Beaten and wounded by a band of sadistic renegades that rules the borderlands of Indian Territory, U.S. Marshal Kaed Turner understands what the inevitable outcome will be for him: death. But Fate and a war party of Choctaw Indians intervene, delivering him instead to a beautiful angel with the skill to heal him. Jessica Monroe has already lost a husband and a brother to the outlaws who tortured Marshal Turner. As the rugged lawman lies bleeding on her bed, she faces a difficult decision. Can she afford to gamble with her heart one last time? For when Kaed recovers, he is sworn to join the other Territorial Peace Officers in their battle to wipe out the renegade gang once and for all. When vengeance is done, will Kaed keep riding? Or will he return to claim his future with the beautiful woman the Choctaw call "Fire Eyes?"
Kaed Turner, a U.S. Marshall, finds himself beaten and left for dead when he attempts to rescue two young girls, granddaughters to Standing Bear. Saved by Indians and delivered to widow Jessica Monroe, Kaed begins the process of healing as Jessica, the local healer, tends to him.
Jessica lives alone with her young child, helping those who need her. She’s determined to help because her late husband and brother have already been taken from her by the murderous gang ruling the local territory. She wants to stand up to them, to show they can’t beat everyone down, but she can’t do this alone. Her healing is just a small step in trying to help, and when Kaed arrives, she puts her skills to work once again.
Their love affair begins, and how could it not? They are attracted to one another, and I got the sense it was a different kind of love, one that transcended all, as though they were destined to be together. It was almost ethereal, a beautiful, tangible thing that oozed from the pages and infused me.
The scene setting and being taken into their world was done with skill and talent. I effortlessly fell into the time and place, seeing everything, the edges sharp and very much like I starred in a film with these people. Really amazing.
The tension also seeped from the pages as I read. It’s an exciting read, one where you try and work out what’s going to happen next then find yourself surprised when something else happens instead. With the love between Kaed and Jessica growing as the pages turn, and the awful gang wreaking havoc whenever possible, you’ll find yourself hoping peace can be found between everyone—or at least some semblance of peace.
The room was mockingly peaceful…
Damnable stubbornness and all.
“…It burns in you worse than greed, or lust, or the pain of a loss that you can’t numb with all the medicine in the world…”
“Every day of my life, Fire Eyes.”
With sub characters and plots that fit perfectly with the main story and characters, Fire Eyes is a whirlwind of love, tension, longing, and worry. With the strong theme of loyalty and wanting peace, you’ll root for the good guys and wish the bag guys would see the light. Whether the latter do or not is something for you to find out. Highly recommended.