by Norah Hess

March 2005
ISBN: 0-8439-5058-7
Reviewer Graphic Button Leisure Books
Mass Market Paperback

Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Beautiful, sultry Rachel Sutter had grown up on the mountain and was not a stranger to the hardships of life there. Being an outcast in her own family, (it was rumored she wasnít Taig Sutterís biological daughter) Rachel accepted her lot when she was forced into a marriage with the despicable Homer Quade who had all but raped Rachel in order to wed her. Just hours after their wedding, but not before Homer had the chance to beat Rachel; an angry man guns down Homer in retaliation for Homer having forced himself on the manís wife. Unwanted and having too much pride to stay with Homerís kinfolk, Rachel realizes she canít return to Taigís cabin without inflicting more suffering to herself and her poor little mother. Rachel makes her way down the mountain to the town of Jackson Hole where she collapses at the ranch of one of Homerís cousins, confirmed bachelor Dylan Quade.

Having distanced himself from his unsavory mountain relatives, Dylan was unaware but not surprised by Homerís death at the hands of an enraged husband. Dylan hasnít a clue as to what to do with the deathly ill widow of his cousin. Entranced by her beauty, Dylan nurses the girl and begins to take her into his heart. Rachel decides she wonít accept charity from Dylan, and takes refuge at the trading post where she hopes to find a place for herself. Dylan only wants to prove to gentle Rachel that he is nothing like the violent, rough mountain men she has known. Dylan wants to convince her she could have a home, at his Bar X ranch as his wife.

Dylan by acclaimed author Norah Hess has a running at full throttle start, and a very promising beginning. Then like a car out of gas, it sputtered, and died! The storyline is riddled with one-dimensional characters, and there is practically no description given to them or their surroundings. The reader has a hard time imagining where and what is going on. There are many inconsistencies found through out the story. For example in one part Rachel's cousin Jassy is sent on an errand down the mountain by her granny alone in the dark with no horse or shoes on! Then a few chapters later her grandmother won't let Jassy out of her site for fear of what the dangerous mountain men would do to her! HUH? Rachel suffers more calamities then anyone who has ever lived to talk about it! The fact that the book is titled Dylan leaves me confused, as what little plot there is seems to have more to do with Rachel! Dylan seems to be thrown in as an afterthought, and his interactions with Rachel are few and far between.

Reviewed in April 2005 by Bonnie.

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