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Mackenzie's Mountain [Mass Market Paperback]

Linda Howard
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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March 1 2000 Mackenzie
Mary Elizabeth Potter is a spinster with no illusions about love. But she is a good teacher and wants Wolf Mackenzie's son back in school. And after one heated confrontation, she knows father and son have changed her life forever. Still paying for a crime he didn't commit, Wolf Mackenzie has a chip on his shoulder. But Mary Elizabeth Potter doesn't see him as the dangerous half-breed the town has branded him. She sees him as a good, decent, honest man. A man she could love....

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Linda Howard is an award-winning author whose New York Times bestsellers include Open Season, All the Queen¹s Men, Mr. Perfect, Kill and Tell, and Son of the Morning. She lives in Alabama with her husband and two golden retrievers.

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I do NOT like to knock a Howard because she is one of my FAVORITE authors, but this heroine was way over the top in the 'stupid department.' I realize this was written in the 1980's when the heroine was expected to be shy and reserved and virginial, yet strong and independent, but she came out as stupid (wince...I am so sorry Ms Howard) and very, very unbelievably ignorant of men and the world in general. She gave off this 'kill 'em all' attitude that just was nausiating to me.
A 29 year old spinster extrordinaire with a knack for letting the readers and the hero listen to her moronic and irritating dribble about her uptight and weird Aunt Ardith's rules of conduct got to be too much for me and I just lost any respect for her or why the hero Wolf would even like her.
A few of the secondary characters called her 'goody-goody' and I have to agree. She was a little too perfect and old fashioned for her age. Wolf deserved much better. The naivety was so bad that I was shaking my head and laughed outright when Wolf whispered a 'dirty' word in her ear about the sex act he'd like to perform on her and she had the gall to act confused and ask him what it meant and to show her. Whatever. Anyway, this is the 1980s, not the 1880s. Come on, get real.
This is the first in the Mackenzie series, which includes MacKenzie's Mission, MacKenzie's Pleasure, MacKenzie's Magic and A Game of Chance.
Mary Elizabeth Potter is a spinster in every way imaginable. The clothes and the 'sensible shoes' she wears. She has no idea if she will ever fall in love and doesn't look for it. Things change when she volunteers to go to the small town of Ruth, WY as a schoolteacher. She is a great teacher and puts her whole self into teaching children.
One child gets her attention, Wolf MacKenzie's son.
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Wolf MacKenzie. Mary Potter. Joe MacKenzie.
Wolf is part Native American and part Scot, and has grown up with the prejudices offered by all peoples. He has never had anything easy in his life. He was convicted and served time for a crime he didn't commit. He lost his son, Joe, for the time he was in prison. Wolf managed to buy a ranch, and is sought out for his abilities with horses.
Mary grew up in a strictly moral, old-fashioned household, having been reaised by a spinster aunt. She considered herself non-discript, mousey, uninteresting, and plain. She's a school teacher. She comes to Wyoming from the deep South, and is unprepared for the weather, the culture, and people of her new home.
Joe has a deep desire to be a pilot in the USAF, but doesn't even consider this a possibility...until Mary comes to town.
This is one of the most intense love stories I have ever read. I was fulfilled on all levels. The characters are three dimensional, full of life, and are like old friends. I have lost count of how many times I have read this story.
This is not one of the new breed of romance/suspense novels. Although there is some suspense and a bad guy in this work, the main focus is on the building of a family, with Wolf, Mary, and Joe.
Read it. You won't be disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The story of Wolf and Mary.... July 10 2003
By phyncke
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MacKenzie's Mountain is a touching and sexy story of Mary and Wolf. Mary is an innocent Wyoming schoolteacher who meets Wolf MacKenzie while driving to his mountain home to try and convince his son Joe to return to school after dropping out. Her car breaks down and she is rescued by the enigmatic Wolf as she struggles up the mountain.
