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4.5 Stars Historical Romance I had a hard time obtaining a copy of this romance, a recommendation I got off of andiscussion thread Although my copy arrived and has been in my possession since sometime late last year, I have refrained from taking the plunge because there aren t that many raving reviews about this book However with the current list of lackluster reads that have been my picks for the last couple of days, I decided what the heck and took the plunge To my delightful surpr 4.5 Stars Historical Romance I had a hard time obtaining a copy of this romance, a recommendation I got off of andiscussion thread Although my copy arrived and has been in my possession since sometime late last year, I have refrained from taking the plunge because there aren t that many raving reviews about this book However with the current list of lackluster reads that have been my picks for the last couple of days, I decided what the heck and took the plunge To my delightful surprise Comanche Eagle turned out to be really good making this a memorable read of the theme of marriages of convenience.Set in Cheyenne, Wyoming territory in 1871, Comanche Eagle tells the story of Crystal Spencer, the first woman to ever hold the position of the Justice of the Peace in Cheyenne 26 year old Crystal is known amongst citizens of the county as Judge Spinster and has a prim and proper outlook on life and upholding the law where no shades of gray are ever allowed to cloud her judgement Crystal has been rejected by a man once before and she has no intention of ever letting a man close enough to hurt her like that ever again and is quite content with her spinsterish existence with her brother and town doctor Ellery Spencer whose vices include drinking and gambling Crystal yearns to leave the volatile Cheyenne territory where upholding law and order is a challenge day in and day out and wants nothingthan to leave to California to start life over and live in peace.Travis Black Eagle, farrier and owner of Cheyenne s livery stables and a successful rancher in his own right is two years older than Crystal and a half breed that earns his his share of black looks throughout Cheyenne Happily married to his very pregnant and beautiful wife Elizabeth, Travis is devastated when Ellery attends her birthing with his senses clouted with drink and Ellery s incompetence lands Travis a widow and a single parent in one night Grief, anger and deep abiding sorrow are Travis s companions until he realizes that his son needs a mother, a female presence in his life for him to grow up.Crystal is left completely alone as her only living relative in the world is shot dead, leaving her with a mount of debt from Ellery s gambling ways with nowhere to turn to Travis storms into her life, demanding that she marry him and help him look after his son for which in return Travis would give her a home and security, something which has been sorely lacking in her life the past couple of months Though Travis s promise that he has no interest in her as a woman whatsoever drives away Crystal s feelings of unease which always leaves her with a prickling sensation in Travis s vicinity, it also leaves her with a vague sense of discontentment that she would never know a man s warmth and his loving embrace even in marriage.The marriage of convenience that Travis and Crystal embark upon with their mutual need of providing Jacob, their son with a loving home becomes a journey of discovery for both of them For Crystal, Travis presents everything that has been missing from her life until now Tall, broad shouldered and handsome as sin, Travis makes her senses clamor to reach out and touch him and makes her quiver with longing to be possessed by her fierce warrior of a husband in whose eyes she could be just a sack of potatoes for all the interest he shows in her.For Travis the journey of discovering Crystal is a slow moving one With grief and love for his dead wife clouding his sense and judgement, Travis barely recognizes Crystal beyond what she provides for his son and it is a deep abiding respect for the woman who loves Jacob like her own that takes a hold of Travis at first Awareness about his wife whose beauty she tries so hard to keep hidden comes as a shock to someone who has sworn off caring for any woman and giving up his heart for fear that he would once again be subjected to that gut wrenching grief that had taken him over upon Elizabeth s death.Want and need which grows deeper by day war with Travis s need to keep his hands off Crystal who proves to becomealluring as days pass by until finally Travis concedes and gives into the raging inferno that has kept him hot enough to burn a hole through his bedding for the past couple of months Crystal who is so much in love with her strong and handsome husband who shows his kindness and gentleness in so many little ways couldn t be happier when Travis finally succumbs and shows her the wonders of giving herself completely to the man she loves.But Crystal and Travis s idyllic existence comes to an abrupt halt when Travis s past catches up with him, creating a chasm between husband and wife that continues to grow by the minute as both Crystal and Travis choose the opposite sides on a matter of upholding the law that shatters Crystal apart at the mere thought of being true to what she believes in and losing her Travis in the process In the end, Travis and Crystal s happily ever after when it comes is arewarding one because of their struggles and I loved each and every moment of the sensual and emotional discovery that took them to their final destination in the end.I think Travis Black Eagle is the closest I would come to in terms of getting a six foot plus hero who makes my heart go aflutter with his utter masculinity and strong character for my birthday Travis was worth each emotional upheaval I went through in the story, his strength, kindness and loyalty which just adds to his already strong appeal I loved him for the way he couldn t help but be drawn to the honest beauty that is Crystal and the way he seems to have a fascination for stroking Crystal s neck just makes shivers of the right kind run up and down my spine And lordy, did I love those hot kisses exchanged on their rides to and from their ranch into town, where every noble intention Travis has of staying away from Crystal seems to evaporate right in front of him.Crystal s character is an endearing one in itself because she stays true to who she is regardless of how torn apart she is when it comes to her views on upholding the law and the shades of grey that her husband tries to make her see that is the inevitable reality of life Her love for Jacob and her intense responsiveness towards Travis together with her fierce love for the both of them made her a heroine who earned all