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Hoping to cool off a twenty-five-year-old feud between two neighboring families, Cassie Stuart only succeeds in pouring kerosene on the flames. Both sides have warned her to get out of Texas pronto … or they will burn her father's ranch to the ground. What Cassie needs is a peacemaker but she ends up with a widow-maker instead.

He is called Angel, a ruggedly handsome hired gun with eyes as black as sin. Unwanted and unwelcomed by his ungrateful employer, he would just as soon leave Cassie to fend for herself. But a stubborn sense of duty, and a desire to taste the sweetness of her kiss steels Angel's resolve to make Cassie want him, come hell or high water … and for more than his gun alone.

Topics: Bodyguards, Family Feuds, Neighbors, Love, Texas, Wyoming, United States of America, American West, Family, Passionate, Trilogy, and Series

Published: HarperCollins on Jun 21, 2011
ISBN: 9780062106445
List price: $5.99
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When 21 year old Harriet moves away from home to the passions of Kings Cross, she is learns about men, love and tarot cards. A moving story, I enjoyed immensely.read more
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I must say, Dapto Tuesday Book Club ushered in 2007 with a great meeting! We started the year with a light read from Colleen McCullough's Angel Puss. Set in 1960's King Cross, it tells the story of Harriet Purcell, a young nurse keen to get out of home and away from the clutches of her family and long time boyfriend. Training as a technician, and so armed with a coveted man's wage (rare for a young woman back then), Harriet begins her adventure into the world of prostitutes, gays, luscious doctors and crystal balls.Although it was only released a few years ago, Nancy provided us with information that McCullough actually wrote it in the 70s, after penning the Thorn Birds. We all agreed that there are plenty of biographical aspects to this story, but most of our members found the story too fluffy, the characters not believable and the writing childish.This is not to say some of us didn't enjoy the read. Carol, Denise and Sue thought it was a fun book - perfect summer reading. It produced a stimulating discussion on the place of women in the 50s and 60s and also Kings Cross itself. There were plenty of stories of personal experiences at the Cross in younger days, but admission that its hidden, seedier side was something they were mostly unaware of. Ahhh, the innocence of youth!Eventually we did circle around to Angel Puss herself, the young autistic four year old from who the book takes its title, and the heartreaking aspects of autism. Personally I loved the book, as I do most of McCullough's work. I found it fun, full of humour and thoroughly entertaining, with all the wonderful Australian characters I've come to expect from her novels. She is a brilliant story teller, something that is truly in her nature. I met her many years ago and found her to be down to earth and completely unpretentious. So although this book scored low with our group - due mainly to the writing style I presume, it did give us plenty of fodder for deabte and dialogue. Which is what we like to do most! Welcome back everyone.read more
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I adored this book. It has something for everyone.. magic, love, family, brothels, hospitals, lawyers, and quirky but oh! so lovable characters.If you can find it, read it!read more
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When 21 year old Harriet moves away from home to the passions of Kings Cross, she is learns about men, love and tarot cards. A moving story, I enjoyed immensely.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
I must say, Dapto Tuesday Book Club ushered in 2007 with a great meeting! We started the year with a light read from Colleen McCullough's Angel Puss. Set in 1960's King Cross, it tells the story of Harriet Purcell, a young nurse keen to get out of home and away from the clutches of her family and long time boyfriend. Training as a technician, and so armed with a coveted man's wage (rare for a young woman back then), Harriet begins her adventure into the world of prostitutes, gays, luscious doctors and crystal balls.Although it was only released a few years ago, Nancy provided us with information that McCullough actually wrote it in the 70s, after penning the Thorn Birds. We all agreed that there are plenty of biographical aspects to this story, but most of our members found the story too fluffy, the characters not believable and the writing childish.This is not to say some of us didn't enjoy the read. Carol, Denise and Sue thought it was a fun book - perfect summer reading. It produced a stimulating discussion on the place of women in the 50s and 60s and also Kings Cross itself. There were plenty of stories of personal experiences at the Cross in younger days, but admission that its hidden, seedier side was something they were mostly unaware of. Ahhh, the innocence of youth!Eventually we did circle around to Angel Puss herself, the young autistic four year old from who the book takes its title, and the heartreaking aspects of autism. Personally I loved the book, as I do most of McCullough's work. I found it fun, full of humour and thoroughly entertaining, with all the wonderful Australian characters I've come to expect from her novels. She is a brilliant story teller, something that is truly in her nature. I met her many years ago and found her to be down to earth and completely unpretentious. So although this book scored low with our group - due mainly to the writing style I presume, it did give us plenty of fodder for deabte and dialogue. Which is what we like to do most! Welcome back everyone.
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I adored this book. It has something for everyone.. magic, love, family, brothels, hospitals, lawyers, and quirky but oh! so lovable characters.If you can find it, read it!
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I just re-read this book this weekend and was reminded again how much I love it, despite being a non-fan of western romance.Angel is a ruthless gunfighter. However, he is indebted by a friend to undertake the business of peacemaker for the sake of Cassie Stuart. Cassie has a tendency of meddling, which landed her in big trouble lately: In her effort to pacificate her warring neighbors, she played matchmaker for their children. Unfortunately, the matchmaking effort didn't end well, leaving the two families in an ever greater hostility with each other but also with Cassie. Angel is forced to stay close in order to keep Cassie safe from her enemies and also try to help the situation as best as he can without -as Cassie demands- shooting anyone. But staying close to Cassie, proves to be dangerous in ways Angel never imagined. Cassie is not only the first person to not be afraid of him; she's also the only person so far interested to get to know him. She's also strong, independant but sweet and caring. She comes to realize how lonely Angel really is and that despite appearing ruthless, he has his own code of honor that won't allow him to treat others unfairly or let a woman get hurt. Both are attracted to each other but won't openly admit it. Cassie because she's considering herself unattractive -her previous suitors admited to courting her just for her money- and Angel because he believes he's unworthy of any real lady. At that point, her neighbors decide to get their revenge on Cassie in a way similar to hers: matchmaking. They force Cassie and Angel to marry -under the threat of a shotgun- giving them the excuse they were looking for in order to end up in bed together:) Unfortunately, a day -and night!- or two later, Cassie's parents arrive in the ranch, demand that the two of them get a divorce and Angel walks away.Of course this is not the end of the story which has a HEA in more ways than one! This is one of the sweetest, more charming stories I've ever read. Angel is an awesome hero, with a seriously troubled past which surprisingly he doesn't carry as a flag around him. He's dangerous but when he comes to care for Cassie he falls for good. And Cassie, despite being innocent and sweet, has the spine to stand up beside such a man. There are numerous humorous instances throughout the book, many of which derive from Cassie's rather unique family and their 'pets'. But this levity does not mean the book lacks emotional depth; on the contrary. A really great romance, that left me -again- with a smile on my face all day long. --Warning about Savage Thunder was removed--
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This is a good read, particularly if you are in the mood for gunfighting, romance, action/adventure. It has a combination of various genres. The synopsis as follows: Headstrong and stubborn to a fault, Cassandra is like no other woman that the gunman Angel has ever known. She has a menagerie of animals - among them an oversized black cat (panther) that likes to nibble on toes!She makes every ones business her business and as a result a feud capitulates out of proportion; which involves Angel becoming her protector. When the feud is resolved, then Cassandra employs her skills once again- finding Angels' mother and distancing herself from her hearts desire- a ruthless, rugged man who is more loveable than what seems to meet the eye. All of Johanna Lindseys' books are great to read. There is drama, romance, action, suspense...you name it! This is just one of the many few works of Lindseys that capture what romance and comedy is all about.
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