Dancing on Coals

Dancing on Coals❴Reading❵ ➺ Dancing on Coals Author Ellen O'Connell – Heartforum.co.uk After escaping robbers intent on murder, Katherine Grant says, I jumped from the frying pan into the fire Before long I ll be dancing on the coals The highwaymen were the frying pan the handsome young After escaping robbers intent on murder, Katherine Grant says, I jumped from the frying pan into the fire Before long I ll be dancing on the coals The highwaymen were the frying pan the handsome young Apache who saved her from them was the fire and the coals GaetanRage against the enemies of his people has consumed Gaetan from boyhood The only use he ever found for Dancing on Kindle - any white was to test the sharpness of his knife Forced by his brother to endure Katherine s company, Gaetan tries to deny what he sees the white woman has a man s temper and a lion s courage She has an Apache heartIn spite of hate, distrust and fear, surviving in the rugged country of southern Arizona and northern Mexico forges a strange bond between Katherine and Gaetan When the bond turns to love, can they admit it Can they bear the consequences.

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  • Paperback
  • 320 pages
  • Dancing on Coals
  • Ellen O'Connell
  • English
  • 11 May 2018
  • 1466441186

10 thoughts on “Dancing on Coals

  1. Jill says:

    5 stars The finest Native American historical romance that s ever been written Gaetan is an Apache his parents were killed by whites, and he and his brother Nilchi, were raised for a time in their world He has never been fully accepted by the Apache and so lives by his own rules and beliefs His hatred of whites is all consuming Until he meets Katherine Grant She has pride and a temper, but she s fearless and independent.Katherine Grant s unconventional upbringing amongst five brothe 5 stars The finest Native American historical romance that s ever been written Gaetan is an Apache his parents were killed by whites, and he and his brother Nilchi, were raised for a time in their world He has never been fully accepted by the Apache and so lives by his own rules and beliefs His hatred of whites is all consuming Until he meets Katherine Grant She has pride and a temper, but she s fearless and independent.Katherine Grant s unconventional upbringing amongst five brothers and her father and with no female influences, sees her travelling alone across the Arizona Territory in 1881 When her stagecoach is attacked by bandits and the other passengers killed, Katherine is rescued by the young Apache, Nilchi When his older brother, Gaetan, sees that not only has Nilchi saved a white woman but that he intends to take her with them, Gaetan is furious.Although I loved and admired Katherine, for me this story is Gaetan Ms O Connell has allowed the strong, silent warrior to stay true to character to the end This wild, untamed man never makes an abrupt and unrealistic character change so often seen in romances He doesn t become all gushy with emotion once he falls for Katherine His initial hatred and his harsh and unresponsive interactions with her, yield during the course of the journey to their happily ever after, but he never loses his identity The remote, somewhat emotionless man always remains Katherine knows this and accepts Gaetan just as he is.Few authors are writing Native American romances these days I have read this story now five times It is in my opinion, the finest Native American historical romance that s ever been written And simply one of my favourite romances This excellent NA has made it onto my keeper shelf with a select few other titles Highly recommended.Steam 3

  2. UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish says:

    Well, as usual, I m late the game So many of my friends have read this book and raved about it They ve nudged me, telling me it s amazing and that I had to read it Every so often I d get a reminder that I had it sitting here, just waiting for me to pick it up and still, I put it off But, I finally did it and, as usual, my friends were right From the coverAfter escaping robbers intent on murder, Katherine Grant says, I jumped from the frying pan into the fire Before long I ll be dancing Well, as usual, I m late the game So many of my friends have read this book and raved about it They ve nudged me, telling me it s amazing and that I had to read it Every so often I d get a reminder that I had it sitting here, just waiting for me to pick it up and still, I put it off But, I finally did it and, as usual, my friends were right From the coverAfter escaping robbers intent on murder, Katherine Grant says, I jumped from the frying pan into the fire Before long I ll be dancing on the coals The highwaymen were the frying pan the handsome young Apache who saved her from them was the fire and the coals Gaetan.Rage against the enemies of his people has consumed Gaetan from boyhood The only use he ever found for any white was to test the sharpness of his knife Forced by his brother to endure Katherine s company, Gaetan tries to deny what he sees the white woman has a man s temper and a lion s courage She has an Apache heart.In spite of hate, distrust and fear, surviving in the rugged country of southern Arizona and northern Mexico forges a strange bond between Katherine and Gaetan When the bond turns to love, can they admit it Can they bear the consequences I m just going to share a few thoughts with you, since there are already so many wonderful reviews on this book When I read a book I want the time I spend to be worthwhile, so I m always looking for stories that make me forget that I m just reading a book I love it when I m swept away to another time and place, living a life very different from my own, a life I d never otherwise get to experience That s what Dancing on Coals was like for me For the few days I spent reading this story, I d close my eyes and try to imagine what it was like to be a lone woman in an unfamiliar land, finding myself living with a people whose traditions and ways of life were completely foreign to me What it was like to have the wind whipping through my hair while on horseback, riding faster and faster, as if my very life depended on it, because it did Seeing the ocean for the very first time Falling in love with someone I had every reason to hate, and being thankful for all the horrible things that happened to me because without them, I would never have met him This is a tale that is, at the same time, both ugly and beautiful It took me places I ve never been, made me feel things I ve never felt And most importantly, it s a beautiful love story, and I can t ask forthan that

