Wild at Heart
Healing Harts, #4
Genre: Western Romance
Publisher: Avon Impulse
Date of Publication: February 9, 2016
Number of pages: 368
Sometimes the place you’re trying to run from is exactly where your heart needs to be…
Bailey Hart has never felt like she measures up to her cousins at Heart Fire Ranch. It doesn’t help that her rocker attitude has made her a black sheep in her small town. So when her band gets their big break in Los Angeles, “Wild Hart” can’t run fast enough… If only there weren’t so many reasons to stay.
After a harrowing stint in the Oakland Police Department, sheriff’s deputy Chase McKee has returned home a hero, and yet he feels anything but. And when he finds out Bailey might be leaving for good, the feelings he’s always harbored for his best friend’s cousin just won’t stay hidden. He knows she wants to get the heck out of Dodge, but he’s hoping to show her where she really belongs—with him.
Will this Wild Hart turn her back on love, or will she realize her heart really belongs closer to home?
“Woman, you could crush a man’s ego, talking like that. I knew you were feisty, but I didn’t know you were heartless.” He winked at her, stepping up to grab the cleaning supplies from her hand. When his fingers brushed over hers, he felt the vibration of desire travel all the way to his toes.
“Then I guess there’s a lot you don’t know about me.”
Like what your lips taste like, how your eyes would darken with desire, or what it would be like to feel your breasts pressed against my chest and feel your skin under my fingertips.
His mind was busy filling in the blanks when her hand moved under his, sliding the cleaning tote back onto the table. Her blue eyes were dark, and he wanted to believe he was seeing the same hunger he knew was in his. Then she rolled her eyes, pursing her lips, and moved away from him. His fingers burned where they’d held hers only seconds before and turned cold where her warmth had just been.
She reached for the handle of the vacuum, rolling it toward the doorway. “You know, you could wait for Jessie outside.”
He almost laughed as she eyed him suspiciously. “What? Can’t trust yourself alone with me?”
“Yes, of course, that’s it.” She nodded, the mound of hair piled on her head bobbing forward. It took every bit of self-control for him to keep from brushing back the loose wisps that had fallen forward and were stuck against her cheek. “There’s just something about a man in a dingy khaki shirt that makes a girl’s heart beat fast. I think I’ll pass.”
“You invited me to Julia’s for dinner, remember?”
“I was joking.”
“I’m not so sure.”
“Then it must have been temporary insanity,” she offered.
He couldn’t help but laugh, opening the door to the cabin. Gracie ran out into the yard ahead of him. “I’ll have you know, there are plenty of women around here who’d love to have dinner with me.” He smiled as she turned back to him, skepticism clearly written on her face.
“Well, you know what they say. We women have to kiss a few frogs to find Prince Charming, so...”
Chase arched his brows as a grin tugged at the corner of his mouth. “Bailey, are you offering to kiss me?”
“I’d rather kiss—”
“Ah-ah,” he warned with a laugh. “You should be careful. With all the animals your cousins have around here, whichever one you pick could probably be arranged.”
I remember growing up and wondering why all the good guys always seemed to go for the “wild” girls? Being a less-than-wild girl myself, I always felt like I was missing out, until I realized there are a few things about those wild women we can all incorporate into our lives, things that will help men find us all irresistible. Here’s just a few of them:
A woman who isn’t afraid to be who she really feels she is inside exudes a confidence that can’t be shaken. When you know what you want, you’re not afraid to take any measures you need to in order to get it. You’re also not going to be swayed by the opinions of others. You know who you are and you’re not afraid for others to see it. If they don’t like it, then screw them.
Every wild woman can live her life in scheduled regimen, when she wants to, but she’s always going to keep you guessing and, eventually, surprise you when you least expect it. Just because she’s supposed to be at work today doesn’t mean she’s not going to take a mental health day once in a while. Just because she’s wearing a straight-laced suit for the office, doesn’t mean she’s not wearing some sexy-as-hell lingerie underneath for later.
3) Living in the moment
With her spontaneity, a wild woman is going to live for every moment and in each moment, as it happens. She’s not going to worry about what tomorrow will bring because she’s confident she can tackle whatever it is when and if it happens. As a result, she laughs, plays, sings, dances, parties, takes walks in the rain and enjoys her life, no matter what lemons might be thrown at her.
A wild woman doesn’t need anyone to make her whole. She might want a significant other but it’s on her terms. (See confidence above.) She will enjoy the company of others but she’s just as comfortable alone which also means she doesn’t need to be coddled and entertained by a man. She won’t care if he does things with his friends because she’s got her own places she wants to be. Maybe she’ll even let him tag along.
Spontaneity doesn’t need to be confined to any one area of life. A weekend with no plans? Great! That means she’s ready to rent a sports car and drive up the coast with no idea where she’s headed until she gets there. Skateboarding? Sure, she’ll give it a try. Tailgating? Never done it but why not? A wild woman has a sense of adventure and seeks out new things to try, even if it’s out of her comfort zone. Life is meant to be lived and she’s going to spend her days doing just that.
Not every woman is born “wild” but we can all nurture that wild woman inside. Maybe even learn a little from her and let her out on occasion.
T. J. Kline was raised competing in rodeos and rodeo queen competitions since the age of 14, She has thorough knowledge of the sport as well as the culture involved. She has had several articles about rodeo published in the past in small periodicals as well as a more recent how-to article for RevWriter. She is also an avid reader and book reviewer for both Tyndale and Multnomah.
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