Saturday, April 18, 2015

The Wild One

Book Blurb
Can four wounded souls find love?

Iraq war veteran Dan Mitchell once disobeyed an order – and it nearly destroyed him. Now a national park ranger in the Australian outback, he’s faced with another order he is unwilling to obey ...

Photographer Rachel Quinn seeks out beauty in unlikely places. Her work comforted Dan in his darkest days. But Quinn knows darkness too – and Dan soon realises she needs his help as much as he needs hers.

Carrie Bryant was a talented jockey until a racing accident broke her nerve. Now Dan and Quinn need her expertise, but can she face her fear? And could horse breeder, Justin Fraser, a man fighting to save his own heritage, be the man to help put that fear to rest?

The wounds you can’t see are the hardest to heal...

My Review

I loved that with vivid descriptions Janet took me right into small town Coorah Creek and the Australian Outback in The Wild One. I could easily picture the brumbies and the park in my mind.

I really enjoyed the mix of characters in The Wild One! The main characters, Dan and Quinn both lead fairly isolated existences by choice, and are brought together unexpectedly. They find themselves working together for a common purpose, and at the same time an attraction sparks between them. A romance between them is not the main focus of The Wild One, but rather how they both grow so much due to various happenings in the Wild One. They both have so much to offer each other, but to accept will mean stepping out of where they've become comfortable...letting the past go and moving into the future. With both of their heart breaking pasts, it was touching to go through this journey with them and see where it would lead.

Carrie and Justin are strong secondary characters who have a secondary plot of their own that weaves perfectly into the main plot, is relevant, and just as touching. This worked well in the plot, giving a lot more dimension to The Wild one.

The wild horses, the park and the story involving them was so believable and I could picture the horses easily.

I liked the pace Janet wrote with and how she made me feel enveloped in the story. She explores different kinds of grief and the aftermath of tragedy and hurt, and how it is easier to heal with someone to lean on rather than struggle through alone.

The Wild One is a great, all encompassing love story I'd recommend to romance readers.
4/5 stars
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