Imprint or Line: Zebra Lovegram
Published by: Kensington
Genres: Historical Romance, Western Romance, Native American Romance
Format: Paperback, eBook
Buy on: Amazon, AbeBooks
Reviewed by: Blue Falcon
SPOILER ALERT ⚠
It is here that an Oglala Indian maiden, Wild Wind, is troubled, for she is arguing with her brother, Lone Wolf, over her future.
Wild Wind is not actually Indian at all. Her name is Rana Michaels, and she was adopted into her band of Lakotas by Soaring Hawk, a Lakota chief who stole her from the Kiowa tribe which captured and enslaved her after they killed her parents, Marissa Crandall Michaels and Raymond Michaels.
Rana is conflicted about her life, and things are about to get more complicated.
In Texas, rancher Nathan Crandall, owner of the Bar-C ranch and Rana’s grandfather, sees a painting of her and realizes it’s his granddaughter.
He asks his foreman, Travis Kincade, the hero of the book, for help in getting Rana back. Travis is half-Hunkpapa Lakota Indian and half-white. Their efforts are successful. However, there are complications due to many factors, including Rana herself.
However, she does agree to go with Nathan and Travis, and on the way to the ranch, Rana and Travis become lovers.
According to Oglala customs, that signifies marriage. White law doesn’t recognize this, however.
Back in Texas, however, there are major problems for the men, and now Rana. Nathan and Travis’ neighbor, Harrison Caldwell, and his daughter, Clarissa, have been using various means–mostly illegal–to force out all the ranchers in their valley in an attempt to create an empire for themselves.
The only rancher they haven’t forced out yet is Nathan, although they’re trying.
Upon their return to Texas, Harrison and Clarissa put their plan in motion to drive Nathan off his land. Nathan, Travis, and Rana help counter these actions. As the book goes on, secrets are revealed and a tragedy occurs.
In the end, the good guys defeat the Caldwells. Rana and Travis marry by white man’s law. They have two children and get their Happily Ever After.
In the past, I have frequently criticized authors for their lack of character development. That is certainly not the case here. Mrs. Taylor delves deeply into the characters of Rana, Travis, and Marissa. Rana and Travis are both strong characters.
I liked the fact that Rana had the opportunity to use the skills she learned as an Oglala to help Nathan and Travis.
Slightly nitpicky here, but the chapters average 28+ pages long. Even though people may have more time to read these days due to what is going on in the world, the chapters could have been shorter.
Multiple sex scenes, most of which feature Mrs. Taylor’s purple prose.
Assault and battery, attempted rape, attempted murder, shootings with bow and arrows and guns, and killings. The violence is not graphic.
Bottom Line on Sweet Savage Heart
Sweet Savage Heart is one of Janelle Taylor’s best books.
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Kidnapped when she was a child, eighteen-year-old Rana Michaels couldn’t imagine any life other than her carefree existence among the Sioux. Then the white man Travis Kincade appeared in her camp, and the flame-haired beauty’s peace was shattered forever. But when he traded a few trinkets for her freedom, Rana vowed to slay him before returning to her people.Sweet Savage Heart by Janelle Taylor