Raising Kane by Heather Long
Meet Kid Kane. The youngest brother, the passionate one, the one who lives with his soul exposed—he’s never met a woman he can’t seduce.
When the spirit fever struck a town, a village or an outpost, it left few if any survivors. The white man blamed the Indian saying they used their mojo on them. The Indians blamed the white man for angering the spirits. The survivors knew it didn’t matter. The Fevered were forever changed.
A gift he needs to tame…
Kid feels what the world around him feels, he is a raw, bleeding nerve, and he can’t control the pain anymore. After lashing out at everyone he loves, he agrees to an exile atop Quanto’s mountain to learn to control the power he wields. Desperate to end it, Kid battles with Wyatt the eldest Morning Star—hoping against hope that the man will kill him. He longs only for peace…
A gift she wants to harness…
Evelyn Lang grew up with a territorial judge for a father, and a secret—her father’s Fevered ability passed to her. When he’s killed in broad daylight in a little town in Kansas after freeing a slave, Lang is no longer bound by her father’s oath to never use her ability—now she must train it. She travels across hostile territory in search of the man who trained her father. She longs only for vengeance…
Tempestuous passions, opposing needs, and impulsive decisions divide them…
Conflicting goals put Kid and Evelyn in direct opposition. Her hunger for justice cuts him, but Quanto refuses his requests to train alone. Forced to train together, they must confront their deepest fears if they are ever to achieve their greatest desire….
His pain. Her obsession. Their battle.
He caught her around the waist and spun her around as she tried to dodge him. They landed in the hay, laughing. “No.” His tone was too playful to sound as stern as he’d intended.
Evelyn giggled against him and stole another kiss before clambering out of the hay. “I thought I did all right.”
“You didn’t get away. The point of this lesson is to get away from an attacker. You have to be willing to injure your opponent and, if not injure them, at least get around them.” He rose to his feet easily and spread his arms. “I have a longer reach than you do and my legs are longer.”
Laughter tipped through her again. She backed up a step and flipped her braid back over her shoulder. He’d left their bed—he’d already begun to think of her bed as theirs—and headed down to work on his shields with Wyatt. He could almost handle the more violent emotions Wyatt could hit him with, but just before the midday meal Evelyn appeared in the barn. Quanto apparently dismissed her from her lessons to join them.
Wyatt took charge the moment she’d stepped in the barn and asked her what she knew about self-defense. Could she handle a man attacking her? What about two? What about three? Was her gift the only thing she could rely on? The questions put her on edge, but Kid volunteered to ‘practice’ with her and their grappling ended in kisses more often than not. At some point, Wyatt had stalked out of the barn with a snort of disgust.
“I’m sorry, I can’t really take you attacking me very seriously.” Humor twined with lust in her eyes. “Especially not when the penalty for being caught is a kiss.”
The excitement rolling off her in waves was hard to ignore, shields or no shields. Clearing his throat, he put his hands on his hips and fought for a sober expression. “This is serious, Evelyn. What will you do if your gift fails you?”
“It won’t. William, I can conjure anything. Animals, people, and, in the worst scenarios, I run and hide.” The unconcerned attitude bothered him and he didn’t try to disguise his reaction.
“Evelyn, when I muted mine, when it didn’t work, I invited a man who tried to kill everyone onto the ranch and helped kill everyone in Dorado. If it hadn’t been for Scarlett, he would have successfully burned us out of our home, murdered every man, woman, child, and animal. If your gift fails, you have to know what to do.” Her safety mattered. She mattered.
The sparkle in her eyes dulled and her smile faded. “But he was a firestarter. How would my knowing how to fight help in that situation?”
“Micah doesn’t have an ability. He has his wits, his skill, his strength, and a gun.” Kid paced toward her. “He went up against people with powers, not once, but twice, and he won. Knowing how to defend yourself isn’t just a physical thing. It’s a mental one.”
And it clicked inside of him, something she’d said when she first arrived about standing in the alleyway with her father. Filing the thought away, he intended to talk to Quanto about it before bringing it up to Evelyn. He didn’t want to scare her or upset her if he didn’t have to.
Lifting her hands in a show of surrender, Evelyn nodded. “All right. I’ll try harder, but it’s still very difficult to take you seriously as an attacker.”
“Then worry less about my intentions and more about getting away…Unless you’d like me to spank you the next time I catch you?” He lunged forward and, to her credit, she danced to the side and raced for the door. Kid streaked after her and she dodged him, darting around the edge of the barn and racing for the hill. He caught her at the crest and turned, tumbling at the last minute so he took the brunt of the fall. She landed on top of him and all the air whooshed out of him.
“Hmm…” She laughed looking down at him. “I think since I’m on top, I win.” Her lips brushed over his and he opened his mouth to the kiss, thrusting his hand into her hair to keep her still. Her thighs straddled his hips and he arched upwards, nibbling her lower lip before sweeping his tongue to duel with hers.
Icy water splashed against them in a drenching wave and Evelyn shrieked. Spluttering Kid looked up to meet Wyatt’s nearly expressionless face. “You both seem to have failed the exercise of getting away from each other. Let’s start again.”
Q: Romance readers have a lot of choices these days. What makes Raising Kane stand out in the crowd?
A: Kid Kane’s journey has been a long and arduous one since he was introduced in Marshal of Hel Dorado. Raising Kane focuses on Kid’s battle to control his gift and so many questions about the Fevered are answered.
Q: We like to include our favorite quote in our reviews of the books we read. What is your favorite quote from Raising Kane?
A: My favorite quote from Raising Kane is:
“Would you like to share the theory or do you enjoy being vague and mysterious?” Kid to Quanto
About Heather Long
A national best selling author, Heather Long lives in Texas with her family and their menagerie of animals. In addition to military romance, Heather writes a wide variety of romance from paranormal historical western romance to contemporary romance and romantic suspense. She loves characters and the stories they have to tell. As a child, Heather skipped picture books and enjoyed the Harlequin romance novels by Penny Jordan and Nora Roberts that her grandmother read to her. Heather believes that laughter is as important to life as breathing and that the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy and Santa Claus are very real. In the meanwhile, she is hard at work on her next novel.
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