Thursday, February 6, 2014

***Lesley's Review of Wild Heart by Jennifer Culbreth***

Ani Forrest has spent most of her life trying to find the right path. She’s spent the last five years attempting to experience the world. But no matter how hard she tries, nothing ever feels right. With her father’s health failing, she finds herself back in the sleepy Tennessee town where she grew up. 

However, fate has a choice for Ani to make, does she resume the life she once had or does she take the opportunity for something different? Cash Roberts, the man who once held her heart, is vowing to win Ani back. But the temptation of something new is too strong to resist when a handsome stranger shows up in town. Knox O’Connell has brought his M.C. to Coker Creek in an attempt to get away from the anarchy and chaos of Ireland. The last thing he needs is the enticement of a free spirited woman. That is until she turns his world upside down.

Will Knox be able to win Ani over? In the midst of rival M.C. retaliation, will she be able to put her worries aside and follow the path that fate has given her or will she stay on the road that has always been familiar? What would you do if your past and present collided together, leaving you standing at a crossroad unsure of which path to take.

Lesley's Review

Several years ago Aiyana left the small town of Coker Creek, Tennessee. She didn’t imagine herself going back or having a reason to return. Until, her father became her reason. Heading back to her small hometown to take care of her father, Aiyana has to face her past. That past, of course, includes her childhood sweetheart, Cash. He’s still that handsome guy she knew. Only, he’s turned into an attractive man with a badge. Ani is confused by her emotions coming back into play. It seems as though Cash is feeling the same nostalgic attraction. Ani now has to figure out if those feeling are real or just because of the past.

As Ani spends time getting back into the swing of the country, she notices things have changed. There seems to be a biker club hanging around town. Her stereotypical thoughts are quickly dissuaded when she meets Knox. An attractive bearded biker with an accent. He has manners and seems respectable. Eventually, Ani and Knox get to know each other a little better. (Wink, wink) We find out that Knox and his crew relocated from Ireland. They have enemies there, as well as here. Ani soon finds herself knee deep in club business.  Fighting the past and the fact that club business is ugly, Ani tries to separate herself from both.

Fate has a different plan. Her past and future collide. Turns out Ani needs both to survive.

This book is a tough one for me to rate. There are several factors that are strongly influencing my review.  Let me start with this; I did like reading Ani’s story. However, for me, some of the scenes seemed to be straight off of the Sons of Anarchy script. Now, if I wouldn’t have watched the show, I wouldn’t notice the similarities in the book. Those of you that have not watched the show will not be effected by this. Already, the rating would change for you.  Second-There are parts in the book that are excellent. These parts I would fall into the story and truly enjoy it. However, the parts in between really stuck out. If that makes sense. Once again changing my rating. I saved the best for last, which it seems that that’s what happened in the book as well. The last part of the book was fantastic. It was raw, dirty, traumatizing, gut wrenching and heroic. It was exciting. I devoured the last part.  Now you see my dilemma. I am torn by the parts I loved and the ones that I felt were just too similar or slightly lacking. I loved the characters. The club members seemed to be promising for the sequels to come. Most of the components were there. In conclusion, my rating turns out to be about a 3. I encourage you to read and decide where the cards fall.

About the Author

I was born and raised in a small town that until maybe a year ago, you couldn't find on a map. After high school I did what every wild child from a small town would do and kicked rocks to the farthest college I could go to. Which happened to be about 20 miles out of town, I didn't trust my old clunker of a truck to go much farther than that. After graduating college with a shiny new piece of paper hung in a $3.00 Wal-mart frame I got my first "big girl" job with Synovus Financial Corporation. 

During the five years I stayed at the company, I bought a new truck, moved into my own apartment (in the same small town), and met the man who would eventually accept my craziness and ask me to marry him. I am privileged to call myself a US Navy Wife. My husband currently serves on the USS Hue City, which has been deployed more times during our marriage than it has been home. But we look forward to a three year shore duty in Colorado Springs. 

I have been very lucky to have had the support of my friends and family during the years and I look forward to many more years full of there snide remarks and sarcasm. I wouldn't want them any other way.

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