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HER REBEL SPIRIT DEFIED HIS YANKEE SOUL She was velvet and silk, emerald eyes and sunstruck hair, Kiernan Miller had married one man to protect her from another. She hated Jesse Cameron with a fierce passion. But she was a widow now, and he was the enemy at her door, come with weapons of fire to melt her icy heart ... HIS TRAITOR'S TOUCH IGNITED RAGING PASSIONS He wore a Yank HER REBEL SPIRIT DEFIED HIS YANKEE SOUL She was velvet and silk, emerald eyes and sunstruck hair, Kiernan Miller had married one man to protect her from another. She hated Jesse Cameron with a fierce passion. But she was a widow now, and he was the enemy at her door, come with weapons of fire to melt her icy heart ... HIS TRAITOR'S TOUCH IGNITED RAGING PASSIONS He wore a Yankee uniform with inimitable Southern style, as true to the Union cause as he was treasonous to his rebel roots. Even as war engulfed them all, he would find his greatest adversary in the beauty who'd branded him a traitor, the woman he was born to possess.


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HER REBEL SPIRIT DEFIED HIS YANKEE SOUL She was velvet and silk, emerald eyes and sunstruck hair, Kiernan Miller had married one man to protect her from another. She hated Jesse Cameron with a fierce passion. But she was a widow now, and he was the enemy at her door, come with weapons of fire to melt her icy heart ... HIS TRAITOR'S TOUCH IGNITED RAGING PASSIONS He wore a Yank HER REBEL SPIRIT DEFIED HIS YANKEE SOUL She was velvet and silk, emerald eyes and sunstruck hair, Kiernan Miller had married one man to protect her from another. She hated Jesse Cameron with a fierce passion. But she was a widow now, and he was the enemy at her door, come with weapons of fire to melt her icy heart ... HIS TRAITOR'S TOUCH IGNITED RAGING PASSIONS He wore a Yankee uniform with inimitable Southern style, as true to the Union cause as he was treasonous to his rebel roots. Even as war engulfed them all, he would find his greatest adversary in the beauty who'd branded him a traitor, the woman he was born to possess.

30 review for One Wore Blue

  1. 4 out of 5

    Feminista

    Rating: 2.5 out of 5. One Wore Blue I finally got around to reading Kiernan and Jesse’s story. Kiernan disappointed me so very much in this book. She is anti-slavery, but still deathly loyal to the Confederates. Her reasoning, what I gathered was that, Yankees have no right to take away their choice. Which sounds reasonable, except when the choice in question involves taking another person’s choice away. What I mean to say is that, she thinks the Southern states should be given a choice to stop sl Rating: 2.5 out of 5. One Wore Blue I finally got around to reading Kiernan and Jesse’s story. Kiernan disappointed me so very much in this book. She is anti-slavery, but still deathly loyal to the Confederates. Her reasoning, what I gathered was that, Yankees have no right to take away their choice. Which sounds reasonable, except when the choice in question involves taking another person’s choice away. What I mean to say is that, she thinks the Southern states should be given a choice to stop slavery. But what about the rights of people who are enslaved? Where is their choice? She also argues that they will eventually stop it. Well eventually isn’t good enough. Injustice was happening then and there, it shouldn’t have been happening anyway. It should have been stopped the day it began. I really couldn’t relate to her character. There was a scene where a “master” beat his slave, and even after seeing the injustice of that, she still sides with the idea of giving them a choice. Although nothing much of my knowledge on that war has changed since when I read the second book, I found it impossible to excuse such reasoning even though there were holes in my knowledge. Another thing I didn’t like about Kiernan was how she strung along Anthony. She says that she doesn’t want to hurt him, that he didn’t get her subtle hints. But he waits for her for years. She is worried that she will hurt him, what about when he finds out that she loves someone else after the years he has waited. I just found that really selfish. It was as though she kept on putting off telling him because she wanted to have her options open, or she herself for her own reasons didn’t want to have an awkward conversation with him. And what she does with those sick Yankees resting in her home was just despicable… It wasn't good enough that she is against the idea of slavery but that she is allowing others the option to pursue slavery, I wished that Callie in the second book had more of Kiernan’s anger and stubbornness. ARC Courtesy of NetGalley and Random House Publishing.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Dawn

    I wasn't sure when I began this book how I felt about it. I like reading late at night and don't like images of Civil War battles in the forefront of my thoughts as I go to sleep. But I stuck with it and it turned out to be a really good love story. Kiernan is a Southern Belle who has grown up with Jesse Cameron and his family in a neighboring Virginia plantation. As war breaks out, Jesse sides with the Union and against the rest of his family and Kiernan. But she never stops loving him and the I wasn't sure when I began this book how I felt about it. I like reading late at night and don't like images of Civil War battles in the forefront of my thoughts as I go to sleep. But I stuck with it and it turned out to be a really good love story. Kiernan is a Southern Belle who has grown up with Jesse Cameron and his family in a neighboring Virginia plantation. As war breaks out, Jesse sides with the Union and against the rest of his family and Kiernan. But she never stops loving him and the war doesn't destroy that. It's a bit complicated but it has a very nice (but unfinished) HEA.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    3.5 stars

