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Haven's Flame (Fires of Cricket Bend Book 1) by [Piper, Marie]
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  • File Size: 1656 KB
  • Print Length: 301 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1680583190
  • Publication Date: October 27, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B016DTBX0M
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Even when I wanted to smack the protagonist (gosh darnnit, Haven, get it together girl!), I still rooted for her to get her smutty kicks in the end. Everything you love is here. Great Western detail, a compelling (and not too predictable) love triangle, mystery, intrigue, even a hooker with a heart of gold. Can't wait to read the next two books in this trilogy and Marie Pipers' other offerings. I hope there are some steamy Jasper scenes in the future.
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I'll be honest, this was the first romance novel I've ever read and I LOVED it. Its an easy read, but its very engaging, sexy, sweet and made me stay up way past my bedtime because I wanted to know what would happen next! Aside from the steamy love scenes (which are written thoughtfully without resorting to stereotypical " his gorging member" type language), the plot surrounding the characters is fun and mysterious. I'm looking forward to the rest of the series and am already planning on who out of my friends will be getting a copy for Christmas this year. :-)
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Just look at that book cover!!! To quote Fred Savage's character in Princess Bride: "Is this a _kissing_ book?"

First of all a reassurance to all potential _male_ readers: I'm male. And an old fan of western books, western movies, and western comics. And yes, I did enjoy Haven's Flame. Very very much so. Also: who says a guy like me can't be part of the target audience for this book? (Seriously, who makes these rules??)

It _is_ a romance novel with a western setting. But I approached as I would approach any form of western storytelling by asking: Is it true to the genre? Is the attention to historical details there? Does it create a believable world? Do I want to spend time in the company of these characters? Did it make me want to finish the book in (preferably) one sitting? Did I get the level of escapism I was promised?

A triumphant yes to all of these! The late 19th century East Texan town of Cricket Bend is a delight of a place, a character all onto itself!

Other concerns: This being Marie Piper's debut novel; does she deliver? Boy does she ever! And quite a remarkable debut it is. When picking up this book you are in safe hands, the signs of an up-and-starting novelist is difficult to spot - this is competent stuff!

Can she also write in a gender balanced way? Which brings us to one of the most interesting and intriguing aspects of the novel: the POW literally keeps switching back and forth between female protagonist Haven and her fiancée, the ever dependable deputy Matt. And fear not; this literary device is handled masterfully and flows along - like Citizen Kane - where only we, the readers, get the complete picture of _why_ characters feel they have to treat each other the way they do. Ms.
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I absolutely adored this novel! My genre of choice is usually historical fiction set in England, so this was a step outside of my box that I am thrilled to have taken! The characters were incredibly well developed (I'm hoping for future novels to let us know what happens with some of them), and the story itself was not at all predictable. I experienced an "AAAHHHH!!!" moment akin to the moment in The Sixth Sense when all comes together, making Haven's Flame an even more enjoyable read.
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I must admit I am not a Westerns person. I usually find them too formulaic and cliche. I picked Haven's Flame up because I've enjoyed Marie Piper's short stories and I am glad I gave it a chance!

Yes, it's the typical small town with one saloon, a tiny jail, and the usual crowd of uppity biddies, but Cricket Bend is refreshingly fleshed out with the farmhouses and prairie scenes Piper includes. The rich parlor filled with the backstabbing society women and their Ladies Meeting was vividly painted. A scene that kept a smile on my face. From the Anderson's home to the remote pond, all of Piper's locations felt authentic and set a comfortable, homey place for her reader to fall in love with.

Her characters were equally enjoyable. Haven, Matthew, Hank, Braxton, and Callie are complex and unpredictable in their actions rather than the flat stereotypes they easily could have been. Even relatively minor characters like Jasper and Bill were relatable enough to make me want far more of their story than what could be included in this fast-paced, delightful read.

Piper threw a few curve-balls, enough to keep a reader turning pages, and stuck to sweet and sassy romance even when she could have shocked with unnecessary brutality or over-the-top sex. External action was well-peppered through our look into the internal struggles of Haven and Matthew.

Overall I'm impressed with Piper's first novel. I'm only sad I read it so early that I now have a long wait before the next installment!
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I have to admit, this is my very first historical. I am normally a full on Contemporary Romance kind of girl, but Marie Piper sucessfully brought me over to the dark side. Marie has a beautiful writing voice that is perfect for this genre. I was immediately drawn in by the love triangle (I'm a sucker for a well written love triangle) and Marie pulls it off perfectly. You struggle right along with Haven the entire way as she tries to find her between Mathew and Hank, and I definitely felt her pain. I couldn't image being stuck in that era when a lady was expected to keep all those feelings secret, even from the man she's engaged to!
I would definitely recommend this book for people who love historical, and even those looking to break into the genre. Marie will have you turning the pages and dreaming of saloons before you know it!
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