Fire Eyes by Cheryl Pierson
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Book Title: Fire Eyes
Author: Cheryl Pierson
Publisher: Wild Rose Press
Publication Date: May 2009
ISBN: 1-60154-470-7
Pages: 278
Genre: Historical
Western
Series: None
Available In: E-book and Print
CRR Heat Level: Sophisticated
Reviewer: Samantha Daniels
Review Score: 5 Wings
Instead of leaving US Marshal Kaed Turner for dead, Choctaw Indians toss him on Jessica Monroe’s doorstep with deadly instructions to keep him alive. This is not the first time she has met such a request, but it is the first time she cares about the outcome. A woman living alone has much to fear, and her deadliest apprehension now rests in her bed with massive injuries. Keeping the marshal alive is only the beginning. The Indians return with an even more serious demand, one she is uncertain she can oblige. Cheryl Pierson has secured a fan! If you aren’t fond of westerns, you will be after reading her debut novel, Fire Eyes. And if you love historical westerns, make room on your shelf for a new favorite. Fire Eyes opens with a gritty setup that grabs your attention and doesn’t let go. I was on the edge of my seat and gasping for breath throughout the entire book. The appearance of one character in particular kept me guessing if he was to be trusted. I rooted for Jessica when she met him at the door with a loaded shotgun, but then I chewed on my lip when she invited him into her home. What was she thinking? I did breathe easier when she kept the gun nearby. And when Kaed discovered a connection between Jessica and his own past, I read even faster. I had to know if this information would alter his thoughts. I was not disappointed, and you won’t be either. Ms Pierson does such a wonderful job with surprises and twists that I went back to reread the book immediately to see all of the hints she sprinkled along the way. The author’s writing style is so deliciously easy to follow that I finished several chapters without realizing I had turned a page. And the characters, oh, my. Kaed is the kind of character I search for in every book I read, strong and virile but with flaws and weaknesses. Jessica is Kaed’s match in every way, but not in a competitive, I’m-as-macho-as-the-man way. I love it when an author knows how to portray male and female characters that remain true to their gender. Ms Pierson has done her homework. With Fire Eyes, she delivers a story that is true to the time and setting without making you feel as though you have read a documentary. I hope there are more books in production by this author because I can’t wait to read them.


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