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jenny Q

    This novel of the Civil War is the first in a trilogy about the Camerons, a wealthy Virginia plantation family who find their loyalties divided when the Civil War breaks out. Most of this novel is told from the point of view of Kiernan Mackay, the spirited and beautiful neighbor of the Camerons who has loved the oldest Cameron brother, Jesse, for most of her life. Time and circumstances finally collaborate to get this couple together, but their bliss is short-lived when their beloved Virginia se This novel of the Civil War is the first in a trilogy about the Camerons, a wealthy Virginia plantation family who find their loyalties divided when the Civil War breaks out. Most of this novel is told from the point of view of Kiernan Mackay, the spirited and beautiful neighbor of the Camerons who has loved the oldest Cameron brother, Jesse, for most of her life. Time and circumstances finally collaborate to get this couple together, but their bliss is short-lived when their beloved Virginia secedes from the Union and the lovers find themselves on opposite sides of the divide and neither is willing to compromise on their convictions. Jesse, an army surgeon, rides off to the North, leaving Kiernan behind in the little town of Harper's Ferry, which is about to find itself in the middle of a tug-of-war between the Union and the Confederacy. But war has a way of tearing people apart and throwing them back together in dramatic fashion, and as the bloody conflict rages on, Kiernan and Jesse begin to question their ideals, their loyalities, and their feelings for each other. This novel borderlines on being a bodice-ripper and it is a bit on the melodramatic side, but it's delicious and well-researched and I couldn't put it down. I've already put the next book in the trilogy on my wishlist. On a side note, another reason I enjoyed this novel so much is that I've visited Harper's Ferry in my travels and really liked the little town and I thought the author did a great job of recreating it in her novel. If you're interested, check out the post I wrote on Harper's Ferry as part of my Time Travelers feature.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Shae

    3.5 stars I have a lot of feelings about this book... First things first, Graham's writing really was beautiful and eloquent. The sexy scenes within this book are BREATHTAKING!!! The amount of tabbing and highlighting that happened was amazing. If the writing hadn't been so superb, there is a good chance this read would have been a DNF, not a finished book. My main complaint: Our heroine, Kiernan, made herself unnecessarily happy for the sake of drama in this book. This is a childhood friends, to e 3.5 stars I have a lot of feelings about this book... First things first, Graham's writing really was beautiful and eloquent. The sexy scenes within this book are BREATHTAKING!!! The amount of tabbing and highlighting that happened was amazing. If the writing hadn't been so superb, there is a good chance this read would have been a DNF, not a finished book. My main complaint: Our heroine, Kiernan, made herself unnecessarily happy for the sake of drama in this book. This is a childhood friends, to enemies, to lovers story. Kiernan refuses to marry or be with the love of her life, Jesse, because he sides with the north, and not the south during the Civil War. Outside of that, they both love each other deeply. She chooses to marry another man, Anthony. (Poor Anthony got the raw end of this deal.) They marry, and he immediately goes off to war, and then DIES!!! (She is named a widow on the back cover, so this shouldn't be a surprise.) Jesse on the other hand, is frustrated that him siding with the north is the only thing keeping them apart. He does everything he can to protect her and her family from his place in the war. When the north invades the area which she lives, he makes sure they use the home she is in as a field hospital instead of burning it down. He does everything he can to protect her, and stay away from her, because he is so in love with her, he has a problem keeping his hands to himself. Their love story had epic moments, yes. Do I think that they could have worked through their differences in an easier to digest way, yes. Do I understand why the author chose this way instead? To an extent, yes. She dedicated this book to the people who lived in this area, and it seems these stories were passed down through generations, and she decided to write them out. Do I think the real life things happened this dramatically? NO! Do I wish that Kiernan weren't so frustratingly stubborn? YES! Will I read another Heather Graham book? HECK YES I WILL! I just don't think Kiernan was the heroine for me. Jesse was great, and young Daniel started to steal the show for a little while! Love him!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Regan Walker

