Soaring Eagle’s Embrace has an interesting, if hard to believe, premise: a white woman in the 1800s who wants to pursue a career rather than get married and have children. To make it more out of the realm of reality, she goes with a guide to an Indian village to photograph the natives. There she meets Soaring Eagle and immediately feels a strong attraction to him. In that day and time, considering the way that women were raised, one cannot help but wonder if young women would have allowed themselves to feel desire or even have recognized what it was. Perhaps that is too cynical a view and the story should just be taken at face value and not looked at in the glare of historical light.
Despite their obvious differences, they wind up marrying because of the spirits foretelling it. So the obstacle they must overcome is the fact that they come from two such completely different worlds. Such differences always make for wonderful sexual tension, and this is played up very effectively with just the right amount of suspense.
The description of Soaring Eagle certainly would make even a woman of today go weak in the knees, and when Kay gets to describing the love scenes, she definitely excels in making hearts flutter and other anatomical parts sit up and take notice. The dialogue is as pithy as one would expect, although again, not to be too nitpicky, the language used is not exactly circa 1800. The settings are well-described and plot is well-developed. All in all, Soaring Eagle’s Embrace is a fair romance novel.