The "hero" in this book is a moron! The story could have been much more romantic.
From the back cover:
Harrigan Mahoney's assignment was clear; travel to Wyoming, find runaway Ella Carson, and escort her to Philadelphia-by force if necessary. A simple task, made devilishly complicated by Ella's wit, beauty and spirited determination to outfox him at every turn.
Ella is no stranger to bad luck, but it seems wholly unfair that the man hired to drag her back to her greedy relatives should be the most intriguing male she ever set eyes on. The tall, dashing Irishman takes no pains to hide his attraction to Ella, but it is her overpowering desire for him that presents the greatest danger...
Now, journeying together through an unyielding land, their battle of wills becomes an adventure in seduction, One kiss is all it takes to unleash a hunger both fierce and foolhardy, for Ella's very life depends upon her escape from the man who could capture her heart forever...
This was a very good book. But than i love all Hannah Howells books.
The book moved slowly for the first few chapters but began to move a bit more building suspense as it went. Was the handsome Harrigan Manoney going to believe his captive or turn her over to her uncle whom she feared would murder her?
The story moves across the US in the 1800s from Montana to Philadelphia on horseback.
I tried really hard to like this book but I couldn't do it. The hero was not at all likable and the heroine was a moron. Who could fall in love with someone who thinks you are a liar and is taking you to a person who wants to kill you? Even with all the excuses he made for his behavior he was still not likable.
Harrigan Mahoney was hired by Ella Carsons uncle to return her to Philadelphia (from her 3 year stay in Wyoming). Although he was told Ella would not be happy about it, Harrigan had no idea of the trouble he would have in completing this task.
From the first, Ella warns Harrigan that she is returning to her death (her uncle plans to kill her for her inheritance); Harrigan is a man of honor and doesnt accept her theory. Harrigan doesnt really hear Ellas explanation because he has family problems of his own. He is the last chance for his family to recoup a portion of their fortune. Harrigan lost it while engaged to Ellas cousin.
It seems that 2 of Ellas cousins repeatedly become engaged to young men of promise; when the young men lose their fortunes, the women drop them. Ella explains that the young women find out enough about their fiancées business to help their own family (quietly) undercut and overtake those businesses. Why no one in Philadelphia has figured this out yet is beyond me; combined, the 2 cousins have executed this scheme more than 10 times!
Aunt Louise, with whom Ella has been living those 3 years, is determined to get Ella back. Ella helps by always looking for a way to escape. Aunt Louise and her helpers add a touch of humor to the book.
The explanation of the 2 cousins sort of ruined this story for me. The end was overly contrived too. However, most of the story was interesting and entertaining. 3.5 stars
Ella Carson was delicate, enchantingly lovely, and as furious as any woman could be. If she had a gun, she would shoot Harrigan Mohoney dead. he was the man her greedy relatives had hired to drag her from her aunt's Wyoming home and take her back to Philadelphia. If he succeeded, Ella knew she'd be buried within a year, killed by the cold-blooded uncle who wanted her inheritance.
Ella Carson was delicate, enchantingly lovely and as furious as any woman could be. If she had a gun, she would shoot Harrigan Mahoney dead. He was the man her greedy relatives had hired to drag her from her aunts wyoming home and take her back, kicking and screaming, to Philadelphia. If he succeeded, Ella knew she'd be buried within a year, killed by the cold blooded uncle who wanted her inheritance. But how was Ella going to convince this big, handsome stranger that she wasn't a spoiled rich girl, but a woman in real peril? She had already tried every trick she could think of to break free and nothing had worked. Seducing him could be the answer, until Ella discovered that that plan was a s dangerous as teh villains closing in on her, For passion was a two edged sword. powerful enough to reveal a woman's vulnerability and enduring enough to turn a man and a woman's heart toward love.
Never read any of her novels. This one had me hooked from the beginning to end.