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Fierce Eden (The Louisiana History Collection Book 1) by [Blake, Jennifer]
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Gullible widow Elise Laffont draws the attention of Reynaud Chevalier, a frontiersman caught between two worlds, in this tale of romance in 1730s Louisiana. When the Natchez attack Fort Rosalie, part-Natchez Reynaud leads Elise and a few survivors to safety in exchange for her bedtime companionship, not realizing that her abusive husband had left her terrified of men. Reynaud attempts to cure Elise's fear by holding her to their bargain while insisting that she be the one to approach him. They are drawn further into the Natchez-French conflict when Reynaud reluctantly agrees to become the new Natchez war leader. Blake's historical research is impeccable, but it's hard to believe that smart, brave Reynaud could be so attracted to naïve, insecure Elise. Detailed descriptions of colonial and native life add depth to this otherwise old-fashioned tale, but can't make up for the lack of chemistry. (Feb.)
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"The lyrical flow of language and even pacing of the action of this novel will keep readers glued to the pages. Ms. Blake's characters are warm, real people and her descriptions are lush and sumptuous ...  (readers) interested in colonial America will adore Fierce Eden."
~Romantic Times
 
"Caught between passion and war, the (characters) are faced with the choice of betraying their people or their love. Blake once again delivers a solid historical romance."
~Publishers Weekly
 
Jennifer Blake is one of the undisputed queens of romance and Fierce Eden is a prime example of what makes her great. ~Night Owl Romance
 
"Bestselling author Jennifer Blake's Fierce Eden, is steamy, full of historical accuracy, and just the right book for any historical romance fan."
~Romance Fiction on Suite101.com
 
Chock full of action, adventure, passion, and survival, Fierce Eden was a great read and one I highly recommend."
~The Royal Reviews
 
 "A sweeping, vibrant historical tale of love, honor, betrayal and adventure."
~Linda Banche Romance Author
 
"Well paced, compelling, and delightfully satisfying, romance lovers are sure to enjoy this one!"
~Minding Spot
 
"A master story teller... a tale that will be remembered long after the last page is read. Marvelous reading!"
~Long and Short Reviews
 
Blake is a master of research and description. Her settings are lush, her details rich... and the romance is tantalizingly delicious.
~Love Romance Passion
 
"...a superior historical romance which can be enjoyed by male and female readers alike. It's Ms. Blake's best!"
~The Pen Moves On
 
"Jennifer has done it again!"
~Romance Reviews

Product Details

  • File Size: 1224 KB
  • Print Length: 403 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Steel Magnolia Press (August 4, 2012)
  • Publication Date: August 4, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008THBM5S
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #233,134 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Silmarwen VINE VOICE on July 2, 2003
Format: Paperback
Elise Laffont is only 25 years old, yet she is already a widow - and perfectly happy to be one! All of the bachelors around Fort Rosalie, and there are many as it is a military post, are positive that she cannot make her small holding in Louisiana Territory profitable without a man by her side. Yet Elise has nothing but disgust for men, her brutal husband having done nothing but hurt her, mock her and cause her trouble. Elise was proud of her small farm and had made a modest success, but she lost it all one morning when the Natchez attached Fort Rosalie and the outlying areas, killing or enslaving all of the French. Elise managed to escape into the forest and find a small group of survivors, but they knew they could not make it out of Natchez territory without being caught. When Reynaud Chavalier, a half-French, half-Natchez warrior, finds them, he offers to take them to Fort Natchitoches - if Elise will warm his bed at night. Nothing could be worse for Elise, yet the other French insist that they will not survive without him and Elise is forced to comply.
Elise is determined to think Reynaud no better than her brute of a husband, yet when Reynaud sees the fear and panic in her eyes when he reaches for her that night, he is determined to make her want him as a woman. He insists that Elise touch him and pleasure herself. Elise uses these opportunities to tease Reynaud, but she slowly comes to trust him and to believe that all men are not like her dead husband. When they come to Reynaud's plantation, she is content to stay there, making love to Reynaud and living in a kind of paradise, untouched by the outside. However, this time of peace cannot last, for the French are coming to kill the Natchez for their uprising.
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This book was one of the best I've read by Jennifer Blake. You really feel the plight of the Natchez indians without it feeling like a history lesson. You also come to understand the conflict the main male character, Reynaud, feels being half-French, half-Natchez in the midst of a war between the two. The heroine, Elise, is strong-willed but without excessive stubbornness. The beginning of this book starts of strong and the love story between the characters develops well. I thought the last part of the book could have been drawn out a bit more. Overall though, this book is definitely worth reading!
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Young & independent widow escapes the Natchez raid in her town along with 3 others. Half-Natchez French count Hero guides them to a safer location with the condition that heroine will be his mistress. Man-mistrusting heroine doesn't yield easily to him but Hero bides his time in letting her feel more comfortable in his presence. Their eventual affair hits a snag when heroine & her other cohorts realize that Hero was delaying them from their desired location. How will heroine trust Hero again?

