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In 1850 for the safety of his Owl Clan tribe Chief Eagle Wolf leaves to die alone as he believes he suffers from the highly contagious white man's revenge smallpox. At the same time he leaves his people, Nicole Tyler travels from St. Louis to Tyler City, Utah where her parents live in hopes of using her recently earned teaching certificate.
Instead of being greeted in euphoric welcome home by her parents, Nicole arrives to a gruesome site; every one of the townsfolk has been murdered and the psychopath Sam Partain stalks her as he holds a grudge against her for rejecting his advances; besides he logically knows no witness can be left alive to blame a white man as the rumors throughout Utah are an Indian massacre occurred. Nicole escapes racing alone up the nearby mountains with a killer in pursuit. She runs into a feverish Indian whom she nurses back to health from measles. Eagle Wolf and Nicole fall in love as they flee an obstinate predator.
This is an exciting well written, but typical Savage historical romance starring two likable but totally diverse lifestyle lead players. The key stars are out of Cassie Edwards casting 101 with a noble male Indian, a tolerant white woman, and a crazed white male. Although the story line has been used a seemingly quadrillion times by Ms. Edwards, her fans will relish Nicole's efforts to adapt to an increasingly outraged tribe trying to survive the white tsunami.
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I loved the concept behind this book, but there was something lacking in the execution. The historical stuff seemed well researched from what I know about Utah history. The characters weren't bad and all had their own goals in life.
The whole relationship between the Indian and the woman seemed to be off to me. It didn't really get well developed and they just kind of fell in love by being near each other. There was very little conversation between the two to give them the opportunity to fall in love and he had not loved his wife after all the years they had been together. Not really. He liked her, just didn't love her and he fell in love with this white woman after three days of her caring for him.
Also, this is a sweeter romance. The sex doesn't take place until after marriage and it is kept to a minimum in the description. I think I expected some more sexual tension or something since the cover had a shirtless warrior. Maybe this is typical of Cassie Edward's style. I am not sure but I probably need to read something else to give her a better chance.
It was a decent story. I did finish it, but it didn't leave me feeling like there was full resolution. The Indian doesn't finish off the bad guys and the Mormon settlement doesn't imprison them and force them to live by the law either. A lone wolf does the job. It felt like there were things that had been set up for conflict to happen but the main characters never really faced too much real danger or conflict.
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