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In the unforgiving Arizona Territory, Mattie McAlister desired only to be left alone so she could raise her half-breed son in peace. Then one day Gordon Halpern charged into her world and challenged it with an offer she couldn’t refuse. An offer that meant supreme surrender ~ and meant that Gordon Halpern was both her greatest hope and her greatest fear....

Title : Tame the Wildest Heart
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ISBN : 23350127
Format Type : Kindle Edition
Number of Pages : 292 Pages
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Tame the Wildest Heart Reviews

  • Bukcrz
    2019-05-23 03:08

    I finished this book days ago but I still can't find the right words to convey how one of a kind this book's main characters was for me.One of a kind because both the hero and heroine aren't your run of the mill main characters where they are both beautiful and handsome and embodies the standard moral of society at their time. But mostly it's the heroine that captured my attention on this book. First, the book blurb is WRONG. She is not a wanton (as I understand this word to mean promiscuous) woman but she was a rape victim who remained a sex slave for a long time in her past life. In the book's present time, the heroine wasn't a wanton woman.Second and the reason I said she's one of a kind was that she isn't physically attractive as she hid her woman-ness because of what I mentioned above. The H even admitted to thinking her less than human the first time they meet and with reason since she never bother to please anyone. Her main purpose in her harsh world was to survive and keep her son alive and out of trouble.In the end, the hero and heroine's 'attraction' towards each other lies in their inner strength. The hero sees in the heroine her love and devotion towards her son and her word of honor. Her tenacity and hard earned skills to survive in the wild and in all situation. Her jaded, yet quite accurate, view of the harsh side of humanity. And also the hidden woman inside the wild woman that was so scared to come out yet eagerly awaiting for a reason to resurface.If you find yourself getting bored from all the cookie cutter romance characters, give this book a try. It's not for everyone for sure but for those souls brave enough to go through the harsh wild west, this will be a rewarding read. It's a book that shows both the dark side and the redeeming side of human heart.

  • Sherrie
    2019-05-01 23:06

    Not my cup of teaThe writing style kept me reading but the story itself wasn't captivating. I wanted to like Mattie. I was certainly angry about the way she was shunned. The townspeople acted as if she--or any woman wanted to be kidnapped, raped, and beaten. Sadly, women are still treated as if it is their fault if they are raped. Then Mattie is dehumanized by her experience, both by the Indians and the townspeople. She is almost afraid to embrace her femininity. Kind of makes it difficult to buy into the love interest. Granted, Gordon was confused about his wife but I wasa little baffled that a man who had such integrity as to rescue a wife that did not love him would stoop to using Mattie. Maybe I am too sensitive but when a man tells me repeatedly that he finds me crude and physically unattractive, chances are, I'm not having sex with him. Are they together because they are both broken? Not a very healthy relationship. Here's the thing, Mattie needed to accept and embrace the fact that she is a woman. It's not like it's disease but she still refuses to so much and groom herself. By not changing, it felt like all those people who hurt her won. Being a woman, looking like a woman isn' t giving in, it's moving on. No personal growth sucks. I felt like the story never progressed. I guess what really bothered me was that Mattie wanted love but couldn't even love herself. She proved she had no self worth by being dirty and crude. On top of that, she was willing to settle for crumbs from Gordon. She knew he was married and even if his wife rejected him, that wouldn't change that fact. So, I see Gordon's growth from opinionated jerk to someone who sees beneath the surface. Still think he is afraid of his own dark side and maybe believes the only woman who could care for him is someone as uncivilized as Mattie. (Repeatedly throughout the story when Mattie tells someone that Gordon is her husband, he remarks as to how unbelievable that story is. ) That leads me to an ending that made me want to knock heads together. I don't expect Mattie to turn into a lady but I do expect her to let go of the androgynous bit-- to embrace both sides of herself. Gordon was a trip. I don' t think he did Mattie any favors by telling her not to change. I'm not saying she should conform but she has buried herself inside a gruff asexual exterior. It's great to see the beauty within but there was a feeling he was settling. Both deserve better.

  • Nancy Steinle gummel
    2019-05-06 02:52

    Tame the Wildest Heart by Parris Afton Bonds is not the typical western romance. Mattie McAlister was pregnant when the Apache murdered her parent and kidnapped her. Her little girl was killed by Mastectomy shortly after her birth. She got pregnant again by Mastectomy and had a little boy she called Albert. She eventually escaped when the boy was about five years old. She was looked down upon because she survived. She had problems with Albert in school. He wanted the ways of his father not the white man. She worked in the Chinaman Kee's restaurant. One day Gordon Halpern show up asking for her help to find his wife Diana kidnapped by the Apache's who kidnapped her. She turns him down until she finds her son stole Kee's buckboard and went looking for his father. Mattie tells Gordon she'll do it but she needs someone else. She goes to the Mormon preacher Bingham. She tells him he can have half the money. He wants half his money up front. Gordon gives them a line of credit to purchase supplies. They need Gingham because as a preacher he knows the circuit, knows the lay of the land in Mexico.