The romance was weaved in this 400-plus book but it was too long on historical detail. It was like a saga of the Natchez & French American squirmishes except it happened in a year's time. This book would've been better for me if it was cut in half because all that historical action rendition & other character relationships just got tedious. The main characters themselves were interesting when the book focused on them. Both Hero & heroine shared a lack of belonging & sense of isolation from their communities. Both were independent & made strong from their individual pasts. Hero resorted to deception & manipulation to soften stalwart heroine towards him. It did work until she found out what he was doing. Instead of groveling, he acted arrogant & even more controlling. As attracted as she was to him, heroine found the strength to leave him. She was independent & strong overall but there were moments when she acted clueless. She seemed oblivious to Hero's obvious affection towards her. Her rescue of Hero at the end was not believable. Someone of her unknown identity and a woman could not have swayed the high-official's decree to punish Hero who was well-known for his powerful influence over the Natchez tribe.

Moderately recommended for the romance.
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This book is too long and the story too convoluted to be enjoyable. I mean, I appreciate the efforts of the author (thus the 2 stars) to document the historical context and to give details to make it more believable, but this is way too much. I had to force myself and jumped many pages to go on in the reading. The characters were unpleasant too. I don't understand where the romantic shade of Reynaud is, when he forces Elise to take every step in their relationship. He doesn't allow her any choice in a misinterpreted attempt to free her from her restraints against the men (more than justified, I'd say). Elise, on the other hand, resents his savage behavior, but never fails to focus only on the "gentleness and thoughtfulness" of Reynaud. Finally, she realizes, against all the evidences, that he is not an overbearing man, but a kind, lovable person. No, I definitely didn't get it.
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I have to admit that I've really enjoyed reading Sourcebooks Casablanca Classics. I'm not usually one for romance books but 'My Love, My Enemy' and now 'Fierce Eden' have been great reads for me this month. Just goes to show you that covers can sometimes be misleading in regards to content. I thought this story was a great blend of romance, adventure, sexual tension, and historical information. I will own up to having fantasies (when I was younger and more naive) of wanting to be swept away by an Indian Chief who crackled with virility and smoldering hotness. Every time I watched 'Last of the Mohicans,' I would often catch myself sighing and dreaming of Unca (Daniel Day Lewis's Indian brother) coming to my rescue and saving me from the brutal British. But I digress....so anyway.....I found myself at many, many times with a huge grin on my face as I read the passionate love scenes between Elise and her half-breed Reynaurd. But the story isn't just about their romance, it's also about the history of Louisiana, the French, and the Indian tribes that lived there during the early 1700's. Jennifer Blake took a few historic occurrences and then wrote a story that firmly plants the reader into the past.

Recommend? Yes..I would recommend this one especially for those readers that enjoy some great historical fiction with a tastefully written love story intertwined within the pages. There honestly isn't one cheesy thing going on here, it's not a Harlequin romance, or a book with just sex. Actually, the sex is fairly minimal and like I wrote above it's very well done. Not a bad way to spend an afternoon...not at all.
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