Wildcat by Cheryl Brooks

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Wildcat by Cheryl Brooks
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Full Length (372 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed by Xeranthemum

Voted BoM by LASR Readers 2013 copy

Only One Woman Can Tame Him

When horse breeder Sara Shield encounters Jerden Morokovitz riding naked and bareback, she’s stunned by the magnificence of both man and stallion. But Sara came to Terra Minor hoping to get away from all the men.

If She Can Give Up Her Fear…

The murder of Jerden’s lover by a deranged woman has left this former star attraction of the Zetithian Palace brothel shattered in mind and body. Jerden is sure that Sara can heal his anguish—but not unless he can find the key to her heart.

Right in the first chapter, a reader is whomped over the head with a lust-inducing description when the heroine meets the hero for the first time. If that doesn’t hook a reader, maybe the wonderful scenes with the wild Andalusian horse, Danuban, might appeal. Or maybe the fact that the hero, Jerden, is shunned by the townspeople and suffers from debilitating nightmares, might appeal to a softhearted romance fan who enjoys seeing someone who feels unlovable and broken find happiness. And for others that prefer to read about a heroine who is feisty, independent and who can stand on her own two feet but discovers that loving and needing a man doesn’t mean she’s any less of a strong woman than before, this story delivers. In fact, she learns that her inner strength is more than she realized because of the lengths she’ll go to in defense of that love; well, that’s surely a strong hook as well. Wildcat embraces all these themes plus more in this latest adventure from the amazing mind of Ms. Brooks.

What reached my emotions the strongest was getting to understand what haunted Jerden and the realization that his fears and phobia were grounded in reality The shocker came from who perpetrated it, and why. What also made me feel sad was the emotional fragility of the heroine, Sara. Eventually I found out why she is so distrustful and fearful on the inside, while showing a courageous face to the outside world. I appreciated how the author had Jerden learning about Sara, and how they both learned to trust each other. Eventually it allowed both of them to heal, at least enough to handle the villain.

I figured out who the villain might be because his character was so slimy. What I didn’t expect was what happened. That was a clever trick to play on a reader and certainly provided some intense drama and action to shake things up. And then to find out the absolutely crazy lengths he went through just to get his way? What a whack-job. The author did a great job of creating a dislikable character. Lest a reader thinks they figured everything out, there is a bit of a red herring just to confuse and distract, insuring that to really find out what was going on, you’d have to keep flipping those pages. And I did.

I’ve mentioned the drama, the emotion and the kinds of things that get a reader involved in the plot and conflict. What I need to explore is the fun, the sense of the ridiculous and the clever and witty ways in which Ms. Brooks has her characters speak, act and verbally play. Norludians are still quite entertaining in their own oddball way.

Then there are the scenes when Sara gets her first experiences as to why Zetithian men are so delicious and addicting. Using the word “hot” does not do those parts justice. What was refreshing to read was Jerden telling Sara exactly what she could do that would drive him absolutely wild. He was honest, and that barebones telling-it-like-it-is was very sexy. For a male character, he was comfortable in his own skin and didn’t worry about coming across as being in touch with his “female” side. He knew what he liked but he also knew he liked a woman knowing what she liked too and Jerden’s teaching Sara about that side of herself was powerful writing. I enjoyed every moment, especially when he begged her, “Bite me.” ::: fans self:: It was so erotic.

There is one thing I should mention for readers who don’t like men with long, flowing, sexy locks. I adored how Ms. Brooks described Jerden. I thought he was a great example of a virile male. I shared my enthusiasm with my sister and she wasn’t as enamored of Jerden as I was. In fact, her reaction was rather hilarious. My advice? Give him a chance. It’s his story and it’s powerful in its emotion. The writing will convince you, probably a whole lot better than my words to my sister. I would have been better off telling her to read the book.

Another element I enjoyed was the hint of paranormal when it came to Cria. I think the author was deliberately obtuse and sneaky with how she wrote those scenes. It’s left up to the reader to determine if it was real or imagined. Personally, I prefer to believe that it was real and did happen. It makes the whole experience that much richer.

Wildcat is out-of-this-world sexy and Ms. Brooks’ writing brings to life the eroticism that her Zetithian males are capable of, insuring romance fans the ultimate reading experience. Yes, there is light drama and serious conflict that the hero and heroine have to overcome. And there are the inner conflicts that they both need to face and defeat. But there is a pivotal moment in the story where a reader realizes that the author has touched upon every sense, brought the reader into their world so thoroughly that they don’t want to leave, don’t want the journey to end because once they reach the final paragraph, they are forced to say goodbye to new friends. That pretty much sums up how I felt at the end ofWildcat. Jerden and Sara were a wonderful couple whose story made me laugh, tear up a bit and had me reaching for a glass of ice water. It was a wonderful reading experience and I highly recommend it.

Comments

  1. Nancy Bristow says:

    Great review. I’ve read all of Cheryl’s books and Wildcat became a favorite. Her talent has kept me entertained for a number of years now. 🙂

  2. Susan Harper says:

    I have been reading Cheryl’s books for a couple of years and I never am disappointed. 🙂

  3. Oh, I love this series! The stories keep getting better. Nice review. I agree that the author does an excellent job fleshing out her world for the reader.

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