The search for a woman who disappeared in 1906 has lead cultural anthropologist Erin Dawson to Cedar Canyon, where the iconic terrain of red rock walls and mesas keep Navajo traditions—and maybe criminal evidence—well hidden. When Erin’s search leads her to cross paths with tribal policeman Adam Silverhorn, it’s hardly love at first sight. But everywhere she turns, Adam is already there.
Fighting their feelings for each other, the two are suddenly thrust into a battle far more dangerous—a common quest to rout an insidious drug cartel that has spawned the recent rise in gang violence on the reservation. Adam’s position of authority gives Erin a rare glimpse into Navajo life few outsiders like her ever see—and into a crime ring that no one dares to imagine. As danger mounts, Adam and Erin begin to wonder if they will live to tell how they really feel.
I discovered Lisa Carter with Carolina Reckoning. And while I enjoyed that novel, this one persuaded me to add her to my must buy list! Beneath a Navajo Moon is unlike most novels you will find on the shelves because it has this interesting combination of past and present that completely merges. So without further ado,
What I liked:
The American Indian culture. I learned so much about the Navajo both in the past and in the present. The novel also tosses in some WWII history that I think rarely gets the attention it deserves.
Adam. He’s got a lot going on. He has to balance his Navajo culture vs. “American” culture and consider how far he is willing to go in his duty as a cop. But, he’s also really funny and sweet, and still makes you want to slap him at the same time. Ha! I liked him.
Erin. She’s a great heroine who surprises you time and time again.
The romance. I really liked that Erin and Adam were such good friends even as you could tell that they were falling for each other. Honestly, sometimes I felt like I was reading a chick-lit and I loved it.
The mystery/suspense was a part of the novel and yet, the characters were the focus. But when it was suspenseful, it was suspenseful.
Spiritually, I love the way you watch Adam fall for Jesus. It’s slow, but makes sense. I also loved that you see Erin deal with the idea of falling for someone unsaved and how she deals with it.
What I didn’t like:
They kept saying that Erin was obsessed with her history research and while clearly she had to be because she did so much to get there. Once she was there, it didn’t seem to be that much of a focus for her.
At one point, it felt like the novel slowed, but turn the next page. It picks right up again.
Overall, I had so much fun with this one. Read it!
Romantic Scale: 8.9
*I received this novel from Netgalley. My opinion was not affected in any way.**