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Loving Mercy (Zebra Debut) [Mass Market Paperback]

Teresa Bodwell , Lisa Noeli


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4 Jan 2005 Zebra Debut
THE WILD, WILD WEST

Mercy Clarke had no trouble getting a hundred head
of cattle to Abilene. Getting back home through
five hundred miles of untamed frontier is something else
again, especially with a handsome gambler like
Thad Buchanan tagging along. He swears to pay her in
gold if she guides him to Fort Victory, but she doesn't quite trust his fine manners and gentlemanly ways. And then
there's that look in his eyes that could make her forget
that she's sworn off men for good . . .

As Thad sees it, the same rules apply to playing poker
and loving women: it's all about knowing when to
hold 'em. And come to think of it, a pretty lady like
Mercy Clarke would fit very nicely in his arms. Now, if
she could be persuaded to put down that rawhide
whip and tell him exactly what she has in mind, he has
no doubt they could come to an agreement that will
satisfy them both. No doubt at all . . .


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Bodwell writes in a clear, descriptive style that takes the reader into the life and times of the characters. -- The Romance Reader Connection January, 2005

LOVING MERCY is for readers who enjoy a strong heroine and a hero who is man enough to love her. -- Romance Reviews Today, February 2005

New author Bodwell's fresh, vibrant voice adds spunk, emotional intensity and sensuality to the conventional western dangerous journey . . . -- Romantic Times BookClub January, 2005

Part of Kensington's new Zebra Debut line, this is an impressive first book. -- Booklist, January 2005

From the Author

This was my first novel. It was great fun to capture the spirit of the Old West--the rugged country and tough people who inhabited it. The nineteenth century was very different from our world today, but people haven't changed all that much. It still takes great courage to gamble on love. I believe that everyone can relate to that basic idea which is the heart of this story.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Debut Effort! 7 Feb 2005
By Kristi Ahlers - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
It seems that Western Romance is back on the upswing and this turn around is due to several new books that have come out in recent months. Teresa Bodwell's debut effort is a read that I would recommend if you enjoy western romance and engaging characters.

Without going into great detail this is a story of one woman who has choosen to lead a life that...well, lets just say she runs a cattle ranch and wears trousers and is tall and rather curvy. In other words she is not a dainty little thing waiting to be rescued. She is on a trip to Abiline to sell her cattle when she has a run in with Thad Buchanan. Thad needs someone to lead him into Colorado so he can see his sister. He is desperate to get there but not fool-hardy enough to make the trek not knowing the way. He has no idea that he has just taken a step in the direction of his future. But first he must make sure that the sassy, and sexy Mercy has her say...

Mercy and Thad were fun characters. I love a good western romance (the setting, the time period) and this story managed to feed that need. I look forward to reading Ms. Bodwell again in the future. For a debut effort this was a good strong read.

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5.0 out of 5 stars saddle up for a great Western! 19 Dec 2004
By Deborah MacGillivray - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Hungry for a super Western? Well saddle up partner, slap iron and wrangle Teresa Bodwell's Loving Mercy. It's set post Civil War era and gives you all the dust, doggies and a sexy cowboy that any dyed-in-the-wool Western fan can want. Mercy Clark is a widowed rancher. She's driven her herd of cows to Abilene to market them, desperate for the money they will bring. Now she has to make the return trip. Should be easy since she doesn't have the cows? Well, she has to travel five hundred miles through untamed frontier, carrying all that cash. It's important she get back with all the money, because she needs it to save her land from a greedy neighbor who will use anything to get Mercy's ranch.
Enter Thad Buchanan, Civil War veteran, he has been making a living off his poker playing. He needs a guide to get him from Abilene to his sister's home in Fort Victory - yeppers, five hundred miles away! Mercy needs a bodyguard, but the handsome gambler is not quite what she had in mind. He offers to pay her in gold if she will guide him to Fort Victory, but being an intelligent woman Mercy doesn't entirely trust the too handsome man with the gentle manners and a smooth way about him. After all, she's sworn off men for good...hasn't she? Looking into Thad's sexy eyes has her forgetting that promise. Used to handling women with the same skill he handles the cards, Thad isn't quite prepared for a pistol packing, whip-snapping Mercy.
Bodwell has a strong voice, is rich in her period detail and is able to draw the readers into this vibrant tale. She is another of the fresh new writers coming through the Kensington Debut line and one I am sure we will be hearing more from in the near future.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best book I've read in a long time 15 Jan 2005
By Angela M. Gwinner - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book has it all - a great plot, plenty of surprises and best of all - wonderful characters. I fell for the poker-playing, handsome young Thad in the first chapter or two. It takes our heroine, Mercy, a bit longer but she comes around. The interplay between these two is great - entertaining, romantic and hot, hot, hot. The secondary characters in this book were also warm and engaging. I couldn't put this book down.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Debut 5 Jan 2005
By P. Reed - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
If you think this guy's hot on the cover, just wait 'til you get him under the cover! Thad's a good-hearted man who has his work cut out for him. Mercy has a heart of gold, as well, although there are some tough layers Thad must go through to reach it. As someone who lives in the west (and has traveled across a lot of it), I can vouch for the fact that the book does a wonderful job of transporting the reader to the region, with all its glories and headaches. I can also attest to it being a great way to spend a snowy afternoon!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 3 1/2 stars... 22 April 2008
By ThisThatNEverything - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
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THE WILD, WILD WEST

Mercy Clarke had no trouble getting a hundred head of cattle to Abilene. Getting back home through five hundred miles of untamed frontier is something else again, especially with a handsome gambler like Thad Buchanan tagging along. He swears to pay her in gold if she guides him to Fort Victory, but she doesn't quite trust his fine manners and gentlemanly ways. And then there's that look in his eyes--he could almost make her forget that she's sworn off men for good . . .

As Thad sees it, the same rules apply to playing poker and loving women: it's all about knowing when to hold `em. And come to think of it, a pretty lady like Mercy Clarke would fit very nicely in his arms. Now, if she could be persuaded to put down that rawhide whip and tell him exactly what she has in mind, he has no doubt they could come to an agreement that will satisfy them both. No doubt at all...

* I enjoyed this book & although I liked it I don't feel that I was ever truly pulled into the book. At one point I had to stop & ask myself how these 2 met & what happened at the beginning & stuff like that. I felt like I was really into the book but then I realized that everything was forgettable to me. This rarely happens to me when I read a book. I'm usually right there with the people & remember everything that goes on. At the end of the story when Mercy finally met with the "bad guy" he had actually revealed himself before she found another clue that it was him. Mercy didn't pick up on this so I'm guessing that the author didn't realize that she had given this hint.

Overall it was pretty good but just didn't hold my attention like it should've. I'm hoping the 2nd book to this series is better. For right now I'd say take it or leave it but if you want to know how I feel after reading Loving Miranda then my review should be there after a few days of this review.
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