No Other Man
by Shannon Drake
My second historical romance novel of the summer. This one was much better written then the first one I read and Shannon Drake/Heather Graham does a reasonably good job with a somewhat unbelievable plot. A woman (Skylar) running from danger meets a dying man who wants to help her. She marries him by legal proxy, but unwittingly finds out later that it was to the man’s son. Skylar, now believing she is widowed, travels towards her deceased husband’s estate and meets a half-breed Indian named Hawk, who turns out to be her new husband. Afraid of what could happen if she returns to her home in the East, she agrees to be his wife and “perform” her wifely duties, but with the stipulation that she will never love him. Predictably, she soon falls in love with him despite herself, even the Sioux part of his life. For his part, Hawk struggles with his feelings towards her because she is too secretive and he believes she had something to do with his fathers death. Most of the problems in the book come from the lack of communication between the two of them and I can’t understand why Drake stretches Skylar’s “secrets” so far into the narrative. Obviously, there new life together is not easy because of this, and during their travels together she is repeatedly and mysteriously (to Hawk) attacked because of the information she is hiding. I did like the book and will read the two sequels eventually, but I’m not in a huge hurry. Quick read.