Passion's Embrace by Cia Leah

Title: Passion’s Embrace
Author: Cia Leah
Publisher: Red Rose Publishing
Publication Date: 2010
ISBN: 978-1-60435-792-9
Genre: Western, Historical
Length: 258 pages
Rating:  2 Diamonds      
Heat Level: Sweet
Reviewer: Cassandra Parker
Date: November 24, 2010

“Callie Knight moves to Texas after her parent’s deaths and buys a ranch bordering rancher Colt Trevor’s. When his bull, Old Red Eye breeds her cow, she gets upset and rides to his ranch demanding he stop his bull or she’s going to shoot him and serve him up for supper. What she doesn’t count on is falling in love with Colt at first sight. She wants him from the start and is determined to have him and she’s not going to let anyone stand in her way.

 Colt Trevor has never seen a woman as beautiful and wild as Callie. When he slips behind her in the saddle, he can’t control the passion she ignites in him. Caught in a compromising position with her on the first day they meet, Colt is tempted to spank her or take her to his bed. Marriage is out. He likes being his own man and wants to stay a bachelor.

 When Callie is shot, he realizes his feelings for her run deeper than just an urge to quench his passion. He’s determined to find the man who wants her dead, but before he can catch the culprit behind it, Callie is abducted and whisked away to an outlaw’s hideout in Mexico.”

First of all do not be fooled by the label on the publisher’s website this is a historical story, not a contemporary one. Once I made that transition in my head it was a better reading for me. I really enjoyed the main character in this story. She is strong willed and goes after what she wants but in an utterly charming way. Callie and her horse Devil are the high points of this story for me. The hero did not wow me in this story. I found him to be a more wishy washy forty year old man compared to these twenty year old girls who are after him. I would have loved to see more of Callie’s background and perhaps had competition for her affections rather than Colt’s. The plot devices in this story were also overused. The hero spends most of the book rescuing his heroine from very similar situations, and from villains whose dialogue is at times rather silly. This story also did a lot of head hopping which can sometimes add to the story and give insight to different characters, but I don’t feel that the villainous characters had enough depth that their thoughts were worth looking at. Overall this story had potential and a very lovable heroine, but was executed poorly and is not worth your time.

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