by Kat Flannery
Historical Paranormal Western Romance
Publisher: Imajin Books
Release Date: May 30, 2013
Heat Level: Steamy
Word Count: 79,000
Fate has brought them together…but will a promise tear them a part?
Otakatay is hired to kill the witkowin-crazy women. A deadly bounty hunter, he has found his last victim in timid healer Nora Rushton. Marked as a witch, Nora uses her gift to heal those in need, and the bounty hunter is one of them. Will the desire to complete his promise drive him to kill her, or will the kindness he sees in her blue eyes push him to be the man he once was?
Nora and Otakatay must fight for their freedom in a time when race and discrimination are a threat and innocence holds no ground.
Warning: This title is intended for readers over the age of 18 as it contains adult sexual situations and/or adult language, and may be considered offensive to some readers.
Colorado Mountains, 1880
The blade slicing his throat made no sound, but the dead body hitting the ground did. With no time to stop, he hurried through the dark tunnel until he reached the ladder leading out of the shaft.
He’d been two hundred feet below ground for ten days, with no food and little water. Weak and woozy, he stared up the ladder. He’d have to climb it and it wasn’t going to be easy. He wiped the bloody blade on his torn pants and placed it between his teeth. Scraped knuckles and unwashed hands gripped the wooden rung.
The earth swayed. He closed his eyes and forced the spinning in his head to cease. One thin bronzed leg lifted and came down wobbly. He waited until his leg stopped shaking before he climbed another rung. Each step caused pain, but was paired with determination. He made it to the top faster than he’d thought he would. The sky was black and the air was cool, but fresh. Thank goodness it was fresh.
He took two long breaths before he emerged from the hole. The smell from below ground still lingered in his nostrils; unwashed bodies, feces and mangy rats. His stomach pitched. He tugged at the rope around his hands. There had been no time to chew the thick bands around his wrists when he’d planned his escape. It was better to run than crawl, and he chewed through the strips that bound his feet instead. There would be time to free his wrists later.
He pressed his body against the mountain and inched toward the shack. He frowned. A guard stood at the entrance to where they were. The blade from the knife pinched his lip, cutting the thin skin and he tasted blood. He needed to get in there. He needed to say goodbye. He needed to make a promise.
The tower bell rang mercilessly. There was no time left. He pushed away from the rocky wall, dropped the knife from his mouth into his bound hands, aimed and threw it. The dagger dug into the man’s chest. He ran over, pulled the blade from the guard and quickly slid it across his throat. The guard bled out in seconds.
He tapped the barred window on the north side of the dilapidated shack. The time seemed to stretch. He glanced at the large house not fifty yards from where he stood. He would come back, and he would kill the bastard inside.
He tapped again, harder this time, and heard the weak steps of those like him shuffling from inside. The window slid open, and a small hand slipped out.
“Toksha ake—I shall see you again,” he whispered in Lakota.
The hand squeezed his once, twice and on the third time held tight before it let go and disappeared inside the room.
A tear slipped from his dark eyes, and his hand, still on the window sill, balled into a fist. He swallowed past the sob and felt the burn in his throat. His chest ached for what he was leaving behind. He would survive, and he would return.
Men shouted to his right, and he crouched down low. He took one last look around and fled into the cover of the forest.
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I’ve always loved a good historical romance. A historical romance with a paranormal twist is a must have for me. This book definitely did not disappoint.
Otakatay is such a complex character that at times you can’t help but want to know what the story behind him is. As you read along and get to know him and his motives a little better you realized that his personality—although cold, calculating, and even vindictive as it may seem at times—is like a shield of protection he puts up in order to go on to fulfill the one and only goal that’s actually important to him. He can’t let anyone know he’s even remotely human. And at some point in his life I think he begins to believe he is anything but.
My heart ached for him as I read and understood his story. He’s had a rough life. Wait. Let’s cut that out. Rough doesn’t even come close to describing what he’s been through and the fact that he shows just how much cares and can come to care about someone else only shows how utterly human he is. I really fell in love with this character. I just couldn’t help it. And if you read Lakota Honor I’m pretty sure you’ll come to understand why.
Then we have Nora. It’s hard to grasp the full story behind this character at first but once you read on you come to understand she’s been through tough times as well. But the secret she holds, her passive nature, her ability to care for others no matter what, and her interaction with Otakatay eventually wins you over. Even when she’s had it rough, Nora doesn’t want others taking pity on her. She’s tough as a rock, but just as delicate as any other woman. When she accidently stumbles upon Otakatay it’s easy to see why she’s drawn to him. They are nothing alike, yet they have so much in common.
All in all, Lakota Honor is definitely a book I would recommend to anyone that loves a good historical romance. It has just the right amount of mystery, adventure, and romance that makes for a highly entertaining read.
I give it a two thumbs up!
About the Author:
Kat Flannery has loved writing ever since she was a girl. She is often seen jotting her ideas down in a little black book. When not writing, or researching, Kat enjoys snuggling on her couch with a hot chocolate and a great book.
Her first novel, CHASING CLOVERS became an Amazon’s bestseller in Historical and Western romance. This is Kat’s second book, and she is currently hard at work on the third.
When not focusing on her creative passions, Kat is busy with her three boys and doting husband.
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