by Pamela Clare

March 2005
ISBN: 0-8439-5487-6
Reviewer Graphic Button Leisure Books
Mass Market Paperback

Ohio Wilderness, 1763

Widowed Elspeth Stewart knew the rules of life on the frontier, survival at any cost. Expecting her first child, Bethie is wary of the wounded buckskin clad stranger who appears at her cabin and demands at gunpoint that she help him. Managing to catch him off guard, a quick thinking Bethie drugs him, and ties him to her bed. Having suffered unspeakably at the hands of men, Bethie refuses to believe the stranger will not harm her or her unborn baby. The horrible scars on the body of Nicholas Kenleigh speak of a violent, tortured past, but his cultured speech, and gentle ways soon have Bethie learning to trust him, and awakening something deep inside her Bethie did not think she could ever feel, especially for a man!

Highborn Nicholas Kenleigh left his beloved family six years ago after having survived capture, and near death at the hands of the Wyandot Indians. In his mind, and despite the pleas of his family, Nicholas felt he was no longer fit to live among civilized people. Unable to put the nightmares that haunted him behind, Nicholas lives more dead then alive in the backwoods, until he has a near fatal scrape with a French trapper and must seek help from the young widow he finds living alone in a remote cabin. Stunned by the strength and beauty of young Elspeth Stewart, Nicholas’ hardened heart begins to erode its armor, and let Bethie in. After delivering her baby and taking both of them into his care and protection, Nicholas soon begins to allow his wounded soul to heal, and learn to live and love again.

Award-winning author, Pamela Clare’s newest Ride the Fire is reminiscent of earlier works of such romance champions as Johanna Lindsey and Kathleen Woodiwiss. Clare’s poignant story telling vividly portrays the hardships of colonial frontier life, and most accurately paints the graphic details of the Indian torture and war scenes, (warning this is not for the weak of stomach!) If you can get past that then you are in for a wonderful read. Nicholas is a hero that any woman would want to ride in and save them from the perils of the frontier. Bethie is a strong willed and capable heroine who can look disaster and hardship in the face and not balk at it! Ride the Fire is a sensuous, gripping and powerful love story that will stay with you long after you have finished it, a new classic!

Reviewed in March 2005 by Bonnie.

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