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Angel Creek | [Linda Howard]

Angel Creek

For five years after her father died, lithe, beautiful Dee Swann held on to Angel Creek valley and her independence. The homestead was hers, and she vowed no one else would ever own it...or her. Then Lucas Cochran came back to Colorado. In the drought-cursed high country, he needed Angel Creek and its cool water to turn his Double C ranch into the cattle dynasty he craved. His ruthless ambition guaranteed he would fight to take it away from the black-haired, green-eyed spitfire who claimed it.
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For five years after her father died, lithe, beautiful Dee Swann held on to Angel Creek valley and her independence. The homestead was hers, and she vowed no one else would ever own it...or her.

Then Lucas Cochran came back to Colorado. In the drought-cursed high country, he needed Angel Creek and its cool water to turn his Double C ranch into the cattle dynasty he craved. His ruthless ambition guaranteed he would fight to take it away from the black-haired, green-eyed spitfire who claimed it.

But the passion that blazed when Dee Swann and Lucas Cochran met shocked them both. Unbidden, unexpected, their kisses swept them toward a dangerous destiny where dreams might be scattered...men could be killed...or love would be born as wild and unfettered as this glorious frontier.

©2008 Linda Howard; (P)2008 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Judy Champaign, IL, United States 12-10-08
    Judy Champaign, IL, United States 12-10-08 Member Since 2007

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    "Very sexual..."

    This book is WAY more sexual than I had expected for a historical western written over ten years ago. It happens to have a good storyline and likable characters as well, so I gave it a high rating. If you like your books with lots of heat, you won't be disappointed.

    16 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth Sudbury, Ontario, Canada 01-09-12
    Elizabeth Sudbury, Ontario, Canada 01-09-12 Member Since 2009

    Researcher, editor, writer, francophone, anglophile. Started listening to audiobooks to conciliate my love of knitting and novels.

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    "5-star narration, good historical western romance"

    Narration: Was excellent, Ross has a pleasing voice.

    Story: I personally found it good fun and easy listening. Hotness level is definitely steamy.

    The story was a bit cheesy at times, but it's a romance, so it was alright - I was totally expecting it. The characters were predictable, but it was to e expected in this type of novel. I'm still new to this genre, I'm usually more into Jane Austen, George Eliot type books, epic-fantasy (lotr, R.R. Martin, etc). But my line of work is so serious, and I read ALL DAY, so it's nice to have some easy listening, something not too serious.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    JM Camas, WA, United States 02-18-09
    JM Camas, WA, United States 02-18-09 Member Since 2011
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    "A bit raw"

    Although a well-written and narrated story, the sexual interaction was a bit raw. Good historical and practical information about a woman living alone in the old west.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Pearl Palm City, Florida 11-21-10
    Pearl Palm City, Florida 11-21-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Passionate, evocative, memorable!!"

    I just blew another day listening to another fabulous Linda Howard book! And I really enjoyed this one! Wonderful, vibrant characters, great plot development, richly passionate, achingly tender and heart wrenching, -this is definitely a book to come back to!
    Excellent narration by the talented Natalie Ross!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Angelia Lancaster, CA, United States 11-14-10
    Angelia Lancaster, CA, United States 11-14-10 Member Since 2008

    I love books, it's my great escape.

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    "Hot and Wild Old West, Linda Howard does it again"

    Don’t let the story about the Old West keep you from getting this book. It turned out to be the Hot and Wild Old West. The relationship between the very likable main characters is sensual story and moving. Even the relationship between to of the secondary characters is sweet and moving. All in all it’s a good book. I would recommend it to other readers.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Angelique Vallejo CA, United States 05-11-12
    Angelique Vallejo CA, United States 05-11-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Great story"

    I loved this story, very believable. The secondary story was a little less intriging then the main but it was still very entertaining. The Narrator was very good as well. Steamy but not dirty.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Trish JACKSONVILLE, FL, United States 07-27-14
    Trish JACKSONVILLE, FL, United States 07-27-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Ummm.."
    Any additional comments?

    Usually, I read a book a day, give or take. This book I bought on July 18th and I'm still only at 36% and I've read several books while waiting to get interested in this one. It's not happening, however. I don't really like Dee. I like Lucas only a little. I don't care if they get together or not. I think I like Olivia and Luis better than Lucas and Dee. Also, I think I prefer LH's CIA books rather than her westerns. In fact, I just love westerns, but not this one. I gave it 3 stars because I'm not finishing it.

    As to the narrator: I'm never disappointed in Natalie Ross. Her voices are clear and distinct and her heroes always sound sexy. Can't ask for more than that.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Denise San Jose, CA, United States 01-12-14
    Denise San Jose, CA, United States 01-12-14 Member Since 2010

    Audio books are just my cup of tea!

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    "Love Linda's writing!"

    Enjoyable story and very good narration. Dee is a strong heroine which I love. Lucas is a good hero. A complete story with a good epilog.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lady M Peoria, AZ, United States 08-20-13
    Lady M Peoria, AZ, United States 08-20-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Cowboys, Shoot-outs & Sizzling Romances!"

    "Angel Creek" is a story set in the small town of Prosper, Colorado in the late 1800s.

    The hero, Lucas Cochran, returns to take over the Double C Ranch after his fathers death, with plans of turning the already prosperous ranch into an empire. Needing more water, Lucas sets his sights on Angel Creek, a nearby land known for its rich soil and abundant water supply. But if he thought he could just ride into the property and throw his weight around, then he is in for a shock when he meets the defiant owner of Angel Creek, and her shotgun.

    You'll be drawn into the town of Prosper, and it's surrounding ranches, by the excellent performance of Natalie Ross...you'll feel the emotions of it's well developed characters. I loved the character of the strong, independent heroine, Dee Swann.

    I highly recommend Angel Creek as a refreshing addition to your Historical Romance Library.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Queen Squared Columbia, SC, United States 05-28-13
    Queen Squared Columbia, SC, United States 05-28-13 Member Since 2010

    Queen Squared

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    "Classic Linda Howard"

    More than likely, if you have enjoyed other Linda Howard novels, you will enjoy this one. I thought it started out a bit slow, but the storyline quickly picked up pace. Like Howard's other novels, this story features strong male and female leads with lots of arguments, sexual tension, and hot lovemaking. Personally, I wasn't sure if I was going to like historical fiction done by Linda Howard, but positioning the story in the Wild West is perfect for her writing style. It was a great to way to explain how a man and woman could flout conventional norms in order to spend a lot of time together alone. I also thought this was a bit of a departure from other books I've read by her in that while Dee & Lucas are the main characters, two other love stories make for a more interesting background.

    Natalie Ross was a decent, but not exactly great, narrator. Sometimes her male voices were a bit awkward. But it didn't distract from the story or make it less interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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