Wild Horses

BJ Daniels
Wild Horses
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Release Date
February 2015
Book 1 of The Montana Hamiltons
Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense/Mystery, Western Romance

It took only one impusive moment on an empty two-lane highway to cost her everything.

A man's responsible for his own prosperity—especially if he's Cooper Burnett, the most determined cowboy in the West. No one knows what he sacrificed to claim a piece of Beartooth, Montana, for himself and his beautiful fiancée, Livie. No one knows what he's willing to do for love…until a stranger's twisted vendetta threatens the happy ending they should've had long ago.

One fateful mistake isn't the only secret Livie Hamilton is keeping from her fiancé. Victimized during a treacherous blizzard by a man she thought she could trust, she's pregnant…but unsure who the father is. With an unknown blackmailer threatening to expose her, she must confess to Cooper and trust he'll still protect her. But when the truth falls into place, she may lose the only man she's ever loved—or worse.

Book Review by BJ (reviewer)
Aug 22, 2016   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
64 people found the following review helpful
4 "Blackmailing Montana Royalty" Stars for the story and narration!

Wow, this book is sure to keep you guessing with its numerous suspense-filled sub-plots, one of which appears to arc over the entire series. WILD HORSES is the first in a 6-book series which will feature the extremely wealthy Hamilton family of Beartooth, Montana, who made their money in ranching. The patriarch of the family, Buckmaster Hamilton, is a US Senator, who many have pegged with White House aspirations, and each book features the love life of one of his six daughters.

In the case of WILD HORSES, we learn the story of Livie Hamilton, and her fiance, Cooper Burnett, who is a rancher who works for Livie's father. As you can imagine, the differences in their socioeconomic backgrounds and a number of past secrets intermingle to threaten Livie's and Cooper's HEA.

Intermixed within this story is the story of Livie's mother, who disappeared from the Hamilton mansion over 22-years ago. Each family member has a different way of coping with this tragedy, but there is no doubt that even two decades later, this great mystery is still having its impact on the family. Further adding intrigue to the whole plot is a meddling stepmother who stepped into Livie's mother's shoes, but never cared much for her stepdaughters, just the potential long reach of her husband's political career.

Further complementing this story is the solid narration by Graham Winton. Mr. Winton does a fabulous job of coloring this story with the appropriate western drawl that would no doubt be prevalent in Montana. Additionally, Mr. Winton generally did a good job of varying his intonation to provide distinguishable voices for each of the many characters, allowing the listener to sit back and enjoy the story without having to overly rely on dialogue tags. In fact, you could practically hear some of the personality traits dripping from his characterizations of a number of the characters, including, for example, the scheming, socialite, political ladder climbing tendencies of Buckmaster's second wife.

Mr. Winton also did a good job of communicating the particular mood of the scene. By, for example, increasing the speed of his delivery during the more heightened suspense scenes, and drawing out some of the parts where the effect was to add to the allure of the mystery.

All in all, I was pleased with Mr. Winton's performance and look forward to listening to more of his works in the future.

Wow, revenge, blackmail, love, and unexplained mysteries abound in this fantastic western romantic suspense title! The only reason I'm giving WILD HORSES four, rather than five, stars is because I was anxiously awaiting the unraveling of the remaining mystery (ie, the one I hinted to above, which I now realize, will likely arc the whole series), and was so shocked to find that it was not resolved at the end of the book. But that means that now I am even more anxious to explore more of the Hamilton family's secrets and desires. Fortunately for me, Book 2, Lone Rider, just released earlier this week!
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