  • Lisa C.
    2019-05-05 22:08

    This is not your typical historical romance. I was expecting more after seeing the high ratings for this story. I found it to be slow, to the point I was skipping or skimming and still didn't miss anything. Mattie was a tough woman who had been through a lot and didn't care what others thought of her. I didn't really like the hero that much and can't definitively say why. He just didn't do anything for me.Probably the best part is that this isn't the typical story for this genre. The main characters were flawed and not the beautiful, perfect, wealthy types that usually star in the story.

  • FeliciaKaren
    2019-05-18 04:07

    This story not a histo romance but likely a fiction.Also,average life expectancy in the times 35-40 and the author's heroine is thirty years old and very unattractive.

  • A.T. Hills
    2019-05-26 03:49

    This book was not my typical genre at all but boy am I glad I took a chance with it. It is filled with emotion, action and a little sexiness, which all adds up to a really good story.

  • One-Click
    2019-05-17 01:48

    AudiobookNarration - Laura Jennings - Really Good! She has a good range of character voices of both sexes. Terrific storyteller - Didn't want this story to end!This is a great book. We're in the Wild West - Mattie's parents were killed during an Apache raid, her weasel of a husband ran to try to save his own hide, and she was kidnapped by the tribe and kept as a slave by the Chief. Years later she's escaped with her half-breed son and we find Mattie working and minding her own business, but she's ostracized and called a whore because of her 'savage' ways. Her son is treated like a second class citizen and has grown to hate his school. She no longer cares about keeping appearances, she just works hard to survive and take care of her son. Gordon shows up in town and is laying low after having killed a man in a fight. He approaches Mattie though because he needs her help. His wife was kidnapped by the same band of Indians that took Mattie. She refuses, until she finds that her son (fed up with the ways of the white man) has run away to find his dad and the adventure begins!This really is a great read/listen! It's well written, and has a great plot that holds true throughout the story - eye rolling here. There's some happy, some sad, some tragedy and romance all wrapped up in a really terrific bundle of entertainment! Definitely worth the listenI was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via audiobookblast

  • Lilmissmolly
    2019-04-25 23:51

    Tame the Wildest Heart by Parris Afton Bonds is not the usual historical romance that one would expect set during the mid-1800's in Arizona. The main characters are not wealthy beautiful aristocrats coming out west for an adventure. Rather, our heroine, Mattie, is a single unwed mother who is shunned by the town folk despite keeping to herself and working hard at a legitimate job to support herself and her 9-year old son. Prior to this time, she was kidnapped by the Apache when she was 18 and kept a sex slave of the Chief until she escaped nearly 10-years later. Our hero, Gordon, seeks out Mattie's help to rescue his wife who was recently kidnapped by the same chief. Mattie agrees after her son runs away, intent on returning to his father. Unfortunately for Gordon, once they rescue his wife, she does not appreciate being rescued and quickly falls apart.I listened to the Audible version of this book narrated by Laura Jennings who did a great job. She had different voices for each character, both young and old and male and female. Because of her narration, I enjoyed listening to this book much more than I would have if I only read it. I received a copy of this audio in exchange for an honest review from

  • Charissa
    2019-04-30 05:00

    This romance is kind of Jane Eyre like in that the characters are no beauties; its morals are not as high as Jane Eyre though. The heroine was stolen by Indians at 18 and abused by a warlike chief who claimed her as his slave-wife. When she escapes with her child by the same horrible man and makes her way to freedom in Tucson, life doesn’t get any easier. With her half-breed son, she is shunned and called a whore. Her history has made her into one of the toughest, crudest heroines you’ll ever read about. The hero has just lost his wife to the same crazy Indian chief and pays Mattie to take him into the wilderness to find and get her back. Mattie would be insane to go back to that horrid life, but when her nine year old son runs away, intent on returning to his Indian heritage, Mattie takes Gordon on his journey since she must save her son from his folly. As they face trials in the desert by bandits, terrain, animals, and their hearts, they will have to make choices that will be hard…and maybe even unacceptable. Very intriguing plot and characters.

  • Terri
    2019-05-04 04:09

    I was given this audio book at no charge by the narrator in exchange for an unbiased review by historical romance written by Parris Afton Bonds and narrated by Laura Jennings was a real treat. Maddie was a Scottish girl that had been captured in America by Indians and escaped years later with her half-breed son. Gordon Halpern is a man who seeks Maddie out to help him rescue his wife from the same band of Indians that had held her. Maddie agrees to help him after her nine year old son runs away to find his father. They battle the elements, the soldiers in the area and the attraction they feel for each other. The time and surroundings are described so well that it's very hard not to lose yourself in the book. It is very well written with strong characters.The voice of Laura Jennings is extremely easy to listen to and the different accents, tones and inflections for the characters were superb. I feel that the experience was richer for having listened to it vs. just reading the book. I'll be looking for more to experience from this duo

  • Tiasdolls
    2019-05-06 02:46

    "Nicely written adventure and storytelling"Is there anything you would change about this book?I would have liked the narrator to be able to pronounce the Spanish names and phrases.What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)Satisfying.What do you think the narrator could have done better?I liked the narrator. She did a great job in giving characters their own voices. However, the Spanish pronunciations were poor. At times, the narration continued in the Scottish type brogue, which was confusing.Do you think Tame the Wildest Heart needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?No. It's a nice standalone.Any additional comments?I received a copy of this book from the author via Audiobookblast for an unbiased review. I would read other books by Ms. Bonds and other books narrated by Ms. Jennings.

