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Archive for the ‘western’ Category

destinyawaits1I think we have an instant classic here, gang. A spoiled heiress time travels back to the Old West and meets a handsome, be-mulleted hero.

Line, Publication Date: Harper Historical Romance, 1995
Cover Steaminess: 6. See the cover for yourself. It’s a classic clutch with a woman dressed in shockingly little given the bulk of this book takes place in 1885.
Back of Book Description: Here’s the book description.
Flowery Language Quotient: Medium-high. A couple of ham-fisted metaphors and off-color jokes, but otherwise not too bad.

We open in Carmel, CA, in 1995. Tess, a computer chip heiress, has a nasty cold. She fantasizes about sitting on the beach, sipping Perrier and reading Danielle Steel, then she mistreats her maid for a bit, then a mysterious lady shows up.

Tess acts insufferably rude, like a sad, spoiled child. I’ll save us some time and tell you that the lady is magic, and she talks about “inserting” Tess back where she belongs. Tess, apparently, belongs in Kansas. The lady tricks Tess into saying, “Spiritual Guide, I would like to have a look at my true fate.” Tess blinks, and suddenly, she’s outside and there are horses and dust and she is very confused.

Because Tess is now in Sweet Briar, Kansas, and it’s 1885! Read the rest of this entry »


So I’m apparently going through a phase where I’m reading a lot of westerns. It’s not even a genre I thought I liked, but I suppose there’s something about all the macho men and lawlessness that’s innately appealing.

In related news, a friend of mine gave me a sack full of old category romance novels. It’s mostly contemporaries with the occasional regency thrown in for good measure, but there is a western, and the book description is a doozy:

Destiny Awaits by Suzanne Elizabeth
“Tess Harper was sure the little woman who appeared at her bedside wanted ransom from her wealthy parents. The last thing she expected was to be carted off to Kansas in the year 1885, where she found herself face-to-face with the most captivating, stubborn man she’d ever met—and two precious little girls who needed a mother.

“Rugged farmer Joseph Maguire was used to being on his own, and if Tess wanted to return home she would first have to convince Maguire to make a place in his life for his orphaned nieces. What she didn’t count on was the passion that engulfed her when Joseph took her into his arms, or the strong tug of her heart whenever she imagined leaving. Could this man, and the family, be her true destiny?”

Recap forthcoming!

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