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Posted May 8, 2012
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Callie’s Honor is a wonderful historical novel; the mixture of intrigue, adventure and romance makes it stay in readers’ minds long after the last page is turned.
The plot was highly entertaining; there were a few very nice additions and changes to the rather common format of Western historical romance novels, which made the novel feel very fresh despite the popularity of the genre. Though, despite this many of the ‘twists and turns’ in the plotline were actually quite predictable; it would have been even more enjoyable if some events hadn’t been hinted at quite as much as they were, since because of that it made it impossible for readers to be surprised when the truth of events were revealed.
The main characters were both written very realistically, with flaws and weaknesses, which made them both very interesting and likable. However, with the exception of some rather unsavoury characters, there weren’t many secondary characters with proper roles in the novel, which was a shame since the inclusion of a few more important secondary characters could have helped with the issue of the predictability of the plot.
The two main character’s relationship was very nicely written; it was good that it strengthen over time and didn’t progress too fast. This was true to the characters since it would have been unrealistic if they rushed into a relationship too quickly because of each of theirs’ pasts.
Despite these few minor flaws in the novel, Callie’s Honor was an excellent historical romance and highly enjoyable to read.
Posted October 26, 2011
You live alone in the middle of nowhere trying to make a life for yourself when a stranger rides up to your home towing a lost cow that you know is yours. Do you welcome him, shun him or fear him?Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Of course, you welcome him and thank him.all the while aiming your shot gun at him. That is how Callie Lambert met Rafe Millar. Rafe is not here accidentally.he is here to avenge the death of his brother at the hands of Callie's neighbor and his two sons. Knowing that Callie is recently widowed and in need of some extra help with her ranch only made the trip a little easier for Rafe. This is the only way to get close to Denzell and prove he is a murderer. So a night sleeping in her barn in exchange for some small chores around the ranch lead to a longer stay. So why does he make her so unsettled?
Surviving a nightmare of a marriage to a drunken, abusive man, freedom was all Callie was looking for, not the stirring that came each time Rafe was around. Not to mention her distaste for the pursuits of her neighbor, who just happens to want her land. His concern for her, his constant offers of purchase... what does it hold that he wants it so badly? But confusion and accusations about Rafe's true identity, a hasty marriage and an unexpected arrival all pull together to ensure that Rafe will find out!
Callie is a survivor, a product of her determination to build her life for herself and no one else. The emotional and physical scars she carries are crying out for the right man to remove. However, Rafe is a man on a mission. But Callie's presence puts a roadblock on his plans for revenge. He is kind, caring, almost to a fault but determined to protect her while trying to follow his own destiny. Their chemistry is shouting out from the very first time they meet and never cools, it just steadily simmers until it finally boils over.
Kathleen Lawless is a new author to me and I enjoyed this story very much. She does the dynamics of a new relationship so well that you are drawn in instantly, with no thought of leaving. She keeps the tension steady and the desire unrelenting throughout without so much as a detour no matter what circumstances are thrown to our unprepared lovers. And believe me; some of the curve balls unexpected and just add to the enjoyment of the storyline.
If you have not been introduced to the works of Kathleen Lawless, this is an excellent place to start, just like I did!! You will not regret it.
originally posted at the Long and Short of It Romance Reviews