Written in the Stars [NOOK Book]


The star of a Wild West show falls for its savage new attraction

Though one of the most experienced political operatives in Washington, senator’s aide Diane Buchanan is a cowgirl at heart. Raised by a showman to rope, ride, and shoot, she returns home when she learns her family’s western show is in danger of folding. With her skills as a trick rider, Colonel Buck Buchanan’s...
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The star of a Wild West show falls for its savage new attraction

Though one of the most experienced political operatives in Washington, senator’s aide Diane Buchanan is a cowgirl at heart. Raised by a showman to rope, ride, and shoot, she returns home when she learns her family’s western show is in danger of folding. With her skills as a trick rider, Colonel Buck Buchanan’s Wild West Show finds new life. But it isn’t until the “Redman of the Rockies” arrives that the profits begin to roll in.
The captured man was raised by the Shoshoni, doesn’t understand English, and refuses the trappings of western civilization. But Diane sees past his rough edges, recognizing the so-called “Redman” as a sensitive soul who has been unfairly imprisoned. Hoping to learn the captive’s secrets, she sets him free—embarking a passionate adventure that will change both of their lives forever.

The award-winning author of The Legend of Love delivers a tempestuous historical romance set in the Colorado Rockies. Diane Buchannan's breathtaking riding skills draw huge crowds at the Wild West Show, as does the "Redman of the Rockies, " a captured "savage." When Diane recklessly sets him free, he sweeps her away to the mountains--and to a love greater than any show on Earth. Original.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Disillusioned and restless in the stifling society of late-1800s Washington, D.C., Diane Buchannan has ditched her prestigious job as a senator's aide to head west and join up with her grandfather's ailing Wild-West show. There she meets Ben Star, forced into captivity and billed as ``the Redman of the Rockies.'' Calling on her earlier training as a stunt rider, Diane becomes one of the show's main attractions. Though she's warned against having contact with Ben, Diane finds herself immediately attracted to him and can't resist the temptation to visit his cage whenever she gets a chance. As the rejuvenated show begins to rake in profits, Diane's disgust at the abuse that is meted out to the captive surmounts her happiness in her grandfather's success, and she plans to set Ben free. Though formulaic and dogged by a running log of rippling muscles and flowing tresses and the obvious fact that Ben and Diane are destined to get together, Ryan's ( The Legend of Love ) historical tale, carefully written and flavored with captivating images of the West near the turn of the century, ultimately delivers satisfaction. (Jan.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781453282434
  • Publisher: Open Road Media
  • Publication date: 10/23/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 434
  • Sales rank: 396,436
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Nan Ryan is an award-winning historical romance author. The daughter of a Texas rancher, she began writing in 1981, inspired by a Newsweek article about women who traded corporate careers for the craft of romantic fiction. She found success with her second novel, Kathleen’s Surrender (1983), a story of a Southern belle’s passionate affair with a mysterious gambler. Ryan continued writing romances, publishing novels such as Silken Bondage (1989), The Scandalous Miss Howard (2002), and The Countess Misbehaves (2000). Her husband, Joe Ryan, is a television executive, and his career has taken them all over the country, with each new town providing fodder for Ryan’s stories.  
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2012

    No depth to the characters...

    The book was decent, but the characters didn't really have depth to them. They reminded me of shallow teenagers. Author also used the same inner dialogue word for word for each main character, several times, instead of coming up with something original. Not a book a highly recommend.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    powerful historical romance

    In 1895, Benjamin Star leaves San Francisco for Denver at about the same time that Diane Buchannan leaves DC for the Mile High City. Benjamin was raised by the Shoshoni who rescued him from a fire as an infant, travels like a native; Diane rides the train to join her grandparents who raised her when her parents died. Diane plans to help her beloved family with the financially failing ¿Colonel Buck Buchannan¿s Wild West Show¿ as a trick rider and lariat artist. Employees of the show led by the Cherokee Kid bring in a savage dubbed ¿the Redman of the Rockies¿. Though afraid of him, Diane feels sorry for the captive. Unable to ignore the ignorant brute, she frees him, but he abducts her. On their trek she pleads with the ¿Beast¿ to free her when he suddenly speaks perfect English because he is Benjamin. After overcoming the shock that he is not some feral savage, Diane frees the attraction she hid from herself and soon she and Benjamin fall in love. However, the nasty Cherokee Kid wants Diane for himself and he will not stop until he kills the Beast and takes the Beauty his style. Indian romance readers will gain much pleasure from Nan Ryan¿s latest tale, WRITTEN IN THE STARS that is more of a westernized Beauty and the Beast. The action-packed story line never slows down even before the abduction. The lead couple is a delight and most of the support cast provides depth to their personalities. However, the Cherokee Kid is so nasty he subtracts from a powerful historical romance. Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2002


    This is a well - written compassionate book. Nan Ryan indulges in great imagery and stabalized sequelism througout a well spun story! I loved it.

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    Posted March 6, 2013

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