Reviewed by Heather C
Title: Wild Burn
Author: Edie Harris
Series: Wild State #1
Hero/Heroine: Delaney Crawford & Moira Tully
Genre: M/F Historical Romance, Western
Length: 283 pages
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Release Date: January 15, 2013
Available at: Samhain Publishing, Amazon, All Romance eBooks & Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: Shoot first. Ask her name later.
Infamy weighs heavy on Delaney Crawford’s broad shoulders, first as a supposed Confederate turncoat, then as a relentless hunter of Cheyenne dog soldiers. Summoned to the small mining community of Red Creek, the exhausted, embittered Del is doing what he does best—ridding the town of its savage scourge—when one of his bullets misses the mark.
Ex-nun Moira Tully has been working with John White Horse for months to integrate a band of peaceful Cheyenne with the local townsfolk. Now he’s hurt, and she’s been caught in the crossfire. There’s only one man to blame for her simmering anger and the inexplicable attraction that tilts her heart on its axis. Del.
When Del is forced to acknowledge the truth that the Cheyenne are no threat, his task just gets more complicated: fighting a wild attraction that catches flame at the most inconvenient times, and figuring out the treacherous motives behind his hiring.
But the most heart-wrenching challenge could be overcoming sordid pasts that won’t stay in the past—pasts that threaten to bury all hope of happily ever after.
Features a trigger-happy Southern gentleman, an ex-nun gone rogue and consistently thwarted desires that frustrate them both.
Ex-nun Moira Tully’s first encounter with gunslinger Delaney Crawford AKA the Dog Man Killer was not a pretty one, in fact, he shoots off a piece of her ear…and one of her friends. Moira has moved to Red Creek to escape a horrible encounter in a dark alley, and to educate the children of Red Creek. Her latest challenge is getting the local Cheyenne children into the classroom. Delaney has been hired to “rid” Red Creek of troublesome Indians. Long story short, the ex-nun falls for the gunslinger.
I really liked the characters. Moira and Delaney couldn’t be more opposite. And I really liked John White Horse…it doesn’t look like his story is next in the series but I hope he eventually gets a HEA.
There’s some good sexual tension to the point I was screaming for them to finally get fully naked! There are a few good smexy scenes…but this IS NOT erotica.
Loved the ending! It was so sweet, even though it was a bit predictable…it still worked.
The realities of the harsh treatment of Native Americans is tough to stomach, but I feel it was portrayed well.
What didn’t work:
The writing was too flowery and dialogue was often interrupted with paragraphs of internal monologue. Sometimes prose like that works, this didn’t work. It slowed down the pace too much and got a bit repetitive.
I didn’t find the bad guys interesting or scary.
In the end:
I DID enjoy this; even want to check out more of this series. Looks like Moira and Del’s wedding is told in the short novella Wild Fire. And Wild Chase will be released in October 2014, telling the story of U.S. Marshal Alonzo Hood. He’s introduced here in Wild Burn, but doesn’t play a big role.
Overall Impression: It Was Good!
*I purchased my own, personal copy of this book for review.*