Judging by how much I liked the other book in this series (albeit different author and different storyline!) and how there are HORSES in this book (just like in the other book!!!), I’m so disappointed that I didn’t like this one as much. Wild Hearts bored me, and as much as I tried to like it (HORSES!!!), I just couldn’t. The characters were okay, but the plot wasn’t very interesting. However, there’s nothing majorly wrong with the book, so I still got through it. (It just took a while.)
Brie Carter’s father’s land development business has taken her family all over the world, but as soon as they arrive at their new home in Lost Spring, Wyoming, the town turns out to protest. They don’t want a new hotel if the resident mustang population will be displaced or hurt as part of the deal. Then Brie meets Logan, a gorgeous local who has a special connection to the mustangs, and she is immediately drawn to him… and the horses. However, with Logan’s father leading the protests and Brie’s father refusing to budge, it’s clear that their parents are heading towards an all-out war. Can Brie and Logan find a way to save the mustangs and be together? Or is their love doomed from the start?
The premise of Wild Hearts sounds pretty cool, like a mix of city-girl-cowboy-love-story and Romeo-and-Juliet-family-feud. Brie is a character I can relate with, since she’s had to move often because of her dad’s job, which has caused her to be fearful of growing too attached to places and people. She’s protective of her family and their beliefs – even in the face of resistance from what looks like the entire town of Lost Spring – and can be very stubborn and proactive (as is shown later in the book) when she wants to do something.
Brie’s meeting with Logan is not quite love-at-first-sight (thank goodness!), but their relationship still progresses very fast. I think these two characters complement each other well, and overall, the romance in this story is cute and not too overwhelming.
The plot is where this story failed me. The pacing is very slow, and the climax is not very climatic. The conflict between the anti-hotel and pro-hotel sides is quickly overtaken by another suspenseful (and unnecessary) event, which ends up leading to a somewhat shocking revelation that I never fully recover from. Although the post-climax resolution is drawn out, it’s the one redeeming feature since it’s full of horses and more horses! 🐎
I wish I liked Wild Hearts more because HORSES, but the structure and pacing of the story distracted me.