Behind His Blue Eyes [NOOK Book]

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Award-winning author Kaki Warner gives fans a reason to celebrate with the first in a brand-new Western trilogy set in Heartbreak, Colorado, starring an advance man for the railroad—and the woman whose trust (and heart) he longs to win. For fans of Linda Lael Miller and Jodi Thomas...

Hoping to escape his past, Ethan Hardesty left a career as an architect and went to work for the railroad. Only two things impede his desire to transform ...
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Behind His Blue Eyes

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Overview

Award-winning author Kaki Warner gives fans a reason to celebrate with the first in a brand-new Western trilogy set in Heartbreak, Colorado, starring an advance man for the railroad—and the woman whose trust (and heart) he longs to win. For fans of Linda Lael Miller and Jodi Thomas...

Hoping to escape his past, Ethan Hardesty left a career as an architect and went to work for the railroad. Only two things impede his desire to transform Heartbreak Creek into a thriving town once again—a vandal bent on stopping the railroad, and the beautiful but hardheaded woman who won’t sign over the final right-of-way through the canyon.

Audra Pearsall has good reason for not allowing a train to pass within yards of her home, no matter how persuasive the handsome Mr. Hardesty can be. But when vandalism escalates to murder and fear stalks the canyon, Audra doesn’t know who to turn to—until the man she thought was her friend proves to be an enemy, and the man she wouldn’t allow herself to trust becomes her reluctant hero…
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Warner’s 19th-century trilogy launch highlights romance and turmoil in a small Colorado town. Desperate to hide her father’s dementia and avoid an unwanted suitor, Audra Pearsall travels from Baltimore to Heartbreak Creek, Colo., with her father and two family servants. The cabin her father inherited is small and unkempt, as is the town, and Audra appreciates the help of railroad advance man Ethan Hardesty, who comes to her rescue more than once. As Audra learns to adapt to her new surroundings, she quickly makes friends with other residents of Heartbreak Creek who help her find employment to support her wayward family. Accidents and unexplained deaths haunt the town, and Ethan is determined to find the culprits while keeping Audra safe. Though Ethan is haunted by his past and reluctant to get close to any woman, he’s drawn to Audra’s beauty and pluck. Warner deftly combines romance with a hint of mystery in a neat package with a promise of more to come. (Aug.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101599181
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 8/6/2013
  • Series: Heroes of Heartbreak Creek
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 77,141
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author


Kaki Warner is a RITA-winning author and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest. Although she now lives on the eastern slopes of the Cascade Mountains in Washington, Kaki grew up in the Southwest and is a proud graduate of the University of Texas. She spends her time gardening, reading, writing, and making lists of stuff for her husband to do, all while soaking in the view from the deck of her hilltop cabin. 
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  • Posted August 19, 2013

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    Reviewed by Guest Reviewer/Kimberly & posted at Under the Co

    Reviewed by Guest Reviewer/Kimberly & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog

    Audra Pearsall decides to move her “family” to Heartbreak Creek from Baltimore, Maryland after trying to her her father’s malady from some business associates. You see, since Audra’s father began suffering from dementia, Audra has been rather successfully publishing works in her father’s name for the Baltimore Society of Learned Historians. Instead of being caught, possibly arrested and having her father discredited, she makes the journey to the Colorado Territory to begin a new life with her father, and motley crew of her adopted family. On the way to Heartbreak Creek, Audra’s wagon breaks a wheel, which leads her to meet the indomitable, Ethan Hardesty, who against his better judgement, helps the irksome but interesting Audra out of her tight spot.

    The handsome Ethan Hardesty has issues of his own. Leaving a brilliant career as a talented architect and going to work for the Railroad is his way of running away from them. When he meets the quirky Audra he doesn’t know which way is up, especially when his job is to try to get the Pearsalls to leave their property to the Railroad. In addition, someone has been sabotaging the work the Railroad has been making and it’s Ethan’s job to find out who is at fault.

    Audra and her crew settle in Heartbreak Creek and attempt to make a good life, but everyday is a new trial when Audra’s father can’t even remember Audra is his daughter and he consistently wanders off. Ethan becomes her life-saver of sorts.

    When the continual acts of vandalism on the Railroad turns into murder, with Ethan becoming a suspect, Audra finds herself confused about whether to truly trust this man she has begun to have feelings for, or to believe that he is one of the bad guys.

    Behind his Blue Eyes (The Heroes of Heartbreak Creek) by Kaki Warner is an entertaining read. Kaki is a fabulous writer and I fell in love with her books last year. I really like Audra, she has a fierce sense of loyalty to her family members, whether by blood, or just by acceptance. She always thinks of everyone else before herself and it sometimes is to her detriment. Ethan may be one of my favorite heroes. While blaming himself for a death in his past, he holds so much internally. Audra brings out the best… or the worst in him and their discovery of one another makes His Blue Eyes a really great read.

