by Betina Krahn

1989 Reissue
ISBN: 0-8217-7450-5
Reviewer Graphic Button Zebra Books
Mass Market Paperback

Set in a time that is often overlooked by historical novelists, Betina Krahn has chosen the Whiskey Rebellion of 1794 as the background to this fascinating romance. And the characters are as spellbinding as the time period.

Whitney Daniels is a country girl through and through. An experienced distiller, a skill she learned at her disreputable fatherís knee, Whitney has come of age, only to disdain the trappings of womanhood. She prefers her breeches and the skill of bargaining, which is the way business is done in the backwoods of Pennsylvania.

That is, until she runs into Major Garner Townsend, rigid, duty bound Bostonian, and head of the troop sent to rout out and arrest the distillers. Despite their individual philosophies and vastly different backgrounds, the air crackles when these two meet and their difficulty keeping their hands off each other heats the pages of this book to an inferno.

The story travels from the hardships of frontier life to the comfortable politics of Boston without a hitch, and the characters of Whitney and Garner get richer, deeper and more complex as the story progresses. Their passions ignite, their love overwhelms, and their discoveries about each other are as much fun for them as they are for us. Truly the ultimate romantic pair, Whitney and Garner are hot, sexual and loving, fighting with as much passion as they bring to their bed. Ms. Krahn never fails to deliver a sensual pair of lovers, and these two are a couple of her best.

For a historical novel with a slightly different slant, this is a must-read; for a romance that hits every single button, this is definitely the one.

(Originally released under the title Love's Brazen Fire)

Reviewed in March 2003 by Celia.

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