  • P Bee
    2019-05-19 02:45

    This is a classic Western Romance that I'd recommend. I haven't read one like this in many years and everything in the book was just perfect from the gritty, dark characters to the the larger than life hero and heroine Gordon Halpern and Mattie Mcalister. The setting was written well and I'm no expert but the historical aspects seemed right for the time period. I can assume the author did a lot of research to make the book seem so realistic.I appreciated that fact that Mattie was portrayed as such a strong character. It was fitting for a woman trying to raise a child alone in that day. This is a book that's well worth your time. It has a good storyline and a lot of drama.

  • Jeene Hobbs
    2019-05-09 23:07

    Two unlikely souls"So many horrendous memories crashed in on her. The worst of them came, not from her years spent in captivity, but from these four spent in a society that considered itself civilized. With her own people, she felt less than human, different from everyone else, tainted and worthless."Set in the dessert Southwest, this is as much an action adventure story as it is a romance. As a romance it is unconventional. I notice that stories which include multiple cultures (e.g. Apache, Mexican, Anglo) tend to be more complex. This is not a light read. The landscape is a major character and well described.

  • Marcy Clay
    2019-05-22 02:08

    Not your typical romance!I thoroughly enjoyed this novel! It has action, romance, and adventure set in the untamed west. Mattie survives years of torture and abuse by an Apache war chief. She escapes to civilization and is treated as a harlot. A man, Gordon, seeks her out to help him rescue his wife who was taken by the same sadistic Apache. She is offered plenty of money, so she decides to help Gordon so she can return to Scotland for a better life with her son, Albert. Read it!

  • Kathleen Ruggio
    2019-05-06 23:11

    Wild MattieI loved the scenery of the old west the author described so beautifully. The Indian culture so rich in its history. Mattie Mcallister and Gordon Halpern struck a bargain to return to an Indian encampment that she had previously escaped with her son to rescue Gordon's wife. The relationships that grew in strength throughout this trip were well developed and interesting. I think this book is good for mature readersDue to the violent sections.

  • Cindy Woods
    2019-05-20 22:50

    Another good readBonds' books are a favorite of mine. This book is a good example of her skill with a good, strong, adventurous plot and well described and developed characters.I love the fact that the characters are all imperfect humans....real people. This is a fast paced story with a lot of action. An added bonus is the romance developing between the H and h and the strong supporting characters. I would definitely recommend this book.

  • Debbie
    2019-05-23 03:54

    I liked the story of Mattie McAlister and her strength that brought her through being captured by the Indians and then escaping with her son. She meets Gordon Halpern and he changes her life on so many levels. She has to go back to the very place she almost didn't escape the first time.This book has a lot of twists and turns and held my interest well.I really liked how the author made you feel like you were riding along with them through the desert.

  • Cyndy
    2019-05-02 23:59

    Great BookThis book was great! Mattie McAllister survived Indian captivity and escape has been asked to return back to help rescue Gordon Halpern's wife. When her son born to the Indian chief runs away to return to his father Mattie has no choice but to go after him. This woman has grit. If you like a strong heroine read an enjoy.

  • Ingrid Spera
    2019-05-06 23:53

    I think this had potential, but she was a bit too whiney, he was too back and forth in his desires, and the little kid wanted to be with his father throughout the whole book and then suddenly changed his mind? Overall, could have been great... just wasn't.

  • Phycilla Gable
    2019-05-18 21:54

    Amazon reviewAn interesting book. This was definitely different. It was a good plot and well written. The language is a little rough. It's definitely an old west/indian type story. It is a love story of sorts. It's really hard to describe.

  • Chris
    2019-04-28 02:49

    lots of adventure, which was fun, but quite a bit of unbelievable storyline as well. The boy who wanted nothing other than to be with his father suddenly flips a switch and goes against him. Strange and far fetched. The guy who steals their money and horses suddenly shows up and saves them?

  • Jewell Mills
    2019-05-08 00:46

    Good rearRead this book in one sitting. Great story Line if you like a little romance adventure and the raw acceptance of struggle take what life throws at you and run with it

  • Norma Reasor
    2019-05-20 23:07

    GreatLoved this book. A look into the old West. A glimpse of the savagery and, perhaps, of the redemption of a broken life.

  • Melodye Johnson
    2019-05-26 02:47

    Very good readCouldn't put it down, it was so good, didn't even want to sleep, or go to the bathroom. I would recommend it to any reader.

  • Karen
    2019-05-05 00:49

    Her son runs away and Maddie gets him back with the help of a boxer looking for his wife.