  3. Sophia Triad says:

    What kind of Apaches spoke excellent English, killed highway men, didn t scalp them and rescued their victims Before she decided whether to ask or how to ask those questions, the savage of nightmares charged down the road on a dark horse Frozen by the sight, Katherine waited for man and animal to smash into her and trample her into the dust or knock her over the side of the mountain to the same rocky grave as the stagecoach Rage masked his face better than any war paint His eyes glittWhat kind of Apaches spoke excellent English, killed highway men, didn t scalp them and rescued their victims Before she decided whether to ask or how to ask those questions, the savage of nightmares charged down the road on a dark horse Frozen by the sight, Katherine waited for man and animal to smash into her and trample her into the dust or knock her over the side of the mountain to the same rocky grave as the stagecoach Rage masked his face better than any war paint His eyes glittered with fury as he pulled his horse to a sliding stop that sprayed gravel and raised his rifleWhat can I say about this book And about its flawless, effortless, easygoing writing style The truth is that I haven t read many romance novels about Native Americans As a matter of fact the books by Ellen O Connell are the first historical romances that I read in which the main character is a Native American and in particular this is the first book that I read that the main character is Apache If anything, this book was a very educative experience Okay, the book is epic Absolutely stunning I fell in love with Gaetan without even trying to understand him just like Katherine in the book Gaetan is a stubborn, fierce man full of hatred for the white men It is a given, since they are the one responsible for the death of his entire family and for the worst childhood possible Now he attacks white men and he brings back to his village whatever he can salvage from them.Katherine is also a heroine that deserves admiration She has travelled almost eveywhere Her family owns a shipping company that transports goods all over the world back to United States and from United States And she can adapt easily considering the circumstances She will have no problem leaving everything behind and follow the man that she lovesYour skin is white, but I think the white god made a mistake, or maybe he did it on purpose to play a joke He gave you an Apache heartFor the majority of the book Katherine will be talking and Gaetan will not answer There will be a bond since they will keep saving each other, but the love will come much much later And there will be so much passion after that It is like Gaetan was bottling everything up until he could not breathe any and now that he has the chance his passion and possessiveness overflowsShe is my wife The soldiers had no right to give her to youOh, I just loved it Highly recommended

  4. Baba says:

    Chief Joseph, Nez Perce, said We were taught to believe that the Great Spirit sees and hears everything, and that he never forgets, that hereafter he will give every man a spirit home according to his deserts if he has been a good man, he will have a good home if he has been a bad man, he will have a bad home This I believe, and all my people believe the same.I am tired of talk that comes to nothing It makes my heart sick when I remember all the good words and all the broken promises There Chief Joseph, Nez Perce, said We were taught to believe that the Great Spirit sees and hears everything, and that he never forgets, that hereafter he will give every man a spirit home according to his deserts if he has been a good man, he will have a good home if he has been a bad man, he will have a bad home This I believe, and all my people believe the same.I am tired of talk that comes to nothing It makes my heart sick when I remember all the good words and all the broken promises There has been too much talking by men who had no right to talk It does not require many words to speak the truth.If the white man wants to live in peace with the Indian, he can live in peace Treat all men alike Give them all the same law Give them all an even chance to live and grow All men were made by the same Great Spirit Chief They are all brothers The Earth is the mother of all people, and all people should have equal rights upon it Let me be a free man, free to travel, free to stop, free to work, free to trade where I choose my own teachers, free to follow the religion of my fathers, free to think and talk and act for myself, and I will obey every law, or submit to the penalty.You might as well expect the rivers to run backward as that any man who was born free should be contented to be penned up and denied liberty to go where he pleases.We are taught to believe that the Great Spirit sees and hears everything, and that he never forgets that hereafter he will give every man a spirit home according to his desertsThis I believe, and all my people believe the same HUGE 5 stars Dancing on Coals brought back so many, many wonderful and fond memories When I was a ten year old girl I was reading Karl May s books I think they were all between 400 and 700 pages strong and there was this heroan Apache called Winnetou Now when I m thinking about this perfect Indian, I have this picture ingrained in my mind and that is Winnetou Yeah, I had a major crush on him Pierre Brice Oui, Pierre, mon amour sigh Unfortunately I am not able to upload his picture That s why I give you the advice to google this actor He is the perfect Gaetan Such a gorgeous and handsome French man even now and he is 81 Aw, those were the daysA shout out to my GR friend Jill thanks so much for encouraging me to read this story And thanks for sharing our enlightening conversations during my status updates I had a good laugh Thanks for being such a good friend too I ll be on the lookout forproud, fierce, and hot Indian men, that s for sure Brief synopsis Arizona Territory, Spring 1881Katherine Grant is on her way home to New York in a stagecoach together with three other passengers When her stagecoach is attacked by Rurales and the other passengers killed, Katherine is rescued by an Apache warrior, called Nilchi Nilchi s brother Gaetan is furious when he realizes that his brother saved the white woman and wants to marry her.Gaetan is a very proud, strong and fierce Apache warrior, and he emanates the dark aura of raw power They re calling themselves Nde people His parents were killed by white men Gaetan and his brother Nilchi were raised for a few years in the white man s world They had to attend a white missionary school After Gaetan could escape, he s never been fully accepted by his people any Gaetan s living by his own beliefs now His rage and hatred of all whites goes right down to his core This hatred and bitterness is burning his heart and belly and it is surrounding him in every way possible It directs his living, thinking, and breathing Even when he meets Katherine he is not willing to relent But he comes to respect her pride and her bad temper And he sees her overt fearlessness and fierceness Katherine Grant is not your usual heroine Her upbringing is quite special and helped her to become this proud woman Her mother died when she was very young Together with her father and five brothers she was travelling around the world Katherine is the opposite of prejudiced She accepts Gaetan the way he is.Justwow There are so many, many things that I had to admire Personally, the most important testimony of this story was Pride goes before a fall But what s so amazing about that is Gaetan NEVER fell Ever He was such an aloof, pride, strong, and untamed man and he stayed true to his character, to his inner self all throughout the story right until the incredibly beautiful epilogue This man is so awesome I m always so focused on the heroes To me a story stands and falls with the hero He was the backbone of Dancing on Coals However, I have to admit that the heroine was awe inspiring as well Such a strong, feisty, and fierce woman Katherine, you can have my back any time.I loved the very good dialogs, although I have to warn the readers that Gaetan is very taciturn in the beginning to say the least It takes Gaetan a very long time until he speaks to Katherine for the first time Naturally before they begin to interact properly other interesting things happen The author is able to spread quite a few witty and funny dialogs throughout the story And Gaetan proves to having a slight and dry sense of humour after all, even though it is not overtly recognizable I loved to see how Katherine made him smile laugh eventually Gaetan and Katherine s relationships develops slowly but steadily They are always very likeable and believable Loved the chemistry and the build up between H h Their foreplay in the pool was so sensual I was a bit stunned about the act itself afterward But I think it suited the hero This man was so over the top horny at that time and there was just no time for finesse Gaetan, I forgive you You showed your finesse later, and it was so rewarding to read and see how utterly sensual, erotic, and hot this guy could be when the need arises This was the case during their second love scene So beautiful I always said that I m not into historicals I have to revise my opinion I m rather sure that I won t really be tempted to start reading all those historicals where women are wearing fluffy dresses and the men are posing in stiff suits and silly hairdos and beards But I ll continue to read about proud men in loincloths, that s for sure.Memorable lines quotes Your skin is white, but I think the white god made a mistake, or maybe he did it on purpose to play a joke He gave you an Apache heart She raised her head so she could look straight at him You ve already given me what I want I want you You should know that I won t leave your people so long as you live If you ever return and find me gone, know that they took me against my will I will not leave you That s a hard promise too It s my promise She toyed with the top button of his shirt Do Apaches kiss The people believe the mouth is only for eating Oh She didn t try to hide her disappointment.He shifted her against him a little and cupped her breast with one hand, his thumb rubbing across the nipple They also believe a woman s breast is only for nursing a child Lowering his mouth over hers, he ran his tongue between her lips, exploring her tongue, making her shiver with a stroke along the roof of her mouth.When he raised his head at last, she whispered, I m glad you re an unbeliever Dying is easier than living sometimes Be reasonable, Miss Grant You had the protection of one of their people from the beginning Without that you can t imagine the savagery you would have endured We have to stop it The savagery is on all sides so far as I can tell People always give as good as they get There was savagery in the Civil War, and the combatants were countrymen before and after As he left her mouth and took the skin of her neck in his teeth, for the first time he understood that her fierceness gave her value, but what drew him and held him was acceptance As a boy the teachers had forced him to obey and learn to save their own souls, not the one they doubted he had As a man his own people looked at him with suspicion because of what the teachers had done.Katherine alone accepted She accepted his body in every way he gave it She accepted his spirit as it was, not as a woman must wish it to be When they married, she accepted there could be no future and gave hard promises Tonight his anger could not make her turn away Sneaking away will be like the beginning again, won t it, like getting away from the Rurales all over He answered so softly she could barely make out the words No It will be different I didn t love you then He swiveled to face her, so close she could make out his features in the moonlight Before you came, only the killing mattered My brother told me I was wrong, that I could make war and enjoy good things like other men, but I never listened By leaving you with me, in death he made me listen If the people are right and there are ghosts, his ghost is laughing at me If dying is easier than living, I will take the hardest path I will choose to grow old beside a fierce woman Believe me, I could add many, manyDancing on Coals is so very well written It s such an emotional, profound, beautiful, and all engrossing read This book and these characters will stay very close to my heart Always Highly recommended Enjoy I strongly advise you to read the author s note.

