Quincy's Woman

Eclipse Heat Book 1

Dragged to Texas by her father, Lucy is not too happy with her circumstances. Missing the social season in Boston is bad enough, but being subjected to the harsh people who inhabit Texas is even worse. Especially rancher Ambrose Quince. Why is he always underfoot?

Ambrose takes one look at Lucy and knows what he wants. Taking time from his ranch to woo her he gets unexpected help in the form of a tragedy. When Lucy turns to him he makes his move. When she says yes he rushes her to the altar. But are they too different to make a marriage work?

This was reminiscent of the romances I read as a young girl, just with a little more spice. I felt I knew Lucy since the story was told in her voice, but Ambrose remained two-dimensional for me. I got more personality out of his brother Hamilton, who I assume will have a story himself. Not as spicy as I would have liked, I did enjoy reading about how Lucy turns from a spoiled child into a woman of the West. With no great surprises this story still managed to flow smoothly and kept me interested until the end.

Book Blurb for Quincy's Woman

Fresh from the post-Civil War salons and drawing rooms of Boston, Lucille McKenna considers herself a sophisticated young woman. But when she meets Texas rancher, Ambrose Quince, she turns into a flustered girl. He's too old, war roughened and unrefined--and she has no idea how to deal with the way he makes her feel.

Quincy falls fast and hard for the innocent debutante visiting Eclipse, Texas. Persuading Lucy to accept his pursuit is hard since he can't even justify his interest to himself. He has ranch chores waiting, and no time to be running to town to court a woman. He knows Lucille McKenna was never meant for the likes of him,but he can't help himself. She's the only woman he'll ever want.

When tragedy strikes, Lucy accepts the gruff rancher's proposal,turning to him for solace and protection. Though their differences often cause angry disagreements, passion holds them together as they build enduring love.

Night Owl Reviews Jun, 2011 3.50