- Title: Disarming the Wildest Warrior
- Author: Helen Cox
- Publisher: Helen Cox Books on June 30, 2020
- Genre: Historical Romance Novella
- Pages: 189
- Formats Available: Hardback, Paperback, Audiobook, & Digital
- Rating: 4/5
Trigger Warnings: Violence, Rape, Domestic Abuse, Murder, Kidnapping
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Disarming the Wildest Warrior Blurb
No more English tea parties with her father’s medical colleagues for Gilda Griffiths. She left those behind for the open Virginia plains and plans to leave the East Coast too before a violent figure from her past catches up with her. When Williamsburg bully, Emmett Lawson assaults an elderly Shawnee chief however Gilda feels compelled to use her medical background to nurse him, despite the vocal protests of his embittered yet devastatingly handsome son.
Blue Sky knows his destiny is written in blood. If his father dies it will fall to him to keep the Shawnee people alive and safe from the cruelty of the white settlers who slaughtered his mother. Nothing can distract him from his duty until Gilda hustles her way into his life. How can this woman penetrate the armour he spent so long constructing with a single glance? And why is he tortured by thoughts of making her his?
While Gilda and Blue Sky grapple with their forbidden attraction, the dark threat Gilda fears most moves ever closer across the Atlantic. Can Gilda and Blue Sky put their pasts behind them and ride together towards a future neither of them believed could be theirs?
10% of all profits from this book will be donated to the Native American Heritage Association on an annual basis.Provided by Rachel’s Random Resources for Tour Use
Disarming the Wildest Warrior is a steamy historical romance that will thrill fans. This action-packed story starts with a thrilling scene, and the drama never stops.
When Gilda Griffiths arrives in Williamsburg, her first sight is a bleeding Native. She digs into her medical training and takes charge to help the old chief live through his injuries. Blue Sky, the chief’s son, disapproves of Gilda’s meddling but allows her to carry on with her work. Both Gilda and Blue Sky fight their growing feelings for the other. Gilda fears for Blue Sky’s safety from an old threat. And, Blue Sky needs to overcome his hatred of whites. When the final bell tolls, will Gilda and Blue Sky find their way through to each other?
Gilda is a great character. She has no fear of the Native Americans regardless of how many warnings she receives. I enjoyed her disregard for all things proper. Blue Sky is quite moody and has trouble reading Gilda’s signals. He has a habit of jumping to the worst conclusions, which is annoying at times. I’m rather ambivalent about the secondary characters. Apart from Blue Sky’s father, none of the others had a profound effect on me.
I adored the setting of this novella. The Native American village charmed me. The description of the wigwams and the furs spread on the floor seemed so comfortable and cozy. The town proper didn’t hold much appeal. You can’t expect much from the dust and dirt that make up the city. But, the rivers, creeks, trees, and long grasses made me wish I could experience them for myself.
My problem with this novella stems from when the white lawman advises Blue Sky about how to treat a white woman. Blue Sky feels he has to don the white man’s clothing and perform their engagement rituals. He even leaves his village to make things easier for Gilda. This whitewashing made me sad.
The story is a fascinating diversion from real life. I was able to immerse myself in this novella for the few short hours it took to read. The steamy love scenes fit the scope of the book and never made me feel shameful for reading them. The plot was strong enough to allow the inclusion of the steamy bits to flow.
I award Disarming the Wildest Warrior 4 out of 5 stars. This book is a fantastic read for those who love strong women and handsome men in their romances. I recommend reading this novella for a quick pick me up on a boring afternoon.
About the Author – Helen Cox
Helen Cox is a Yorkshire-born novelist and poet. After completing her MA in creative writing at the University of York St. John Helen wrote for a range of publications, edited her own independent film magazine for five years, and penned three non-fiction books. Her first two novels were published by HarperCollins in 2016. She currently lives by the sea in Sunderland where she writes poetry, romance novellas, and The Kitt Hartley series alongside hosting The Poetrygram podcast.