Leisure, Jul 2002, 6.99, 358 pp.
In the late 1870s at a Texas way station, Chief Ten Crow leads a band of Comanches on a raid that results in the death of Marissa Williams' traveling companion Louise Bennett. When Ten Crow notices Marissa he recognizes her as the woman in his visions. With everyone else left dead, the Comanche ride off with Marissa as a captive.
Ten Crow believes Marissa is an augur of peace and gives her to his adoptive son Wind Ryder, an action that angers his biological son Bear Claw who has always jealously detested his “brother”. Marissa is shocked further to realize her “intended” is a white man but even more emotionally devastating she falls in love with him. He reluctantly reciprocates. When the chief dies, Wind Ryder no longer feels at home with the Comanche as his only tether is gone. He leaves with Marissa, but their adventures are just beginning, as he has one foot in either world.
LONE WARRIOR is an exciting western romance starring two strong protagonists and a deep supporting cast that includes an enticing secondary love subplot. The story line is fast-paced coming out of the chute and never slows down until the plot crosses the finish line. Yet the relationship between Marissa and Wind Ryder seems contrived as she falls in real love (as opposed to the capture-prisoner Stockholm Syndrome) too fast with all that activity that happened to her in such a short time. Still sub-genre fans will delight in Bobbi Smith's non-stop action-jammed historical romance.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner