Domesticity can starve a man’s soul, and drifter cowboy Luke Griffin believes in absolute freedom. His gig at the Last Chance Ranch will end soon, and he’ll move on. But then Luke gets splashed by a green energy drink from a platform in a tree, and suddenly things get complicated.
Naomi Perkins was studying the nesting of a rare pair of bald eagles when she accidentally “baptizes” the delish cowboy. And when his shirt comes off…good morning, libido! But this attraction isn’t just mutual-it’s fierce enough to send them both tumbling into a no-strings fling.
It’s a temporary arrangement, even if it is way more intense than anything Naomi could have imagined. But when the time comes, will she be able to let this wild cowboy go?
This was quite a quick read for me, and I polished it off within a few hours.
Luke is a bit of a wanderer, never staying in the one place long enough to get bored. Naomi, a Shoshone girl, has returned after college and is taking part in research on eagles nesting. They embark on an affair that begins with Luke propositioning Naomi. He does this, and she accepts, because both believe it will have an expiry date. Well, we all know these usually work out, don’t we?
At times, there only seemed to be a tenuous connection as best to the Chance family. Luke worked for them and Naomi’s research was on Chance land, however on occasion, it felt as if Chance references were popped in as a way to make this a Sons of Chance story rather than creating a real link.
Things do get steamy in Shoshone quite quickly. The attraction between Luke and Naomi is fairly evident early on. Luke is very confident and reasonably sure of his effect on women, but I liked how he came over all surprised and shocked when Naomi actually took him up on his offer. There’s a lot of outdoor sexytime – hey, they are on a bird-viewing platform after all. As it is a Blaze, I was expecting the sex scenes to be spicy, and they were.
I really liked that Luke didn’t instantly change his tune upon meeting Naomi. Yes, his pants were on fire for her and he did sense that his feelings were stronger than he had anticipated. However, he still felt he needed to leave to realize that he loved and wanted to stay with her. Rarely do situations like that resolve themselves in a flash, so I say thank you, Ms Thompson, for giving that bit a touch of realism.
While Wild at Heart was not my favourite of the Sons of Chance stories, it is a hot and entertaining read nonetheless.
My rating: 3 out of 5
Release Date: 1 July 2013
Note: I was provided with an advanced reader copy of this book by Harlequin via NetGalley in return for an honest review.