Being a half-Comanche half-Irish bastard in both the literal and metaphorical sense of the word, Sinclair Sullivan has no illusions about his place in the world. He cherishes the few friends he has, and the nearest thing to a home he has made for himself in Rock Creek. He would never dream of laying a hand on the sister of one of those friends – unfortunately she has other ideas!!
Eden Rourke finds Sullivan on the wrong end of a beating, and pretty much saves his hide. With two orphans in tow, Eden takes Sullivan back to Rock Creek where she plans on surprising her brother Jed. Eden is one spunky heroine – her heart refuses to let her stand by and watch cruelty and oppression, she has to get in the middle and try to make things right. No wonder Sullivan looks at her as if she is a combination of angel and siren! His heart refuses to believe that anybody can be that good, and his body is desperately screaming that it wants to find out!!!
Needless to say, the passion explodes between these two (wait ‘til you read how they clean the bathtub! Makes one wonder why scrubbing bubbles were ever invented!), and Sullivan is torn between his growing love for Eden and his respect for Jed Rourke. Sullivan is a very strongly written character; there is no doubt in the reader’s mind that he is painfully aware of who and what he is. Unfortunately, in those days, a man was judged on those very things, so Sullivan’s dilemma is quite clear. Eden, however, is a tougher character to really understand. A lot of the difficulty is because she’s just so darned nice! It’s not until towards the latter part of this book that Linda Devlin seems to become comfortable enough with Eden to let her have some temper tantrums and good old-fashioned rip-snorting fights!
Having read these books about the Rock Creek Six in no particular order (something I don’t really recommend, because it just makes better sense to start at the beginning), I was accustomed to the Eden/Sullivan relationship, and found it hard going, at first, to step back with them to the beginning of their entanglement. But all things considered, I’m glad I did – I think you will be too, if you enjoy an out-of-the-ordinary western romance with a lot of humanity and passion!