One of my all time favorite authors was Johanna Lindsey. Maybe I shouldn't use the word was because she still is but for her older novels than her more recent releases. I haven't read one of her releases in quite a few years, but have wonderful memories of her earlier releases. Everything she wrote prior to this century, so odd to write that, but everything prior to 2000 I own in print. To me, her novels were filled with strong heroines, swoon-worthy heroes and witty dialogue all featured among a variety of historical backdrops. She even had a few futuristic space romances!
Her covers are also memorable. Who could forget Fabio, all bulging muscles and flowing hair, demonstrating his dominance?
Lindsey has written addictive series like the Mallory family which is one of my all time favorites. Then there are her western novels. Her Wyoming trilogy: Brave the Wild Wind, Savage Thunder and Angel were such a treat to read. I even managed to find Savage Thunder in hardcover.
Published by Avon Books
Newly widowed after a shockingly brief marriage to an elderly British lord, Jocelyn Fleming still aches with the pain of unexplored desire. And now her restless heart is leading her far from the protective bosom of polite London society to the perilous beauty of the American West . . .and to Colt Thunder. Breathlessly exciting but dangerously unpredictable, Colt is a loner whose Cheyenne blood burns hotter than the blistering Arizona sun. Jocelyn's wealth and title mean nothing to this strange whose passion rules his actions and his heart. But neither the wild desert stallion nor the untouched English rose can deny their irresistible attraction. . .or prevent the firestorm of emotion that erupts when their vastly different worlds collide.
The hero's name is such a classic! Colt Thunder! Yes, it dates the book but it still makes me smile. And Jocelyn is a strong heroine, a British aristocrat in the American wild west. She travels with an entourage, complete with carriage, as if she is still in England. I remember enjoying the banter between Colt and Jocelyn. He's very straightforward and Jocelyn is well, properly British. Another thing I remember about this story is the secondary character of Angel. He has a mysterious air of danger surrounding him. The best part, he gets his own book which became another favorite of mine.
Savage Thunder is memorable not only for the hero and heroine but for a scene that I don't think I'll ever forget, even when I'm old and senile. I might not be able to remember what day it is, but I'll remember the "they did it on horseback" scene.
She climaxed in her dream. She woke up with it, still throbbing, the most blissful languor drifting through her limbs - and not a clue to what she had been dreaming about, though it wasn't difficult to hazard a guess.
Jocelyn stretched deliciously, yawned - and realized she was on a horse. Her eyes popped open to a number of other realizations clamoring for notice. The sun was setting. The horse was just plodding along, its reins wrapped around the saddle horn. Her Jacket was wide open, as was her blouse. And the right side of her lacy camisole was tucked beneath her breast, exposing that plump mound to the rosy glow of the sunset. But that wasn't even the worst of it. Her skirt was hiked up to her hips, revealing the unladylike spread of her legs on either side of the horse. And between her legs . . .
" 'Bout time you woke up."
"Remove your hand at once!"
"I like it where it is."
"I don't care what you—"
"Stop screeching, Duchess, or we won't have any dinner tonight. You'll have scared away every animal for miles around."
She was close to sputtering, while he offered her nothing but a lazy drawl? "To hell with dinner! You can't-"
He interrupted her again. "I already have. And leave your blouse alone. It took me a damned long time getting it open, and I like it, too, as it is."
When she didn't obey him, his fingers delved more deeply inside her. She gave a tiny moan, of protest or pleasure, he wasn't sure which. Neither was she, but finally her hands fell away from her clothes to grip his thighs instead.
"That's better," he bent to whisper by her ear. "Do you still want me to remove my hand?" She wouldn't answer. "You liked it, didn't you?"
She still wouldn't answer. But her back arched, her head reared back, and her fingers were now kneading his thighs in a desperate manner. He took advantage of her exposed neck to graze his teeth along her skin, sending ripples of excitement down to her belly. His other hand, which had been spread across her middle to hold her against him, came up now to her exposed breast. The nipple was already hard and begging for his touch. He teased it a while before satisfying it with the firm pressure of his palm in a circular motion. The other breast was soon bared for the same tantalizing treatment. And the fingers of his other hand, still slowly moving . . .
"I'm sorry I couldn't wait, Duchess, but you were given fair warning, weren't you?" His hot breath filling her ear was nearly her undoing.
"I didn't . . . expect to be attacked . . . when I wasn't looking," she finally got out, only to hear him chuckle.
"It makes no difference when or how, when it's not up to you. You relinquished all choices when you agreed to take off with me. Actually, you relinquished them a while back. You just didn't know it."
"What are you talking about?"
"If a Cheyenne maiden allows a warrior to touch her body intimately, that warrior wouldn't be criticized if he then treats her in a proprietary manner. It would, in fact, be unusual if he didn't consider her his belonging. You allowed me more than a mere touch, didn't you, Duchess?"
Proprietary? Belonging? Why wasn't she incensed by those words? And why was it the deep timbre of his voice stimulated what she was already feeling? And his fingers . . . dear Lord, she could barely draw breath to answer him.
"I'm not Cheyenne."
"No. . .but I am."
"And the white half has had one helluva time resisting twenty-two years of ingrained customs and beliefs lately. Now turn around."
"Turn around. I want you facing me."
"Why do you think?"
There was enough insinuation in that to give her the answer. And he had ensured, with the deft movements of his fingers deep inside her and with his possession of her breasts, that she wouldn't object to his intention too strenuously. She just couldn't believe he was serious about the way he meant to do it.
"Why don't you stop the horse?"
"And waste time spreading a blanket? I'd have to take my hands off you to do that, and I don't think I can. Besides, this is the way I thought about it, Duchess, when you were making all those sexy little sounds in your sleep. You rode my fingers to the rhythm of my horse. I want you riding me to the same rhythm."
She was lifting her leg over the horse's neck before he'd even finished talking. He helped her bring the other one around. There was a brief problem with her skirt, but by the time she'd solved it, he was also ready, and before she even thought to wonder how they were going to do this, he lifted her, impaled her, and then dug his heels into his mount. With a gasp, all Jocelyn could do was hold on.
It was the most incredible ride of her life. Arms locked around Colt's neck, legs around his hips, she didn't have to move a muscle, just glide with the motion of the man and the horse. It was when Colt took the animal through its slower gaits that things got re-ally interesting, especially when he no longer moved with the flow of motion, but against it, forcing her to bounce, grind, and slam against him.
By the time the horse came to a standstill, she had climaxed three times with soul-searing intensity. She was also slightly dazed, so it took her a while to realize they had stopped, or that Colt was kissing her in a sweetly tender way.
"Are you all right?"
"I haven't the faintest idea."
He chuckled. God, she could feel it between her legs—they were still connected. She was also still clinging to him. She let her arms slide down his shoulders as she leaned back. Her blush was thankfully indistinguishable in what little light there was left in the day. But he must have sensed it. He tilted her chin up and placed another soft kiss on her lips.
"You'll get used to it, Duchess. I intend to see that you do."
To his lovemaking? Or to his new manner with her? She was so accustomed to his surliness, his bitterness, his pushing her away by deed or word. He'd changed since leaving Santa Fe, and she didn't know quite what to make of the new Colt Thunder. She wouldn't go so far as to call him charming.
Proprietary came to mind, and she recalled what he'd said earlier. He hadn't really been serious about considering her his belonging, had he?
"Ah—didn't you mention something about dinner tonight? I'm not certain, but I may be starving."