Thursday, October 11, 2012
E-Reading: Book Review of #2 White Eagle's Touch by Karen Kay
Author: Karen Kay
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Part of a Series: Blackfoot Warriors
Type of book: West, inheritance, wars, revenge, coup, White female/Native American male relationship, interracial, promises, Pikuni, Blackfoot 1832-1833, romance, adult, nature
Year it was published: 1998
Katrina Wellington is vexed. She must marry to obtain the rest of her inheritance. But her uncle, who left her in New York with a governess to make his fortune out West, has suddenly decided he must approve of her fiance before he will loosen the purse strings to her dowry.
Swallowing her outrage, the socialite treks to the same wilderness that claimed her parents' lives years ago. Some small part of her is crestfallen that her uncle is not waiting with open arms. Only three guides, Indian guides, await her, and one of them is far too handsome for his own good.
At first, White Eagle does not like the spoiled, willful niece of the white trader. When he catches a glimpse of the vulnerability behind her prickly exterior, he can't resist challenging the dazzling beauty to rediscover her true inheritance- the inner strength bequeathed to her by her parents.
Close contact on the trail soon arouses a soul-stirring passion and in its turn, love. But love may not be enough to sustain a relationship that is forbidden in both their worlds.
I honestly enjoyed both of the characters' personalities; I loved Katrina's will as well as perseverance as she tried to do what she could for White Eagle with disastrous results. She is a very captivating character in my opinion. White Eagle is very gentle as well as loving. He's more of a beta hero which makes him a good and likable guy that any woman will long for. Also, certain characters do make an appearance from previous romance novel (would have been nice if there could have been an epilogue of whether or not the couples had children.)
No matter where you might, you'll find a home.
The story is from the third person narrative from Katrina's point of view and few times from White Eagle's point of view. I had hoped that I'd see and learn more about White Eagle as well as his thoughts towards Katrina, but alas it didn't happen. Almost all the story is from Katrina's point of view. Some plot points were resolved too tidily in my opinion. For example, why couldn't Katrina recall certain memories? I wonder why the author didn't explore the issue after making it an important one between the hero and heroine? Also, was Katrina's fiancé homosexual or not?
Author of seventeen American Indian Historical Romances Karen Kay aka Gen Bailey, has been praised by reviewers and fans alike for bringing the Wild West alive for her readers. Karen Kay, whose great-great grandmother was a Choctaw Indian, is honored to be able to write about something so dear to her heart, the American Indian culture. "With the power of romance, I hope to bring about an awareness of the American Indian's concept of honor, and what it meant to live as free men and free women. There are some things that should never be forgotten." Find Karen Kay online at www.novels-by-karenkay.com
Up until the very end I enjoyed the book a great deal and would have given it four stars. What happened then? Few things were never explained and the things that should have taken their time in being solved were solved way too suddenly. I think a part of me as well was confused by Katrina's heritage. 95 percent of the story is seen from Katrina's point of view and barely was seen from White Eagle. To me as well, White Eagle never seemed to hate Katrina. Although there are a number of things that the author tried to make a different story, in a way it ended up the same as the previous novel.
3 out of 5
(0: Stay away unless a masochist 1: Good for insomnia 2: Horrible but readable; 3: Readable and quickly forgettable, 4: Good, enjoyable 5: Buy it, keep it and never let it go.)