Mystic Cowboy by Sarah M. Anderson (Men of the White Sandy #1)

Mystic Cowboy CoverAvailable: Now Amazon/B&N

Type: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd

My Copy: Sent

Reviewer: Pam

One good man could drive her all kinds of crazy. 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… Product Warnings: This book contains smoking-hot skinny dipping, emotional and emotionally satisfying sex, and a shirtless cowboy who is also an Indian.

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An enjoyable story about two people from different worlds finding harmony. I loved this story and look forward to more about this place at the White Sandy. A great start to the series.

Dr. Madeline Mitchell is working in Columbus Ohio, at a large hospital yet wants something more, so she signed up for a two year job as a doctor on the Lakota Indian reservation, a place called the While Sandy. Most of her colleagues believe she is crazy for doing this, her sister Mellie is the only one who thinks she is doing the right thing. However when she arrives she starts thinking that maybe those she worked with are right. The clinic is a rustic simple building that does not look like a clinic at all and the fact that there are no supplies to speak of makes her think that she is taking on more than she can handle.

The first person she meets is her nurse, Clarence Thunder, a former Navy medic, now retired, he does not look like any typical nurse or navy man, and yet this is not the last surprise of the day as she gets a steady stream of people coming in to the clinic seeking her help. Since there has not been a doctor for several months, the backlog is huge.

Rebel Runs Fast is an enigmatic man that seems to be wherever he is needed, helping out at the clinic, translating the Lakota language for the older people or just making Madeline a little nervous. She does not know what to make of him. He calls himself a medicine man and often talks about his visions that seem to foresee future events and scary enough he seems to know a lot about Madeline. And yet she soon finds out that he is much more, he is a top selling artist who has his art in the Museum of the American Indian and who has lived in both worlds yet chooses the Lakota way of life.

Rebel and Madeline come from two very different worlds and although he tried to live in her world several years ago when he was married to a white woman he could not continue to be what his ex-wife wanted, she loved the fact he was a famous artist and lived the jet setter life, yet he needed to come back to the reservation, back to his people and what makes him who he is. It was the best thing for him; however it cost him his marriage since his wife, Anna, only made it three days before leaving to go back to her other life.

Since his divorce, Rebel has sworn off white women and does not want to like Madeline however as he watches her work side by side with the Indian community he realizes that she is different and maybe he can trust her. They struggle with a relationship that neither wants at first yet when one pulls back the other wants to go forward. They try to come up with a compromise and it seems to work until a dangerous situation brings distrust. They must find away to work together to discover who and what wants to kill the residents of the White Sandy. As those at the clinic fight the disease that is ravishing the community Rebel realizes he must learn to trust and work with Madeline in order to make a commitment for love.

I enjoyed this book immensely and loved the characters that I met. Madeline was a little hard to get to know in the beginning, she seemed to get angry at Rebel for unexpected reasons yet Rebel was just this mild beta hero that seemed to wait until she calmed down and they could understand each other. They danced around the relationship for some time as both did not want to commit. Yet when they did come together – it worked, I loved how they felt about each other. I am excited to read more about the characters we met in the upcoming books, Nobody’s story will be a must read.

I give Mystic Cowboy by Sarah M Anderson 4 stars!

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