    Enthralling Civil War Romance! This is the first in the Cameron Saga Civil War trilogy (and follows the Cameron stories told in Graham's North American Women trilogy). I highly recommend the whole Cameron Saga--all 6 books. They are rich in history, well-told romances with amazing detail, seamless dialog and a family of wonderful men and women you will love. This story begins in 1859 with the Harper's Ferry incident involving abolitionist John Brown. Jesse Cameron is serving as a doctor for the fe Enthralling Civil War Romance! This is the first in the Cameron Saga Civil War trilogy (and follows the Cameron stories told in Graham's North American Women trilogy). I highly recommend the whole Cameron Saga--all 6 books. They are rich in history, well-told romances with amazing detail, seamless dialog and a family of wonderful men and women you will love. This story begins in 1859 with the Harper's Ferry incident involving abolitionist John Brown. Jesse Cameron is serving as a doctor for the federal troops under Jeb Stuart and his younger brother, Daniel, is serving under Robert Lee. They have grown up with the beautiful and independent Kiernan Miller in Tidewater, Virginia. Kiernan loves Jesse and is good friends with Daniel and their sister Christa. As they sense the approach of war, Jesse cannot abide a nation divided, but Kiernan is a loyal rebel, a Virginian who, like Daniel, supports the Confederacy. Jesse will choose to wear the Yankee uniform to support the Union, and though Kiernan loves him and has given herself to him, she will marry another, a loyal reb she does not love. Right there, Graham had me. My heart was dying. Jesse was like all the Cameron men before him (see North American Women trilogy): tall, dark and handsome, strong, committed to the cause of liberty and truth--and capable of deeply loving his woman while brooking no rebellion. Ah...a real man. I wondered what Kiernan was thinking when she refused to marry him. I wanted to slap her several times. But alas, she was a blind rebel. You will laugh and you will cry with this one, as you become a part of the lives of young people who were swept into the war that tore apart a nation and tore apart families...a time that shaped America. The ending is exciting, too. Graham has produced a series of keepers! Here's the whole Cameron Saga: The North American Women trilogy: -Sweet Savage Eden -A Pirate's Pleasure -Love Not a Rebel The Cameron Civil War trilogy: -One Wore Blue -And One Wore Gray -And One Rode West

  7. 4 out of 5

    ☘Katie☘

    I really enjoyed this one-- it's made it onto my favorites shelf and the hero made it into my Harem of Men :) hehe There is something automatically sexy about a male doctor, then throw in the wealthy southern background amid the war and his rank as an officer and he is romantic and dreamy! That is Jesse Cameron! I loved him-- he made the book great. I loved how he stuck with his beliefs by staying in the Union army when the Civil War broke out. He didn't resign and join the Confederacy when Virgi I really enjoyed this one-- it's made it onto my favorites shelf and the hero made it into my Harem of Men :) hehe There is something automatically sexy about a male doctor, then throw in the wealthy southern background amid the war and his rank as an officer and he is romantic and dreamy! That is Jesse Cameron! I loved him-- he made the book great. I loved how he stuck with his beliefs by staying in the Union army when the Civil War broke out. He didn't resign and join the Confederacy when Virginia seceded. Jesse believed that for their country to survive, the union needed to stay together- so he fought on the side of the Yankees and against his own brother. Kiernan got on my nerves sometimes. She seemed so childish. She was clearly in love with Jesse and admitted it, but refused to marry him because he was a Yankee. Her hatred of Yankees ran deep with no clear explanation as to why she hated them so much. The only being that they invaded her land, took over her house, and killed her husband-- but this was after the war started and her hatred began before these events occurred. I suppose it was implied she hated Yankees for taking away the Southern Plantation life she was used to by the North's wish to end slavery. But then later on, she comes to realize that Blue or Gray-- a man was still a man underneath. It should've been with that realization that she knew she could marry Jesse, the man beneath the blue union. But!--- she still refuses to marry him because he's a Yankee! She got frustrating and I totally sympathized with the hero's frustration. I loved the scene when he finally got Kiernan to confess that she loves him. He'd been shot and fell to the ground. She believed him dying and then finally admitted that she loved him and always had, always will. He teases her and then she notices that he's not mortally wounded and dying, but that the bullet had only grazed his arm. Definitely recommend if you're into Civil War romances!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jewel

    An entertaining read. I might have enjoyed the historical details a little bit more than the romance since that was a bit typical. I have read a few Civil war fiction before, but I might have forgotten the details, because I think I learned a few new things about it. The two main characters were very typical but well written, although that strong and independent and a little spoiled southern heroine has been done before, Kiernan comes off as a bit annoying to me at times, I found myself thinking a An entertaining read. I might have enjoyed the historical details a little bit more than the romance since that was a bit typical. I have read a few Civil war fiction before, but I might have forgotten the details, because I think I learned a few new things about it. The two main characters were very typical but well written, although that strong and independent and a little spoiled southern heroine has been done before, Kiernan comes off as a bit annoying to me at times, I found myself thinking at one point "sorry but your no Scarlett". Unfortunately for the book I have read another one with a the main character as a doctor during the civil war, one that gave lots more details on the subject. I feel like I'm being a bit harsh since I did enjoy reading it, and I actually want to read the other two in the series. A bit of a warning though for those NOT interested in the history, there is lots of it. This review is for a Free copy courtesy of Random House via NetGalley

