Sweetwater Seduction

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Her rich titian hair in a bun, schoolmarm Eden Devlin was too tall and too doggone smart. Most men in Sweetwater wouldn't tangle with her. Until Burke Kerrigan rode into town. Big, hard, and handsome, he wore a pair of six-guns and a bold, lazy smile. He came to settle the war between the nesters and the ranchers, but soon had another challenge on his hands.
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Her rich titian hair in a bun, schoolmarm Eden Devlin was too tall and too doggone smart. Most men in Sweetwater wouldn't tangle with her. Until Burke Kerrigan rode into town. Big, hard, and handsome, he wore a pair of six-guns and a bold, lazy smile. He came to settle the war between the nesters and the ranchers, but soon had another challenge on his hands.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Johnston's ( Comanche Woman ) version of an Old West romance between a prissy schoolmarm and a jaded gunslinger is well paced and seldom takes itself seriously, the result being a palatable if unoriginal tale. It's 1880 in the Wyoming Territory, and the little town of Sweetwater is up in arms: the ranchers claim the farmers are rustling cattle and the farmers say the ranchers are destroying farm fences. Exasperated by these apparently insoluble problems, the town's ladies--prompted by the schoolteacher, Eden Devlin--adopt a scheme from the ancient Greek play Lysistrata: until the men abandon the hostilities, the women will abandon their husbands' beds. The ranchers bring in hired gun Burke Kerrigan to nab the rustlers. Irked by their wives' blackmail, they offer Burke an additional thousand dollars to seduce the meddling Miss Devlin. Burke's investigations ultimately reveal that appearances can deceive: a handful of Sweetwater's inhabitants aren't quite what they seem. Burke turns out to be more of a gentleman than he himself suspected, and Eden isn't nearly as starchy as she lets on. (Jan.)
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First published in 1991, this funny, fast-paced Western classic was inspired by Aristophanes's Lysistrata: the schoolmarm heroine convinces the women of Sweetwater to withhold sex in an effort to stop a range war. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780440205616
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 12/28/1990
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 374
  • Sales rank: 630,060
  • Product dimensions: 4.25 (w) x 7.88 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2008

    Worth the time

    It was a great story with great characters. I really could feel the chemistry of the characters and that always makes for a good read. Some of the secondary characters were just as appealing as the main characters. This book made a lazy Sunday afternoon delightful.

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  • Posted September 1, 2012

    Just missed it..................................................

    Just missed it...........................................................................................................................................................
    Not a real believable plot. Dull characters.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Lysistrata in the Wild West

    In 1880 in Sweetwater, Wyoming Territory, the ranchers and the farmers are on the verge of war. The ranchers assert that the farmers are stealing their cattle; the farmers declare that the ranchers are destroying their fences allowing their cattle to roam onto their land and devastate their crops. Neither side will bend............................... Disgusted with both groups and worried about her students especially the safety of the children of both sides, too tall and too tough for any male, spinster schoolmarm Eden Devlin borrows a concept from the classic Greek play Lysistrata. No sex until the dumb males come to their senses and end the hostilities before someone gets hurt. The ranchers hire gunslinger Burke Kerrigan to capture the rustlers and offer a bonus of one thousand dollars if he seduce Eden and thereby end the boycott. As Burke begins to uncover who is behind the troubles, he and Eden fall in love, but can a cynical gunslinger and a prim teacher find anything in common permanently?........................... Lysistrata in the Wild West is a terrific tale starring two likable individuals who are not quite the extreme stereotypes that everyone believes of both of them. The story line is typical of the range war theme, but is freshened up by the lead couple and a solid investigative subplot as Burke takes nothing at face value including the ranchers¿ insistence that the farmers are the rustlers. Fans of Joan Johnston will cherish this fine story while the award winning author should gain new recruits...................................... Harriet Klausner

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