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Heart of Thunder (Southern Series) Mass Market Paperback – November 1, 1983

3.9 out of 5 stars 47 customer reviews
Book 2 of 2 in the Glorious Angel Series

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One of the world's most successful authors of historical romance, every one of Johanna Lindsey's previous novels has been a national bestseller, and several of her titles have reached the #1 spot on the New York Times bestseller list. Ms. Lindsey lives in New England with her family.

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Product Details

  • Series: Southern Series (Book 2)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 359 pages
  • Publisher: Avon Books; 1st Printing edition (February 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380851180
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380851188
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,351,838 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I thoroughly enjoyed "Heart of Thunder" and was all set to write a glowing review when I noticed a reader mentioned the plot of "Heart" mirrored that of Lindsey's first novel, "Captive Bride." All right, I thought: I'll bite. So I spent a torturous week reading "Captive" just so I can now say "Heart of Thunder" is 1) nothing like it and 2) far, far superior in every way possible.
The plot of "Heart": To force an American rancher off his ancestral land, Mexican hottie and bandito Hank Chavez orders the kidnapping of the rancher's daughter, not knowing that the daughter is the same girl who jilted him.
The plot of "Captive": Jilted desert Chieftain Philip tricks comely Christina into coming to Egypt so he can kidnap and steal her away to his desert camp, where he can make her his love slave.
Okay, the common denominators are "jilted" and "kidnap." But that's about all these books have in common. "Heart" is passionate, with spirited, likable characters who show gumption and can barely keep their hands off one another. "Captive" is an exercise in patience, so wooden that it's difficult to feel anything for the characters - even when they are hurt.
In typical Lindsey fashion, both books have key elements: good guy gets hurt, bad guy comes after girl, baby is involved. Most of her novels follow this pattern (like "Brave the Wild Wind," "When Love Awaits," "Warrior's Woman," etc.). So those don't count as similarities, in my opinion. But, in "Heart," these elements are exciting and keep you turning the pages. In "Captive," you wail, "Will this EVER end??
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When she is good, she is very, very good. And, this one is very, very good. Hated to finish this book as it was so engrossing and had me emotionally invovled. This is the sequel to Glorious Angel, which introduced Hank Chavez, the hero, as a roguish outlaw. His appearance in that book, though fairly minor, was so strongly drawn, he almost stole the storyline. Apparently Johanna Lindsey's mother thought the same thing, since in the dedication to this novel, JL thanks her mother for "falling in love" with Hank Chavez in the previous novel. She wasn't the only one to do so! This is a superb love story between two very strongwilled people. Sometimes JL makes such relationships too strong and too stubborn--almost always they require a year of living apart once married to realize they cannot live without each other-- a theme she develops over and over in many of her books. In this book she has again created some minor characters that would lend themselves to books of their own, Lorenzo, Hank's faithful outlaw/rancher friend and Sheldon, Samantha's brother. The latter closely resembles the Malory caracter of Warren. This book ranks in my top 5 favorites of JL and is worth re-reading many times.
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Samantha Kingsley is in love with her best friend's brother Adrien and travels with them on her way home from school in the East to Mexico. Along the way, their stagecoach picks up a handsome stranger. Hank Chevez is a reformed bandit trying to regain his childhood home. After losing his horse, he hitches a ride on a stagecoach and meets Samantha. Samantha sees the attractive stranger as an opportunity to make Adrien jealous, but her plan backfires. Hank appears to be falling for her. After learning the truth, he becomes sullen and hateful. Samantha responds in kind and they part ways. When she arrives home, she discovers that a violent Mexican bandit is trying to run her father off. Then she is kidnapped and discovers Hank is somehow involved and her hatred for him grows. Can their hate ever turn to love?
This story is one of my least favorite by Lindsey. Samantha is spoiled, willful, and vengeful. Hank is no prince, but could probably have done better. There is so much hate between these two characters that it is impossible to imagine them in love. If you are a die hard Lindsey fan, you should add it to your collection, but you will probably not wish to read it again.
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I am a HUGE fan of historical romance. I've read Julie Garwood...Hannah Howell...and I was on the search for another great author. Devoting this summer to Johanna Lindsey. I've already read quite a few of her books and they were pretty good...until I got to this book.

Not sure how this book can be catagorized under Romance. There isn't a single bit of romance in this book. The heroine, Samantha, is a whiny, bratty, horrible character. She complains about everything. She is mean to everyone. I'm not even sure why any of the other characters would want to be around her. I wanted to strangle her after the first couple of chapters!

The hero, Hank, isn't much better. He meets Samantha and immediately decides he wants to marry her? He is every bit as creepy as the man Samantha shoots in the first chapter for stalking her. How is Hank any better? He's not. He is mean to Sam, treats her horribly, and is whiny and obsessed about getting his land back. He would have been better off moving on. The entire time I was reading this book, I just wanted to tell the two main characters to quit being such childish, whiny and annoying @#%# and move on.

There is NO chemistry between thse two. They obviously hate each other from the get go. Every time they get intimate, Sam tells him to just go ahead and rape her. Sorry, but that is not romantic. Rape is not romantic. Not even a little. Telling the hero to just go ahead and rape you and get it over with is not romantic. If I had a dime for every time the word "rape" is used in this book, I'd be a lot richer right now. I'd probably make enough to pay myself back for the $2.00 I wasted on this book.
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