SHE COULDN'T FORGET HIS KISSHeadstrong Aissa Gerard had never forgotten the bold Apache warrior who rescued her from captivity when she was fourteen. When her father the Sheriff, brought in a wounded Apache brave and locked him in a cell, Aissa recognized the man whose storm-gray eyes and lean, muscular body had haunted her dreams. Defying her father's orders to stay awaySHE COULDN'T FORGET HIS KISSHeadstrong Aissa Gerard had never forgotten the bold Apache warrior who rescued her from captivity when she was fourteen. When her father the Sheriff, brought in a wounded Apache brave and locked him in a cell, Aissa recognized the man whose storm-gray eyes and lean, muscular body had haunted her dreams. Defying her father's orders to stay away from the prisoner, Aissa visited him under cloak of darkness. The moment her eyes locked with his she knew she could not let him go. Somehow, she would find a way to rescue her savage lover, savor his rapturous kisses, and reward him for saving her life by giving him all her ardent passion ... now and forever.HE COULDN'T DENY HIS DESIREWounded and left for dead in an unfair fight with his cruelest enemy, Shadow Hawk awoke behind bars in a white man's prison. But despite his pain and the horror of captivity, the gray-eyed Apache felt the touch of softest skin and heard a sweet, melodious voice, then opened his eyes to see the blond, blue-eyed princess he'd dreamed of for so many years. She was a woman how and he felt a jolt of passion as she smiled at him and lifted her face for his kiss. Revenge against his enemies would have to win. He'd escape somehow, then flee with his tempting Aissa. He'd press his face against her satiny golden hair caress her until she begged him never to stop, then carry her to the heights of ecstasy in a long, wild night of Apache rapture....
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APACHE'S ANGEL Reviews
This review is of “Apache’s Angel” by Karen A. Bale.The Story: We begin by meeting the hero of the book, Shadow Hawk, in the Comanche Indian camp where he was born. His father, Black Hawk, is Comanche and white; Black Hawk’s father was white. Shadow Hawk’s mother, Broken Moon, is Apache. Later, after Black Hawk’s death, Shadow Hawk and Broken Moon go back to her Apache family. It is in the Apache camp that Shadow Hawk meets the heroine of the book, Aissa Marie Gerard. Aissa has been kidnapped by Shadow Hawk’s cousin, Teroz, who hates Shadow Hawk, who later frees her. Both of them fall in love at the same time and meet again five years later, when Shadow Hawk is injured by his uncle and ends up in jail in Agua Prieta, the town where Aissa and her father, Ben, who is the town sheriff, live. (Ben’s wife and Aissa’s mother, Celou, passed eight years earlier.)Although Aissa and Shadow Hawk are in love, they have several issues to deal with. The fact that Shadow Hawk is uncomfortable being of mixed race. Then, there is an evil man named Ray Grimes, whose father cheated Celou out of her family’s land and now, forces Aissa to marry him or Ben and Shadow Hawk will be killed. Shadow Hawk rescues Aissa from Grimes, but leaves the Gerards, feeling he has no future with Aissa. Shadow Hawk later marries an Apache maiden named Paloma, who is pregnant by one of his cousins. Teroz kidnaps Aissa to punish Shadow Hawk for marrying Paloma, who Teroz wanted to marry. In a twist of events, Teroz becomes a more caring individual while Shadow Hawk, for a time, becomes a bastard, raping and hurting Aissa in many ways. Shadow Hawk eventually realizes that he does love Aissa-despite being a bastard about it-and Aissa forgives him for what he has done and they are happy. Upside: Aissa is a strong character. Despite being abducted twice, raped, drugged and beaten, she remains strong and resolute throughout the book.Downside: As stated earlier, Karen A. Bale began to pretty much mail in her books beginning with this one. There is very little to differentiate “Apache’s Angel” from any Cassie Edwards book. Shadow Hawk becomes a bastard after seeing Teroz hug Aissa. Shadow Hawk gets angry at Aissa, is emotionally cruel and rapes her.Which Aissa, of course, forgives him for. Shadow Hawk mutters a barely stated “apology” for his behavior, which is completely inadequate. Sex: One consensual sex scene, one rape scene and one of dubious consent.Violence: Shootings, cutting, rape, human to animal violence and fistfights. None of the violence is graphic. Bottom Line: There is a sequel to “Apache’s Angel”, “Apache’s Desire”, which is the next book I will review. By this point, Ms. Bale is simply not producing work up to her earlier standards.
