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Too Tough to Tame

A Wild Hearts Romance, Book 1
Narrated by: Barbara Edelman
Series: Tough Man, Book 1
Length: 10 hrs and 48 mins
Categories: Romance, Historical
4 out of 5 stars (23 ratings)
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Editorial Reviews

Barbara Edelman's animated and captivating performance of Too Tough to Tame elevates this suspenseful and steamy Frontier-set romance to another level in her portrayal of the passionate, against-the-odds relationship between the wounded Native American Storm-in-His-Eyes and Tess Summar, the white woman who nurses him back to health.

Edelman impressively displays a variety of cadences and inflections throughout Deborah Camp's work, switching from the brusque, no-nonsense drawl of the duplicitous Marshall to the firm yet sensitive tone of Storm-in-His Eyes with equal aplomb.

Publisher's Summary

Tess Summar dares to defy the white man’s rules and goes alone to give medical aid to a Blackfoot with a price on his head. Storm-In-His-Eyes was shot by the Marshall after being framed for a murder he didn’t commit. Hidden in a mountain cave, Storm lies burning with fever, barely awake as Tess tends to him. Lost in a hazy dream, he makes love to a beautiful stranger whose body yields to him in a magical cloud of beauty. Yet it is Tess who awakens in the dark cave to a shivering awareness of a powerful body resting intimately upon her...and a shameless desire that leaves her in disgrace. As he recovers, Storm, too, surrenders to an unrelenting passion that may destroy them...or capture them forever in a forbidden love.

©1996 Deborah Camp (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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Who knew Indians talked like robots...

Narrator could not capture genuine characters. Montana woman sounds like sultry southerner talking to robots.

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I thought the reviewer was making a joke...

... until I heard the narrator's rendition of the Native Americans' voices. It was so robotic that it was laughable except it wasn't a joke. Then there was the doll-like, high pitched imitation of the children's voices like nails down chalkboard. Camilla (Tess's sister-in-law) sounded like Marilyn Monroe. Tess herself sounded too sophisticated and deeply slow speaking even though she was supposed to be a country girl originally from Tennessee. Really none of the voices seemed right as though the narrator was trying too hard on all of them. Narration rarely bothers me and I usually only comment in the positive if they are good. Even if they aren't adequate, I can usually adjust to them in interest to the story. The reason for the reluctance to criticize narrators is because I think it must be a difficult job which I know I would not be particularly gifted. But when it detracts so drastically from the tale I feel I have to comment.

This brings me to the other failing of the publication for me. That is the writing itself. I didn't feel that there was anything new or different in the novel. The plot seemed tired with little character development. Maybe if the story had grabbed my attention and I had been less bored then possibly the flaws in narration wouldn't have been as noticeable.

In conclusion, I feel that 2 stars is a generous review. I really can't recommend this book. And even though I love Western romances I do not plan to follow any of the author's writings in the future.