  5. KatLynne says:

    I devoured this book I was so excited when my friend Jilly posted this book was now available This is the third book I ve read by this amazingly talented author, all being 5 star reads The young and handsome Apache, Gaetan, is full of hatred against all whites for the atrocities committed against his people Katherine Grant, far from home and family, finds herself at his mercy as she is rescued from death at the hands of highwaymen Gaetan is a proud alpha warrior consumed by a deep rooted ra I devoured this book I was so excited when my friend Jilly posted this book was now available This is the third book I ve read by this amazingly talented author, all being 5 star reads The young and handsome Apache, Gaetan, is full of hatred against all whites for the atrocities committed against his people Katherine Grant, far from home and family, finds herself at his mercy as she is rescued from death at the hands of highwaymen Gaetan is a proud alpha warrior consumed by a deep rooted rage that governs his decisions and motivates his actions Fighting for survival in a land full of hatred where thousands of his tribe have been killed or forced to live on the barren lands of reservations, he vows to not give in to the white man s demands to take their freedom He knows how to survive in the rugged, harsh lands of Arizona and northern Mexico And now he finds himself saddled with a hated white woman and a forced promise not to kill her.Katherine Grant is a heroine I loved from the very beginning Fearing the hatred she reads from Gaetan s eyes, this smart, feisty, courageous young woman is determined to survive And as Gaetan soon learns, she is muchthan she appears to be Katherine soon finds herself fighting the attraction she feels for this tall, beautiful Apache who walks around in a loincloth Gaetan soon fights a begrudging respect for a white woman with a man s temper and a lion s heart A beautifully well written, sensual, poignant, emotional love story with steamy hot love scenes, and a hero, a heroine, and the heartbreaking plight of a tribe of people I won t soon forget I loved it A treasure for sure A few of my favorite Quotes view spoiler Dying is easier than living sometimes.She raised her head so she could look straight at him You ve already given me what I want I want you You should know that I won t leave your people so long as you live If you ever return and find me gone, know that they took me against my will I will not leave you That s a hard promise too ..She toyed with the top button of his shirt Do Apaches kiss The people believe the mouth is only for eating Oh She didn t try to hide her disappointment He shifted her against him a little and cupped her breast with one hand, his thumb rubbing across the nipple They also believe a woman s breast is only for nursing a child Lowering his mouth over hers, he ran his tongue between her lips, exploring her tongue, making her shiver with a stroke along the roof of her mouth When he raised his head at last, she whispered, I m glad you re an unbelieverKatherine had no illusions about her own veneer of civilization If she had been born Apache, lived as Gaetan had, she would be as he was, fighting for vengeance and survival with a single minded fury Your skin is white, but I think the white god made a mistake, or maybe he did it on purpose to play a joke He gave you an Apache heartEven if most wives experienced being washed by a fully aroused, naked husband, they would never know this a man no words had been invented to describe, beyond handsome, beyond beautiful His skin glowed copper in the light from the fire, shadows emphasizing the curves of muscle and planes of bone His erection was hers, for her hide spoiler

