Review: Dancing on Coals by Ellen O’Connell

Posted February 19, 2017 by Suzanne in Reviews / 10 Comments

Review: Dancing on Coals by Ellen O’Connell
Dancing on Coal
by Ellen O'Connell

5 Stars

BOOK INFO


Released: October 18th 2011
Published by Createspace
Format: eBook
 

Recommended Read!

“O’Connell excels at writing romances that resonate emotionally and her characters are fantastic creations…”
~ Under the Covers

Katherine Grant’s life takes an unexpected twist when the coach she is on gets held up by robbers…and then she gets ‘saved’ by a band of Native Americans. From that point her life turns into something she never expected including falling in love with a man she never imagined.

Ellen O’Connell is one of those authors that every now and then I decide to reread her books; because they are amazing. However, there is that tiniest bit of trepidation every time I open them up; we’ve all had that experience of rereading a book and it not quite being as good as you remember. So each time I crack open her books I get a little nervous, but as the pages fly by and I curse O’Connell for not being a more prolific author, I wonder what on Earth I was worrying about. So, I give you this review after having read Dancing on Coals many times and I can inform you that it very much stands the reread test.

What I love about Dancing on Coals (apart from everything) is the slow build. This isn’t a romance that happens right away, it grows through out the book to the point where you can’t really pinpoint exactly when it was that you started to cheer them on as a couple. But, not only does the relationship build and grow but so do the individual characters, at the end of the book Gaetan is a very different character to the man you meet at the beginning. Katherine, less so, she is just as stubborn and headstrong at the end as she was in the beginning, traits that come in handy along the course of Dancing on Coals.

O’Connell excels at writing romances that resonate emotionally and her characters are fantastic creations, with flaws and strengths like any one else and Dancing on Coals is a prime example of this. So if you want a western historical romance that will stay with you and compel you to reread, just like it has done me, I urge you to pick this up.spacer

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Gosh, we all seem to be admitting our ages…and I hate that I am at the point in life when admitting my age is a “thing”…whodda thunk it? I was kind of hoping I would remain 21 forever. However, I have moved out of that New Adult stage of my life and am now strictly in the Contemporary Romance age zone of 28. I would prefer to be in an Urban Fantasy arena, but I don’t think I own enough black leather. However, I could probably squeeze into some PNR, I am fully prepared to give a horn job to my favourite demon, or suck on my sexy vamps…fangs and I am definitely up for some heavy petting with some fine looking shifters. Than again their’s always Sci Fi…I am fully prepared to do the right thing and help some poor alien race with more 6 packs than a supermarket repopulate their planet. Not that I am loose woman or anything.

Annnnnd I will stop myself there, before I start waxing lyrical about my love of historical romance and fantasy as well; no one needs to know about my elf fantasies. As you can tell, I adore and day dream about most romance genres, and my three big loves are 1) reading about romance 2) writing about romance and 3) talking about romance with my gals. Which, is why I love Under the Covers so much, I get all my bookish needs satisfied and don’t get judged when I talk about my favourite characters like they are real people. Which they are right?
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Thanks. Sounds like it could be interesting. I think I’ll check out some other reviews first though; I haven’t always had the best experience with western historicals.

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It is really good, I love all her books. Western historicals can be a bit hit and miss, but this was definitely a hit for me!

Suzanne

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This sounds fantastic. It’s not something I would ever have picked up. The cover does not scream must-read romance but I’m totally intrigued.

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Haha, she does have some of the worst covers ever, my favourite book by her is called Eyes of Silver, Eyes of Gold and it has the most awful cover. Yes, please pick it up and give it a go and let me know what you think.

Suzanne

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Timitra

Thanks Suzanne for the review

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Angie

Oh, man. Just last week I was thinking that I need to do some O’Connell re-reads, and you were able to do it. I’m so jealous.

So glad you enjoy her books, too. She is wonderful. And you mentioned my favorite aspect of her stories – the slow build. She writes it beautifully. Great review!

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Thanks Angie! I love her books, I have reread them all a few times now and they never get old. I just wish she would write more.

Suzanne

Amy R
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Amy R

Thanks for the review.

Mallory
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Mallory

You are absolutely correct. Ms. O’Connell needs to write more books! I have read all five of her historical western romance novels and they are interesting in their narrative, compelling in their characterization and lyrical in their wordcraft. I cannot recommend them highly enough.

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