Review & Contest: Savage Rage by Cassie Edwards

Savage Rage by Cassie Edwards
Series: Wild Tribes (# 2)
Release Date: May 2007 (reprint of Wild Thunder)
Publisher:  Leisure Books
Pages: 363
Source:  Purchased

To Hannah Kody, the Kansas Territory was her escape from the dark cold walls of a convent. It was a chance to ride horses with the wind in her hair and taste true freedom, all while acting as her brother’s failing eyes. His ranch would fall into the wrong hands — those of his shifty foreman — without her.

Yet those limitless plains held more than freedom; they were also the home of Strong Wolf and the Patawatomi people her would one day lead. Hannah found herself drawn to his height and strength, and soon felt he was her destiny. Strong Wolf’s uncontrolled reactive to her showed she might also be his destiny. Together they might save the land they both love from ruin. Together, they might flee from sorrow and betrayal to a place of pure joy and pure love.

 

Review: I very much enjoy reading Cassie Edwards books. When I pick one up, I know I need to have a box of tissues nearby because the tears will flow. She just has a way of wrenching my heart.

However, there are a couple things about Cassie’s writing that has been bothering me with the last few books and really stood out in Savage Rage. The first thing is Cassie’s use of point of view (POV). Now most authors either pick one and use it through the whole book or if they’re using multiple POVs they’ll have clear changes. The chapter will start out in the heroes head and after a clear break will end in the heroine’s head. But when it comes to Cassie, her POV changes can be paragraph to paragraph. For example on page 16, Hannah and Strong Wolf meet for the first time. Hannah is checking him out and waxing poetic about how strong and handsome this Indian is. Then all of the sudden the reader is in Strong Wolf’s head as he is bowled over by her beauty. Two paragraphs later we’re back in Hannah’s head. The jumping around just makes my head spin.

My other pet peeve when it comes to Cassie’s writing is that it can be quite repetitive as well as stilted. There’s just something about it that doesn’t flow quite like I’d prefer. It’s not that I am looking for flowery over the top writing, but I do want something a little more polished. Here’s an example:

As long as he was in the area, she couldn’t let her guard down. She trusted him no more than she trusted a snake!

Maybe it’s the use of the exclamation point, but something about that paragraph just seemed a little cheesy.

Now don’t get me wrong. I actually like Cassie’s books once I look past my hangups. Yes, the falling in love happened VERY fast in this book. But I liked both Hannah and Strong Wolf and was happy they got their Happily Ever After. What Indian Western Romance doesn’t have some bumps along the way, but of course they’ll all tidily wrapped up by the end of the book. The biggest one, involving the foreman mentioned in the books blub, was a little too neatly concluded… almost as an afterthought.

In the end, if you like western romances featuring Native Americans, check out Cassie Edwards.

 

 

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3 thoughts on “Review & Contest: Savage Rage by Cassie Edwards

  1. JackieW says:

    I do like reading Western Romances but after reading your blog I don’t think I’ll read this one. Thanks for the info.

  2. JoAnne says:

    Jen – hope she finds her winning formula again.
    I don’t believe I’ve read any of her books before.
    I’ll have to look for some of her earlier ones.

    • Jen @ RtB says:

      JoAnne, her writing is actually always like that. But it just seemed to “bother” me more this time around. Maybe because my emotions weren’t as engaged… not entirely sure. *sigh*

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