Sing My Name

Rated 4.75/5 based on 6 reviews
A hardened gunfighter and a respectable widow should never meet, never fall in love, except that Matt Slade and Sarah Hammond did - eight years ago when love between Rebel boy and Yankee girl nearly destroyed them both. Now nothing will stop the old desire from tearing through their lives again.

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Words: 135,940
Language: English
ISBN: 9781452471822
About Ellen O'Connell

Ellen O’Connell lives in Douglas County, Colorado, with a motley crew of Rottweilers, Rottweiler mixes and a Morgan horse. She was active in Rottweiler rescue work for almost ten years, first on her own, then on the Board of Directors of Rottie Aid (www.rottieaid.org). At the present time, her rescue work is limited to transporting dogs for Rottie Aid, but she expects there will be other foster dogs in her future.

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Review by: Pam Hills on July 28, 2013 : (no rating)
I have just finished reading this book for the second time as I liked it so much. Wonderfully entertaining story with large-as-life characters. In fact I couldn't put this book down and read into the early hours.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Elfwreck on March 18, 2011 :
Glorious book. Kick-ass heroine, sexy & clever (and stubborn) hero, and background characters that made me want a whole series so I can get each of their stories. The pacing is excellent, especially for such a long book; the plot threads all nicely connect. The tension is kept at the perfect level of "oh no, is it ever going to work" with just the right amount of respite and humor to keep reading, even knowing that it can't possibly get resolved soon because this is just halfway through.

Ellen O'Connell has moved into the tiny "just buy everything she writes" category for me.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Sarah Bathurst on Feb. 28, 2011 : (no rating)
delightful, enchanting, entertaining, A well written and beautiful story.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: philippayfrancis on Feb. 14, 2011 :
This was a really good, well-written story. I enjoyed the characters very much. The pacing was good too. I was glad I paid to finish reading the story after I had read the preview. I look forward to reading it again.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Dusty Bell on Jan. 25, 2011 :
Absolutely loved this book!! Sing my Name and Eyes of Silver, Eyes of Gold have just become my two favorite books.

Will definitely keep watching for more books by this author!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Kristie J on Dec. 30, 2010 :
I was blown away by her first Western and when I finished it and it came to picking the next book to read it was a no-brainer that this would be the one I'd read. As with the previous book, this, THIS is the reason I love Westerns so much. This book is all that I can ask a romance to be; poignant, moving, sad with tenderly sweet funny moments. Both the hero and heroine are to die for great and as with EoS,EoG, the characters are HONEST with each other even though they may not agree.

The story starts out with Matt being mistaken for an outlaw by a couple of bounty hunters. The fact that they have the wrong guy doesn't bother them at all. It picks up after the two bounty hunters and their prisoner have joined an army wagon train heading west. Sarah is headed west to join her fiance, and army officer. She's not in love with him, but is going along with the engagement as she thinks he is better than she can expect and her parents are quite impressed with him. During their journey, she is horrified at the way Matt, our prisoner is being treated and she takes measures to make sure he is treated more humanely. Not long after this, the entire party is attacked by Indians and Matt and Sarah are the only survivors. While Sarah has lived a life of pampered luxury, Matt is well versed in how to survive and the two of them head out to try and make it to the nearest fort. As it's just the two of them, they get to know each other very well. Sarah soon realizes that Matt couldn't possibly be the criminal he was under guard for and for his part, while Matt realizes that Sarah has lead an entirely different kind of life than he has, he admires her tremendously for her 'pluck'. Along the way they fall deeply in love and while Matt is aware of the difference in their stations, he succumbs to the growing love between them. Because they spend time talking, and getting to know each other, the reader can feel the love developing between them. Unlike many a romance where the hero/heroine only have a surface knowledge before declaring their love, with Matt and Sarah, we know it's solid, but undeclared on Matt's side.

They finally make it almost to the fort where they are headed before giving in to hunger, thirst and exhaustion. When Sarah awakens, it's too a livid fiance; a fiance with power who doesn't hesitate to use it. Matt is sent to jail on trumped up charges and Sarah reputation is ruined. At this point there is a separation between them and those reader who aren't fans of long separations may be disappointed in this next section. But it didn't bother me as I was loving the story and I felt that this parting was necessary. The time focuses on Sarah and how her life is a struggle and yet she is so determined to wait for Matt no matter what obstacles are thrown in her way. It serves as a real transition time for her from a somewhat helpless young woman unsure of her own strength into a woman with loyalty, patience and, well, true grit who will survive anything.

Matt is finally released from prison and takes up with a gang of gunslingers. While they don't do anything illegal, they skirt the line at times. He believes the time is lost where he and Sarah could have made a go of it, but Sarah has never faltered in her love for Matt and when circumstances bring them together once more, she absolutely refuses to take no for an answer. I've mentioned before how I love it when a hero is gone for the hero but in this story it is Sarah who is completely gone for Matt. Obstacles? What obstacles. The only one she sees is Matt himself and simply will not take no for an answer.

Sing My Name is simply..... beautiful. It's gritty at times and not easy to read in some places but it's balance out with gently humour and a hero who no matter what life throws at him, meets it with a level headed kind of acceptance. While he had every right to be bitter and angry, he's mature enough to know that he would be the one hurt the most. Sing My Name is REAL. The characters are wonderfully written, from Matt and Sarah, both young and innocent at the start of the book, to mature and capable at the end. The secondary characters are also so very well done. The gang of men Matt is a member of come alive, two in particular. A very dear friend of Sarah betrays her and while she did it thinking it was in Sarah's best interest, there is no simple forgiveness that often drives us readers nuts.

I loved Eyes of Silver, Eyes of Gold but I think I love this one just a tiny bit more. I know I'll be reading both of them over and over.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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