Early 2020 I was looking for some light reading that would keep me from sinking into a dark hole of grief. Romance is almost always the way for me to do this, but I was also hungry for Native stories. Never in my wildest imagination did I expect to find an intersection.
I devoured the first three books of the Crooked Rock series and was disappointed that the final one was not out yet. Fast forward a year, and 2020 being what it was, I FORGOT that the fourth book was waiting.
Crooked Rock Braves is the final of four stories about the Crooked Rock Urban Indian Center, and all the people attached to it, doing the work for Natives displaced from their home reservation. An urban Indian myself, I connected immediately. I loved reading stories about love for people like me, Natives who can go home again, but don’t for various reasons. It’s a real situation for many of us who had to leave our homes in order to survive in the world. I wish there was a real Crooked Rock to help me stay connected.
Linda and Arnie’s story is the perfect culmination of this series, and the book ties up all the loose ends I’ve been screaming over.
Side note: Pamela Sanderson was the one who directed me to the All My Relations podcast. That alone changed my life as a displaced Ojibwe.
If you are looking to diversify your romance shelf, I cannot recommend this series enough.