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The Heart of Doctor Steele Colette Dixon 5*#Review @CDixonBooks @crimsonfoxpub @rararesources #histfic #HistoricalRomance #MedicalRomance #BlogTour #BookReview #TheHeartofDoctorSteele

Are the rumors about him true? She intends to find out. 

The mysterious Dr. Steele has taken up residence next door, and scandalous rumors about him are spreading through Margaret Landeau’s small Massachusetts town. Rumors of women he’s ill-used and exploited for his experimental surgeries. Never one to believe gossip, Margaret arms herself with a basket of baked goods and ventures to discover the truth from the man himself.

John Steele has lost everything. His parents, his aunt, too many women he intended to save, and his good name. All he has left is his aunt’s home in a far-flung village and a library he’s stocked with whiskey. He has nothing to offer anyone. Especially not the bold woman next door whose passion for healing reminds him of the man he once was.

But when a dangerously ill girl arrives on his doorstep, pleading for help, Margaret is thrust into his world. She will learn who the real Dr. John Steele truly is, and soon, not even his dark past can stop her from fighting for the brilliant doctor she now loves. But he must deny his crushing desire for her—loving a man like him can only cast a shadow over her own bright future.

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I received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.

My Thoughts…

This is such an absorbing story full of historical medical details, the emergence of female emancipation and a misunderstood and scandalous hero. This story explores society’s prejudices against the pioneers of medicine who dared to try something different to help their patients.

John Steele flees to his deceased aunt’s house amid a scandal that threatens to ruin his medical career and has devastated him emotionally. He is the subject of gossip, but Margaret likes to make her own decisions and what she finds is a complex, driven man whose motives are predominately good.

The chemistry between them is sizzling even though Margaret is naive and John anxious for her reputation. The romance is full of conflicts, both external and internal, but worth the angst.

The characters are believably flawed and easy to empathise, the historical and medical detail is fascinating, and the plot is original and riveting.

Colette Dixon

Colette Dixon writes steamy stories with heart and humor about slightly tortured people who learn how love can heal. For more years than she cares to admit, she worked in a hospital while dreaming up love story plots. A farm girl who landed in Chicago, she loves to eat (food made by others), drink tea, and sun herself at every chance she can get to survive the Midwest winter.

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5* Review: Haven’s Flame (Fires of Cricket Bend #1) – Marie Piper

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Blurb 2016 -1

High-button dresses aren’t made for hot Texas springs—or the burning desire Haven Anderson has for Deputy Matthew Frank…

After a lifetime of friendship, Matthew and Haven are finally engaged, but he doesn’t seem to share Haven’s emerging passion. Feeling rejected and uncertain about her future, Haven finds herself attracted to the handsome new saloon owner, Hank Porter.

Matthew holds Haven at arm’s length, despite the love smoldering inside him…

Matthew’s father was run out of town years ago for nearly killing his mother, and Matthew fears the lack of control passion can cause. Having been taken in and raised by Haven’s family, he vows to always treat her with affection and respect.

The season brings cattle drives and rowdy cowboys—and Haven can’t stay away from the saloon…

As the doctor’s assistant, Haven tends Hank after a fight, and befriends a lively “upstairs girl,” Callie Lee, despite orders from the Cricket Bend Sheriff—her father—to have nothing to do with anyone at the saloon.

Along with the cattle drive come the lawless McKenzie brothers, a rude bounty hunter, and rumors of a dangerous man, Walker, headed their way. Caught up in this whirlwind, Haven remains torn between her love for the romantically distant Matthew and the more earthy passion offered by Hank and his scandalous reputation.

Should she follow her heart or the desire that puts everything she’s known at risk? Or even more importantly, will the people she loves still be standing in the aftermath of…

Haven’s Flame

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My Review 2016-1

Haven's Flame (Fires of Cricket Bend #1)This is an engaging read, even if you are’t a die-hard historical, western romance fan.
The setting is authentic and vividly described; you can taste the dust, smell the horses and hear the shouts and calls of the cowboys, as they fight in the saloon. The residents of Cricket Bend are equally realistic, without being stereotypical.
Haven is tough minded young women, brought up in a loving home but now she has no one to confide in, as she struggles with her feelings for Matthew, the man she grew up with and is about to marry. Matthew is the strong and silent type, epitomised in American Westerns, a good man, he treats Haven like fine china, not realising she is a flesh and blood with needs he must understand and satisfy.
Callie and Hank are the antithesis of Haven and Matthew and both have a vital role to play in the young couple’s lives. These are complex characters, flawed but not necessarily bad. Other characters enrich this romantic story, notably the sheriff, the busybody women’s society and the cowboys just passing through. The effect is breathtaking.
The plot has enough twists to make it hard to put down and the ending is exciting and romantic. I look forward to the next book in the series; ‘Emma’s Blaze’.
I received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.

Haven’s Flame by Marie Piper

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


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