by: Keta Diablo
Genre: Paranormal (time-travel/shapeshifter) Native American Erotic Romance
Publisher: Decadent Publishing
Published: August 27th, 2010
About the Book:
After a decadent-looking savage captures her and her brother, Francesca DuVall spends every waking moment planning an escape for Marsh. She never counted on the powerful draw of desire interfering with her scheme in the camp of the brutal Cheyenne dog soldiers.
Ethan Gray is a curator at a national museum...most of the time, but when he travels through time to help his beloved People he’s Meko, the leader of the most revered and feared tribes of the plains. Although their worlds are decades apart Meko can’t resist the dark beauty he kidnaps during a raid. He has many battles to fight but none he wants to win more than the one that will capture Cesca’s heart forever.
From the windswept plains of Colorado and the harsh life of a Dog Soldier to the placid life of a curator their love was fueled by passion and kindled by destiny.
I do not judge short stories on the rush of their relationships, because they are just that - short stories. So, yes the relationships always could have been drawn out more, yea it seems like they fall in love to fast and of course the story could have been made longer... but it is a short story. So with that said.... here is my review...
Ms. Keta will take you on a ride of a lifetime. I feel the need to tell you a few things though... First, buckle up because it will be one hell'va ride. Second, this is a historical - but not the kind you would think. No ball gowns and corsets. No horse drawn carriage. No coats and ties. This is a Native American Indian historical. War paint, hatchets, white vs. reds, rituals and spirits. At first I did not think i would take to the story. But Ms. Keta immediately took me by complete surprise. This really is an amazing story of how literally two worlds collided and just how they survived. The journey is well worth it.... I promise!
This story will take you back to a time when war truly meant war. Lives lost all for a higher cause, battles fought for the right to live, the right to be on one's own land. Ms. Diablo brings this story alive with just her words. So well that I could smell the earthly smells for the horses, the smell of the smoke, the woods. I could feel the panic rising, the love growing from each character.
And speaking of characters - Ms. Keta also did a fabulous job of bringing to life each one of her characters - no matter how small their part might have been. Ms. Keta brought out the emotion of each one. She made me, the reader, feel for each one and their circumstances. Whether the feelings were pride, love, hatred or just admiration.
Speaking of pride and love - these are definitely two traits that Francesca and Ethan have in spades. Francesca's love for her family will make you question your own devotion to your family. She literally would have died for her family. her mother passed away giving birth to her younger brother. She is a strong willed woman, stopping at nothing to protect her family. She is also stubborn as a mule - which makes me respect her even more. She would sacrifice everything - even herself - for the people she loves. What would you sacrifice for those that you love?
Ethan is a man that will knock you off your socks. He is all alpha and alllll male! He is a time traveler in his tribe. One of the few of within his community. Ethan lives among two worlds. But his pride in his People run as deep as the deepest part of the ocean. His love for his community and their traditions will pour through the pages. But if the choice to give up a world for the one he is truly meant to love.... what would he do??
This story will take you to another time and place. You will find yourself cheering on some characters, wanting to beat the crap (like to death) out of others and secretly rooting for others! You won't be able to help it. You will even find yourself smiling for some of the old wisdom that is laced in the story.
Love never changes, it does not matter what time period you are in.... Love is constant. Love means fighting for what you want, what you desire and simply put - what your heart and soul needs. Fran and Ethan are a great example of this type of determination in love. You will find yourself embracing these two with your heart and wanting the best outcome for both of them. But sometimes the best outcome is not always the easiest one.
Just remember, Fran is stronger than she appears, but her soul is very fragile. Can Ethan prove to her that he will be there to take care of her - heart and soul. When surrounded by so much war and death, will Fran come to accept the ways of which Ethan's people live. How will this end if or when Ethan has to return to the present day? Does love survive when torn between two worlds? Let's find out......
On a side note, the only thing that kinda had me was remembering the true Indian given names. But in pointing this out, I have to give major props to Ms. Keta for keeping it real!!!
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