  9. 5 out of 5

    Misfit

    3.5 stars Being ten years younger then Jesse Cameron, Kiernan had to wait to grow up until she caught his eye - but watch out when he returns on leave and gets one look at her - she is the woman for him for life. That said, things are heating up between the North and the South and Keirnan's southern sympathies are no big secret and she's none too happy when Jesse stays with the Union Army. She marries on the rebound, is promptly widowed (this is revealed in the first few pages) and vows to hate J 3.5 stars Being ten years younger then Jesse Cameron, Kiernan had to wait to grow up until she caught his eye - but watch out when he returns on leave and gets one look at her - she is the woman for him for life. That said, things are heating up between the North and the South and Keirnan's southern sympathies are no big secret and she's none too happy when Jesse stays with the Union Army. She marries on the rebound, is promptly widowed (this is revealed in the first few pages) and vows to hate Jesse forever - but will that ole' treacherous body betray her when the Union soldiers (including Jesse)come marching up to her doorstep? This is a quick, easy read and perfect for a rainy Sunday afternoon when you're in the mood for something lighter. While Jesse and Kiernan have plenty of ups and downs in their relationships (and plenty of making up), I wouldn't classify it as a Big Misunderstanding. There is a fair amount of sex in the book (occasionally on the cheesy side), so definitely not recommended for the younger readers, and I'd also caution potential readers that while this is a romance, the author does include a lot of history in this, with some details of politics and discussion of major battles. I'm a history geek and love that stuff, but from reading some of the other reviews there are those who don't care for that, and if so perhaps this book might not suit your tastes - to each their own, as long as you're reading. This is the first in a trilogy, the other two being And One Wore Gray, And One Rode West.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly

    PERFECTION I might be a bit biased since I feel an odd connection to the civil war and the time period but I found this book to be perfection. I know there isn't any comparisons to GWTW and that novel is entirely in its own ballpark but I somehow enjoyed and got more invested into this. Why? Crazy? Then perhaps I shall blame that on the amazing characters - Kieran and Jesse. They were perfect for each other and knew one another so well. Both knew exactly what to say or do to get under each other' PERFECTION I might be a bit biased since I feel an odd connection to the civil war and the time period but I found this book to be perfection. I know there isn't any comparisons to GWTW and that novel is entirely in its own ballpark but I somehow enjoyed and got more invested into this. Why? Crazy? Then perhaps I shall blame that on the amazing characters - Kieran and Jesse. They were perfect for each other and knew one another so well. Both knew exactly what to say or do to get under each other's skin. Kieran would push Jesse and he'd always pushed back - both giving as good as they received. Even when Kieran was infuriated and told him she hated him, she still loved him. I liked how she was his neighbor [he was 10 years her senior] and he got to watch her grow and mature into a fine southern belle. I loved how he would tease her and when she became of age he threw in the towel and said 'oh hell' and finally kissed her. Then we have Anthony - another young man who is pining after Kieran's heart. He was a perfect gentleman - a far cry from Jesse who was rough around the edges. Even though I was team Jesse, my heart did have a fondness for Anthony - how he rode out of his way to get Kieran to marry him - a bit sad as how things ended up for him though. And finally Jesse got what he wanted - Kieran as his wife even if he did have to cohorts her into it. Daniel was also a great character too an I can't wait to read his and their sisters story.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jody

    This is the story about the Camerons, a family from Tidewater region in Virginia. It opens in 1859 in Harper's Ferry, VA, the night John Brown raids the town. Jesse & Daniel are brothers in the US Army. Jesse is a doctor and Daniel is in the calvary. Their childhood friend is Keirnan and she is Reb. She and Jesse love each other, but she refuses to marry him the day he leaves VA to join the Yankee army, instead marrying Anthony Miller, her friend. Anthony is killed shortly in the war shortly aft This is the story about the Camerons, a family from Tidewater region in Virginia. It opens in 1859 in Harper's Ferry, VA, the night John Brown raids the town. Jesse & Daniel are brothers in the US Army. Jesse is a doctor and Daniel is in the calvary. Their childhood friend is Keirnan and she is Reb. She and Jesse love each other, but she refuses to marry him the day he leaves VA to join the Yankee army, instead marrying Anthony Miller, her friend. Anthony is killed shortly in the war shortly after they marry leaving Keirnan to care for his younger brother & sister and his estate. It's then that Jesse rides in with the Yankee army to take over the estate. "One Wore Blue" is mainly Jesse & Keirnan's story, but Daniel and their younger sister Christa are also key characters along with many famous generals of The Civil War. Although this is technically a romance novel, it is laced with history, more your typical novel of the genre.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Patty McKenna Van Hulle