  6. Mo says:

    3.75 If a man could taste wind and fire, they would taste like Katherine When he stood in high places looking down on things made small by distance, he tried to feel what the eagle felt soaring free on the wind He was an earthbound man Only his spirit could ever soar, and only Katherine raised him so highAfter escaping robbers intent on murder, Katherine Grant says, I jumped from the frying pan into the fire Before long I ll be dancing on the coals The highwaymen were the frying p 3.75 If a man could taste wind and fire, they would taste like Katherine When he stood in high places looking down on things made small by distance, he tried to feel what the eagle felt soaring free on the wind He was an earthbound man Only his spirit could ever soar, and only Katherine raised him so highAfter escaping robbers intent on murder, Katherine Grant says, I jumped from the frying pan into the fire Before long I ll be dancing on the coals The highwaymen were the frying pan the handsome young Apache who saved her from them was the fire and the coals Gaetan.I liked this one Katherine is a strong character Gaeten is distrustful, silent, strong hates white people, has a grudge to hold against them He entered her in a single hard thrust, opening her, stretching her and forcing a moan of surprise from her She was ready, so ready, and yet totally unprepared She d been wrong She was still virgin to this, to his strength and her need, to the pleasure and the pain and the sheer triumph of having him He drove into her and she rose to him, clutched him tighter, harder Her nails raked and dug into his back, her teeth into his neck But time and Katherine lowers his hostilities She toyed with the top button of his shirt Do Apaches kiss The people believe the mouth is only for eating Oh She didn t try to hide her disappointment.He shifted her against him a little and cupped her breast with one hand, his thumb rubbing across the nipple They also believe a woman s breast is only for nursing a child Lowering his mouth over hers, he ran his tongue between her lips, exploring her tongue, making her shiver with a stroke along the roof of her mouth.When he raised his head at last, she whispered, I m glad you re an unbeliever

  7. Katrina Passick Lumsden says:

    Sure enough, Ellen O Connell is winning me over I read O Connell s second novel, Dancing on Coals I never would have believed I could like this one as much as I did I ve never been a big fan of the whole Native American studly hero thing, but Gaetan Gaetan is just one badass Apache Knowing that he would eventually turn into the hero, I had no problem imagining his soft side even as he was treating Katherine like some kind o Sure enough, Ellen O Connell is winning me over I read O Connell s second novel, Sing My Name yesterday, and then immediately purchased and devoured Dancing on Coals I never would have believed I could like this one as much as I did I ve never been a big fan of the whole Native American studly hero thing, but Gaetan Gaetan is just one badass Apache Knowing that he would eventually turn into the hero, I had no problem imagining his soft side even as he was treating Katherine like some kind of poorly trained mutt His behavior in the first half of the book was, I thought, pretty accurate for a Native American considering the overall Native American view on women at the time, and Gaetan s distrust and hatred of white people I ve seen complaints that his feelings for Katherine seem abrupt, and I can agree to an extent, but it really fit in well with his attitude overall His regard for Katherine comes on slowly and builds in his own mind until he makes a decision And Gaetan is, if nothing else, one decisive dude As for Katherine Grant, she is probably in the top five as far as my favorite female protagonists She s resourceful, witty, and intelligent, not easily intimidated, and tenacious as all hell Gaetan calls her fierce Did I mention Gaetan is very perceptive At one point in the story, Katherine is debating whether or not to free Gaetan from a band of Rurales that has them both in custody, and the reader is treated to Katherine s justification of her decision to do soIf Gaetan repaid her by killing her, not only would she escape Hierra, she would die with the satisfaction of knowing she had loosed a madman in the Mexican camp My first thought after reading that and the only written note in my Kindle I love this broad I think I ll go read O Connell s first book now, and then cry that there aren t any