my earnest approval throughout the story.Comanche Eagle has whetted my appetite to read the other 2 books in the series, both of which promise to be excellent romances if the blurbs are anything to go by.Highly recommended for fans of historical romances with an American Indian setting, a brooding hero who just about takes your breath away and a love when it comes sweeps you away on a journey that will hold you enthralled till the very last page.I finish off my review with the scene from the story where Travis s hold on his tightly reined in control breaks when Crystal declares that it is because Travis finds her odious that he doesn t want anything to do with her need to have a baby of her own view spoilerCrossing the room to her with a determined gleam in his eye, he ducked a flying tin cup that struck behind him As she picked up a plate, his hand banded her wrist tightly His arm swept around her waist The last thing I find you is odious He ground out the words in a husky tone My God, Crystal His dark eyes held fires as he looked into her eyes He lowered his head, his mouth coming down over hers as his arm tightened and he pulled her against him.Stunned, Crystal had one moment of shock before a flooding wave of hot desire burst inside her with the press of his mouth on hers His lips were warm, tender, yet insistent His tongue was hot and wet against her mouth Her anger and argument went up in flames of passionhide spoiler So many unnecessary twists and turns Should have just stuck to a simple story about a grieving widower who finds love again.I found the Heroine s black and white rigid attitude to the truth very naive, highly irritating and dangerous especially as she was a Judge Also found it disappointing that she supposedly studied the law and was so proud of being the first female Justice of the Peace in the area but was so ready to give it all up to be a housewife Im in no way criticising anyone who make So many unnecessary twists and turns Should have just stuck to a simple story about a grieving widower who finds love again.I found the Heroine s black and white rigid attitude to the truth very naive, highly irritating and dangerous especially as she was a Judge Also found it disappointing that she supposedly studied the law and was so proud of being the first female Justice of the Peace in the area but was so ready to give it all up to be a housewife Im in no way criticising anyone who makes the choice to be a homemaker I just found the heroine inconsistent A sweet story but not enough action for me Was still good though Started skipping lines and pages so did not hold my attention well. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here I bought this book because I d enjoyed this author s contribution, LOVE S GIFT, to the AVON BOOKS PRESENTS UNDER THE MISTLETOE Christmas anthology and decided to give one of her full length romances a try And after reading the rave reviews on this page, COMANCHE EAGLE looked like a good place to start Unfortunately, this book did not fully live up to my expectations There were things to like about it, however, and I will mention them first One was that the author obviously did her historica I bought this book because I d enjoyed this author s contribution, LOVE S GIFT, to the AVON BOOKS PRESENTS UNDER THE MISTLETOE Christmas anthology and decided to give one of her full length romances a try And after reading the rave reviews on this page, COMANCHE EAGLE looked like a good place to start Unfortunately, this book did not fully live up to my expectations There were things to like about it, however, and I will mention them first One was that the author obviously did her historical research For instance, I didn t know that Wyoming was the first state to give women the right to vote and hold public office I felt that this premise was an interesting one, and well executed in this story The historical backdrop was well done, but didn t get too textbook However, I never really felt connected to the characters They just never came alive for me This was especially in the case of the hero I just never felt like I got a real feel for who he was deep down He came across asof the stereotype of the brooding, misunderstood hero of mixed blood, half of which was Native American It wasn t that he was a bad guy, or anything, I just never felt like I really knew him on anythingthan a superficial level While the heroine s character wasfully sketched, I found her quite annoying at times She had the irritating habit of viewing everything in black and white If something was law, then it had to be obeyed, even if the law is unjust For instance, they find an adolescent boy on their land so badly beaten that he s near death They nurse him back to health, but because he s a minor child, the law says that he is the property of his parents, even though his father is the one who beat him And the heroine is determined to obey the law and return the child to his father if the father comes to fetch him , because, well, it s the law Never mind that the law was clearly wrong A man does NOT have the right to beat his children, never has, even though the law used to say that he did The heroine was so rigid on this point that it really grated on my nerves after a while Slavery was not always illegal, either, but that didn t mean that the law was right or just The heroine was so unyielding that she basically didn t even have a struggle between her duty to the law and her conscience I would have liked for the author to use this conflict to really develop the heroine s character Instead, the heroine ended up sounding like a broken record with her constant but it s the law rhetoric Also, one other minor complaint this book needed better editing There were numerous grammar and punctuation mistakes, such as commas in places they shouldn t be, misused words eg there instead of their , and even misspelled ones at times And there were also some continuity problems For example, the baby is eating, he falls asleep, a paragraph later, he s still eating, and then in the next paragraph, he falls asleep again No mention is made of the baby waking up between those two instances of falling asleep so this sure looked like a mistake to me I don t blame the author for this as much as I blame the publisher editor, but still, these kinds of mistakes are very annoying because they jar the reader out of the story I might try another of Sara Orwig s books, but only if I find it at a garage sale or a thrift store Loved it A definite keeper 5 stars &READ EBOOK ⇻ Comanche Eagle ⇮ Holding Crystal Spencer s brother responsible for his wife s death during childbirth, Travis Black Eagle demands that Crystal marry him to care for his newborn son, and as society threatens to condemn them, they must put their faith in the fierce and passionate love that burns between them Original