    The heroine was a Southern hellion, Kiernan, in a hoop who loved all things Virginia. The hero, Jesse, was a Virginian who fought on the Union side against all he knew & loved. This story starts in 1861, as Kiernan's home is threatened to be burned to the ground because her dead hubby was in firearm manufacturing, but Jesse rides to her rescue. Then it goes back to Harper's Ferry, VA in 1859 & back to the beginning of the Civil War. I did love the sassy characters like Janey & Lacey & the electr The heroine was a Southern hellion, Kiernan, in a hoop who loved all things Virginia. The hero, Jesse, was a Virginian who fought on the Union side against all he knew & loved. This story starts in 1861, as Kiernan's home is threatened to be burned to the ground because her dead hubby was in firearm manufacturing, but Jesse rides to her rescue. Then it goes back to Harper's Ferry, VA in 1859 & back to the beginning of the Civil War. I did love the sassy characters like Janey & Lacey & the electricity between Kiernan & Jesse was a living thing in itself. I did feel like I was having in a history class & it overshadowed the romance of this story. This romance was not enjoyable for me, so I give it 1 finger up & 4 toes. NetGalley ARC given for my honest review.

  13. 5 out of 5

    The Book Junkie Reads . . .

    Possession quite possibly have never felt so good. By the time Cameron got done with this velvet and silk Miller, she was a changed woman. This is the time of war, where one needs to know his loyalties and follow them. But this was also a war that pit brother against brother. Cameron and Miller has a history together that makes much of what is going on through out the story more. Their romance more. Their loving more. Their feelings more. Graham did a job on portraying history (Civil War) and ble Possession quite possibly have never felt so good. By the time Cameron got done with this velvet and silk Miller, she was a changed woman. This is the time of war, where one needs to know his loyalties and follow them. But this was also a war that pit brother against brother. Cameron and Miller has a history together that makes much of what is going on through out the story more. Their romance more. Their loving more. Their feelings more. Graham did a job on portraying history (Civil War) and blending it with an evolving romance. He (Cameron) was born to possess and protect this one woman (Miller). Brought to me courtesy of NetGalley.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Christa

    Absolute garbage. The story is a worthless pile of trite crap. What bothered me the most is how terrible the dialogue was. Nobody says someone's name repeatedly while they are carrying on a conversation with that person. It's not necessary. As the reader, I know who you're talking to. Just poor writing all around with very little in the way of a plot. Unfortunately, I have book 2 of this series and feel compelled to read it. I hope it's better, but I'm not holding my breath. Absolute garbage. The story is a worthless pile of trite crap. What bothered me the most is how terrible the dialogue was. Nobody says someone's name repeatedly while they are carrying on a conversation with that person. It's not necessary. As the reader, I know who you're talking to. Just poor writing all around with very little in the way of a plot. Unfortunately, I have book 2 of this series and feel compelled to read it. I hope it's better, but I'm not holding my breath.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Debbie

    YAWN! YAWN! YAWN! Too much Civil War history and not enough romance. I'm not even sure I want to even attempt to read the other two to this series. YAWN! YAWN! YAWN! Too much Civil War history and not enough romance. I'm not even sure I want to even attempt to read the other two to this series.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kaylea Cross

    This is the Civil War romance series I cut my teeth on, and I still love the books dearly. Highly recommend them!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Frau Sorge (Yuki)

    It was extremely boooooring. I won't be reading the next installments. Ever. It was extremely boooooring. I won't be reading the next installments. Ever.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jerry Jares

    The first part of a Civil War trilogy, this book does a good job of interlacing the beginnings of the War Between the States with the actions of her fictionalized characters. It is 1859 and John Brown has come to Harper's Ferry. Kiernan, who has been in love with Jesse Cameron most of her life, is good friends with Daniel Cameron and their sister Christa. Jesse makes a difficult decision - to fight on the Union side, even though it estranges him from Kiernan, his family (they are wealthy Virginia The first part of a Civil War trilogy, this book does a good job of interlacing the beginnings of the War Between the States with the actions of her fictionalized characters. It is 1859 and John Brown has come to Harper's Ferry. Kiernan, who has been in love with Jesse Cameron most of her life, is good friends with Daniel Cameron and their sister Christa. Jesse makes a difficult decision - to fight on the Union side, even though it estranges him from Kiernan, his family (they are wealthy Virginia plantation owners) and life-long neighbors. Kiernan is a loyal rebel, a Virginian who, like Jesse's brother Daniel, supports the Confederacy. Kiernan marries a man she doesn't love because he is a Confederate too. Thus begins a tale brimming with love, hate, desire and despair. All the characters breathe, struggle and grieve that their way-of-life is disappearing. Jesse's situation is a particularly fascinating study in the anguish of family unity coming apart over states' rights. Graham does such a good job of building tension; if Jesse wasn't already used to going his own way (he was a physician as well as a soldier), it might be hard to believe he could withstand the pressure. The thing that was a bit too convenient was the number of times Jesse was able to intervene in the local situation. However, Graham has a good answer to this ... Virginia (where the action was taking place) was embroiled most in the fighting, particularly during these early years. The research done to make this novel realistic was extensive - and it shows. I can hardly wait for the next book! 4.5 stars Cameron's Saga: Civil War Trilogy 1. One Wore Blue (1991) 2. And One Wore Gray (1992) 3. And One Rode West (1992)

