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for her ntire life and doesn t like her Dance Real Slow entire life and doesn t like to touch her Understandable Notven a month later the her This is a strange story from a woman who has written a generous number of really great books This isn t one of them The story started out with an interesting premise but dipped into tedium rather soonKatie is running away from the only home she s known when her mother died she was handed over to the Schrader s who promptly turned her into a slave for 12 years When she gets to town she realizes the only job open to her is in a saloonWhen she arrives in the saloon she is immediately befriended by John Roper the foreman at a local ranch When he sees the bruises and find Heroine was just too too too unbelievably naive Couldn t suspend my disbelief and life s too short to read books "You Constantly Want To Throw "constantly want to throw the room Eden was my first book from this genre and I loved it It didn t start out that way though The story is set in Eden Dakota in 1890 and the hero and heroine meet in the first few pages Katie stumbles into a seedy bar to The Art of Memoir escape the cold of night and is saved from the advances of several bar rats by John Roper He s a local rancher and well respected within the community We discover Katie not yetighteen is running away from her abusive foster parents John immediately notices the bruises all over her and the fact that she doesn t appear to have a single worldly possession other than the clothes on her back and he makes her an offer she s in no position to refuse Katie agrees to live with John as his housekeeper and cook He seems to believe himself when he assures the locals he s intentions are pure of course we know it ain t gonna stay that wayThings begin very slowly Katie is afraid of any man s touch whatever his intention because she s been physically abused at the hands of a man for so long John s intentions are innocent nough to start off with and he just wants her to be able to with and he just wants her to be able to near men without fear wants her to know good men xist and that he s one of them It s all about building trust and he determines to protect this innocent girl with very ounce of his being All is well until they hit some hurdles namely a bad bout of jealousy on John s part that threatens. Er alone to face a roomful of rowdy cowboys and whatever desperate circumstances had brought her there in the first placeBut how he got from those first thoughts to making her his wife was something he ,
Bruised and battered Katie stumbles into the Dogleg Saloon John #Roper Realizes That She Needs Help And Takes Her To #realizes that she needs help and takes her to kitchen where the cook feeds and tends to her When they realize she needs protection John offers her a job as his housekeeper on the ranch where he is foreman Katie is not uite 18 and innocent the daughter of a deceased prostitute who was given into the Schrader s care when her mother died They treated "her as slave labor and now Jacob was trying to get "as slave labor and now Jacob was trying to get her bed so far his wife had caught him so she ran The story is mostly set on the ranch with Katie learning what kindness is and determined to do a good job in xchange Jacob Agnes try to get her back which results in Katie and John marrying to protect her John is a widower whose former wife was unfaithful resulting in a disease that killed her His lack of trust is the second issue of the story Both of these people come into their own during the story Good story I had 1 issue with the story It is stated at the beginning that it is set in Eden Dakota Territory in 1890 And Dakota Territory is mentioned throughout the story I am doing a 50 state challenge and wanted to determine which Dakota to use for this book I figured Eden was fictitious and there was no major geographical or other town given so I would nd up just picking one To my amazement when I Googled Eden Dakota Territory 1890 I found there was an Eden
township in North Dakota but also that North and South Dakota got their statehood in January of 1889 and therein North Dakota but also that North and South Dakota got their statehood in January of 1889 and there no Dakota Terr trigger view spoilerPhysical Abuse H leaving bruises and forcing himself on h hide spoiler Don t waste your timeWorst book ver Which is too bad because I have really liked some of her other books I couldn t PostgreSQL Server Programming - Second Edition even finish this one No plot to speak of A boring Stepford like wife and herually boring husband I kept waiting for this story to go somewhere Never did Don t waste your time with this one I really liked this book The H and the h both had some issues his first wife cheated on him and she was the daughter of a prostitute known and the saloon owner unknown who had been given to a couple who purportedly wanted children but in reality wanted cheap slave labor The H seemed to not b This was one of the absolute worst books I ve ver read I wanted to finish it for the pure fact of finishing it It started off really well and that s why I started reading It just gets worse and worse the Something about the woman hit John Roper hard right in the gut She was frightened her face bruised yet her inner beauty and bravery were immediately apparent And there was no way in hell he was leaving To undo the trust he and Katie have worked so hard to build There is also the reappearance of Katie s abusive foster parents who are set on revenge at any cost Mixed in with the bad is the Good The Welcome Arrival Of Katie S the welcome arrival of Katie s Jane also scaping the abusive foster parents Berta the motherly ranch cook who takes Katie under her wing the appearance of Katie s previously unknown father and a very special surprise arrival Somewhere in all of that Katie and John fall in love and surprise
surprise they get their long awaited happily ver after Now I havethey get their long awaited happily ver after Now I have be honest I was disappointed with this book as I was reading the first 50 or 60 pages I felt that the author short changed the characters by not providing nough of their histories which made it difficult for me to motionally connect with them And then towards the nd I was frustrated with Katie s character because of her foolishness in one particular situation BUT for all of my complaints damn if I couldn t put this book down I really liked it The author went on to build on the character s histories developed their relationships added some solid secondary characters and it all just grew on me Well worth the read and I ll certainly be reading of Carolyn Davidson s books Ok I think this is what I had nvisioned for a Harleuin book damsel in distress saved by hunky hero fall in love the The Road From Home: The Story Of An Armenian Girl end Well the damsel is somewhat in distress but who is also UNBELIEVABLY naive and is saved by a very reluctant hero whom said damsel is very trusting with Despite this and the fact it could have done with some majorditing it s an Exile and Pilgrim engagingnough read The writing is nothing to speak of but suitable nough to capture the feeling of 1890s North Dakota and the ssence of life at a ranchI also have to point out my incredulity to have read an ENTIRE chapter devoted to foreplay I was really uick on the draw to DNF this mostly because of writing style a lot of tell over show and the fact that the heroine is young 18 and Hannah Montana: The Movie escaping an abusive foster parent situation I get that her options arextremely limited but she s awful trusting of the hero she just met specially since she ran away when her foster father kept trying to climb into her bed Also there s child like innocent young girl descriptors used often to describe the heroine andno Just no A 18 year old girl hooking up for an older man the hero may be historical accurate but doesn t mean I want to read it. As still wrestling with the next day He knew he'd put his life on the line to protect her But would a man who knew nothing about being a husband ver be able to give Katie the happy nding she so deserve.