Dark Sun Rising [NOOK Book]


His sin is the color of his skin. Her love is his salvation…and the greatest danger.

Life in a mountain town is hard for gently raised Charlotte Phillips, who has come to Hatchet Creek to help run her cousin’s emporium. When her cousin suddenly dies, she learns just how rough-and-tumble is the life of a business owner—especially when she steps in to stop the brutal whipping of a local colored man.

Avery Samms made the mistake of rejecting the ...

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Dark Sun Rising

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His sin is the color of his skin. Her love is his salvation…and the greatest danger.

Life in a mountain town is hard for gently raised Charlotte Phillips, who has come to Hatchet Creek to help run her cousin’s emporium. When her cousin suddenly dies, she learns just how rough-and-tumble is the life of a business owner—especially when she steps in to stop the brutal whipping of a local colored man.

Avery Samms made the mistake of rejecting the advances of a married white woman, and he pays with the flesh on his back. With no doctor in town, he’s sure a slow agonizing death is his fate. Until a beautiful angel shocks everyone—especially Avery—by taking him home. Her heart may be in the right place, but now her business, even her very life, is in danger.

As Avery recovers, their connection grows stronger every day. There’s passion in her eyes, and purity in her heart that heals soul-deep wounds no one can see. One moment of irresistible desire bonds them in forbidden love.

Even as they plan to escape to a far-off haven, jealousy and revenge threaten to rip their world apart. Under a savage western sun, they must fight for their love…and their very lives.

This book has been previously published and has been revised and expanded from its original release.

Warning: This book contains a gorgeous hero and a spirited heroine, pistol slinging, knife wielding, bigotry, bad guys, bad language, and smokin' hot love scenes.

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Publishers Weekly
Bonita (Killer Appeal) sets this poignant, heartwarming story in the California mountains in what appears to be the late 19th century, and fills it with engaging characters, gritty dialogue, smoking-hot love scenes, and western action. Emporium owner Charlotte Phillips and former Buffalo Soldier Avery Samms meet under the most unusual circumstances: Charlotte takes her mother’s advice “to be strong in the face of danger, and when the time arises to forget about being a lady,” and courageously throws her body across Avery’s to save him from a savage whipping. The strong-willed white woman and prideful black man soon begin a passionate forbidden relationship. The appearance of Charlotte’s racist fiancé, an ambush shoot-out, and a scene-stealing lovable guard dog add to the humor and dramatic tension. Readers who thrive on stories of empowered women and sexy, brooding men will savor this historical tale of interracial love. (Oct.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781619211636
  • Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 10/9/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 120
  • Sales rank: 1,063,573
  • File size: 2 MB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2014

    Simple romance story, not much depth

    This plot has so much potential. It seemed rushed and amaturish. But for a quick read : not bad. Not realistic and possibly offensive to african americans. The savior/angel white woman and lowly / grateful black man was a bit overdone.

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  • Posted October 9, 2012

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    Good characters and good story, but not a good as it could be

    Dark Sun Rising is a difficult book for me to rate because I was torn in two different directions throughout most of the book. I guess the best way for me to explain it is to break it down into what I liked and what I didn't like. What I liked: - Avery is a great character. The first time the reader meets him, he is being whipped in the street for a crime he did not commit. Seeing a strong, vibrant man so vulnerable and helpless pulled at me. How could I not immediately fall for a guy like Avery? The more I got to know him, the more I liked him. - Charlotte is just as likeable. I love smart, strong women that I can respect and Charlotte fits into that very well. She knows exactly what she wants and she is willing to fight for it. I admire a woman willing to stand up for what she believes in and refuses to back down under opposing pressure. - The sex scenes are out of this world. These are some of the best sex scenes I've read in a long time, they're smoking hot! What bothered me: - For being such well-rounded characters, there are times when they're terribly one dimensional. Avery and Charlotte were well developed in the beginning and then once I got to the end, the action overtook the characters. They lost some of their depth and faded into the background. - As the story progressed, Charlotte lost some of the humanity that initially drew me in. Her reactions to events felt wrong at times. They were over small, insignificant things, but they didn't strike me as how a real person would react. - The social etiquette didn't feel right for the historical setting. Charlotte felt like a modern woman being forced into a historical role. - The other thing that bothered me was the bad language. I thought the dialogue was surprisingly crude for ladies of that time period. This is surprising because I enjoy dirty talk in sex scenes and in general I use quite colorful language myself. I'm not sure what the problem was, but the foul language in the historical context didn't work for me. None of these problems are huge on their own. When taken as a whole, they were a constant distraction which kept pulling me out of the story. A 2.5 rating for me generally means I wasn't into the book, either the characters or the plot didn't catch my attention and overall the book was just OK. That is NOT the case with Dark Sun Rising. The basis of this story is very good, it's just buried under a lot of muck that kept pulling me out of the story. In the end, I was left feeling that better editing would have helped this book realize its full potential. This book was reviewed for Seductive Musings blog. A copy of the book was provided to me by either the author or the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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