on June 7th 2016
Genres: Romance, Western, Contemporary
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Award-winning author Victoria Vane lets loose the fourth in the Hot Cowboy Nights series
WILD HORSES COULDN'T BRING THEM TOGETHER...With exceptional talent and looks, cowboy "horse whisperer" Keith Russo once had the world at his feet - until his career was unwittingly destroyed by an aspiring filmmaker. After being rejected by his family for exploiting his Native American heritage, Keith has no choice but to turn back to his humble beginnings as a wild horse wrangler.
BUT MAYBE THEIR PASSION CAN...Miranda Sutton always dreamed of making films, until wild mustangs captured her heart. But turning her grandmother's Montana ranch into a wild horse sanctuary proves harder than she thought. She needs someone who knows wild horses. Keith and the mustangs need each other. And while working together to save the herd, Keith and Miranda discover a passion as wild as the mustangs they love.
While I loved the detail about the plight of the mustangs I felt that it might have overshadowed the romance element in the story. For that reason, I had a hard time feeling the chemistry between the 2 main protagonists, Keith and Miranda. I loved them well enough as individuals but I didn’t get that all-consuming feeling that they belonged together, something I look for in my romance reads.
I also would have liked more information as to why Keith had the falling out with his tribe due to the documentary that was filmed about him. There were bits and pieces but nothing concrete that would help me to understand why he brought shame to his heritage. I know it was about Native American pride but I didn’t feel that what he did warranted the reaction by his tribe, mostly his grandfather. Also, he initially blamed Miranda for the inaccurate depiction of his talents and was so angry and then his anger diminished without me feeling like the issue between them was resolved.
That being said, I love Victoria Vane’s storytelling, her research and attention to detail is always spot-on. In this series, she continues to showcase social issues along with the difficult situation the ranchers face regarding the wildlife they have to work around while trying to make a living and respecting the laws that govern their state. It’s a delicate balance and interesting to see both sides of the issues they face.
It’s also a delicate balance meshing weighty topics along with romance. I wanted Keith and Miranda to spend more time together exploring their relationship, and when they were together, the plight of the mustangs overshadowed their romance, even though I understand it’s what brought them together and was at the core of the story. Keith and Miranda did sizzle in the bedroom and got their happily ever after.
Despite some of my concerns, this was still an enjoyable read by the talented Victoria Vane!