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Review: Mystic Cowboy

Written by Jennifer Porter
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MysticCowboy300“Mystic Cowboy” by Sarah M. Anderson (contemporary, Samhain, January 2013, $5.50, 325pp)


Series: Men of White Sandy, Book 1


Just who does Rebel Runs Fast think he is? Dr. Madeline Mitchell, the new doctor on the White Sandy Lakota Indian Reservation, knows there’s a good answer to that question. Somewhere.


Sure, the Lakota medicine man is every cowboy-and-Indian fantasy she ever had, but he sends patients to sweat lodges instead of clinical trials, talks them out of flu vaccines. Even more irritating, he makes her heart race.



Rebel swore off the white man’s world—and its women—years ago. Madeline doesn’t speak the language, understand the customs, or believe he’s anything more than a charlatan. Yet she stays, determined to help his people. And he keeps finding excuses to spend more time at the clinic.


When he discovers her in the throes of dangerous heat stroke, Rebel’s efforts to cool her down set fire to a passion neither thought they wanted. But when the people start falling violently ill, the cultural gap stretches the connection between their hearts to the breaking point…


Warning: This book contains smoking-hot skinny dipping, emotional and emotionally satisfying sex, and a shirtless cowboy who is also an Indian.


Dr. Madeline Mitchell needs a change from her privileged life. She accepts a contract to work on a Lakota reservation and is shocked at the primitive state of the reservation’s medical facility. Life is very different on the reservation, and she has difficulty adjusting. She is both enthralled and horrified by Rebel, the tribe’s medicine man, and isn’t entirely sure what to make of him. Yet, he keeps turning up making it impossible for her to forget him.


Madeline finds her new job challenging. There are almost none of the necessary supplies, too much work and too many people getting sick with a mysterious illness. Plus, she doesn’t speak the language – and has a hard time getting people to trust her. However, she truly cares about her patients and about the people she gets to know. Maddie is determined to help, even using her own money to get badly needed supplies.


Rebel always seems to be “there,” especially during crises. He takes everyone to the doctor, buys groceries for those that need them and pays everyone’s medical bills (okay, not really everyone’s). Maddie is more than intrigued by the mysterious man even as she is suspicious about the advice he gives out as a medicine man. When she learns that Rebel is a well-respected artist, who once lived in the white man’s world, she is even more confused about her growing feelings for the man who seems to eschew everything about her world.


Much of the romantic tension between Rebel and Maddie is the result of their different worlds. Rebel was devastated by his time in the white man’s world and knows he belongs on the reservation, embracing his Lakota heritage. Maddie is a pampered woman who is used to the comforts that her life as a doctor and wealthy woman used to provide. She also has a difficult time understanding the Lakota beliefs systems when they clash with her belief in science and medicine. Yet, Rebel and Maddie fall in love and have to learn to overcome these challenges.


One of my favorite parts of this story is the way that Anderson explores some of the Lakota mythology, particularly their beliefs surrounding death. There is a secondary plot involving Rebel’s grandfather Albert and his death. While deeply emotional, this story is well done. It was also important for Maddie’s character development that she experience Albert’s death in the Lakota tradition in order for her to understand and appreciate Rebel’s role as medicine man.


I was hooked on this book from the beginning. Maddie’s big life change was fascinating to read about, and I liked her character quite a bit. However, Rebel steals the show. He is enigmatic, sexy and so perfect for Maddie that I couldn’t put “Mystic Cowboy” down.


If you like contemporary stories about Native Americans and/or cowboys, you can’t miss with “Mystic Cowboy.” It is a delight to read, with a sensational blend of suspense, sexiness and romance.


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Author Link: http://www.sarahmanderson.com
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Book Disclosure: An ebook was provided by the author.

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