Friday, May 1, 2015

Wild Hearts by Jessica Burkhart

Title: Wild Hearts (If Only... #4)
Author: Jessica Burkhart
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children's
Release Date: May 5, 2015
Source: ARC from Publisher
Buy the Book: Amazon / Book Depository / Indigo
Enjoy Wild Hearts and the other standalone titles in Bloomsbury’s contemporary If Only romance line entered around an impossible problem: you always want what you can’t have!

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!

Do I really need to explain why I wanted to read Jessica Burkhart's Wild Hearts? It should be pretty self-explanatory by now why this would be the kind of book I would enjoy. So I'll just say this: I loved Wild Hearts.

Brie Carter has moved around a lot. Because of her father's job, she's lived all over the country. But when her family arrives in Lost Spring, Wyoming, things are different. The locals don't want her father to build a new hotel if it means hurting the local mustang population. At first Brie doesn't understand, but when she meets Logan and sees his passion for the horses, she starts to change her mind. Before long Brie finds herself being drawn to Logan and the horses and becomes determined to find a way to protect them. Even if it means going against her dad and hurting her family in the process. 

I’ve never had any particular desire to go to Wyoming. And then I read Wild Heats. Throughout the book there are all these descriptions of the mountains and the nature around this small town and I just wanted to go there and see it all for myself. Doesn’t help that it doesn’t take much to make me want to travel anywhere, but the descriptions just made me want to go to Wyoming. And like I said, not really someplace I’d ever considered going before. But that’s not the point, right now. Other than making me want to travel, Wild Hearts was everything I hoped it would be. I’ve read some of the other books in the If Only line and I have loved them, so I had certain expectations when it came to Wild Hearts. And those expectations were met. This was a fun, adorable romance and I couldn’t get enough of it. While I was reading I both couldn’t stop but also wanted to slow down to make the story last longer. And my favourite part of the romance was that it was pretty much drama free. Sure there was some drama in the story, if there wasn’t it would make for a pretty boring story, but the drama wasn’t between Logan and Brie. And I loved that. From the moment they were together, they stayed together. And they were pretty freaking adorable, if you want my honest opinion.

I don’t know how to talk about Brie without talking about Logan. Don’t get me wrong she totally stands on her own as a character, but I just loved her and Logan together so much. But I liked Brie on her own as well. I liked seeing her grow over the course of the story, going from automatically siding with her dad on the horse issue to doing some research and coming up with her own opinion on the subject. It was just nice to see that evolution in her character. And Logan obviously had something to do with that, what with him being so passionate about the horses and all. And Logan, well he was Logan. I mean, the guy was a real, live cowboy who was the sweetest and nicest guy ever. How was Brie supposed to resist all that. Because I know I stood no chance. But for real, though, Logan was great. He was just a genuinely good guy. And as much as I loved him with Brie, whenever I got to see him spend time with his little brother it absolutely melted my heart. Aside from Logan and Brie, the other character worth mentioning is Amy. I loved seeing the friendship develop between her and Brie. And as much as I loved the romance it was nice to take a break from it every now and then to see the friendship. 

Needless to say that I loved Jess Burkhart's Wild Hearts. The romance was just what I wanted it to be and I had a huge goofy smile on my face he whole time I was reading. If you like YA contemporary romance, you should definitely check out the If Only line.  

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