Grand Central Publishing
Pub Date Feb 26 2013
A WYOMING SKY NOVEL
Wild at Heart . . .
Jake Conway is good with his hands. A veterinarian known for his gentle touch, he’s also the most eligible bachelor in Wyoming. But like any wild animal, Jake longs to roam free . . . until a sultry redhead with a smile from here to heaven turns up in town.
When her estranged father dies, Meg Stanford inherits his rustic ranch-and all the painful memories that come with it. She’s determined to settle the estate and face down the ghosts of her past. But a series of midnight break-ins have Meg running from the ranch-and into the arms of the sexy cowboy next door. As their passion grows hotter, the attacks grow bolder. Can Jake keep her safe, or will he lose the only woman he’s ever loved?
Jake is a romantic western that is just cozy enough to make you want to venture into the wild west and find yourself a cowboy. Is it wrong that’s all I wanted to do when I finished this book?
I’ve read the other two books in this series and loved them. I couldn’t wait to read Jake’s story and see him have his happy ending. Jake was just how I wanted him, alpha but able to step back and let the others move. While his brothers were more hands on in the farm, he was the caring one who tried to heal everything and everyone in his path—animals and humans alike. When he found Meg and her brother, he not only did all in his power to care for them, but stood back so they could care for themselves. And when the choice came for him to beg her to stay or follow her path, he did what he could, but had to do what was right for the both of them. It broke my heart, but I loved him all the more for it.
Meg was a newcomer to this series and a city slicker. Though she’d spent her childhood on the trails, she hadn’t been back in some time. After her father’s death she found herself shaken, lost, and with a new half-brother. When certain things come to light from her past, I broke right along with her. I mean gut wrenching sobs at the injustice of it all. I think that’s why I understood her choices and forgave her just as Jake had.
This story also ended the series long mystery about certain elements that also broke my heart. I think I spent 1/3 of the time sobbing in this book but all in the best ways. The only reason this isn’t a five star for me is because the pacing was a bit off. It was like the last ¼ of the book as almost an epilogue. I’m not sure how it could have been done any better, but I lost momentum and wanted more.
Jake is a must need addition to any western lover’s collection. And if you haven’t read a western romance before, then R.C. Ryan where you should start. You find yourself immersed in their rolling hills and mountains and wanting to find yourself on a horse by your cowboy’s side. I do hope that R.C. Ryan writes more series and I can’t wait to see what happens.
I received an ARC of this novel via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
–Review by Nicole