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Wild Hearts, by Jessica Burkhart

About the Book:Book - Wild Hearts
Author: Jessica Burkhart
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Source: Publisher ARC
Publication Date: May 2015
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Series: If Only, 4
Genre: Fiction; Teen Contemporary
Rating: 3.5 out of 5

After reading an earlier book in this companion novel series, I was really excited to jump into reading this latest novel. First I’ll start by saying that the YA market is my “happy reads” place. I read them to enjoy a lighthearted, easy read and if I discover a story that looks beyond just a sweet love story, then I’m all for it. I certainly did enjoy this novel, but it also didn’t capture my fancy in the same way its peer did. The story follows two teens on the cusp of breaking the feud between their fathers. Brie Carter has moved constantly (thanks to her dad’s work as a developer) ever since she can remember. For this reason she keeps her distance from making friends – or having a boyfriend. But that all changes with her latest move to Wyoming. There she meets Logan, a cowboy who’s not just good-looking he’s always dedicated to his family and working hard to make their life work. Needless to say, Brie takes an interest in having the one thing she never allowed herself before.

With a kind of Romeo and Juliet vibe for the modern age, from the start, I might not have been quite as curious about this novel. But I was interested in continuing this “If Only” line. I cannot say that it was the characters that I didn’t care for, more some of their actions and the way they behaved. Mainly my points of contention was the latter half of the novel (some of the ideas didn’t feel genuine) and then some of the teens actions were a bit too “young” even for the genre especially considering other points suggested these two teens were more mature than the average characters. Logan’s sense of responsibility (his work ethic is to be admired) and commitment to the importance of family. He could have just as easily been a punk kid who was a cop out (which I realize wouldn’t have endeared him nearly as well). I respected his character for the most part. Likewise, Brie is a relatively responsible girl with a healthy work ethic… but then there is her lying. It’s essential to the story, yes, but also could have been handled differently. Or the events could have maybe happened on a different timeline. …all that being said, this is a cute read. It’s full of sweetheart moments and typical teenage shenanigans, but to be honest, this was just was just what I needed when I needed it. I could have read this a lot faster than I ultimately did because it was just that easy, entertaining of a read. That in itself takes some great skill.

If you like that sort of story, this might be one you want to pick up – and for anyone who likes western culture and the cowboys that inevitably follow that kind of hero, you’re sure to enjoy.

Content: there is some profanity sprinkled about here and there (nothing graphic). Two teens “make out.” (A lot.) There’s minor conversation about taking a relationship to the next step.

Synopsis: 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?
This new title in the If Only line is the perfect summer read and proves that love flourishes in the wildest places! – Goodreads

Sincere thanks to Bloomsbury for the complimentary ARC of this novel – and my apologies to the publisher and author for the delay in posting a review of this novel.

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Have you read these novels? If so, which is your favorite thus far? Any thoughts are as always, welcome. 

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