Wild At Heart by Charmaine Ross: Review

January 9, 2013 Reviews 0 ★★½

Wild At Heart by Charmaine Ross: ReviewWild at Heart by Charmaine Ross
two-half-stars
Published by Destiny Romance on January 10, 2013
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Comedy
Pages: 159
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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Documentary maker Dan Masters is completely out of his comfort zone in outback Australia. Passionate park ranger, Victoria Price, couldn't be more at home in the wilderness.

After Victoria saves Dan from the jaws of a ferocious crocodile, she can't get away from him fast enough. But her amazing rescue has been filmed and when the film's investors see the footage, they demand Dan do whatever it takes to get Victoria involved in the movie.

Ordered to take part, Victoria reluctantly joins Dan on safari where they fight poachers, fire ants and a powerful attraction for each other that becomes increasingly difficult to deny. But desire is a dangerous game in this riotous romantic comedy…

I wanted to enjoy this book a lot more than I did. The premise sounded really interesting, and for some part, it was. But a few things about this book didn’t do it for me.

Wild At Heart bills itself as a romantic comedy, and there were some funny parts – particularly the animal-related misfortunes that befell the hero and heroine. However, the book often strayed over to a more serious tone. Obviously, I’m not expecting to laugh the whole way through the book. It is after all a romance, but when the book blurb itself refers it as a “riotous romantic comedy”, I’d expect a few more laughs than what I got.

One aspect of this book that I really enjoyed was the romance. Despite a slight case of insta-love on the part of the hero, Dan, I liked the way the love story played out. The characters seemed suited to one another, and were believably attracted to one another.

This next part contains a spoiler, so if you haven’t read Wild At Heart yet, I’ve covered the spoiler-ish bits with white text so as not to give it away.

This might seem like I am being a little picky, but towards the end of the book, they are chasing a poacher through the bush – one the heroine has been wanting to catch throughout the whole book, mind you – and this would be a pretty high-stress time, I don’t think it’s particlarly believable that they would stop and faf about, declaring their love for one another. If I was in Dan’s shoes, I would have waited until the situation had cleared up before letting that one out.

All in all, it wasn’t what I had expected or one I would read again. However, I do think there are people that would really enjoy this book, and Charmaine Ross is a good writer.

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