Tougher Than The Rest (MacLarens of Fire Mountain Book 1)

Tougher Than The Rest (MacLarens of Fire Mountain Book 1)

Tougher Than The Rest (MacLarens of Fire Mountain Book 1)

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Niall MacLaren is the oldest of four brothers, and the undisputed leader of the family. A widower, and single father, he is focused on building the MacLaren ranch into the largest and most successful in northern Arizona. He is serious about two things—his responsibility to the family and his future marriage to a goal of a wealthy, well-connected widow who will secure

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  1. Judge Tabor "(JMM)"
    106 of 115 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars
    Niall was a Jerk – Kate was Weak – Gloria was on the Side!, August 22, 2013
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    Judge Tabor “(JMM)” (California) –

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    Story Background:

    Niall MacLaren was 15 years old when he and his three brothers, Jamie – age 13 and twins, Drew and Will – age 7, hid in an underground room near the back of the barn while their parents were murdered by raiders from West Virginia who came to their family farm in Ohio. Their parents had made them promise not to come out regardless of what they heard. After the fighting was over, the four boys came out and found their parents dead. Niall’s father had given him instructions to go to his Uncle Stuart’s home in the Arizona Territory should anything happen to Niall’s parents. After burying their parents and locating the two bags of money their father left, the four boys traveled to Arizona to find their Uncle. When they arrived, their Uncle Stuart and Aunt Alicia gladly took them in.

    The book then jumps forward 12 years. Niall is now age 27 and a widower – his wife, Camille, died 7 years previously after giving birth to their daughter, Beth. Uncle Stuart has passed and Niall is the boss of his Uncle Stuart’s ranch with Aunt Alicia in charge of the home. Drew and Will are still with Niall helping with the family ranch but Jamie is no longer at home – he is now a U.S. Marshall.

    During a trip to Phoenix, Niall literally runs into a beautiful young woman, Kate, who is traveling with a female companion to Los Angeles, California where she has a job waiting on her as a teacher. Niall and Kate are struck with one another but after they stare and have a few words, she gets back on the stagecoach and continues on her journey. Niall and his Aunt Alicia finish up their business in Phoenix and head back home to Fire Mountain. Along the way home, Niall and Aunt Alicia see a stagecoach crash and go to help the occupants. They find an unconscious Kate inside, her companion dead and others injured. They take Kate to the local doctor but she has had a serious head injury and when she wakes up, she has lost most of her memories. She does have a wedding band on her finger. Against Niall’s wishes, Aunt Alicia insists that Kate will go home with them and they will help her until she is gets on her feet.

    Niall has reasons for being against Kate joining the family at the ranch. He realizes from his first brush with Kate that she could be a potential major obstacle to some of his plans for his life. He truly loved his wife Camille and doesn’t believe he will ever love again – in fact he doesn’t want to love again. Therefore, he has recently resolved to court a woman that will bring him the political influence and contacts he needs to help him in some of his goals. He doesn’t exactly have aspirations to run for public office but he wants to be in a position of influence that will enable him to have a say in the way his home and Arizona’s future will develop. The lady he plans to make his wife, Jocelyn Van Deelin, is the widow of a wealthy industrialist from the East. She is just the person who will help him get what he wants for his family’s future. Now his aunt might just put a huge crimp in his plans by bringing a complication into the picture – the lovely Kate.

    ***REVIEW WITH MASSIVE SPOILERS***

    I am so in the minority with my review, however, I felt I needed to point out some things in this book for people who may have some major issues with the portrayal of Niall’s character, as I did. In my opinion, Niall is a total jerk. He is attracted to Kate so he is rude to her. He has had a long standing relationship with a young woman named Gloria (of the soft buttery skin) who owns a local saloon and who has been his bed partner since he was age 20. Gloria is one year younger than Niall and has owned the saloon since she was 23. He did take a hiatus from sleeping with Gloria during his marriage to Camille and even stayed away for two years following Camille’s death. The book describes their relationship as being close friends. He spends pretty much every Friday night with Gloria and has no intention of letting her go even after he marries Jocelyn. Yes, he will consummate the marriage with Jocelyn but he will continue to visit Gloria for his primary sexual needs. Further, he knows Jocelyn will not make a good mother to Beth but he is bent on having her for the connections she will bring to him.

