Beats a Wild Heart by Jean Adams
Publisher: Highland Press
Genre: Contemporary; Paranormal
Rating: 5 books
Reviewed by Orchid
In the ancient, Celtic land of Cornwall, Emma Hayward searched for a myth and found truth.
Needing to prove she's got what it takes in the male-dominated world of wildlife photography, Emma sets herself an impossible task-to be the one to capture the fabled Beast of Bodmin Moor on film. It's her big adventure and nothing-not even the handsome and charismatic, motorcycle designer, Seth Trevelyan-will distract her and stop her from reaching her goals.
But a man wearing black leathers can mess with a girl's mind, no matter how big her plans.
Emma Hayward is searching for adventure. She is also trying to prove herself to her parents and older brothers. Emma, a keen amateur photographer, decides to make her hobby a career. Her mother, a Cornishwoman, has told Emma of the legendary black panther of Bodmin Moor and Emma is determined to be the first person to photograph it. Unfortunately there is no real evidence the panther exists.
Seth Trevelyan’s unhappy childhood turned into a troubled adulthood. Now his life revolves around one thing - the motorbike he has designed and built. His home on Bodmin Moor provides the ideal place to test the bike in secret. But he has another secret, one he cannot reveal until the time is right.
Emma’s car breaks down in the mists on the moor. Convinced the panther is hunting her, she runs away in panic and sprains her ankle. Seth finds her crumpled on the roadway, and he takes her to his home to recover. He discovers she has photographed him riding across the moor and wonders if she could be trying to steal the secret of his revolutionary motorbike. Emma is forced to remain at Seth’s house and she shares her dreams with him, but he dashes her hopes with the assertion that the panther is only a myth. The more she gets to know Seth, the more she wonders if adventure is really what she wants. She is tempted to remain in the area to be close to him, but when he betrays her trust she decides to leave.
The legend of the black cat of Bodmin Moor is a well known Cornish legend. Ms Adams has merged the essence of myth and romance into a fascinating story which catches the imagination. I enjoyed the way the story unfolded at a smooth and steady pace with Emma and Seth appearing as real people who feel an instant attraction for one another. At first the story appears to be a straightforward, but as it evolves mystery, love and intrigue intervene to make a vibrant story with hidden depths. Beats a Wild Heart is well written and a pleasure to read, but you should only start reading if you have time to indulge yourself. Once you start reading you won’t be able to put this book down.