A decadent-looking savage has captured Francesca DuVall and her brother, Marsh. Now she must spend every waking moment planning an escape. She didn’t count on the powerful draw of desire interfering with her scheme in the camp of the brutal Cheyenne dog soldiers.
Ethan Gray is a curator at a national museum . . . most of the time, but when he travels through time to help his beloved People he becomes Meko, leader of the most revered and feared tribe of the plains. Although their worlds are decades apart Meko can’t resist the dark beauty he kidnapped during a raid. He has many battles to fight but none he wants to win more than the one that will capture Cesca’s heart forever.
From the windswept plains of Colorado and the harsh life of a Dog Soldier to the placid life of a curator their love was fueled by passion and kindled by destiny.
Publisher: Decadent Publishing
Genre: Shifter, Time-Travel, American Frontier, Indian Romance
Single Title/Series: WHERE THE RAIN IS MADE is a single title novel.
Cover Thoughts: Not beautiful but it does effectively convey the many genre elements beneath its cover.
Why I Read It: I was offered a review copy by the author.
Ethan Gray leads two lives, one in the present and one in the not so distant past. Pledging his life to the People - the Cheyenne - he travels through time as the raven when summoned and does what he can as I Am The Wind, also known to his Indian brothers as Meko, leader of the Dog Soldiers. Normally, balancing his life as a Washington D.C. curator and that of a Dog Solider comes easily until his recent repeated visions of an ebony haired woman with eyes as green as grass spells change on the wind.
In a blink of an eye, Francesca Duvall's life changes forever when she and her brother Marsh are kidnapped by savages. Instantly spoken for by a beautiful dark warrior, Cesca grapples with her warring emotions of lust and hatred. When it soon becomes apparent that her beloved brother is under the watch of one particularly cruel Cheyenne warrior, Cesca gives little thought to her own survival in her determination to save her brother. When she's offered a pony by Meko as a wedding gift, Cesca grudgingly accepts as a means to an ends. The pony means escape and she bides her time formulating an escape plan for Marsh. In the meantime, her heart has never been in more peril.
Admiring her bravery and fierce will, Meko can't stop his heart from falling in love with Cesca. She calls to his soul and despite the fact that he has a mission to complete - a mission to help the People - he can't stop himself from making the green-eyed beauty his. Knowing that Cesca is the haunting women from his visions, Meko could be following his doom but again, he can't stop his heart. And when Cesca succeeds in freeing her brother and faces punishment by the People, Meko finds that he won't allow another to possess her. Ever.
As Cesca comes to terms with her new way of life, she comes to love the Cheyenne, most especially Meko. Soon her life before amongst her own people seems so distant and almost surreal as if she dreamed it. But even this new life among the People can be ripped away just as easily as blue coats, the white people, move in to brutally rip apart Cesca's new world. Who's the savage now but Cesca still can't understand why the fighting continues. White attack Red and Red retaliate and so the circle of blood continues. While Cesca tries at first to love all there is about Meko including his Dog Solider ways, it's brutally apparent that she doesn't. Wanting the blood to end Cesca must take a side and fight for what she believes in or this new life will be lost forever.
Fiercely stubborn with an iron-clad will, Cesca is not easily tamed but unlike many Cheyenne, Meko doesn't wish to break her indomitable spirit. A woman that puts all others above her own needs, Cesca nearly dies trying to save her brother. Readily accepting that death will surely be her fate if she succeeds in helping him escape, her life matters naught when faced with an other's potential freedom.
She's a woman that could and would be your best friend for life.
Meko is man torn between his desire to help the People and the bewitching love he's developed for Cesca. If asked to choose, he'd try first to claim them both but in the end, Cesca becomes all that he cares about. He's strong and stable taking each and every blow that Cesca delivers as she adjusts to her new life with him.
He possesses her gently but thoroughly leaving no room to doubt the soul-shattering love he feels for her.
My Final Thoughts:
WHERE THE RAIN IS MADE is a lovely diversion from the paranormal melee that consumes most of the romance genre. Funnily enough, Indian romance is a genre that always surprises me. Why I don't read it more often is beyond me because the few that I have read, including this one, have been great reads that I'd recommend.
Be prepared to learn something about the Cheyenne with this read. Some areas of the book can get a little long, almost like filler pages, but the information is interesting and I enjoyed learning about the culture of this particular tribe.
The time travel element isn't complicated at all and I loved the fact that it didn't trigger my believability radar. Instead it was actually quite beautiful in how it worked with the story.
For romance readers wanting something new, something interesting that gives new light to American culture and history, pick up WHERE THE RAIN IS MADE. The romance is sultry and the love is passionate. Enjoy!
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