Azrael Thunder Horse never thought another Anglo woman could possibly knock him for a loop after leaving Hollywood. Despite the instant shot of lust he feels when he first lays eyes on his new Native American Studies teacher, he’s determined to get rid of her. After all…she misled him with that damn Indian name of hers! But the stubborn redhead has a thing or two to say when he tries to fire her.
Cheyenne Red Wolf has never met a more maddening, arrogant, downright irritating man. He hates her on sight. Too bad he’s the hottest thing she’s ever seen…and her new boss. The man tried to fire her because she wasn’t a “real” Indian. Good thing he can’t stand her, because she sure as hell wouldn’t be able to say no to all that sexy, hardheaded, Lakota masculinity.
This is one of my favorite books...I wrote this one back in 1995, but didn't submit it to a publisher until 2012. I love Native American heroes. I have known many wonderful Native American men over my life, and grew up in a town that was nestled in a high mountain valley surrounded by three reservations. Native American culture is simple, bound in tradition, and extremely earth bound. The kids I grew up with were from families with mixed parentage...which is the reason I wrote this one. The NA parent had less impact on the kids than the schools and the anglo community...and many of my pals didn't have the foggiest notion of the deep traditions their grandparents espoused.
One of my friends would brag that his papa was the son of the tribal chief, and that he had a real Indian war bonnet. He always played the chief when we played Indians. His dad was a conductor on the Nevada Northern Railroad, and worked long weeks. Then one time his dad was at home, he motioned me over and said quietly, "Don't let Kim get away with always being the chief. Women are great chiefs, too."
It was then that I began to actually research the various tribes. By twelve, I had borrowed almost every book written about Indians and their cultures from our little library. I was totally hooked.
But I don't write historical romances about Native Americans. I prefer to write about the men who live, work, and love in the modern world. Especially those who feel torn between their parents' beliefs and their own.
How do you feel about books with Native American characters?