Fate has brought them together…but will a promise tear them a part?
Otakatay is hired to kill the witkowin-crazy women. A deadly bounty hunter, he has found his last victim in timid healer Nora Rushton. Marked as a witch, Nora uses her gift to heal those in need, and the bounty hunter is one of them. Will the desire to complete his promise drive him to kill her, or will the kindness he sees in her blue eyes push him to be the man he once was?
Nora and Otakatay must fight for their freedom in a time when race and discrimination are a threat and innocence holds no ground.
Warning: This title is intended for readers over the age of 18 as it contains adult sexual situations and/or adult language, and may be considered offensive to some readers.
Warning: Adult content – 18 yrs & older only!! This excerpt contains both violence and strong language.
Colorado Mountains, 1880
The blade slicing his throat made no sound, but the dead body hitting the ground did. With no time to stop, he hurried through the dark tunnel until he reached the ladder leading out of the shaft.
He’d been two hundred feet below ground for ten days, with no food and little water. Weak and woozy, he stared up the ladder. He’d have to climb it and it wasn’t going to be easy. He wiped the bloody blade on his torn pants and placed it between his teeth. Scraped knuckles and unwashed hands gripped the wooden rung.
The earth swayed. He closed his eyes and forced the spinning in his head to cease. One thin bronzed leg lifted and came down wobbly. He waited until his leg stopped shaking before he climbed another rung. Each step caused pain, but was paired with determination. He made it to the top faster than he’d thought he would. The sky was black and the air was cool, but fresh. Thank goodness it was fresh.
He took two long breaths before he emerged from the hole. The smell from below ground still lingered in his nostrils; unwashed bodies, feces and mangy rats. His stomach pitched. He tugged at the rope around his hands. There had been no time to chew the thick bands around his wrists when he’d planned his escape. It was better to run than crawl, and he chewed through the strips that bound his feet instead. There would be time to free his wrists later.
He pressed his body against the mountain and inched toward the shack. He frowned. A guard stood at the entrance to where they were. The blade from the knife pinched his lip, cutting the thin skin and he tasted blood. He needed to get in there. He needed to say goodbye. He needed to make a promise.
The tower bell rang mercilessly. There was no time left. He pushed away from the rocky wall, dropped the knife from his mouth into his bound hands, aimed and threw it. The dagger dug into the man’s chest. He ran over, pulled the blade from the guard and quickly slid it across his throat. The guard bled out in seconds.
He tapped the barred window on the north side of the dilapidated shack. The time seemed to stretch. He glanced at the large house not fifty yards from where he stood. He would come back, and he would kill the bastard inside.
He tapped again, harder this time, and heard the weak steps of those like him shuffling from inside. The window slid open, and a small hand slipped out.
“Toksha ake-I shall see you again,” he whispered in Lakota.
The hand sqeezed his once, twice and on the third time held tight before it let go and disappeared inside the room.
A tear slipped from his dark eyes, and his hand, still on the window sill, balled into a fist. He swallowed past the sob and felt the burn in his throat. His chest ached for what he was leaving behind. He would survive, and he would return.
Men shouted to his right, and he crouched down low. He took one last look around and fled into the cover of the forest.
Wow – this was a heavy one! Kat Flannery has one of those rare gifts, where she can make you feel things for people that you normally wouldn’t. She makes you understand the incomprehensible, and she leaves you pondering long after you’ve read the last page.
Both of the main characters, Nora Rushton and Otakatay, have led very troubled lives. The have both led lives of suffering but under very different circumstances. You feel immensely for both of them. Nora, although she had been dealt a rough hand, was still very self-sacrificing, and she just wanted to help others. Otakatay had suffered years of torture as a child, and he turned to bounty hunting and murdering of innocent women for money. Flannery doesn’t have you feeling that this behavior was okay, but you understand what drove him, and despite his dispicable behavior, I was left wanting good for him. I felt for these characters.
The plot itself was very interesting and unique. When it gets to the end, and you feel like you have it figured out….WHAM! You are hit with a twist that I just didn’t see coming. The whole story had a nice pace, and I never felt like it dragged. There are some very vivid scenes that stay with you, and some leave your stomach rolling. This story leaves you questioning life, and the prejudices people face – both past and present.
The only negative thing I could say is that I questioned Otakatay’s actions a couple times. He would hesitate to do things when I didn’t understand why. As far as warnings go, there are some very violent scenes, and the threat of rape occurs. There’s some strong language, but it’s not an every other word thing. There’s one very steamy scene, but no actual sex scenes.
I rate Lakota Honor at a very high 4 stars!!! This is one of those that if it continues to stick with me like it currently is, then I will upgrade it to 5. It is definitely one powerful novel, and I can’t wait to read more from Kat Flannery!!!
*I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.*
About the Author
Kat Flannery has loved writing ever since she was a girl. She is often seen jotting her ideas down in a little black book. When not writing, or researching, Kat enjoys snuggling on her couch with a hot chocolate and a great book.
Her first novel, CHASING CLOVERS became an Amazon’s bestseller in Historical and Western romance. This is Kat’s second book, and she is currently hard at work on the third.
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