  19. 4 out of 5

    Carol Waters

    I should not read this stuff. First, the author abuses the word "tempestuous" which is both on the cover and then in descriptions of Kiernan about every 20 pages. The reader is advised to replace "tempestuous" with "spoiled" because it makes more sense. Second, I am on page 200 and Kiernan, who has by now turned 18, is so against giving up slavery- or State's rights, it's hard to tell- that she has decided to never forgive the 28-year old Army doctor who believes that the Union must prevail. He's I should not read this stuff. First, the author abuses the word "tempestuous" which is both on the cover and then in descriptions of Kiernan about every 20 pages. The reader is advised to replace "tempestuous" with "spoiled" because it makes more sense. Second, I am on page 200 and Kiernan, who has by now turned 18, is so against giving up slavery- or State's rights, it's hard to tell- that she has decided to never forgive the 28-year old Army doctor who believes that the Union must prevail. He's a Southerner! Born in Virginia! He isn't allowed any other point of view. She wants tobacco and cotton and slavery to go on and on, although maybe someday slavery could end if they could figure out how to get cheap enough labor.... By page 200, there have been two black people identified. One is a freedman who chose to remain on her daddy's plantation. Another is Jesse's butler, a man named Jigger. I kid you not. These people are so one-dimensional. She has her pride and she likes sex in empty cabins. Anthony likes her. Christa likes somebody in Book Three. Kiernan's daddy likes Virginia and drinking and understands that his daughter kinda sleeps around. She likes telling people what they should believe. This story is so flat. It makes me tempestuous.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

    I stayed up all night and had an absolutely miserable next day due to lack of sleep because I could not put this book down once I started. I had to finish it. What I liked: -The chemistry between the main characters is great. I get their love for one another. -Jesse is a “take charge” kinda guy. That might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but I like a strong hero who isn’t afraid to go after what he wants. -The story itself is told beautifully. I love all the history interwoven. The romance is hot but I stayed up all night and had an absolutely miserable next day due to lack of sleep because I could not put this book down once I started. I had to finish it. What I liked: -The chemistry between the main characters is great. I get their love for one another. -Jesse is a “take charge” kinda guy. That might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but I like a strong hero who isn’t afraid to go after what he wants. -The story itself is told beautifully. I love all the history interwoven. The romance is hot but it’s not all consuming. This isn’t an insta love book where it’s just sex and love. There is a real story here and you get to know the characters. I loved this! What I could’ve done without: -In the first several pages, especially, the repetition of “wore blue” and “wore gray.” It was getting on my nerves pretty heavily but then subsided. -Kiernen is a bit dense sometimes. I don’t mind a stubborn streak but she’s a bit intense at times. And the scene with the general toward the end when they all needed to get home (trying not to spoil anything here).....but, how could she not understand Jesse’s hint for like 3 pages?! Overall, I loved it though and I’m excited to continue reading the series.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Valerie Dix

    It has been awhile since I've read a historical romance and I love Heather Graham's paranormal trilogies, so I wasn't sure how this would be. I LOVED IT!!!! The era that this was set in, The Civil War, has always held a special place in my heart and I loved this story. Jesse and Kiernan are so real, they just explode from the page. I would highly recommend this book to everyone. 100%!!! You won't be disappointed!!! Just make sure you have the other two books in the trilogy available, because the It has been awhile since I've read a historical romance and I love Heather Graham's paranormal trilogies, so I wasn't sure how this would be. I LOVED IT!!!! The era that this was set in, The Civil War, has always held a special place in my heart and I loved this story. Jesse and Kiernan are so real, they just explode from the page. I would highly recommend this book to everyone. 100%!!! You won't be disappointed!!! Just make sure you have the other two books in the trilogy available, because the story doesn't end with "One Wore Blue". It continues with "And One Wore Gray", then "And One Rode West".

  22. 5 out of 5

    Vicki

    Before the Civil War they were friends. They grew up together as their plantations were close. The families were friends. Two brothers, one chose blue and one chose gray. Jesse Cameron believed in the keeping of the Union together. Kiernan Miller believed in Virginia and states right. She lived Jesse but hated him because he wore blue. Great story. The tempest that was the war and all that went with it was awesome.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Piper Pringle

    I love the banter between Jesse and Kiernan! Civil War historical romance One Yankee & One Confederate Both on the opposite sides of the war, but they both grew up together. Both believe in their sides, neither willing to compromise or see each other's side. But the fire between the two runs hot! I love the banter between Jesse and Kiernan! Civil War historical romance One Yankee & One Confederate Both on the opposite sides of the war, but they both grew up together. Both believe in their sides, neither willing to compromise or see each other's side. But the fire between the two runs hot!

