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In the unforgiving Arizona Territory, wild and wanton Mattie McAlister desired only to be left alone so she could raise her half-breed son in peace. Then one day Gordon Halpern charged into her world and challenged it with an offer she couldn't refuse. She had sworn she would never be afraid again. At least not of change. Of loss. Of death. Unless she was afraid of emotion. Love was something she didn't know if she was courageous enough to risk. The wise knew that love meant all three at once: change of the self, loss of the self, death to the self. That supreme sacrifice. And Gordon Halpern was both her hope and her fear.

©2014 Parris Afton, Inc. (P)2015 Parris Afton, Inc.

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A good book and a great listen!

I was given this audio book at no charge by the narrator in exchange for an unbiased review.
This historical romance written by Parris Afton Bonds and narrated by Laura Jennings was a real treat. Maddie was a Scottish girl that had been captured in America by Indians and escaped years later with her half-breed son. Gordon Halpern is a man who seeks Maddie out to help him rescue his wife from the same band of Indians that had held her. Maddie agrees to help him after her nine year old son runs away to find his father. They battle the elements, the soldiers in the area and the attraction they feel for each other. The time and surroundings are described so well that it's very hard not to lose yourself in the book. It is very well written with strong characters.
The voice of Laura Jennings is extremely easy to listen to and the different accents, tones and inflections for the characters were superb. I feel that the experience was richer for having listened to it vs. just reading the book. I'll be looking for more to experience from this duo.

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Come Along for a Wild Ride with a Strong Heroine

This is one of those stories that you listen to that stays with you for days. I was at times challenged to keep track of the characters but it was a beautiful story. Maddie Macalister with her Scottish brogue she is described as a self-willed, wild creature who is rebellious and a proud heathen! What a woman! I love her from the start. The daughter of a wealthy engineer, she is of childlike stature and suffer deep emotional scars from the years of captivity by a cruel Apache warrior. She has a half breed son by him that she loves dearly and she is fiercely protective of him. She absolutely refuses to give up on him. Albert runs away to try to be with his father.

She accepts the offer from the boxer Gordon Halpern to find her son and we are taken along for a wild ride which lasts for 10 says but feels like a lifetime. As the story unfolds, we learn the secrets of Mattie ‘s past and why she is the way she is. Gordon Halpern is also quite a study. He is a fastidious man with secrets of his own. To complete the traveling party, the guide is a very strange, pastor spouting off his prophecies. He has been in captivity with Mattie and she saved his life in the past and when I head how she did it I am still squirming. The three make quite a team and they encounter peril, danger, betrayal and oh so much more. The author takes her time slowly peeling away the layers from the characters. Pay attention. It is easy to get lost. I had to listen to some sections a second time.

This book touches on some very harsh topics. There are very graphic and vicious scenes of violence and death. However, the language is beautiful. I bookmarked quite a few sections because it captured so exquisitely the essence of life and survival. I love the vivid descriptions of the mountainous terrain and the dessert. The romance was sweet.

The narrator did a superb job. I love the accent used for Mattie. It was consistent to the very end and brought to life the spunk and wittiness of Mattie’s character.

I will definitely look for more books by this author and narrator.

I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via AudiobookBlast dot com

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A Good Listen

Would you try another book from Parris Afton Bonds and/or Laura Jennings?

Yes. The author wrote a fun story and she has her own unique style that I find easy to follow. Narrator Laura Jennings did a nice job with the voices for the main characters. However, I found her Spanish accent and spanish pronunciation lacking.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

The characters were believable. The beginning introduced lots of characters that I found a little hard to follow, but things settled and focused pretty quickly.

What three words best describe Laura Jennings’s voice?

Easy to listening

Did Tame the Wildest Heart inspire you to do anything?

No.

Any additional comments?

I received a copy of this audiobook from the narrator (via audiobookblast) in exchange for an unbiased review. Thank you.

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Really Terrific Story!

Narration - Laura Jennings - Really Good! She has a good range of character voices of both sexes. Terrific storyteller - Didn't want this story to end!

This is a great book. We're in the Wild West - Mattie's parents were killed during an Apache raid, her weasel of a husband ran to try to save his own hide, and she was kidnapped by the tribe and kept as a slave by the Chief. Years later she's escaped with her half-breed son and we find Mattie working and minding her own business, but she's ostracized and called a whore because of her 'savage' ways. Her son is treated like a second class citizen and has grown to hate his school. She no longer cares about keeping appearances, she just works hard to survive and take care of her son.

Gordon shows up in town and is laying low after having killed a man in a fight. He approaches Mattie though because he needs her help. His wife was kidnapped by the same band of Indians that took Mattie. She refuses, until she finds that her son (fed up with the ways of the white man) has run away to find his dad and the adventure begins!

This really is a great read/listen! It's well written, and has a great plot that holds true throughout the story - yup...no eye rolling here. There's some happy, some sad, some tragedy and romance all wrapped up in a really terrific bundle of entertainment! Definitely worth the listen

I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via audiobookblast

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Solid 3 Stars - It Kept My Attention, But*.......

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<br/>Two people searching for their loved ones. One is Gordon who is looking for his wife and the other is Maddie who is looking for her son. Each must cross paths with (what we now call) Native Americans.<br/><br/>During the search they begin to develop feelings for one another and while Maddi is a widow, Gordon is married and still loves his wife.<br/><br/>The natives as described in this book are wild, fierce, competitive and cold-blooded. Perhaps that is accurate for the time period in which the book was written about. I did not find any redeeming qualities in any of the native characters we were introduced to.<br/><br/>The book was charming and easy to follow until the last hour. *The author introduced many characters and I got lost. It could also have been because I listened to this on a warm, Sunday afternoon and my mind wandered. However, overall it is a nice book with a different perspective than the typical wild West American historical romance.<br/><br/>The author developed many strong characters and an intriguing storyline. I will look for her again.<br/><br/>The narration was great and matched the pace of the book (which I listen to on two times speed as that is my preference) I will also look for this narrator in the future.<br/><br/>Thank you for reading my review. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my thoughts and this review. If you find it helpful, please select yes in the area just below the sentence.

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Refreshing heroine in western romance.

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Tame the Wildest Heart by Parris Afton Bonds is not the usual historical romance that one would expect set during the mid-1800's in Arizona. The main characters are not wealthy beautiful aristocrats coming out west for an adventure. Rather, our heroine, Mattie, is a single unwed mother who is shunned by the town folk despite keeping to herself and working hard at a legitimate job to support herself and her 9-year old son. Prior to this time, she was kidnapped by the Apache when she was 18 and kept a sex slave of the Chief until she escaped nearly 10-years later. <br/><br/>Our hero, Gordon, seeks out Mattie's help to rescue his wife who was recently kidnapped by the same chief. Mattie agrees after her son runs away, intent on returning to his father. Unfortunately for Gordon, once they rescue his wife, she does not appreciate being rescued and quickly falls apart.<br/><br/>I listened to the Audible version of this book narrated by Laura Jennings who did a great job. She had different voices for each character, both young and old and male and female. Because of her narration, I enjoyed listening to this book much more than I would have if I only read it. I received a copy of this audio in exchange for an honest review.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful