Saturday, November 13, 2010

The Education of Madeline by Beth Williamson

Madeline is thirty-two and a spinster.  When she stops the town sheriff from hanging a so-called horse thief and spies the very big Teague, she gets an idea.  After saving him and cleaning him up she makes him an indecent proposal. As the two grow closer, they help save each other from vicious lies and their own pasts.
He leaned down and gently pressed his lips to hers, but one taste was not enough.  p.80
I wanted a historical western romance to read for the Take a Another Chance Challenge so I did a search and Beth Williamson came up somehow and I put her down on the list.  Then I finally got around to getting the book from the library a couple of months ago and put off reading it.  Historical Western Romance is not really my thing and I saved it for last.  I think I got more than I bargained for with this book because, in addition to the historical western romance, I got sex and lots of it.  I had accidentally picked up a historical western erotic romance.  Yes, I, who mostly reads YA.  So that happened.  Not that I'm prudish or that it was my first time ever reading a "hot" book but I'm never expecting it, you know?

Anyway, I enjoyed the book overall.  The story was good and it was nice to see a heroine who wasn't small or petite.  Madeline is a very big woman (as the book will tell you over and over) and she needed a big man and finds one in Teague who is very big (as the book will tell you over and over).  So that in itself is unusual because a lot of times in romances the heroine is small and dainty and the hero is big and masculine.  But Madeline is big and feminine and Teague is big and masculine so it works out.  The plot moves along at a nice pace and I enjoyed seeing Madeline get the best of her enemies and have a happy ending.  The main characters were sweet and had some very sad stories, Teague in particular.  I actually didn't mind the historic or the western part.  It was a very natural setting and it didn't feel forced.  This was actually a fairly decedent choice for me since it is WAY out of my normal reading zone.

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  1. LOL. I took one look at that cover, before I read the review, and said, "What? Andrea's reading a Western?" :D What an experience! I'm glad it turned out okay even if it wasn't what you were expecting.

  2. I don't do erotic fiction, but I LOVE cowboys. Great review.

  3. I had no idea there was such a thing as a "historical western erotic romance." You might have stumbled onto a totally new genre!! : )

    Its been fun reading your posts for the Take Another Chance Challenge. It sounds like it took to you some interesting places along the way!

  4. @Amanda - I know, right? Western is so far out of my usual ranger.

    @Juju - Thanks, lol! I don't usually do erotic fiction either.

    @Jenners - Well, thanks for a great challenge. It always gets me into new stuff.


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