My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Wow. What a fabulous book. The romance is just the bonus in this book – I loved the setting on the Lakota Indian reservation, how their ways and traditions were at the forefront of this book not the white man’s ways. The author did a great job of showing these people that first inhabited this land struggles, their very close bonds and beliefs, and that they didn’t need all the modern conveniences that we all take for granted to be happy.
Dr. Madeline Mitchell has come to the White Sandy Lakota Indian Reservation to do a 2 year rotation at the only clinic in town. To say she is at first surprised at the state of the clinic and its lack of supplies is an understatement. As she has sworn of men she tries her best to keep up her no nonsense Dr personality around all the very attractive native men, especially one in particular – Rebel Runs Fast.
Rebel has lived in both worlds. He grew up on the reservation and both his parents ended up being the typical stereotype Native American – father running off on the family and his mother dying of alcohol poisoning. He left to attend college and got married to a white woman and achieved fame within the art world but he never felt comfortable in that world and when his marriage ended badly he went home and swore off women. At first he isn’t happy to find himself attracted to another white woman especially one that doesn’t understand his medicine man ways and his need to be out in nature and not running on a time table.
The love scenes between Rebel and Madeline are some of the most sensual scenes I’ve ever read – especially their first one. These two really couldn’t have been more different but as a reader I felt they were soul mates.
There is a rather large supporting cast that is just as intriguing as the main characters. As I was reading in my mind I was going ok I want his story and his story, etc.. I really liked this book so much so I am going to skip right to the third book because I have to have Nobody’s story now (yes his name is Nobody and the reason is heartbreaking).
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This second book wraps up a loose thread from the first that is tied to the hero in a big way.
Jacob walk in on the murder of his friends which left his face disfigured. He wears a mask that covers his nose and half his face. He has been hiding the albino young daughter of those friends for fear the killer will come after her based on the legend about her having powers from her grandmother that someone wants to possess by killing her.
Mary Beth moved to the Lakota reservation to start over and also to take over as the town’s veterinarian. One of the biggest clients of the clinic is a ranch where Jacob is the foreman over the animals. She doesn’t know what to make of this mysterious man who hides his face from the world. His constant blowing of hot and cold towards her leaves her even more confused.
The two bond when the horses come down with a strange disease and over the girl he is hiding from everyone. As with the first book the authors gives us as readers another close look at the Lakota tribe and in the case of this book the horses and cattle taken care of by the Lakota’s.
Jacob doesn’t know for sure what attacked him and killed his friend was a spirit, beast or man and refuses to get to close to Mary Beth even though he is very attracted to her and longs for normal life but how can he have that with all the outer scars he carries and the threat.
This one has quite the explosive ending that leaves you wondering how these two can ever find a HEA.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I love the uniqueness of the characters this author writes. Even though these books are works of fiction there is such a sense of truth throughout them about the plights that the Native Americans have had to go through. The male lead in this book is defiantly one for the books of most tortured. One that has only lived in the dark making sure no one sees him because he is his name – a Nobody. Even typing that makes me cringe because he isn’t a nobody. He is a man that had a horrible childhood that ended with him in prison at 17 for seven years. Even once getting out he still chose to live isolated away from people. He really thinks he is nothing and no one would want to be around him. That is until an abused child that reminds him of what he went through and a white woman who can see him even when he she shouldn’t start dragging him out of the darkness he has grown comfortable and in to the light.
Now that I’ve read all 3 books in this series I can stay this author has a unique writing style that doesn’t just focus on one thing. Each book has had specific thing its focused one – The first book was the healthcare of Lakota’s, 2nd book the horses and cattle taken care of by the Lakota’s and how a greedy land owner uses the beef given back to them in a sinister way which also ties into what happened in book one and the third dealt with the abuse of native American children and what happens to them if they are taken by social services – how they are stripped of their Indian names, hair cut and made to basically become white. Each book has also had unconventional romances with couples that you’ve never think to read as leading ladies or men.