    After Kate has been in his home for a few weeks, Niall can’t resist her and kisses her, Kate is very attracted to him but neither of them know whether or not she is married, although after kissing her, Niall has a pretty good idea due to her lack of experience in kissing.

    Finally, this thing with Kate is driving Niall nuts and he comes to her room one night and this is where he says…. “We don’t have a future. Tonight won’t change anything, We can only have this one night.” They make love and he finds out she is a virgin. He is full of guilt but he is still determined to go his way and marry Jocelyn. In fact, the…

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  2. Romantic fool "Romantic fool"
    66 of 72 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars
    Asked for my money back!!, February 17, 2014
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    Romantic fool “Romantic fool” (Long Island, NY) –

    This review is from: Tougher Than The Rest (MacLarens of Fire Mountain Book 1) (Kindle Edition)
    So I’m a few chapters in to this book and we learn Niall the “hero” is a widower who is boinking Gloria a saloon girl every Friday night, has the hots for his young house guest Kate, and goes to church on Sundays and then courts a widow whom he hopes to marry for financial gain. My idea of a hero? HELL NO!! Dispicable, save your money!!

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  3. Nicole Montoya
    53 of 57 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars
    Not impressed!, November 30, 2013
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    I think Shirleen Davies is a good writer but I simply didn’t like the hero, story, or really much about this book. Niall MacLaren was a man that slept with the town Madam, was using a lady for her connections, and treated the heroine like crap. There simply wasn’t anything noble or likable about him. Katherine was okay but her character wasn’t really developed and I think that she was too weak for my tastes. The plot was okay and so were the characters – not impressed.

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  4. watcher0123
    6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars
    A mediocre read, November 16, 2014
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    The storyline is predictable and under developed. There were several typos and grammar errors as well, enough to be distracting. Ms. Walker, a scene or situation cannot be incredulous, only a person can. A scene or situation can be incredible, the person seeing it is incredulous. That’s sixth grade grammar. I don’t appreciate the author’s conclusion of the book at a point where it should only be the conclusion of a chapter just to get the reader to buy “book two”.

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  5. Romwrit "hartfan"
    5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    A neat little cliffhanger, November 16, 2014
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    The book started out interesting enough. I was curious to see where it would go. I was a little unhappy about the Daniel character. His presence seemed wrong. Also, I didn’t like the fact that the book ended without the fiance having to explain himself – if not to the heroine, at least to the readers. Although no reason would be acceptable, I still wanted to know why he left her, other than the fact that he was a coward, which was evident by the way he departed. Since there is a part 2, and 3 to my understanding, I won’t let this weigh heavily on my decision of whether or not to recommend the book. I believe his motives will be revealed in one of the other books.

    Judging by how the book ended, I do believe the author may have taken a novel and broken it down into three books. I guess I’ll know for sure once I read the other two. There were some typos and grammatical errors, so I am disappointed in the lack of editing.

    However, despite all of this, I was actually pleased enough with the book to want to continue on with the series, if for no other reasons than to find out Andrew’s reason for leaving, to see who Jamie ends up with, and the find out if I’m write (see how annoying this is) about my split-up novel theory.

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  6. J. Linson
    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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    Spicy and fun, December 9, 2014
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    “Voyage In His Arms” is, in two words, a fun and spicy. Ann Walker writes about Jaime finding her sense of fun again following a rocky point in a relationship. She sets sail on a luxury cruise ship and explores who she is as a person. As the reader, you get a front-row seat to see Jaime’s reawakening following the repression of her true self by her relationship. If you like romance and travel, this is the perfect book for you.

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