TRIGGER WARNING: forced marriage, rape, forced drug addiction, forced prostitution, racism?My facebook review:A Comanche falls in love with a white woman. She's forced to marry a white man, who gets her addicted to laudanum so he can sell her to other men. Then she's captured by her Comanche boyfriend's enemy, who becomes a better person because being around a pretty white woman will do that. Her boyfriend decides she's cheating on him, so he trades his wife to his enemy so he can keep that lying whore as his own captive. Sooo romantic.If I were reviewing the first couple of chapters, I would give it five stars. It was a great story about a young Comanche boy (whose mother, an Apache, had been his father's war captive.) He proves himself in his first hunt, demonstrates his close bond with his father, and shows that he's a good person by adopting a neglected child as his little brother and taking care of him. It's well written, engaging, and as far as I can tell, an accurate depiction of life within that culture.And then I guess the editor just gave up, because the rest of the story is a mess. Still a sensitive portrayal of Apache culture as far as I know--at least not as obviously bad as some I've read--but a mess. The characters act like idiots for no apparent reason. And I hate them.At one point, after the rival Apache has had the heroine as his captive long enough for her to influence him to become a good person, he finds out that the hero and heroine have slept together behind his back. For some idiotic reason, instead of just admitting it, they concoct a story about him raping her, and they both really work to sell it. The hero brags for days about how she begged him to stop and says he hates women who cry. The "villain," because proximity to white boobies has made him not a monster, now has a good reason to want to hurt the hero. And not just because of the white woman. The hero is married to the woman the "villain" loves, and he now has every reason to believe the hero might be abusing her.Then comes the most ridiculous scene: Shadow Hawk strained to hear what they were saying."You have been honorable with me, Teroz. You have kept your word." The squawking of crows overhead distracted Shadow Hawk. He silently picked up a stone and flung it, but it only frightened the birds and they wheeled, cawing raucously. Whatever Aissa was saying was lost in the noise overhead.Teroz spoke next but Shadow Hawk still couldn't hear the words because of the noisy birds. He watched as Aissa wrapped her arms around Teroz's neck, resting her head on his shoulder. Shadow Hawk leaned toward them involuntarily. The crows quieted, settling back into the trees. "I told you the truth about me and Shadow Hawk and you have treated me well. You are a good man Teroz."Shadow Hawk stood rigidly, unable to believe what Aissa had said. The crows above him rose again, their shrill cries drowning Teroz's response. Shadow Hawk could hear nothing. But he could see. He dug his fingers into the bark of a cedar when he saw Teroz lift Aissa's face and kiss her. She did not struggle; she did not even try to pull away from him. She rested her head on Teroz's shoulder as if it was a familiar place to her. Shadow Hawk felt his heart beat thunderously in his chest. He had never felt such rage in his life, not even when his father had died. His father's death was natural; Aissa's treachery was not. He turned away and headed back toward camp. He had given his love to a white woman and she had betrayed him with one of his own kind.That kiss is a friendly peck, and the missing dialogue is the "villain" telling the heroine he's sending her home so she can find out if her father survived being shot earlier in the book. I understand that heroes' borderline psychotic overreactions to dumbass misunderstandings are a staple of these books, but you've got to come up with something better than "noisy birds." That's so lazy I don't even know what else to say about it.-Mercury