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Reckless Love: MacKenzie-Blackthorn, Book 1 | [Elizabeth Lowell]

Reckless Love: MacKenzie-Blackthorn, Book 1

No one who roamed the steep green mountains and red-rock canyons of Utah Territory was safe from El Cascabel and his renegade warriors - not Janna Wayland, not the wild stallion Lucifer - not even Ty MacKenzie, the stranger who had come for the stallion, and stayed to capture Janna's heart. Now all three must join forces and make their escape, or die trying.
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Publisher's Summary

No one who roamed the steep green mountains and red-rock canyons of Utah Territory was safe from El Cascabel and his renegade warriors - not Janna Wayland, not the wild stallion Lucifer - not even Ty MacKenzie, the stranger who had come for the stallion, and stayed to capture Janna's heart.

Now all three must join forces and make their escape, or die trying.

©2007 Elizabeth Lowell; (P)2007 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Merlington's lightly accented delivery and textured characterizations breathe passion and tension into this story of survival and romance." (AudioFile)

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    05-28-09
    05-28-09
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    "Yes, Reckless...."

    I have read Elizabeth Lowell's "only" series and loved the narrator so wasn't sure about this one
    with a female narrator. But when I got into the book it didn't matter.
    I loved the description of the land and a woman's survival skill's among Indians and wild horses.
    Like all Elizabeth Lowell's books that I have read
    you always have the most handsome and potent man
    vs an independent perfectly formed responsive woman.
    The story has a little of everything including a
    good Indian fight, danger, daring escapes and of course in the end a pledge of enduring love and marriage.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Char Omaha, NE, United States 10-23-09
    Char Omaha, NE, United States 10-23-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Not What I Was Expecting"

    I was looking for a good western. Western with a love story is okay with me for sure and sex scenes are fine with me in a book but this was definitely "OVERKILL"!!!! On one particular day I listened to the book while on two 15 minute breaks and one 30 minute lunch at work and the sex scene still was going on and on. The plot never happened until the last two hours or so of the book. I won't be reading this author again anytime soon. Just not why I read books. I like a plot that continues throughout the book. Glad I got in on a $4.95 sale because that's all it was worth if not less.

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Robin 04-02-10
    Robin 04-02-10
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    "I want more of the MacKenzies!"

    I agree with Betty! This book has everything a romantic could want. I just wish Elizabeth Lowell had continued this series with the characters (MacKenzies) that are listed in this book...I was waiting to read about Ty's brothers: Logan & Silver, Duncan, Case and also Bluewolf & Cassie's story. I hope Elizabeth will return to continue the series, as she has with other groups/trilogies.

    Laural Merlington, did a great job reading this book! I think she had the perfect, deep, sexy sound for the characters, men & women! The intonation or cadence of her voice was very realistic & vivid for this genre. I could "see" the scenes happening. A lot of female narrators don't find the necessity to deepen/change their voice when reading male parts, however, they do the story and their readers an injustice. Laural, however, makes the story come to life from the written words. Isn't that the whole reason we like audio-books?

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    twhittle82 03-19-10
    twhittle82 03-19-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Still Loved It!"

    I first read this book about 10 years ago and I LOVED IT! After hearing the audio book...I STILL LOVE IT! I just wish Elizabeth Lowell had continued this series with the characters (MACKENZIES) that are listed in this book...I was waiting to read Bluewolf & Cassie's story and Case's story then...and I want it now!

    Laural Merlington, even did a great job reading this book...and that's saying something coming from me...because she is sooo not any where near one of my favorite narrators! I usually find the intonation or cadence of her voice very annoying (I know people love her as a narrator...I don't), it took me forever to actually purchase this book, simply because she was the one reading it, but....even she couldn't distract me from this story!

    Steamy, yes! Exciting, yes! Jenna and Ty are characters that you will both love and at times want to slap some sense into.

    Great Book!!! Great Listen!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rebecca 07-25-15
    Rebecca 07-25-15

    I read like a madwoman all my life but now I have bad eyes. Thank goodness for audio books

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    "Western love story with a heroine"

    This is fun and rousing. It was a good enough story that started out with a bang , I could not stop listening until it was over. And the Heroine saves the hero, this is a nice change from the Duke saves the day stories. But it IS still one of those.... If you like that you will like this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Phillexi 07-15-15
    Phillexi 07-15-15 Member Since 2013

    Loves a good book on a long drive.

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    "The narrator bumbled it."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Nah.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Reckless Love?

    When I hit play and was startled to hear the narrator. I had to ask a friend if she thought the narrator was a real person because the voice is so ludicrous. It's like when I set my comp up to read my messages out loud.


    How could the performance have been better?

    the narrator needs to be able to express emotion as she reads more than expressing the sounds of the written words.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I have read the book and loved it. The story is very exciting and moving. Such as when the snake crawls along her leg.


    Any additional comments?

    At the end of the book have the narrator say nom nom nom nom nom nom nom nom nom nom. Would make me feel nostalgia for my com to read my messages again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    DAWN WATERTOWN, WI, United States 03-01-15
    DAWN WATERTOWN, WI, United States 03-01-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Antiquated love"

    First time reader of this author and I will be back for more. Civil war era and Cowboys and Indians with soft and pure love. The narration was good, the story excellent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mrs. Wendy M. Kulterman 02-18-15

    Mama Wendy

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    "Enjoyably Reckless"

    A timeless love story set in Post Civil War times of the wild western territories. Ty and Janna are thrown together by survival and heroism. Both raised by vastly different means, their integrity, honor and passions grow with each passing challenge and emotional upheaval. EL writes a brilliant story and I always return to it to listen again. Laurel Merlington does a superb job with narration as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joan Milwaukie, Oregon, United States 02-07-15
    Joan Milwaukie, Oregon, United States 02-07-15 Member Since 2012
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    "I wanted to like this book, but I felt let down"

    I really like the beginning of this book. Janna was a strong, competent, independent young woman - a survivor. Enter the man she rescues and nurses back to health. Then the story turns to shit. The strong woman turns to mush. And I thought they would never get out of the canyons. The beginning had such promise but by the middle of the book I was over it. By the end I was angry. I prefer strong women, not mush. To bad the story line took that turn. If you like strong women who stay true to themselves, skip this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Marit 08-12-14
    Marit 08-12-14
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    "the hero is a jerk"

    I quite enjoy Ms. Lowell's modern stories. I've also enjoyed a few of her historical stories. But this one misses the mark, because the hero is just not a likeable guy. Stories with flawed heros have their place in literature, certainly, but when I'm reading (or listening!) to a romance, I want to like both of the main characters. Ty MacKenzie is a jerk to Jana in the beginning, a jerk to Jana in the middle, and a jerk to her at the end. Until the last 5 minutes, when suddenly he sees the light and declares his undying love--and I don't buy it.

    I'd skip this one, if I were you.

    (Performance was good, considering the story she had to work with. But even an excellent performance couldn't have saved this one.)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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