Warrior’s Bride by Nina Bruhns

Warrior's Bride

Posted on January 19, 2023 by Nadene @ Totally Addicted to Reading in Reviews / 7 Comments

Today’s Thrifty Thursday read is Warrior’s Bride.

The purpose of Thrifty Thursday is to read a book which was free (at some point).

Kindle freebie on February 10, 2012 (currently $2.99 at Amazon and Barnes & Noble as of writing this post)


Warrior’s Bride by Nina BruhnsTitle: Warrior's Bride
Author(s): Nina Bruhns
Published by Cajun Hot Press on January 3, 2011
Pages: 256
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Source: Purchase
Format: eBook
Purchase: Amazon
Rating: One StarOne StarOne Star
Heat Level: One FlameOne FlameOne Flame

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Nina Bruhns presents her #16 NYT bestseller, the emotional love story of two lonely people who confront the vast differences of two cultures...and find their soul mates.

He’s a stranger living in two worlds…

The last thing in the world Coleton Lonetree expects to find at the Cardinal Ranch Powwow is the love of his life. But when he takes the guilelessly sensual tourist woman into his arms and kisses her, he knows she is exactly what has been missing from his empty existence. He is determined to make her his for all time, and stakes his claim in the most elemental of ways.

She’s the bridge that makes him whole…

In the space of twenty-four incredible hours, Katarina ‘Rini’ Herelius finds herself hopelessly in love with an exotic mystery-man with no name or face, and pregnant with his child. More than anything she wants to keep him and her baby, but life has a way of playing the cruelest tricks…

Warrior’s Bride is the winner of the 2001 Dorothy Parker Award and debuted at #6 on the national Waldenbooks Bestseller List

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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I purchased Warrior’s Bride as a freebie in 2012, but never got around to reading it until now. The purchase of this occurred because of the cover and my interest in the Native American culture. Thanks to Thrifty Thursday hosted by Anne @Books of My Heart, I finally had the chance to read Warrior’s Bride.

Warrior Bride, which features Colton Lonetree and Katarina Herelius, was an average read. I didn’t enjoy it as much as I thought I would. The characters frustrated me with their woe is me attitude. The story started on a good note, but by the middle my frustrations with the characters grew exponentially…. with the hero proving to be the most frustrating of the two.

There were a lot of misunderstandings in the story, most of which I found unnecessary. Frankly, communication would have solved most of these issues. Colton has abandonment issues and because of this, he treats the heroine like crap for most of the story. Now on learning his backstory, I couldn’t for the life of me understand his reasoning.

His mother gave him up for adoption and a white couple adopted him. They loved and treated him well and gave him all the best things in life they could afford. However, the one thing they could not give him was knowledge of his heritage. He despised his biological mother and showed no interest in learning her reasons for giving him up. So many times I wanted to, if it was as at all possible, to give him a good talking to. His actions made no sense and then he wonders at his inability to cultivate healthy relationships.

Katarina also had her share of issues. She’s the kind of person to run at what she perceives as being the first sign of trouble. This issue arose from her experience in a previous relationship. 

I loved how they met, and the events which followed that meeting made for a great story. However, there were moments where I wanted to pull my hair out!!! The story had a good start, but the middle did not continue on the same path. Also, the pacing and flow were off and parts of the story could have been omitted. The best part of Warrior’s Bride was the start and the end.

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Overall: One StarOne StarOne Star

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