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The Darkest Heart
     

The Darkest Heart

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by Brenda Joyce
 

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She was called the Belle of the Southwest.

Beautiful Candice Carter enjoyed the attentions of every eligible man in the New Mexico Territory, until her reckless heart led her to near death in the desert. But rescue came from Jack Savage, the hard-muscled Indian warrior who both terrified and fascinated her. Suddenly she was at the mercy of an

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She was called the Belle of the Southwest.

Beautiful Candice Carter enjoyed the attentions of every eligible man in the New Mexico Territory, until her reckless heart led her to near death in the desert. But rescue came from Jack Savage, the hard-muscled Indian warrior who both terrified and fascinated her. Suddenly she was at the mercy of an arrogant outsider whose forbidden passion she dared not admit she wanted to taste.

He was called Savage.

From the moment he saw her, Jack branded Candice his woman. No matter that he could hang for touching her. Nothing could stop him from making her his reluctant bride. Vowing to teach her every sensual pleasure, he set out to tame the fiery spirit of the blond beauty who had stolen his soul. But as war raged between the white man and the Apache, he found himself torn between duty to his people and a forbidden love he could not resist and could not live without.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307569356
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/22/2010
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
432
Sales rank:
355,408
File size:
3 MB

Meet the Author

Known primarily for her historical romances, Brenda Joyce is the author of the bestselling and critically acclaimed de Warenne series, as well as the Deadly series and the Dark series. She has written over 50 novels and novellas and there are more than 14 million copies of her books in print. An avid equestrian, Joyce lives on a ranch in Arizona with her family.

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Darkest Heart 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
1lovealways More than 1 year ago
Recently I re-read this book and I still love it! This is the story of Jack Savage and Candice Carter. Jack is a half-breed, part Indian and part White, kidnapped by the Apaches when he was a child and raised by them. He is at war with the two cultures within himself. Candice is the daughter of a White rancher. She has prejudices of her own against Indians. She runs away with her fiance, who promises to marry her just to get her away from her family and use her for his own purposes. Candice finds out about this and runs away from him thinking she killed him. Lost in the desert, she is rescued by Jack, who nurses her back to health. Candice is grateful to Jack for helping her, but afraid of him because he is part Indian, even though he has promised to see her home. During their time together, Jack is attacked by a large cat and hurt. Candice takes care of him, but when he seems better, Candice steals his horse while he is asleep and heads for home, leaving him in the desert. She never counts on Jack coming after his belongings, which of course is what he does. When Candice shows up at her home, she is questioned by her father and three brothers about what happened to her, but she lies and tell them that someone killed her husband and she got away. She never mentions Jack saving her in the desert. When he shows up asking for his horse, her brothers are appalled, because Jack is a half-breed. He says that she stole his horse. Candice confesses that he saved her life and she stole his horsee, but that he didn't harm her in any way. It doesn't matter. Being alone with him has compromised her reputation, because he is a half-breed. They want him gone, but being hurt and weak from loss of blood, he collapses and is taken to the barn. Feeling bad about what she did, Candice begs her brothers to take care of Jack's wounds, never knowing that no one has helped him at all until she sneaks into the barn that night and finds him bleeding and lying on a bed of straw. She takes care of him herself and is discovered by her brother Luke who has a little leniency toward Jack. He promises to see to his wounds and not tell the other brothers and their father, if Candice will stay away from the barn where Jack is. She agrees to do this. Much to her dismay, it has spread all over town what happended to her and her reputation is now in shreds. She ignores all of this knowing that she owes Jack for saving her life and wants to do the right thing. She checks on Jack again and finds him tied up. She unties him and he kisses her. She does nothing to stop him and wants the kiss as much as he does. She helps him to escape and thinks that this is the last time she will ever she him. Needless to say it is not the last time their paths will cross. This is a story of prejudice, war and the love of a lifetime that overcame it all. If you like stong, handsome, sexy heros and beautiful heroines with strength and courage, you'll love this book. It is as good today as it was when it first came out. Enjoy!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Part of the Bragg series. This is about Jack and Candace. Their son Shoz is the 'hero' of her book 'The Fires of Paradise'. Mass market version of this book is out of print but new version available trade size. SHE WAS CALLED THE BELL OF THE SOUTHWEST Beautiful Candice Carter enjoyed the attentions of every eligible man in the New Mexico Territory, until her reckless heart led her to near death in the desert. But rescue came from a savage...Jack Savage, the hard-muscled Indian warrior who both terrified and fascinated her. Suddenly she was at the mercy of an arrogant halfbreed whose forbidden passion she dared not admit she wanted to taste. HE WAS CALLED SAVAGE From the moment he saw her, Jack branded Candice his woman. No matter that he had chosen the Indian way...no matter that he could hang for touching her. nothing could stop him from making her his reluctant bride. Vowing to teach her every sensual pleasure, he set out to tame the fiery spirit of the blond beauty who had stolen his soul. But as war raged between the white man and the Apache, he found himself torn between duty to his people and a forbidden love he could not resist and could not live without.
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