  8. Willow says:

    I remember watching a special on the History channel about the Puritans A historian on the show said that there were numerous stories of Native Americans abducting Puritan women The Puritan men would race to the rescue to grab their women back, only to have the women sneak off again in the middle of the night, going back to live with their captors LOLI don t blame them one bit I can t think of anything drearier than living with Puritans Anyway, Dancing with Coals made me think of that The I remember watching a special on the History channel about the Puritans A historian on the show said that there were numerous stories of Native Americans abducting Puritan women The Puritan men would race to the rescue to grab their women back, only to have the women sneak off again in the middle of the night, going back to live with their captors LOLI don t blame them one bit I can t think of anything drearier than living with Puritans Anyway, Dancing with Coals made me think of that The story is about Katherine, a young, adventurous woman traveling back east, when her stagecoach is set upon by robbers Barely getting away, she ends up being captured by Apaches I won t go into all the details There are so many twists and turns Seriously, there s enough action in this book to fill up three books, and I honestly could not set the dang thing down until about two thirds of the way through I actually considered calling in work sick so I could finish it The suspense is THAT BAD The characters are great I liked Katherine I thought she was tough and formidable, not to mention pretty good natured Gaetan is cold, mean and ruthless He hates white people because they murdered his parents But he slowly starts to thaw out At first I was wondering how these two would ever get together, but O Connell has them fall in love slowly, beautifully.The only thing I wasn t too crazy about was the ending But to be honest, I don t know how it could have ended better What happened to the Apaches was horrible Needless to say, I m giving Dancing on Coals five stars This is one of the best books I ve read in a long time, and I don t even like Westerns that much LOL So don t let the dorky cover fool you D

  9. Iliada says:

    Dancing on Coals is the best book I have read this year and the first one to make it to my favourites shelf 10 stars.Katherine is travelling when her stagecoach is attacked by bandits and she is the sole survivor After being rescued from certain death by Nilchi, a young Apache warrior, she ends up travelling with the Apaches under Nilchi s protection, even though his brother s Gaetan s hatred for the whites runs deep and he wants to kill her Circumstances bring it so that Katherine and Gaetan Dancing on Coals is the best book I have read this year and the first one to make it to my favourites shelf 10 stars.Katherine is travelling when her stagecoach is attacked by bandits and she is the sole survivor After being rescued from certain death by Nilchi, a young Apache warrior, she ends up travelling with the Apaches under Nilchi s protection, even though his brother s Gaetan s hatred for the whites runs deep and he wants to kill her Circumstances bring it so that Katherine and Gaetan are forced to travel together and alone after Nilchi has managed to extract his brother s promise that he won t hurt the white woman.Gaetan is a very complex hero He hates the whites He was captured at the age of 9 and forced to go to a whites school for Indians Years later he escaped but he was never again fully accepted by his people who could see the influence of his stay with the whites on him Gaetan is a gamma hero He lives with the sole purpose of killing the whites and taking revenge for their wrongdoings to him and his people But at the same time, he doesn t fully belong with the Apaches either His position is very precarious.Katherine has never felt like she belongs either She desires to travel and lead an adventurous life, but her family doesn t agree with her choices in life and tries to subdue her wild spirit Katherine, and this is not an exaggeration, is the strongest heroine I have ever come across She is so strong, so fierce and so fearless that she is intimidating At the same time, one can only admire her she is awe inspiring.I cannot explain Gaetan s appeal You have to read it to understand but I will never, ever, ever forget this hero.Somehow, I was under the impression that this would be one of those historicals with endless descriptions, little dialogue and even less things going on The blurb didn t help much either I couldn t have beenwrong This book is such a page turner It reads like a grand adventure and the pace never slows down until the very end The writing is genius and the book is a study in characterisation Rarely will you find so complex, intiguing and finely drawn characters in any novel.I don t usually have trouble describing what I liked or didn t like about a book But when you love a book that much, I don t know if there s anything harder than finding the right words and doing it justice Therefore, I won t even try My rating and the fact that it s my favourite read of the year and simply one of the finest love stories ever written are self evident If you read one American historical romance, let it be this one P.S Reading books in the Native American sub genre is always a bittersweet experience I am appalled at what these people have endured I like to think that books like this one do not only make my heart grow, but also make me a better person.

