Apache Promise - Heartfire Romance Author:Janis Reams Hudson Taken hostage by Indians, Angela would do anything to escape. And rancher Matt Colton seemed her only hope-even if he insisted that the only way he could save her was by making her his bride--in name only, of course. But all too quickly the sight of his broad shoulders and sun-bronzed chest left her breathless and yearning for his searing touch.... more » Matt Colton had given her back her life, and now all she wanted was to be held in his arms for long nights of wild and passionate loving--Matt was glad Angela had agreed to his plan to marry, for he knew it was the only way to preserve her reputation-and the fragile peace between the Indians and the whites. If the soldiers at Fort Bowie knew Indians had kidnapped one of their women, especially one as beautiful as Angela, therebe hell to pay. With her soft golden skin, her full lush lips, and her emerald green eyes, Matt had no intention of ever letting her go. He had promised her a marriage of convenience, but the fire that had sparked between them promised a night of wedding rapture as hot as the Arizona desert!« less
Angela's family is moving from Memphis to Tuscan to start a new life. Matt was raised with the Apache and is working with them and the American government on a peace treaty. Matt and Angela cross paths due to some Apache idiocy. In order to keep the peace, Matt and Angela have to marry. It's supposed to be temporary, but feelings happen to get in the way.
The book started out OK, but Angela was just plain stupid throughout most of the story. I felt so sorry for Matt. She put that man through the ringer with her insecurities and jealousy and he still wanted her! He never gave her any reason to doubt him, but because of the nature of their marriage, I guess it made it hard for her to trust him. The last 50 or so pages of the book were hard to finish because I just wanted to ring her neck.
In order to help hold the fragile peace between the white man and the Apache chief Cochise, Matt Colten and Angela Barnes agree to marry in order to keep the news of her capture by foolish Apache youth from becoming known. Set against the events that were unfolding in 1872 Arizona, this is a wonderful story of 2 young people learning to trust and then to love. Ms Hudson has done her research well and incorporates all of the rich history of that period into her books.
This is book 2 of a 6 book series. I would recommend reading them in order as the previous book (Apache Magic) tells you much about Matt's background with the Apaches and why he is so set on holding the peace.