  24. 5 out of 5

    EvilAntie Jan

    Enthralling story of love and war Jesse and Kieran are the most awesome couple. Love is not always easy and these two battle royally. The civil war is the setting of this sweeping novel. I couldn't put it down - an all night read so well worth it. Enthralling story of love and war Jesse and Kieran are the most awesome couple. Love is not always easy and these two battle royally. The civil war is the setting of this sweeping novel. I couldn't put it down - an all night read so well worth it.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Caroline

    This is a good short read. It has enough action and romance to make it a worth while read.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Ellyn (Mrs. Darcy in my Dreams)

    DNF Just not into a civil war saga. The heroine had the personality of Scarlett O'Hara with Hero being the Rhett Butler! It was so obvious in the short amount I read that I decided to drop it. DNF Just not into a civil war saga. The heroine had the personality of Scarlett O'Hara with Hero being the Rhett Butler! It was so obvious in the short amount I read that I decided to drop it.

  27. 4 out of 5

    The Bookish Brown Beauty

    One Wore Blue is a brilliant historical romance set during the Civil War era. Kiernan Mackay is in love with the handsomely rugged Jesse Cameron. And Jesse Cameron feels the same about Kiernan. However, their love isn’t strong enough to withstand the onset of the Civil War. Heather Graham takes readers on a journey to the heart of America, Virginia, as Abraham Lincoln is about to win his presidency. Graham shows the distress placed upon everyone as the country was divided by their beliefs. Close- One Wore Blue is a brilliant historical romance set during the Civil War era. Kiernan Mackay is in love with the handsomely rugged Jesse Cameron. And Jesse Cameron feels the same about Kiernan. However, their love isn’t strong enough to withstand the onset of the Civil War. Heather Graham takes readers on a journey to the heart of America, Virginia, as Abraham Lincoln is about to win his presidency. Graham shows the distress placed upon everyone as the country was divided by their beliefs. Close-knit families were torn apart and love was ended before it had a chance to bloom. For those who donned blue, the southern comfort they were accustomed to from birth was ripped from their grasp. Graham shows us how some people struggled with holding onto their beliefs when it came in between their way of life and true love. My first thought after reading this book is that it’s enjoyable. Graham created a moving and believable love story about two lovers caught on opposing sides of the Civil War. I enjoyed how Graham wove historical facts with fiction creating a realistic story. It made the novel read like a diary written by the two main characters. Unlike a typical Romeo and Juliet “love story”, Kiernan and Jesse chose to stand up for their convictions in spite of their love for one another. I thought this was refreshing. One Wore Blue transported me to the rustic mountains of Virginia. Graham vividly painted a beautiful picture of the landscape with her passages. Ex. “…, it was beautiful, everything that came with the promise of spring. The sun would shine throughout the day, hot and radiant, throwing a bold new yellow light over the soft new grass that was just bursting through the old. The first of the spring flowers would be bathed in that light, their colors the brighter for it. But the heat of the sun was softened and tempered by the coolness of the air coming in from the river, and it was easy to walk, easy to breathe, easy to love to be alive.” I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and would recommend it to any reader looking for a historical romance to dig into. However, there was a con to the reading of this book. Although the characters were memorable and enjoyable, I thought the main character, Kiernan, could have been more well rounded. Kiernan’s character is strong willed and determined not to give into the Yankees. She believes in the Confederacy and is willing to put her life on the line for the cause. All these traits are admirable and welcomed in a heroine, however, her protests came off more whiny than strong. Kiernan’s character was always afraid of being viewed as a child, especially by Jesse, yet most of her behavior came off as childish and manipulative. She was often, “casting aside her cloak of innocent femininity when necessary, donning it again when it was convenient” to her. One Wore Blue is a great read. You will be thoroughly educated and romanced at the same time.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Sorcha

