This was a very good read. It had some wonderful sensual scenes and really could strike a cord. The characters were lovable, and you could care about them. This book was filled with details, everything was interconnected throughout the book and made you pay attention to the story line.
It was plain luck that Mary Michael Dennehy wasn't killed when her train was stopped by a group of train robbers. She was also lucky that one of the desperadoes, Ethan Stone, knocked her out before she could tell them that she was a reporter. When she came to, Ethan had told his friends that she was his wife and would be traveling with them. Not knowing why Ethan is protecting her, Michael plans her escape.
This book, along with the other books in the Dennehy Sisters series, has been in my TBR pile for years. It started out slow and it took me a while to get into the story. The heroine bothered me at first. She was whiny and didn't know when to keep her mouth shut. Luckily she learned to shut her mouth and became much more likeable. So, I'd give the first 150 pages low marks, but the second half of the book makes me want to continue with the series. My overall rating: 3.5 Stars.
With the opening scenes, it is obvious that Mary Michael Dennehy (known as Michael) is trying to break into the male-dominated world of newspaper reporting. Ethan Stone is one of 3 men in the publishers office of the New York Chronicle at the time Michael bursts in.
The next time Ethan Stone sees her, she is on a train with a group of newspaper reporters. Ethan immediately recognizes her and worries that she will blow his cover. To save her life and his own, he takes her hostage and claims that she is his one-time wife. Of course, Michael doesnt understand the undercurrents among the thieves who are robbing the train she is on and she proceeds to argue and demand.
One of the train robbers has a hate for all reporters. He makes sure the railway car with the reporters is smashed, killing the male reporters.
Ethan worries that Michael will recognize him and get both of them killed. The thieves reluctantly allow Ethan to bring his estranged wife with them to the town where they hide in plain sight. Ethan does everything he can to keep Michael alive; Michael is looking for a way to escape.
Michaels arrival upsets the balance among the thieves and their girlfriends. Houston and Dee have been a couple for a long time, but Houston eyes Michael with lust. Houston even tells Ethan that he plans to get Michael. Dee becomes angry and directs her hatred toward Michael.
There are lots of subplots to fill the 600+ pages. However, there is never any doubt that the focus of the story is Michael and Ethan. The main and secondary characters were drawn with skill. This is the first volume of the 5 part series, The Dennehy Sisters.
1. Wild Sweet Ecstasy (1992) aka More Than a Touch
2. Rogue's Mistress (1993)
3. Forever in My Heart (1994)
4. Always in My Dreams (1995)
5. Only in My Arms (1999)
Recognizing Mary Michael Dennehy as the big city reporter he met once, Ethan Stone--one of a gang of train robbers that has taken over Mary's train to Colorado--kidnaps her before his comrades discover her identity.
The gang of outlaws he's infiltrated must believe he's as ruthless as they are, and that's going to be difficult if the priggish know-it-all starts talking. The only way to silence her is with a kiss and a lie that she's his errant wife. Taking Mary Michael with him as he robs trains wasn't part of the plan ... but surrendering to an unexpected love may prove the greatest danger of all...
Pretty good book, but for some odd reason just couldn't get into it. Mary Michael Dennehy becomes a reporter and recieves a pretty excitefull kiss from the man that takes her hostage on the train making it's way through the rocky mountains. US Marshall Ethan Stone was undercover when he had kissed Mary and hopes that she has forgotten that memorable kiss.