BEA'S BOOK NOOK "I can't imagine a man really enjoying a book and reading it only once." C. S. Lewis “If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.” ― Oscar Wilde

Friday, May 26, 2017

Bea Reviews Wilde Horses by Jannine Gallant

Bea's Book Nook, Review, Wilde Horses, Jannine Gallant
Series: Born to Be Wilde #4
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Source: the publisher in exchange for an honest review
Release Date: May 23rd, 2017
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Blurb, adapted from goodreads:

The Wilde brothers may be attracted to all things fast and furious. But their spirited sister can’t be tamed when it comes to matters of the heart . . .

The beautiful vistas and peace and quiet on her family’s Wyoming ranch are a balm for Eden Wilde’s soul—and inspire a gentle touch when it comes to breaking the wild horses she loves. Though there’s no hope on the breathtaking horizon for her love life. Until her sanctuary is invaded by a movie studio shooting their latest blockbuster starring Hollywood’s man of the moment.

After a personal tragedy plays out in his real life, movie star Blake Benedict finds himself falling for the wide-open spaces and easy going pace of Wyoming—and for Eden. Around her, he feels safe shedding his public persona and letting down his guard. But then accidents begin to happen on set, mishaps that could end Blake’s career—or his life. And Eden will be forced out of her comfort zone to save the Hollywood hero from an enemy he never saw coming . 

My Thoughts:

This series has been a mixed bag. I loved book 1, book 2 was infuriating, and book 3 was good. I approached this one with trepidation, unsure what to expect but I'd been wanting Eden's story since book one. I didn't love but I did enjoy it and its second my favorite of the series. 

Eden still lives on the ranch with her parents. She helps them run the ranch, has her own business breaking wild mustangs, and has a sideline of creating custom leather works.  She's not happy, at all, when her parents agree to allow a movie to film on the ranch. We actually met Blake, the movie's male star, in book 1, when he was filming a different movie. Another character from that book, Ramon, appears in this book too. If you didn't read the first book, no worries, this one works as a stand alone though you might have some moments of confusion.

I liked Blake, a lot. He was smart, funny, kind, determined, compassionate, loyal, and generous. He's attracted to Eden and she's attracted to him. However, she has major reservations about getting involved with him when her heart and life are on the ranch and he's a big movie star whose life is in Malibu, California. She, like her brothers, sucks at compromise. It's a familial flaw. So many times I wanted to smack her and tell her to be more flexible and make a serious effort. She does, eventually, but only after Blake makes some changes to accommodate her. He's much more willing to put in the necessary work than she is; it helps that he's feeling restless in his life and looking for a change, while she's all no, our lives are too different, it'll never work, we're doomed, blah blah blah. She could be a real downer at times. And yet, she's a deeply loyal, committed woman who takes crap from no one. She just sometimes needs a good kick in the butt to get out of her own head and see things from someone else's perspective.

The mystery of who was behind the attacks was, to me anyway, obvious. Gallant was able to temporarily distract me, partly because the guilty party seemed too obvious and I thought the obviousness was a red herring. In fact, it was just really that obvious. I also have trouble with the fact that all four siblings in this family have been the subject of attacks and murder attempts. I know this is fiction, but it was just so unlikely and I had trouble suspending my disbelief. It's like there's a black cloud or a curse following these siblings and their loved ones, everywhere they go.

The book had witty banter, hot chemistry between Blake and Eden, interesting characters, and appearances from Eden's brothers and their significant others. I liked catching up with her brothers and I really enjoyed her interactions with their girlfriends. Once Eden stopped her whining and actually put some thought and effort into their relationship, it was fun watching them together. I rooted for them and hoped that they would find a way to keep their relationship going. The story got a little dark towards the end but everything worked out fine and the end was a solidly happy ending. "Wilde Horses" was entertaining, fast-paced, and while it was pretty predictable, it had some exciting moments. It was a good ending to the series.


