Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Mystic Cowboy by Sarah M. Anderson (The Men of White Sandy, #1)

Mystic Cowboy
by Sarah M. Anderson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Publication Date: January 1, 2013 (Paperback Publication: January 7, 2014)
Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd
Genre: Contemporary Western Romance
Number of Pages: 325
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

 One good man could drive her all kinds of crazy.

Men of the White Sandy, Book 1

Just who does Rebel Runs Fast think he is? Dr. Madeline Mitchell, the new doctor on the White Sandy Lakota Indian Reservation, knows there’s a good answer to that question. Somewhere.

Sure, the Lakota medicine man is every cowboy-and-Indian fantasy she ever had, but he sends patients to sweat lodges instead of clinical trials, talks them out of flu vaccines. Even more irritating, he makes her heart race.

Rebel swore off the white man's world—and its women—years ago. Madeline doesn't speak the language, understand the customs, or believe he's anything more than a charlatan. Yet she stays, determined to help his people. And he keeps finding excuses to spend more time at the clinic.

When he discovers her in the throes of dangerous heat stroke, Rebel’s efforts to cool her down sets fire to a passion neither thought they wanted. But when the people start falling violently ill, the cultural gap stretches the connection between their hearts to the breaking point…

Warning: This book contains smoking-hot skinny dipping, emotional and emotionally satisfying sex, and a shirtless cowboy who is also an Indian

Mystic CowboyMy Review:
Mystic Cowboy by Sarah M. Anderson

When a beautiful “by-the-books” physician comes to a small, underfunded clinic on the White Sandy Lakota Indian Reservation, she finds herself lost in a world the polar opposite of the tar and cement existence she has always known. Belief in ancestral spirits, medicine men and visions in sweat lodges are things of fantasy for Dr. Madeline Mitchell. Enter “Rebel,” tall, dark and handsome, mysterious, bossy, everything that raises her hackles. As a mysterious illness begins to take over the reservation, horses are killed and people shot, the possibility that someone is trying to run the Lakota off their land through any means is raised. The people need to learn to trust in Madeline and her medicine and she needs to learn to accept their way of life. Rebel may be the only person who can bring everyone together to save lives and their land, but what is he doing to Madeline’s heart? Are they using each other for a common goal or is it time to realize there may be more between them?

Sarah M. Anderson’s Mystic Cowboy is filled with tension, Lakota beliefs, a little science, and a whole lot of romance. Her characters have pasts, they have pain, they are unsure of their future roles and holding on to the present seems sometimes to be a push-me-pull-me game between Rebel, with his secrets and Madeline with hers. Aside from their romantic antics, as a team they do learn work together towards a common goal. Are the characters always likable, no, but they are human, the dialogue is wonderfully realistic and well-written. Filled with history, and rich descriptions of each scene, this modern day Western/Romance/Intrigue/Medical novel has lassoed five stars from me.

I received a review copy from the author in exchange for my honest review, as part of a special release day post at Tome Tender!

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