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The Touch of Fire Mass Market Paperback – 1 Sep 1997
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About the Author
Linda Howard is an award-winning author whose novels include the recent New York Times bestsellers Shadow Woman, Up Close and Dangerous, and Drop Dead Gorgeous, as well as the Pocket Books releases Kill and Tell, Now You See Her, All the Queen's Men, Mr. Perfect, and Open Season. She lives in Alabama with her husband and two golden retrievers.
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"Annie Parker came to Silver Mesa, Arizona, b/c it was the only place she'd found where folks thought a woman doctor was better then no doctor at all. Her lonely life became harder still on the winter night Rafe McCay broke into her office with a bullet in his side and a bounty hunter at his back. With a gun aimed at her heart, he led her deep into the Arizona moutains, and into a world of danger and passion, for Annie doscovered Rafe not only a wounded man, but a soul betrayed...and Rafe, healed by her skill and the magic of her hands, awakened in Annie a woman's tender longing and hungry desire..."
Our heroine is kidnapped, terrorized, endlessly threatened with being shot, forced at gunpoint to strip, tied up, forced to share a bed and other intimacies (like not giving her privacy to pee) with a man she didn't know (this is the 19th century - not modern day), and almost raped one morning, which was, of course, partly her fault after for responding while half sleep to his attempt to have intercourse.
What had me almost throwing the book across the room about a third of the way in was her melting and asking him to make love to her. The event that follows is at least realistic in that it hurts like hell and she doesn't enjoy it. He then compounds her humiliation by forcing her to let him wash and anoint her sore bits - talk about piling on the shame! Now maybe he turns out to be a real sweetie underneath, but he shames her, and at the time they first have sex, he was presented essentially as a nasty, manipulating man who wanted a bit of nookie.
So no, I won't finish this. Ms Howard can sometimes skirt a bit close to overweening male domination for my liking (one part of Shades of Twilight comes to mind) but then she writes something like Cry No More which is brilliant, so I keep trying!
I would recommend anyone who hasn't read any of her stories to give them a go (especially the Mackenzie series - these are great).
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