Sojourn With A Stranger, K. Celeste Bryan
A Willful Beauty
Penniless when she arrives in Norfolk , her mother and father drowned at sea, Raine Brinsley would give anything to return home to her grandfather in Maine . When Derek Stafford, owner of a large plantation, offers a solution to her dilemma, she’s stunned, if not outraged. She’d prefer to fulfill the contract to have his child and forget about him and his self-serving scheme. But she hadn’t counted on the decadently-delicious passion he’d awakened in her.
A Rogue Accustomed To Getting What He Wants
Derek’s only desire was to father an heir for Stafford House, thus securing his future. He didn’t count on the Scottish lass with dark green eyes to interfere with his well-laid plans. But after one night in her arms, guilt, not to mention the loss of his heart, became his penance. Now he’d do anything to get her back, anything to quench the hunger and passion tormenting his soul.
Beautiful Reads Review of Sojourn with a Stranger
• E-book: electronic, digital formatting
• Publisher: New Concepts Publishing
• Language: English
• ISBN: 978-1-60394-246-1
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Where The Rain Is Made
PRINT ISBN 1-60154-371-9
(312 pages) Rating (Spicy)
A Dangerous Warrior
Held captive by a decadent-looking savage, Francesca DuVall spends every waking moment planning an escape for her brother, Marsh. But she never counted on falling in love with the man whose silver eyes cause her to tremble with unbridled passion. Ethan Gray, the man, is a curator at a famous museum . . . most of the time, that is. At other times, he’s Meko, a savage warrior hurled into the past to help his beloved people, the Cheyenne .
A Rebellious Beauty
Though their worlds are decades apart, Meko, can’t resist the dark-haired, green-eyed beauty he kidnaps during a raid. A brutal, savage leader of the Dog Soldiers, he has many battles to fight to save his people, 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 passion and kindled by destiny.
WHERE THE RAIN IS MADE, K. Celeste Bryan
Review from Paranormal Romance (PNR), CHOSEN BOOK OF THE MONTH AT PARANORMAL ROMANCE REVIEWS, JUNE, 2009
“Historical Romance to Sweep You Back in Time!”
The Sacred Council of Arrows chooses time wanderers to aid the Cheyenne in times of trouble. They cannot change the past, only influence with hope that their advice will be put to good use.
Ethan Gray of modern time is chosen to go back to 1864 because of his knowledge of the people. He’s known as Meko in this time, the leader of the Cheyenne Dog Soldiers. When Meko captures Francesca (Cesca) Duvall, he never thought he would be in jeopardy of losing his heart. His stay in the past will eventually come to an end when the Council decides he has fulfilled his mission. Or if he is on the threshold of death, he must then let the power of the raven course through his veins and take him to the heavens and back to the present. Only now he fears he cannot do as the Council bids when his heart and soul belongs to Cesca.
When Cesca is first taken, she bravely stands up to Meko, stating she will never accept her life among the Cheyenne . Brave words, but her heart has other plans and she finds herself longing for Meko’s touch.
Marsh Duvall, Cesca’s brother is also taken in the raid, but his captor, Choking Wolf takes great delight in abusing him. Cesca can’t stand by and see her little brother hurt. She vows to see him safely away from the Cheyenne , even if it means her death.
Through the lives of these three people, Ms. Bryan spins a vivid account of how grueling and sometimes brutal the life of a Dog Soldier could be. I loved how she wove the rituals and beliefs of the Cheyenne people throughout the tale as if you were there seeing it first hand. The passion between Cesca and Meko is endearing as they learn to trust and accept each other for who they truly are. Marsh’s acceptance of the Cheyenne ways is believable, giving a full account of the ordeal expected of him to become a Dog Soldier. I also liked her secondary characters. Brown Wing, the old woman who befriends Cesca and Strikes First’s, who is loyal to Meko.
This is a historical romance sure to magically sweep you back in time. A must read!
Posted June 11, 2009
Orphaned when her parents died in a fishing accident in Virginia , Raine Brinsley wants nothing more than to head straight home to Maine and forget her sadness and trauma of nearly drowning. Unfortunately, without her parents’ protection, Raine is penniless and homeless. The owner of the boat on which they were sailing, Derek Stafford, has graciously offered to let her stay as long as needed and also to pay her passage to return home. Raine refuses to receive charity, so they agree that she will become a chambermaid at Stafford House until she has earned enough money to return home.
Stafford House has an underlying sadness that Raine does not fully understand, but Derek explains that his wife Lucinda passed on six months previously, and Raine believes this to be the reason – until she feels the presence of an unsettled spirit inhabiting the upstairs hallway.
Derek Stafford is torn between grief for his wife and the duty he feels to his father. Julian Stafford is an old-fashioned and unyielding man who is most insistent that either Derek or brother Lyman father a male heir to carry on the proud name of Stafford . Lyman and his wife have three daughters, while Lucinda suffered both miscarriages and stillborns. Julian offers the first son to produce a male heir Stafford House and its vast acreage, and Derek, loving Stafford House and his way of life, hatches a plan. He has a contract drawn up that offers Raine ten thousand dollars if she will agree to bear the male heir his father so desperately wants, and then relinquish the child, never to see him again. Raine is taken aback when Derek presents his proposal but eventually agrees. Will Raine honor the contract as presented? Will Derek reconsider the decision?
I applauded Raine for her strength in the face of her parents’ deaths, especially during a time where women were seen as needing constant protection. Her determination not to accept Derek’s charity was admirable, as was her willingness to tackle any job she was assigned. Although she was a strong woman, her gentleness was demonstrated in her concern for the spirit and her attempts to understand its message. The contrasts within the family were quite believable, and the characters were well developed and realistic, though not always likable. This story has everything and then some – romance, birth, death, voodoo, adventure, psychic ability, and a touch of Civil War – and I could not put it down. K. Celeste Bryan has once again done a wonderful job of involving the reader in the lives of her characters, and I highly recommend this book.
5 out of 5 stars
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