Publisher: Decadent Publishing
Genre: Historical Romance
Heat Rating: 2
A decadent-looking savage has captured Francesca DuVall and her brother, Marsh. Now she must spend every waking moment planning an escape from the camp of the brutal savages. What she doesn't count on is the powerful draw of desire interfering with her scheme.
Ethan Gray is a curator at a national museum in Washington, D.C. . . . most of the time. But when he travels through time to help his beloved People, he becomes Meko, leader of the most revered and feared tribe of the plains, the Cheyenne Dog Soldiers.
Their worlds are decades apart, yet Meko can’t resist the dark beauty he kidnapped during a raid. He has many battles to fight, but none more crucial than capturing Cesca’s heart forever.
I must applaud Keta Diablo for the research, time, and commitment she put into Where The Rain Is Made. At first I was overwhelmed by the terminology and names presented in the first chapter, but I am so glad I kept reading. The book takes a sharp turn once Meko and Cesca meet, and I was pulled into Keta Diablo’s world until the last page.
I compare the reading of this book to watching an epic movie. I was transported, walked amongst the Cheyenne people, smelled, saw, tasted, and felt everything they did. As much as I never wanted the experience to end, I was also eager for the unlikely couple to find their HEA.
Cesca is a white settler, living with her father and brother. When Indians raid their camp, killing her father and many others, they are taken away as captives. Despite her internal fears, especially for her younger brother, she is feisty and strong on the outside. This fearlessness draws the attention of Meko, a time traveler that lives in two worlds from the power of the raven.
One of my favorite characters was the old woman, Brown Wing. With her broken English and brutally honest personality, her genuine love for Meko, Cesca, and The People, shows. The love story was beautiful and there was certainly more than one. Besides the relationship between Meko and Cesca, the two white captives fall in love with the Cheyenne people as they see a new side to the stories they were told all their lives.
This book will open your eyes to the harsh realities of the past, the injustices, and the beauty of the Cheyenne people. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and your heart will break in so many ways. There is some brutal imagery, but also such care to detail that I forgot I was reading.
I highly recommend this very unique and special book to all book lovers. It’s complex, with so many layers. Meko was an honorable man, patient to a fault with his wild-cat of a mate. Cesca was torn from day one, hated the violence around her, but knew she would always love her dark warrior. I loved their relationship, even if I wanted to pull my hair out at times due to Cesca’s stubbornness.
When I first picked up this book, I thought “what a silly name for a book”, now I get weepy eyed just saying the words and know there couldn’t have been a better choice. Great job, Keta! This book will stay with me for a long time to come.
5 Tea Cups and a Recommended Read!