    Received in ebook format from www.netgalley.com. This novel is set during the American Civil War and I believe one (the first?) in a trilogy about the Camerons, who are wealthy Virginia plantation family, along with some of the people they grow up with - such as Kiernan Mackay. Most of this novel is told from the point of view of Kiernan, who has grown up motherless, and therefore the apple of her father's eye and able to get away with more than other women of her class and age. She has become sp Received in ebook format from www.netgalley.com. This novel is set during the American Civil War and I believe one (the first?) in a trilogy about the Camerons, who are wealthy Virginia plantation family, along with some of the people they grow up with - such as Kiernan Mackay. Most of this novel is told from the point of view of Kiernan, who has grown up motherless, and therefore the apple of her father's eye and able to get away with more than other women of her class and age. She has become spirited and beautiful and has loved the oldest Cameron brother, Jesse, for most of her life. The Camerons find their loyalties divided when the Civil War breaks out. Jesse and Kiernan end up as lovers, only to find themselves on opposite sides of the divide when Virginia secedes from the Union. Neither is willing to compromise on their convictions. Jesse, who trained to be a doctor and has joined the army, leaves Kiernan behind in the little town of Harper's Ferry, which is about to find itself in the middle of a tug-of-war between the Union and the Confederacy. She marries Anthony Millar, on his way to fight, who gets killed before the marriage gets very far. Over the next few years, war throws Jessie and Kiernan back together, which means both of them begin to question their ideals, their loyalities, and their feelings for each other. The book has an interesting plot setting in that it starts with the threatened burning of Kiernan's house - to be interrupted by Jesse's timely arrival. It immediately slips back a few years previously to help set up Kiernan's relationship both with Jesse and her husband Anthony. There are several sex scenes, of a relatively explicit nature, all outside of marriage, so this book is to be avoided if these scenes are not enjoyed. Kiernan in particular is a bit more headstrong than I like - not sure she compares particularly well to Scarlett O'Hara. In Summary: I did enjoy this book, it has an advantage of not being entirely formulaic in structure or story line, and the primary characters are interesting

  29. 4 out of 5

    The Lusty Literate

    ONE WORE BLUE is an entertaining and sweeping sensual melodrama and a pleasant departure from the standard (though equally wonderful) English historical romance. I love this time period in American History. It is a gritty and desperate time even for the wealthy. Passions and emotions are heightened. Death and destruction are at the characters’ doorsteps. It’s the perfect and most inconvenient time to fall madly in love. I adore Jesse. He’s no gentleman. Tall, dark and handsome. Kiernan’s hero and ONE WORE BLUE is an entertaining and sweeping sensual melodrama and a pleasant departure from the standard (though equally wonderful) English historical romance. I love this time period in American History. It is a gritty and desperate time even for the wealthy. Passions and emotions are heightened. Death and destruction are at the characters’ doorsteps. It’s the perfect and most inconvenient time to fall madly in love. I adore Jesse. He’s no gentleman. Tall, dark and handsome. Kiernan’s hero and savior on more than one occasion. He’s commanding, bossy and so, so sexy. Kiernan is harder to like. She’s single-minded and frequently unreasonable. She can be childish and overly impulsive. Kiernan also gets enraged at the drop of a hat. It gets tiresome to read her instinctively and repeatedly resort to such ugly behavior as slapping, hitting and tearing away at Jesse in response to a quarrel. Despite Kieran’s character flaws, I love these characters as a couple. They share an entertaining “love and war”/“fire and ice” dynamic. One moment they are fiercely argumentative and screaming each other, and the next they are in each other’s arms consumed by desire and a deep unwavering love. The steamy, stolen moments that comprise their many fantastic sex scenes are beautifully described and highly erotic. These great passages are satisfyingly lengthy and utterly hot. (Think Stephanie Laurens, but better.) I’m looking forward to reading about Jesse’s brother, Daniel Cameron’s happily ever after in the next book in this series, AND ONE WORE GREY. ARC courtesy of Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  30. 5 out of 5

    The Lusty Literate

    ONE WORE BLUE is an entertaining and sweeping sensual melodrama and a pleasant departure from the standard (though equally wonderful) English historical romance. I love this time period in American History. It is a gritty and desperate time even for the wealthy. Passions and emotions are heightened. Death and destruction are at the characters’ doorsteps. It’s the perfect and most inconvenient time to fall madly in love. I adore Jesse. He’s no gentleman. Tall, dark and handsome. Kiernan’s hero and ONE WORE BLUE is an entertaining and sweeping sensual melodrama and a pleasant departure from the standard (though equally wonderful) English historical romance. I love this time period in American History. It is a gritty and desperate time even for the wealthy. Passions and emotions are heightened. Death and destruction are at the characters’ doorsteps. It’s the perfect and most inconvenient time to fall madly in love. I adore Jesse. He’s no gentleman. Tall, dark and handsome. Kiernan’s hero and savior on more than one occasion. He’s commanding, bossy and so, so sexy. Kiernan is harder to like. She’s single-minded and frequently unreasonable. She can be childish and overly impulsive. Kiernan also gets enraged at the drop of a hat. It gets tiresome to read her instinctively and repeatedly resort to such ugly behavior as slapping, hitting and tearing away at Jesse in response to a quarrel. Despite Kieran’s character flaws, I love these characters as a couple. They share an entertaining “love and war”/“fire and ice” dynamic. One moment they are fiercely argumentative and screaming each other, and the next they are in each other’s arms consumed by desire and a deep unwavering love. The steamy, stolen moments that comprise their many fantastic sex scenes are beautifully described and highly erotic. These great passages are satisfyingly lengthy and utterly hot. (Think Stephanie Laurens, but better.) I’m looking forward to reading about Jesse’s brother, Daniel Cameron’s happily ever after in the next book in this series, AND ONE WORE GREY. ARC courtesy of Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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