Ranch owner Cane Kirk lost more than his arm in the war. He lost his way, battling his inner demons by challenging any cowboy unfortunate enough to get in his way. No one seems to be able to cool him down, except beautiful Bodie Mays. Bodie doesn’t mind saving Cane from himself, even if he is a little too tempting for her own peace of mind.
But soon Bodie’s the one who finds herself in need of rescuing—only, she’s afraid to tell Cane what’s really going on. How can she trust someone as unpredictable as this fierce cowboy? When her silence only ends up getting her into even deeper hot water, it’s up to Cane to save the day. And if he does it right, he won’t be riding off into the sunset alone.
Wyoming Fierce is a character driven romance that delves into the emotional morass that comes from a man losing his arm, even heroically, and the downward spiral from his belief he’s now ‘less than a man’. The hero, Cane Kirk, is so stuck in a rut, a destructive one at that, he can’t see a way out. Enter Bodie, a woman who secretly loves him and who will put up with a lot just to be there when he needs her, until Cane commits one final act that drives her away.
The turmoil is believable, the sensual tension between Bodie and Cane is palpable, and the heartfelt self-reflection that comes about from tragedy grabs a reader’s heartstrings and won’t let go. Ms. Palmer created two characters that bear the weight of so many troubles that it’s a testament to their fortitude, faith and familial love that they not only survive but come out stronger in the end.
There are two plot conflicts; Cane’s is mostly internal, and Bodie’s is both external and internal. The heroine’s predicament is compounded by her stepfather from hell. The good thing about effective and well written villains in romance books is that they eventually get their comeuppance. That sad part is that there are creeps like that in real life. I wish they all got what they deserved as effectively as Bodie’s stepfather did. Unfortunately, most women don’t have allies with mad computer skills at their disposal that can do amazing feats on the internet like a cyber-Samurai. It was a nice touch for the book, but alas, not an option for most of the real world.
I enjoyed the sensual teasing and verbal seduction that occurred whenever Cane and Bodie were alone. It built and built until a reader is absolutely certain that it’s going to explode, any chapter now. Except, Ms. Palmer taunted Cane and readers with a “carrot stick” approach, framing it with a moment in time that made sense to the hero and heroine. The choice of placement and timing made it a very satisfying read. The bedroom door was open, but the descriptions were gentle and poignant but no less hot for their restraint.
I really enjoyed Wyoming Fierce because I liked Cane and Bodie, I appreciated all the secondary characters that joined them on their journey to their happy ever after, and I valued Bodie’s sense of modesty even though she burned for Cane just as much as he burned for her. This is a well written and engaging story and it was easy to read. Even though Wyoming Fierce is part of a series, it’s a solid standalone read and I encourage readers to discover the Kirk brothers in any order they wish. They are all great reads and this novel is consistent of the written talent that is Ms. Palmer. It’s romance.