  10. Kaila says:

    4 5 stars Your skin is white, but I think the white god made a mistake, or maybe he did it on purpose to play a joke He gave you an Apache heart I loved this I forgot how much I love historical books and this book just brought all those feelings rushing back to me I felt giddy throughout this book, even if things weren t going so well, because I was just so captivated by the characters and the story I loved Gaeten and Katherine so much, alone they were fantastic and interesting, so tog 4 5 stars Your skin is white, but I think the white god made a mistake, or maybe he did it on purpose to play a joke He gave you an Apache heart I loved this I forgot how much I love historical books and this book just brought all those feelings rushing back to me I felt giddy throughout this book, even if things weren t going so well, because I was just so captivated by the characters and the story I loved Gaeten and Katherine so much, alone they were fantastic and interesting, so together they were evenperfect They just meshed so well with each other and that is all I m looking for in a good romance, the rest is just a bonus and this book had heaps of those too To be honest, I jumped into this book knowing little to nothing about it and had no idea that I would enjoy it so much It was an action filled, slow burner with so much heart that just poured from the pages.Katherine doesn t appreciate how she is treated as a women of her time To dispute her brother s and father while they re away from home, she decides to travel by herself close to Arizona But when she, as well as her travelling partners, are attacked by robbers, it is the Apache who save her or one Apache man in particular He is much nicer and less intimidating than the others seem and he looks at her with happiness rather than scorn This is a stark contrast to his brother Gaeten who would like nothingthan to see her dead, based on his pure hatred for her race But when Katherine finds herself almost alone, relying only of Gaeten for survival, she begins to see him a little differently and is set on changing his opinion of her.This book has now become one of my all time favourite historical romance books It had that very historical feeling mixed with the fieriness of acontemporary book In particular, Katherine was a wonderful character who just seemed so modern in her attitude I could definitely see her leading a contemporary romance novel, but I loved the setting of this book so I wouldn t dare to wish it away like that I just loved the light andjoyful feeling of this novel which Katherine s personality definitely contributed to , despite it having many serious moments as well I guess I just had a heap of fun reading it, so recalling it back now just puts a smile on my face The book was one giant adventure and I enjoyed every minute of it I felt like I was taken along for a ride with these characters as they navigated their way through the wild This is the first book I ve read that has a real focus on Native American culture and characters I m from the opposite side of the world to America so I can t say anything in the accuracy of the cultural representation, but I can say that I enjoyed learning about their culture immensely I also love reading books about an outsider entering a whole new cultural world, which was essentially what Katherine did As she learntabout Gaeten and his people, I slowly learnt too and I loved that Compared to what I ve seen in other media I would also say that this author was very compassionate towards the Native culture, rather than portraying them as savages as I often see in movies This book has very much got me interested in the Native traditions and culture so you can get that I ll be readingof these kinds of books in the future.The romance in this book became my everything I admit I was getting worried because for a while it didn t seem like Gaeten liked Katherine at all or reciprocated her feelings But don t worry, it gets there and it is amazing Their relationship subtly grew from nothing to a full blown love that swept me away All my patience during the tension filled novel payed off with a stunning romance by the end I especially loved that both characters accepted each other for who they were and didn t try to change things about them Kat never tried to change Gaeten s traditions and cultural beliefs, rather just accepting him for who he was I thought this was just beautiful and wonderful to read about Their strong personalities also made for a great read They bantered as Katherine was fiery and spirited whilst Gaeten was strong and stoic But all of these emotions became the source for such a strong love and many passionate moments shared between the pair My only real criticism for this book is the ending I felt like it took away a lot of the wild spirit and passion from their relationship, nonetheless, I loved this book and these characters a lot If a man could taste wind and fire, they would taste like Katherine When he stood in high places looking down on things made small by distance, he tried to feel what the eagle felt soaring free on the wind He was an earthbound man Only his spirit could ever soar, and only Katherine raised him so high

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