The Last Warrior
Coming in March 2008
"Hau, here we are." He paused. "And we are alone together. It is enough to ruin your reputation yet again." He cast her a lopsided grin. "I fear that now you truly have no choice but to accept my proposal of marriage, if only for your own sake."
"Marry you?" She frowned, then shook her head and turned away from
him, presenting him with only her profile. "I...thank you for coming."
There was a tremble in her voice. He swallowed hard. It was not in his heart's nature to intrude on another's privacy, yet, he would give comfort if he could. He said, "Jesting aside, is there anything I can do for you? Is there anything that you need?"
"I fear that now you truly have no choice but to accept my proposal of marriage, if only for your own sake."
"Jesting aside, is there anything I can do for you? Is there anything that you need?"
Did Black Lion go to an East Coast college to get an education and some breeding? This arch dialogue might (I emphasize might) sound natural coming from a Charles Eastman type. That is, someone who spent years living and working in mainstream America. But from a traditional Plains warrior who traveled with Buffalo Bill and went around without a shirt? I don't think so.
Curiously, The Last Warrior isn't listed on Amazon.com--at least not the US version. I wonder why not. Because Amazon.com doesn't carry trashy romance novels?
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