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Tuesday, March 11, 2008

What I'm Reading

"Loving Mercy" by Teresa Bodwell is the western historical romance I ordered last week. I started reading it a couple of nights ago, and I'm enjoying it very much. Ms. Bodwell's style and kickass heroine remind me just a bit of Maggie Osborne, whose books I loved and miss.

Here's the blurb from the back cover:

Mercy Clarke had no trouble getting a hundred head of cattle to Abilene. Getting back home through five hundred miles of untamed frontier is something else again, especially with a handsome gambler like Thad Buchanan tagging along. He swears to pay her in gold if she guides him to Fort Victory, but she doesn't quite trust his fine manners and gentlemanly ways. And then there's that look in his eyes--he could make her forget that she's sworn off men for good...

As Thad sees it, the same rules apply to playing poker and loving women: it's all about knowing when to hold 'em. And come to think of it, a pretty lady like Mercy Clarke would fit very nicely in his arms. Now, if she could be persuaded to put down that rawhide whip and tell him exactly what she has in mind, he has no doubt they could come to an agreement that will satisfy them both. No doubt at all...

What I've read so far leads me to think there's more "story" here than the blurb implies. And I hope that turns out to be true. Kensington has been gearing its marketing toward selling everything with a sexual angle. I think (and hope) this book is more than that. If so, it might just bring me back to reading. I'll be keeping an eye on Ms. Bodwell and looking out for more books from her.



  1. That actually sounds pretty good. Have you finished it yet?

  2. I haven't read any farther than when I posted, unfortunately. Been writing. But this author has a terrific "western" voice, if you like that sort of thing. I hope it turns out to have some real conflict. That's what I find missing in recent books. They're a little shallow on the conflict.

  3. That's good that you've been writing! Glad she has a good western voice. Always a good thing. I went and looked her up on Amazon and saw there was also a sequel to Loving Mercy. I might have to get them and check them out myself. :D

  4. Are they new releases or just something you found? I may have to try them myself!! Sounds good to me!! Let us know Dev, when you have time to read it, how it's going!


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