Their attraction is instantaneous as he warms he in his house and he is struck by her innocence and vitality. But he insists that nothing can happen. He is an ex-con, accused of rape and cleared but not approved of by the town. People will talk if they were to be together. He is also a half breed Indian which makes the townspeople very uncmfortable. But Mary is like a moth to a flame. She cannot stay away. She tutors his son Joe to get him into the Airforce Academy. People start to talk and their disapproval grows. A rapist attacks Mary and Wolf is determined to catch the man responsible even though at first he is accused of the crime.
While they try to stay away from each other....they cannot and their attraction grows. Eventually she becomes "his" woman and they fall in love.
It is a beautiful story and the beginning of the amazing MacKenzie series by Linda Howard. It is characterized by strong, alpha males....innocent but strong and spunky women. it is a great series and one that you can really settle into.
I highly recommend this to anyone. Other books in the series include: MacKenzie's Mission, The MacKenzie Family, and A Game of Chance.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The beginning of the Mackenzie legacy.... April 16 2003
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Mary Elizabeth Potter has dedicated her life to teaching young people. That is why she is so dismayed to learn that the smartest boy in Ruth, Wyoming has dropped out of school. Braving the elements, Mary sets out to Mackenzie's Mountain to talk some sense into the sixteen year old boy. The first person she encounters in Wolf Mackenzie, Joe's father. Mary is astounded by the feelings that Wolf arouses in her, and doesn't know how to deal with them. She was raised by a spinster aunt who always told her than women do not need men to 'poke' at them, not that any man had ever been attracted to her. She is bewildered by the fact that Wolf seems to want her, and in her usual straightfoward way, tells him that she wants him.
Wolf Mackenzie has always been a sensualist by nature. He sees beyond the baggy clothes and the horn rimmed glasses. What he sees in Mary turns him on as no other woman has before. For her own good, he turns her away. He has been outcast from the town for his Indian heritage and wrongful rape conviction. He didn't count on the tart-tounged teacher though. Her frumpy apperance is decieving to everyone, even him at first. Soon he learns that nothing gets in Mary's way when she wants something, and she wants Wolf.
Then a series of rape begin which are an eerie reinactment if the rape that Wolf was wrongly accused of. When the rapist targets Mary, Wolf vows that he will do everything in his power to protect her. Miracuously, the town rallies around Wolf in his search for the person that is trying to frame him. Mackenzie's Mountain is a book about prejudice and love. Overcoming the odds, Mary and Wolf come together in a book that will warm your heart, at the same time as making you laugh. Howard also introduces the reader to Joe, who you will fall in love with.
Don't miss it!
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I had a ton of problems with this book and I'm finding it really difficult to review because as much as this story confused me, annoyed me and downright offended me, in the end as... Read more
Published on Sept. 15 2010 by Buggy
4.0 out of 5 stars SIM#281
A small Wyoming town is about to learn a few lessons -- from a new schoolteacher with the courage to win the heart of a man who swore he... Read more
Published on April 4 2004 by K. J. Blake
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best....
One of my personal favorites, although there is alot of them, happens to be Mackenzie's Mountain.
With a southern teacher and a half breed Indian, what more could you... Read more
Published on March 17 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT
Published on Nov. 28 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read....
God, I Love Linda Howard. She's always writing about these big Alpha men...my faves....in fiction anyways :o)...Wolf is no exception. Read more
Published on Oct. 3 2003 by M. I.
5.0 out of 5 stars Gave me that warm, fuzzy feeling....
This was a good one.... very sweet (& hot!) romance, good story about a town that needed redemption. Just loved both the hero, Wolf, and his son, Joe.... Read more
Published on Sept. 22 2003 by Jojo
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
This book was my first romance book to read. I got it from a friend and read it in one day I could not put it down. Read more
Published on May 1 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Much Man on the Mountain
I have read all of the Mackenzie books but I started with this on and it is my all time favorite. Wolf and Mary's story grabs you by the heartstrings and refuses to let go till the... Read more
Published on April 25 2003
Wolf Mackenzie at 32 is definitely a man among men.
And what man isn't looking for a woman who believes in him? Read more
Published on March 26 2003 by M. Hartmann
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