Bea's Review of book 1, Wilde One
Bea's Review of book 2, Wilde Side
Bea's Review of book 3, Wilde Thing

38 comments:

  1. Thanks for reviewing. I'm glad you enjoyed the ending.

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    1. Thanks for writing the books. :)

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  2. I have a few series like that - where it's uneven but good overall.

    Blake sounds like a catch!

    P.S. I'm here for Anna's Get Social Blogger Event

    For What It's Worth

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    1. Blake was definitely a catch! I liked him a lot.

      Thanks for visiting!

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  3. It is great you had a good time with this title. Thanks for sharing.

    I am a part of the Get Social Event
    Totally Addicted to Reading

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    1. Hi Nadene. Thanks for visiting. :)

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  4. That sounds like a good book. It's not the genre I usually read but sounds good none the less. #getsocial17

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    1. Hi Mary, thanks for visiting!

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  5. sounds like it was an okay read and that's lots better than a DNF :)
    #getsocial17

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  6. I must say sunglasses makes the, look less in love. weird

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    1. Huh, I hadn't noticed but it does hide his facial expressions. That is an odd cover choice.

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  7. Glad you found some enjoyment in this one. I've not seen this cover before so thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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  8. Good to know that Eden was a whiny character. Its often better to use more confident characters in my belief. I may need to give this novel a gander. Im trin carl visiting for blog social.

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    1. Oh she was confident for the most part but had serious blinders on about the relationship. She drove me batty at times.

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  9. Thank's for the review. I don't think I'll be picking this one up. Eden just doesn't sound like a character I'd enjoy.
    Visiting from the #getsocial17 event.

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    1. Hi Angela :) I think you might like the series as a whole even if this one doesn't appeal.

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  10. Love the horses in the background of this book cover. Hi from Deanna's World. Glad to visit as part of the #getsocial17 event.

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    1. The horses were a big part of the book's appeal to me and I wish we'd seen more of them.

      Thanks for visiting. :)

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  11. Blake sounds great - that's a bit of a bummer that Eden isn't willing to put as much work in though!

    -Lauren
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    1. Hi Lauren,

      Blake was great, and I completely agree about Eden!

      Thanks for visiting :)

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  12. I like how you approach your reviews.
    Stopping in for the #getsocial17 event!

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  13. This author is a new one for me, will check out her other books.
    P.S I LOVE your blog design.
    #getsocial17

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    1. Thanks Nicola, Rachel at Parajunkee designed it for me.

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  14. Eden sounds like a frustrating heroine. I love the premise for the book though.

    #getsocial17

    Shari @httP//delightedreader.com

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    1. She did frustrate me a lot but I did like her for the most part.

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  15. Popping in from the get social event.Added you to our following list.Happy Reading! Joelle from Angels with Attitude Book Reviews

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  16. Glad this one picked up compared to book 2. I don't think I'd have noticed it based upon just that cover tbh.
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    1. Yeah, a few people have said the cover didn't grab them. Truthfully, it probably wouldn't have grabbed me if I hadn't read the previous books.

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  17. I've seen this series floating around on some blogs and have been contemplating reading it. I've read a series or two where some of the books are less than stellar so I'm thinking this one might not be a bad choice. Though I tend to be a bit harsher on heroines than heroes when I'm reading.

    Oh and I have to say I LOVE your blog design! It's so pretty!

    #GetSocial17

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    1. I'm often harsh on my heroines too; a lot of bloggers are, I've noticed. I like the series overall.

      Rachel at Parajunkee did my blog design, I love it. :)

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  18. Blerg. Frustrating when there's no consistency in a series like that. I'd probably bail or move them WAY down the list.

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    1. After book 2, I did push them down the pile.

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  19. Hey Bea! It's been a while since I've been by. So glad to be part of the #getsocial17 event!

    Glad you enjoyed this one. It's hard giving up a series when it's a mixed bag, I never want to stop, hoping the next book will be better!

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    1. Hi Jen! Long time no see. 😊

      That was how I felt, hoping it would improve. Overall, I enjoyed the series.

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