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HaBO: Native American Romance From Awhile Back

Keri adores romance, and she is looking for a book she read a long, long time ago, before her taste in romances changed.

It is a historical romance. A bunch of women are kidnapped by a group of Indian braves. One of the women is captured by a warrior who is kind and patient and doesn’t rape her. He waits until she feels comfortable with her, and then seduces her. She ends up becoming part of the tribe, and marrying her captor. She is the only one of her group that does. The rest of her friends are simply servants of their captors. She has two children with her husband,and brings her best friend into her home under her husband’s protection.

She has no intention of ever leaving, but she is then rescued against her will by some of Custer’s men. She is returned to her family and she refuses to live as a white woman. She only speaks the language of her husband’s people and braids her hair instead of putting it up.

Her husband comes to her and reveals that he is actually half native American and half—whatever his mother’s people are. He grew up spending half of the time with his mother and half of the time with his father. His plan is to woo her as someone from her world; marry her there, and then they can go back to the Indian village. I vaguely remember the name Justin. I don’t know if that is the hero’s name, or his best friend’s name. I am fairly certain that the heroine is named Tanya.


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    Custer was an asshole.

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    Aw, frig. I think I’ve read this, but can’t for the life of me recall the name. Either I read it a LONG time ago (like in the eighties) and then when Dances with Wolves came out I thought “oh, hello, similar story”…or I read it sometime after the movie and thought the wrier was skating a little close to the line.

    Dang it. Now that’s gonna drive me nuts.

    Oh, and I agree, Virginia. Custer WAS an asshole.

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    Angela N. says:

    Shawnee Bride!

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    SusannaG says:

    Tanya?  If her family wasn’t Russian, that’s a very non-period name.

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    Silver James says:

    Dang. I thought I knew this one! SWEETWATER SAGA by Roxanne Dent, but the Cheyenne warrior the heroine fell in love with wasn’t a halfbreed so it’s probably SHAWNEE BRIDE. I read SWEETWATER so very long ago (like 30 years!) but I still remember it and still have a copy stashed somewhere! (As a Native American, it didn’t piss me off in the way the Cheyenne were depicted and was quite realistic as well as being a terrific read.)

    Heh on Custer. I still remember a bumper sticker from my college days: Custer Wore Arrow Shirts (popular back when Russell Means was doing the college talk circuit.)

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    Heather says:

    This reminds me of an episode of Fresh Air from a couple months back. This kind of thing actually happened! Well at least the kidnapping, getting married and having kids, and re-kidnapping.

    (Warning: no HEA in this story.)

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    Ashley says:

    OMG I own this!! It’s silken savage by Catherine Hart. It’s actually reeeeally good, very historical.  If you liked this one, you’ll probably like Tender savage by Phoebe conn.

    I hope I’m right! do I get a prize? lololol

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    AbbyT says:

    Sounds like the plot of every Nora Hess book I devoured in the bookstore aisles when I was 14. :)

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    Journeywoman says:

    Absolutely Silken Savage.  I loved this book when I was younger but as I grew I loved the sequel Summer Storm much better.

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    Raylee says:

    OMG I own this!! It’s silken savage by Catherine Hart. It’s actually reeeeally good, very historical.  If you liked this one, you’ll probably like Tender savage by Phoebe conn.

    I still own mine too.  It’s a great story.  One I still re-read.

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    Kristina says:

    Sounds like a Cassie Edwards romance.  I read all of hers when I was in High school.  I think I even read this one.

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    Isn’t it understood that every book sounds a little like a Cassie Edwards cuz it is?

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    darlynne says:

    @Virginia Llorca: HAHAHAHAHA! Good one.

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    Tanya says:

    Definitely Silken Savage! I remember loving it as a teenager when I first read it and not just because the heroine and I shared the same name.

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    Melissa says:

    It’s definitely Silken Savage by Catherine Hart

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    Maya Banks says:

    Definitely SIlken Savage by Catherine Hart!  My teenage heart loved this book SOOOOO much :))

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    Maya Banks says:

    but just a warning, don’t read the sequels. The one about Panther and Tanya’s daughter upset my hormonal teenage heart so much that it’s a wonder I didn’t need therapy. It still makes me sad all these years later ;)

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    James Lynch says:

    As an aside, I love Keri’s description in the original query “… a warrior who is kind and patient and doesn’t rape her.”

    I would think a kind and patient character would, by extension, not be a rapist.  Then again, I haven’t read any of those old-school romances discussed (and often warned about) in BEYOND HEAVING BOSOMS, so what do I know?

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    ashley says:

    There’s a sequel??? omg is it gooood????

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    myaamiadawn says:

    It could be *both* by Catherine Hart and Cassie Edwards. I mean, Edwards “borrowed” so much of her writing from so many people it’s kinda hard to keep track. (see the Edwards file on this very blog for more info)

    BTW, for those of you who like reading about Native people, pretty much *any* book with the word “savage” in the title means that it’s pretty stereotypical, inaccurate & probably offensive to actual indigenous folks—pure fantasy with some historical details thrown in.

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    Miss Moppet says:

    Silken Savage by Catherine Hart? I read that book I think. Did she have a cousin who was crazy and burned her house down because she wouldn’t marry him when she came home?

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    @myaamiadawn.  Re”  Cassie Edwards’ work.  That is kinda what I was referring to.  Sorry I was so vague. Apparently one person got it.

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    Tandis says:

    I think I’ve read this, but someone with a better memory than I do has to tell me: Is this the one with the moon hut? That special place she had to go when “Aunt Flo” was visiting because it was considered unclean?

    A neighbor has a teepee that, for some reason, they assemble in their front yard every Spring and leave it there for about four weeks. My husband and I have taken to joking that it’s their “moon hut” (with my husband making the gratuitous disgusting jokes). :D

    Just wondering if it was the same book, because I’d love to show that passage to my husband.

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    Susan says:

    Just to throw in another possibility, this sounds a lot like Constance O’Banyon’s Wind Warrior:

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