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Monday, January 18, 2010

Kendra's Choice by Lauri Robinson

Kendra's Choice by Lauri Robinson
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Historical (Am. West)
Length: Full (117 pages)
Heat: Sensual
Rating: 4.5 Books
Reviewed by Camellia

Kendra Parker needs a man—it’s research for Widow Swanson’s article, “What Every Woman Needs to Know about Her Marriage Bed.” But the sparse population of Eastern Colorado in 1883 doesn’t offer many choices, until Major Marlow arrives.

Sterling Marlow rode into the Parker farm in time to celebrate the wedding of one of Kincaid Parker’s daughters. But it was the Pastor’s older daughter, Kendra, who caught his attention. Her seductive body wanted him, and who was he to deny the needs of a young woman?
KENDRA’S CHOICE, a joyous love story, sparkles with wit and sizzles with instant sexual attraction.

Kendra Parker, the dutiful daughter of Pastor Kincaid Parker, dependable big sister to her siblings, and her mother’s faithful helper,has many facets to her personality that stay secreted away. On one of her “do-good” duties, she learns more than most late 18th century American girls learn about what to expect in the “marriage bed”. Her peaked curiosity and a nineteen-year- old body ready to mate has her longing for the right man to share the experience with, but all the men she knows in Eastern Colorado just are not right even though some have asked to court her.

Twenty-nine-year-old Major Sterling Marlow, a business acquaintance of Kendra’s father, comes by to see Pastor Kincaid Parker, also a horse trader, and finds wedding festivities for one of Kendra’s sisters in full swing. Invited to stay and enjoy the party, Sterling is not sure he should until he sees Kendra. His body jolts to life at first sight of her in her lavender dress and her flyaway hair. When introduced, her straightforward demeanor and her sex appeal make him wonder about this daughter of the pastor’s. His need to know her is overwhelming.

Lauri Robinson, with remarkable timing, humor, and weaving in the subtle undercurrent of a father’s loving care, creates a love story of two strong characters that give of sparks and vibes that keep the reader turning pages. She enriches the story with the antics of little children and an animal or two that bring a chuckle if not an outright laugh. I just wanted the story to be longer—loved the characters.

The climax of the story reveals another facet of Kendra’s personality that show her strength and courage in a crisis.

Kendra’s choosing whether to have sex before marriage or wait to make love in the marriage bed gives the reader a story to be remembered. So good!