The year is 1782 Marco Mondrag n, brand inspector in Spanish New Mexico, and his wife Paloma Vega have settled happily into married life on the Double Cross And yet Paloma is convinced their joy will not be complete until she has a child She longs to give her husband a baby to soothe his grief over the death from cholera of his first wife and twin sons.Marco s land granThe year is 1782 Marco Mondrag n, brand inspector in Spanish New Mexico, and his wife Paloma Vega have settled happily into married life on the Double Cross And yet Paloma is convinced their joy will not be complete until she has a child She longs to give her husband a baby to soothe his grief over the death from cholera of his first wife and twin sons.Marco s land grant stands at the edge of the most dangerous region in the Southwest Comancher a Both Paloma and Marco have suffered at the hands of the fierce Comanche, losing beloved family members in raids.Despite their fear and mistrust of the Comanche, one lives among them Paloma rescued Toshua from slavery and near death As much as she respects the man now, Paloma wishes he would return to the Staked Plains, Comanche stronghold to the east in Texas No one knows why Toshua remains at the Double Cross Is it because his own tribe shunned him, or is he genuinely attached to its owners Now a new enemy threatens the Mondrag ns domestic bliss the Dark Wind la viruela, smallpox barreling down on the defenseless royal colony from Comancher a A mysterious and arrogant English physician named Anthony Gill offers their one hope at salvation but only if Marco agrees to his Devil s Bargain.
There is something deeply satisfying about reading a novel dealing with the turmoil of making a marriage work. Most romance novels are about the courtship, the journey from Point A to Point B, and the "Happily Ever After". But we all know real life doesn't work that way, and in the hands of a talented author we can get a glimpse into the real work of life, making a marriage grow and become stronger. Marco Mondragon and Paloma Vega (The Double Cross) are now married in Spanish New Mexico where Ma [...]
This book has all the things that Carla Kelly does so well:- Married love- Dysfunctional families- Journeys – both figuratively and literally - Putting characters in situations and have them figure it all out for themselves- Strong, courageous male charactersAnd then there are the sexy scenes with no detailed sex. In other words, just a look, a touch and eye contact is way more sexy then an actual detailed sex scene.In the end everything works out – especially for the hero and heroine who re [...]
#2 in the Spanish Brand Series, “Marco and the Devil’s Bargain” was just as good as the first! How fun to continue the remarkable and courageous lives of Marco & Paloma Mondragon, and their faithful Comanche friend, Toshua. It was not an easy time in late 18th Century history, or an easy place to live, and survive, in the southwest. The trials are great; among them the constant threat of Indians, and now dreaded smallpox riding a wave from the east, and leaving death in its unselective [...]
Wonderful follow-on to The Double Cross.The blurb gives a good idea of the plot. However, as with any book by Kelly, the meat of the story is with the characters themselves--their emotions, hopes, fears, dreams. Marco and Paloma are one of my favorite of Kelly's couples.Even though it read like the story was wrapped up at the end of this book, I hope that Kelly will consider re-visiting these people and this setting again.
I like Carla Kelly because she writes historical romance fiction that is interesting, but this one had a lot of violence that was hard to read (it does cover Comanche Indians) and more sexual content that her other books.
this series is wonderful. For those who are sensitive to sex, there is some. however it is not titillating or overly descriptive. it is not a "bodice ripper "!
Marco bargains with a traveling doctor - immunize his wife from smallpox and he will help him get his daughter back from Comanche group. Only possible with Toshua's help
Great sequel to "The Double Cross". Carla Kelly's books are so entertaining, but very uplifting. The heroes are genuinely good people trying to do what's right.