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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Fire Eyes by Cheryl Pierson

Fire Eyes by Cheryl Pierson
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Historical, Western
Length: Full (278 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 4 Books
Reviewed by Camellia

Beaten and wounded by a band of sadistic renegades that rules the borderlands of Indian Territory, U.S. Marshal Kaed Turner understands what the inevitable outcome will be for him: death. But Fate and a war party of Choctaw Indians intervene, delivering him instead to a beautiful angel with the skill to heal him. Jessica Monroe has already lost a husband and a brother to the outlaws who tortured Marshal Turner. As the rugged lawman lies bleeding on her bed, she faces a difficult decision. Can she afford to gamble with her heart one last time? For when Kaed recovers, he is sworn to join the other Territorial Peace Officers in their battle to wipe out the renegade gang once and for all. When vengeance is done, will Kaed keep riding? Or will he return to claim his future with the beautiful woman the Choctaw call "Fire Eyes?"

Widow Jessica Monroe, named Fire Eyes by the Choctaw chief Standing Bear, earned the Indian’s respect when she stood firm against him and his warriors. Even though he saw the fear in he eyes, he also saw determination and courage burning even brighter in them.

Adept at healing, Jessica helps other when she can, but holds herself away from pain, laughter, and love. She and Baby Lexie sense a change in theirs lives when Standing Bear brings the nearly dead Marshal Kaedon Turner to her cabin.

Kaedon, in an effort to save Standing Bear’s two granddaughters, takes on a fight he knows he cannot win but one he cannot walk away from either. Tough as a boot, he survives unbelievable abuse before Standing Bear arrives. At Jessica’s his bloodlust subsides when vaguely in his pain-hazed mind he hears her say, “I’m here, I care", then he feels her light kiss. To him "she looked into his soul” and became his Angel.

Fire Eyes, full of strong characters, takes the emotions on a rollercoaster ride from unspeakable cruelty of Fallon’s Brigade to the sensual, deep love--soul mate love of Kaedon and Jessica. Kaedon heals too fast for reality, but with all the happenings, one hardly notices because there is too much excitement to be bothered.

The secondary story involving Tori and Lily is heart stopping, while the story of Kaedon’s fellow marshals and their loyalty to each other is one that shows a part of human nature so admired, that part that says I am my brother’s keeper.

Cheryl Pierson creates a spellbinding story that keeps the reader turning pages.