Terms of Surrender

Terms of Surrender

by Shirl Henke

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Terms of Surrender by Shirl Henke


The roguishly handsome Welshman Rhys Davies owned half of Starlight, Colorado, within weeks of riding into town. But there was one "property" he would give all the rest to possess.


Victoria Lawton, the glacially beautiful daughter of Starlight’s first family, detested Rhys’s flamboyant arrogance. But worse yet, she was shocked by her own most unladylike response to his compelling masculinity.


To win the lady, the gambler would wager his heart, risk his life…and hope that the devil did indeed take care of his own.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940015094336
Publisher: Shirl Henke
Publication date: 08/30/2012
Series: Colorado Couplet , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 599,888
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

SHIRL HENKE lives in St. Louis, where she enjoys gardening in her yard and greenhouse, cooking holiday dinners for her family and listening to jazz. In addition to helping brainstorm and research her books, her husband Jim is “lion tamer” for their two wild young tomcats, Pewter and Sooty, geniuses at pillage and destruction.
Shirl has been a RITA finalist twice, and has won three Career Achievement Awards, an Industry Award and three Reviewer’s Choice Awards from Romantic Times.
“I wrote my first twenty-two novels in longhand with a ballpoint pen—it’s hard to get good quills these days,” she says. Dragged into the twenty-first century by her son Matt, a telecommunication specialist, Shirl now uses two of those “devil machines.” Another troglodyte bites the dust. Please visit her at www.shirlhenke.com.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has what I've come to expect from Henke--titillating love scenes, lots of adventure, a crew of colorful and interesting characters (a boxing nun no less), and a vivid sense of place. It is set in the Colorado silver rush of the 1880s. The hero is a loveable bad boy, a Welsh gambler. The heroine is a very confused girl who has been raised by a couple of snobs. (That's what Steve Loring calls them when he is talking with his wife Cass.) Hedda Stoddard, Tory's mother, has tried to shape her daughter after herself and she is a piece of work, a manipulative, ice cold, hypocrite. But all she has done is mess up the girl who is naturally decent, passionate, and compassionate. The problem is that every time Tory feels any of those emotions she is ashamed because a real "lady" would not respond in such shameless ways--and she does respond to Rhys, even when she tells herself she hates him. Of course, Rhys doesn't help matters along much with his self-assured arrogance. But things work out, as Henke always makes it do, and Tory winds up saving her husband's life at some danger to herself (can't give details here cause it would spoil the ending). And you have the marvelous cast of characters who can be counted on for some raucous fun. Surely, some of these folks were real life historical figures. They seem so vivid. Anyway, it all adds up to another very solid read from a talented writer of the old school.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I first read the Colorado Couplet years ago (see review of Terms of Love), I did not see that the heroines are really two sides of the same coin, both being shaped by their parents and both the worse for it. Victoria of Terms of Surrender has been fashioned by her mother to be the perfect Victorian lady--cool, passionless, and a bit of a snob. At first, that's just what she appears to be, until a Welsh gambler, Rhys Davies, comes to town and in a few months owns half of it. When the newly-rich Rhys first sees Tory, he thinks of her as the perfect "lady." With her breeding and pale beauty, she is a young immigrant's dream, a symbol of success and respectability. When he gets the chance to literally "buy" her from her father to save the old boy's bank, he uneasily agrees to the deal. If he is uneasy, Tory is enraged. The first human emotion she displays. But slowly, Rhys senses other emotion that Tory has buried deep within her. And in typical clumsy male fashion he keeps trying to tease it into the light and falls in love with his wife in the process. Finally after having driven him out of their home and back into the gambling house/bordello he used to own, Tory admits to herself what we have known for some time. She loves the Welsh devil and when he is almost killed she marches into the bordello and drags him back home. Like Terms of Love, this is a story about two very flawed characters who eventually succeed in spite of that. It is also one of Henke's colorful cast of characters--the drunken mine expert Tomato Nose Wylie Wilcox, the little Irish newspaper man and troublemaker Mike Manion, the crusty little nun (forget her name) who teaches the young Welsh immigrant how to box(!), and a character named Phil the Cannibal. The romance drags in spots, but then I just enjoyed the doings of this crew of oddballs. Once again, the Colorado setting is right on. And Henke has created a complex first rate read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing read. It may be old but I have owned this book for 16 years. I've read it over and over and I never get tired of it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book,
Anonymous More than 1 year ago