Tuesday, June 26, 2012

New Review: Shirl Henke’s A FIRE IN THE BLOOD – Enthralling Love Story from Wyoming Cattle Baron Days

Not many romance authors would start their story with the black moment (or one of them) but Henke does it and does it well. This is an absorbing story, very well told, of a hero who thought he’d never belong and a heroine who had everything but him—another Western historical keeper from Shirl Henke. Meticulously researched, Henke serves up a worthy love story from the days of the cattle barons, the powerful cattlemen of the Cheyenne Club who ruled over Wyoming Territory in the late 1800s.

Jess Robbins and his father, though Texans, fought with the Union in the Civil War. Jess also did a stint with the French Foreign Legion. By the spring of 1881, he was a fast gun and had a talent for spying out cattle thieves. So it was no surprise Wyoming rancher Marcus Jacobson hired Jess as a stock detective to find out who was stealing hundreds of head of cattle from the sprawling J Bar ranch. The first time Jacobson’s only daughter and heir, 19-year-old Lissa, catches sight of Jess Robbins, she is drawn to the man. A mixture of white man, Mexican and Indian, Jess was exotically handsome, virile and very sure of himself. Lissa had many suitors, including an older man her father would have her marry, but she wanted Jess. Though each was forbidden to the other, they could not stay away.

Henke captures the nuances of a relationship that was initially forged in passion but held something deeper, a lasting bond that would not be denied. Lissa grows up and her strength comes to the foreground and Jess realizes he cannot live without this woman.

How it all comes together is fascinating and held my attention for 435 pages, right up to the sweet ending.

You’ll like this one!

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