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Monday, March 30, 2009

Blood's Price by Colleen Love

Blood's Price by Colleen Love
Publisher: Absolute XPress
Genre: Historical
Length: Full (176 pgs)
Heat: Hot
Rating: 3.5 books
Reviewd by Poinsettia

Two cultures, two lives, one path.

Rendered helpless, captured and stripped, Elizabeth Smythe is taken away from her privileged life and everything she knows. Her captor, Spirit Walker, treats her with gentle compassion, winning her trust and love. Elizabeth discovers Spirit Walker is so much more then just a strong man and beautiful Earth Spirit.

When Spirit Walker receives word a woman he admires has been given to a neighboring tribe to dispose of, he rescues her. Despite not knowing who or what he is, she shows neither fear nor weakness toward him or her fate. Her strength earns his respect and more important, his heart. Opposition from both of their cultures tries to separate them. Can their love withstand the heat?

Elizabeth Smythe and Spirit Walker come from two different worlds, but when fate brings them together, it isn’t long before the embers of attraction burst into a passionate fire.

As the story opens, Elizabeth wakes up to find that she’s been abducted by a group of Native Americans, but has no memory of how or why she was taken. She’s soon given to a man named Spirit Walker, a Native American who was raised by a white family before he returned to his tribe. His work as an emissary between the two cultures first brought Elizabeth to his notice, though she doesn’t remember him.

Spirit Walker takes Elizabeth farther away from the life she has always known. Despite her circumstance, Elizabeth remains strong. Her courage serves to further endear her to Spirit Walker, who has always admired her from afar. Respect quickly turns to love, but their journey will not be an easy one. Will the elders of Spirit Walker’s tribe accept Elizabeth? What will Spirit Walker’s white family and the white community in general think of their union? These are just a couple of the obstacles Elizabeth and Spirit Walker face on the path to their happily ever after.

First, I must mention how greatly I enjoyed Ms. Love’s descriptions. “Thick darkness shrouded the world in a stifling and sticky blanket. The ink of night replaced the sweltering heat of the sun, offering little respite.” Descriptions like this pulled me into the story so that I could actually feel the night around me.

As a heroine, Elizabeth was very likable. She’s caring, strong, and independent. Even though she feared for her life when she discovered she’d been abducted, she never showed it. Her courage was inspiring. Spirit Walker seemed a little harsh at first, but it wasn’t long before his gentle nature was revealed.

I did have a couple of issues with the story. The first was the speed with which Elizabeth and Spirit Walker’s relationship became physical. Even though Spirit Walker has admired Elizabeth for a while, he doesn’t really know her, and she certainly doesn’t know anything about him. They didn’t speak to each other at all during their first few days together. After Spirit Walker revealed he could speak English, he explained how and why she was taken, and how he rescued her. A day later their relationship became physical. I would have liked to have seen more sexual tension as they got to know each other better. In my opinion, that would have made the love scenes even more intense and meaningful.

The villains were my other issue with the story. Their reasons for hating Elizabeth and Spirit Walker were simple, and resolved or explained away very quickly. I would have liked to see these conflicts and the clash between the white culture and the Native American culture explored a bit more in depth.

Despite those problems, I truly enjoyed reading Blood’s Price. The main characters were likable, and their devotion to each other was moving. Anyone who enjoys a touching romance filled with spicy love scenes should pick up a copy of Blood’s Price today.

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