The Dance Hall Wife by CiCi Cordelia

The Dance Hall Wife by CiCi Cordelia
Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing
Genre: Historical
Length: Full Length (213 pages)
Heat Level: spicy
Rated: 4 stars
Review by Rose

CAT . . .

Cat Purdue has come a long way from the days when her father used her as partial payment for a gambling debt to a ruthless man. Reacquiring the saloon Father had lost, and turning it into a successful restaurant, is only the beginning of her drive for success.

FRANK . . .

Unable to reconcile the new, sophisticated Catherine Purdue from the saloon girl he once dallied with and foolishly spurned, Frank Carter finds himself blocking his growing attraction with sharp words and sarcasm. But when the Carters’ old nemesis escapes prison and comes back to Little Creede for vengeance, Frank’s only thought is to protect Cat, as well as his family.
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Determined to lead separate lives yet bound together by danger and their growing desire, Frank and Cat will leave their mark in the new state of Colorado.

I have mixed feelings about this book. It’s the second in the series and it’s obvious the main couple had had issues in the first book they were having to work out in this book. It’s technically a standalone, but I think my enjoyment of it would have been enhanced had I read the first book in the series as well.

I really like the main character, Cat Perdue. She is my kind of character. She’s feisty, independent, but has a tender heart that’s easily bruised, so she puts up this really tough exterior. She has some wonderful qualities—she’s probably my favorite character in the book. She does the most growing, and it’s really interesting to watch her come into her own person.

Frank has been away and comes back to find things changed in his hometown. The dance hall/saloon is gone, and in its place is a fine dining establishment – run by none other than the former entertainer for the dance hall. He hurt her badly at some time in the past, but has never been able to stop thinking about her and wishing he could make amends. And, therein lies the rub.

This couple has to overcome the past and deal with issues in the present. They are drawn to each other, but it’s hard for each of them to be completely honest with each other. The story is told from both POVs, and I find myself wanting to shake them both (Frank more than Cat to be honest) and make them tell each other what they are thinking. Frank, especially, would have come a long way if he had just told he how much he regretted what had happened. Of course, then we wouldn’t have had a book.

I did enjoy the book a lot- I love the extended family and all the family dynamics. Frank and his brother are sometimes too over-the-top protective of their female relations, but that’s part of the Code of the West and, I feel, very accurate for the time.

The writing is excellent, and I really felt I was there. I hurt along with Cat when she hurt. Kudos to the author, because I was really engrossed in the story… so much I stayed up way to late reading it! I would happily read more from this author. And, now I have to go read the first book!


  1. Thanks for hosting!

  2. Thank you for hosting CiCi, aka: me and Char. I’m super thrilled you enjoyed The Dance Hall Wife. We had so much fun writing this book and developing these fun characters. The Innocent Wife, Vivian and Joshua’s story, book 3 to The Brides of Little Creede series is in final edits and will be out May 1st. If readers continue to enjoy the stories, we have more books in mind for the series. 🙂

  3. James Robert says

    Thank you for sharing your book with us and for the giveaway as well.

  4. Thanks very much for hosting CiCi (Cheryl and me!) Thrilled with the review and so glad you enjoyed reading. We hope you stay for the third book in the series, The Innocent Wife, due out in early May. It’s been a blast writing it, and we are especially happy you were able to get into the actual history of the time.

  5. Sounds like a good book.

  6. Great review

  7. Thanks for the giveaway; I like the excerpt. 🙂

  8. Dale Wilken says

    Sounds like a really great read.

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