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Northern Temptress (American Heroes) [Kindle Edition]

Nicole McCaffrey

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When the Civil War arrives on her door step, Gettysburg doctor Alexandra Winters uses her knowledge of medicine to help the wounded. When an uncommonly handsome rebel officer finds her tending the wounded in his battlefield, he takes her for a spy until she confesses her darkest secret; her brother fights for the south. He vows to find her brother and insists on escorting her home. But Alexa already has enough gossip attached to her name thanks to a scandalous divorce; she doesn't need to be seen keeping company with the enemy at a late hour.

Major Caleb McKenna, CSA, has grown weary of war and bloodshed. Dreams of glory and valor are long gone, as is the memory of his beloved fiancee back home in Georgia. Try as he might, he can't recall her face. Instead, it's the bewitching image of Alexa Winters that haunts his every thought. Her stubborn refusal to show weakness is put to the test when he brings news of her missing brother. His attempt to comfort the stoic beauty quickly engulfs them in a firestorm of passion, leaving Caleb torn between a promise made to the gentle belle awaiting his return - and an emerald-eyed, jet-haired Northern temptress.

When the major is gravely wounded, Alexa comes to his aide. Hiding a Confederate officer in a house filled with recuperating Union soldiers is risky... but fighting their growing desire is a battle they can't afford to lose.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 437 KB
  • Print Length: 308 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1628300477
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: The Wild Rose Press, Inc; American Rose 1st edition (22 Sep 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FDZ6K2O
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #577,770 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Amazon.com: 4.4 out of 5 stars  8 reviews
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars He had tasted the sweet, forbidden fruit of her lips 5 Oct 2013
By upfront_reader - Published on Amazon.com
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I recently read a foreword by Philippa Gregory that discusses the difference between historical romance and historical fiction. In her opinion, good historical fiction explores how people were affected by the society in which they lived and reminds us that the past is another country; historical romance, on the other hand, uses the past only for its imagined glamour. At the time, I thought it was a rather harsh assessment. After all, Georgette Heyer wrote historical romance that is richly detailed and steeped in the past. But after reading "Northern Temptress," I'm inclined to think Ms. Gregory has a point.

This book is set during and after the Battle of Gettysburg, though it gives no real sense of the era. So little that at times, I felt the story was in some way desecrating Gettysburg. It doesn't help that there's almost no plot. I can't even say it follows the standard formula, because it never gets beyond boy-meets-girl. The Rebel meets the Yankee, they fall in instant love, and nothing really comes between them for the rest of the novel except circumstance and author contrivance (which drags out for an unpardonably long time at the end).

Almost as awkward as the lack of history was the way the author used the heroine's profession to further the romance. The heroine is supposedly a trained doctor (because there were so many female doctors running around America in 1863--especially named Alexa). The hero is wounded twice and the heroine treats him but in a bizarrely sexualized way. She's either leaning over him and pressing her breasts against his chest, or asking him to strip naked so she can listen to his lungs, or climbing into bed with him because she's tired and he's too heroic to let her sleep on the floor. It's probably a perfect illustration of why people back then thought medicine was an inappropriate career for women.

Compounding things, the book is sloppy. The word "soldier" is misspelled as "SOLIDER" six times. (I could understand once--anyone came miss a typo--but six times?) "Grammy" changes to "Granny" on several pages. Words are oddly separated or missing hyphens: "lady like manner" "battle field" "thunder storm." And the author occasionally descends into greengrocers' apostrophes: "ninny's" "zinnia's" "Heaven's."

Overall, I didn't hate the book--it had its moments--but I did object to the way it trivializes an important and devastating battle in service of a boring romance. The Gettysburg Campaign deserves better.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 2 Mar 2014
By uk1fan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This book was really good. Loved the woman being a doctor and helping what she considered her enemy at the time.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Story 30 April 2014
By L. Chippeway - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I really enjoyed the mixture of history and fantasy in this book. I plan on reading more of Nicole McCaffrey's books because of this one.
5.0 out of 5 stars What Civil War Romance Was Meant To Be! 8 Oct 2013
By ReaganGirl80 - Published on Amazon.com
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I loved this book from start to finish. The tension between hero and heroine sizzled from the start and the forbidden love aspect left me breathless. Caleb is a true Southern gentleman and Alexa personifies feisty. Both are determined not to fall in love but in the end can't help themselves even with a war separating them. A wonderful love story with a satisfying ending. I couldn't put it down and dreaded reading the final page. I will definitely re-read this one!
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sweet love story 19 Jan 2014
By Sherri - Published on Amazon.com
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I liked the characters, and I liked their story. I especially liked that the war was the backdrop for the story and not the focus. Some historical romances go too deeply into the war, covering battles and dwelling on the suffering. This was a love story. It was well written, with just a few typos. I will be checking out more of this author's work.
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