Wednesday, March 30, 2016

A Taste of Fire by Hannah Howell

Title:  A Taste of Fire
Author:  Hannah Howell
Publication Date:  March 29/16 by Zebra (1st published 1988)
Length:  448pgs
Genre:  historical western romance
Shelf:  Netgalley
Rating: ★★★★

Back Cover Blurb:

Antonie Ramirez could ride and shoot as well as any man--and better than most. Now, the headstrong beauty had come to Texas to honor her father's last words: find the cattle rancher named Royal Bancroft and repay him for saving their lives long ago.

Royal Bancroft didn't know who was behind the outlaws trying to drive him off his land, but he would fight to the death rather than lose it. Yet with his sister and brother kidnapped, he felt defeat run through him like a chill wind…until a girl with cornsilk hair and a steady gunhand rode into his life.

Antonie was wild, hard, and hurting inside, and Royal knew from the moment he saw her, that if he tried to tame her, he'd break her spirit. Instead, he would let her ride with him as an equal partner and fight beside him for a future together…

My Review:

Howell combines epic romance with suspense and the danger of the Wild West in this re-issue of her debut novel. She brings it all to life in an unforgettable manner that held me thoroughly captivated. Vibrant descriptions bring the Old West to life in a way that is both easy to picture and to lose yourself in. The solid plot kept me on my toes while also drawing me in.

The characters in this novel were very well suited to their roles. The intricate character development shows both what the world sees and the intricacies that individuals keep to themselves and their closest acquaintances. Not only did I fall in love with the main characters, I really enjoyed getting to know the rest of the cast as well. Not only did Howell bring forth a variety of personalities, but she also brings readers into an array of different lifestyles. It was a unique combination that had me intrigued.

This novel is a great show of Howell’s writing & I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to those who love a good old western romance.

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