    *ARC provided by publisher

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  • Posted October 20, 2014

    This is my first book by Kaki Warner.  How could her stories hav

    This is my first book by Kaki Warner.  How could her stories have escaped my notice for so long?  I can’t believe how wonderful her writing is.  Western historical romance at its very, very best.  And the length of this story was just long enough so that the background, character building, and the story of and romance between Ethan and Audra were colorful and complete.  There was even a mystery and danger that left this reader guessing for awhile until a solution was reached.  Absolutely wonderful storytelling!  I couldn’t put the book down once I started it and even stayed up late a couple of nights to finish it.  I’m so glad Ms. Warner has written numerous books so that I have a lot of reading to catch up on and enjoy.    I recommend this story highly.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2013

    Get excited we're back in Heartbreak Creek!

    A new series that includes all of our favorite couples from Heartbreak Creek, I can't wait for the next book in the Heroes of Heartbreak Creek series.

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  • Posted August 23, 2013

    Another lovely read by Kaki Warner.  Once again, she is able to

    Another lovely read by Kaki Warner.  Once again, she is able to put the reader right back in time in Heartbreak Creek, along with all of her other wonderful characters.

    I've yet to find another author who can out write Kaki in her action scenes.  They are vivid and wonderfully detailed.  With the action picked up, so did my heart rate!  The pacing is perfect.

    Audra and Ethan are a great addition to the stable of fun and memorable characters that Kaki has already introduced us to.  If you are looking for a sweet historical romance, do give this one a try!

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  • Posted August 7, 2013

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    Overall Rating:  3.85 // Action: 3.0 / Emotion: 3.0 / Romance: 3

    Overall Rating:  3.85 // Action: 3.0 / Emotion: 3.0 / Romance: 3.0 / Sensuous: 0.5 / Suspense: 4.0 // Historical Flavor: 4.0 // Laughter: 2 / Grins: 4 // Tears: 0 / Teary: 0
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    Important Note:
    This review is based upon the "Advanced Reader Copy".
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    Behind His Blue Eyes: 3.85:
    Another of Kaki Warner's well-written, entertaining books.  Must blame the lack of total enjoyment in this book not on the writing or on the story line, but on the frame of mind of this reader.  This book is well worth reading, but, sadly, it lacked that intense emotional connection to the protagonists that makes for a truly excellent read.
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    Hero: 3.0:
    Ethan Hardesty:  It was difficult to understand where Ethan was coming from, thus difficult to form a cohesive connection with him.  Yes, it was wonderful to read about a handsome honorable hero who wanted to make things right and to look after the people in his care, but the lack of background information about Ethan before his disastrous encounter with Eunice Eckhart three years ago left behind a feeling of incompleteness.
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    Heroine: 3.0:
    Audra Pearsall:  Did not feel a connection to this spunky, forthright heroine who was given a very full plate to handle.  She {1} was the sole support of four, {2} was not willing to institutionalize her father who was suffering from dementia, {3} was falling in love with a railroad man, and {4} was learning how to become friends with the women of Heartbreak Creek.
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    Story Line: 4.0:
    Very intricate, detailed story line featuring {1} a man who suffered a debilitating blow during his first venture into love, {2} a Baltimore woman who must move her unique family to the almost ghost town of Heartbreak Creek, Colorado, and {3} a villain who is trying to stop the railroad from laying track through the area.
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    Action: 3.0:
    There was not an over-abundance of the wild, wild west kind of action taking place.  The book featured a more sedate, but steady pace of the everyday occurrences that were happening in currently bedeviled efforts to build a railway line through Heartbreak Creek Canyon.
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    Emotion: 3.0:
    Sadly neither Ethan nor Audra inspired that deep emotional connection between reader and character that makes for an excellent read.
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    Romance: 3.0:
    The romance that developed between Ethan, who was feeling unworthy, and Audra, who was more concerned with taking care of her family was nicely interwoven throughout the tale.
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    Sensuous: 0.5:
    As expected, this book features more innuendo than sensuality.  No spice or sizzle in the love scene.
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    Suspense: 4.0:
    Warner included a variety of different intriguing threads in the story that increased the suspenseful nature of the plot; namely, {1} a vindictive former suitor, {2} a slowly-revealed story about a former lover, {3} a villain's efforts to stop the railroad, {4} a whip-wielding foreman, and {5} a biased newspaperman.
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    Secondary Characters:  3.0:
    Warner did an admirable job of developing certain secondary characters to such a degree that they inspired laughter (Doctor Boyce) and an interest in reading their story (Rayford "Rafe" Jessup).  On the other hand, there were certain other key characters that felt under-developed and under-described (Professor Pearsall, Curtis and Winnie Abraham).  The inclusion of characters that were introduced in Warner's 'The Runaway Brides Trilogy' added a 'back home' flavor to the story.
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    Historical Flavor:  4.0:
    Warner does an excellent job of describing the Colorado countryside and featuring the problems railroad men faced during the construction process.  Warner successfully took readers back to 1871, but there were times when actions and words from the characters felt a bit modern.
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    See Wolf Bear Does Books for a more in-depth, detailed review of *Behind His Blue Eyes*.
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