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Mary Elizabeth Potter is a self-appointed spinster with no illusions about love. But she is a good teacher, and she wants Wolf Mackenzie's son back in school. And after one heated confrontation with the boy's father, she knows father and son have changed her life forever.

Still paying for a crime he didn't commit, Wolf Mackenzie has a chip on his shoulder the size of Wyoming. But prim-and-proper Mary Elizabeth Potter doesn't see Wolf as the dangerous half-breed the town has branded him. Somehow she sees him as a good, decent, honest man. A man who could love....Wolf's not sure he, or the town of Ruth, Wyoming, is ready for the taming of Wolf Mackenzie.

©1989 Linda Howard
All rights reserved including the right of reproduction in whole or in part in any form. This edition is published by arrangement with Harlequin Books S.A. All characters in this book are fictitious. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.

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  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars

a great book, but terrible abridgement

I read the print version of this book several years ago, loved it, and was looking forward to revisiting it in the audio version, but was very disappointed. The abridgement is one of the worst that I've encountered (major and significant events and characterization missing, story changed), and the narration for the main female character was particularly annoying (poor accent, odd pitch). I suggest enjoying a print copy of this book in order to get the background for the series (and it is a great story), and then listening to the rest of the series in audio.

16 of 16 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars

FOLLW THE BOOK

I enjoyed listening to this book having read the book several times I can say that it does not follow the story. There is at least one chapter missing the epiloge. Scenes in the book are not mentioned at all. Important facts gone. Everything goes along okay but some of the facts are totaly wrong.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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    2 out of 5 stars
  • Elaine
  • BRENTWOOD, TN, USA
  • 06-09-09

good and bad

I love the story. It's a typical romance that girls love. However, I think the unabridged version would have been much better, because feelings between the hero and heroine developed too quickly in the abridged version. I only give it 2 stars because of the narrator. It sounds as though she is yelling the story to you. She also does not always demonstrate the correct emotion of the characters, so it doesn't sound right. I really love the story, but the narrator ruined it for me.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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    3 out of 5 stars
  • Diana
  • Washington, DC, USA
  • 08-28-08

Sentimental Favorite

This is a sentimental favorite for Linda Howard fans. I'd love to see this rerecorded unabridged with someone who can sound more convincing as patriarch and original alpha male Wolf Mackenzie. Recording Howard's A GAME OF CHANCE would complete the series.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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    4 out of 5 stars
  • Fridania
  • Ridgefield Park, NJ, USA
  • 12-13-06

The first in the Mackenzie series

Overall, an ok read/listen. It seems a bit outdated just by the nature of the plot, the description of the heroine and the air of aloofness and implied savageness of the hero. After the first 20 minutes it becomes more tolerable and a more appealing book. The story sets the foundation for the remaining stories of the individual "mackenzie's" which get better and better.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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    3 out of 5 stars
  • Heidi
  • geneva, IL, USA
  • 02-18-06

An enjoyable read

This is a very entertaining book. The main charactor, Mary is however slightly stupid, but still fun to listen to. The narator has a horrible voice so I only gave it 3 stars. Her voice can be hard to listen to as her version of a southern accent is horific at best. If you can concentrate on the words and not her voice you will enjoy the book.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Teresa
  • NAMPA, ID, United States
  • 04-30-12

Abridgement Ok for me.

There was a specific scene that I didn't like in the book, and with this abridgement it cut it out completely. It was a little stilted but what do you expect from such a short abridgement. If you go in it with out a lot of expectation you won't be disappointed.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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    5 out of 5 stars
  • verneta
  • BUCKEYE, AZ, United States
  • 12-27-10

Mackenzie"s Mountain

I read the print vesion of this book and really loved it, and was looking forward to the audio versionl. The abridged version was a little disappointing. The narraton would have been better if it had been more the alpha male that would remind you of what wolf mackenzie would sound like. This is a great series so don't let this detour you from reading this series. I would also like to see the unabriged version of A Game Of Chance. Also a great book.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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I want more

Wish this was the full novel. I really enjoy this story and want to hear it all.

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    5 out of 5 stars

Great beginning to a great series.

The only problem with the Audible version was the
shortened story. It left out probably unnecessary parts of the book that rounded out the characters and gave the story depth. The addition of the old maiden aunt that had raised Mary showed just how difficult It was for Mary to adapt to Colorado and Wolf MacKenzie. It was done well and I enjoyed it with only that one complaint.