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Friday, May 6, 2011

Jezebel’s Wish by A.J. Nuest

Jezebel’s Wish by A.J. Nuest
Publisher: Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full Length (300 pgs)
Heat Level: sensual
Rating: 5 books
Reviewed by Aloe

Haunted by nightmares, tormented by guilt, Jezebel came to Redemption Ranch to escape the past—except now she's stuck in the middle of nowhere with no redemption in sight. When her mother pushes her into riding lessons with local veterinarian Matthias Saunders, Jezebel balks. Sure, the doctor is gorgeous, but he’s completely obnoxious and knows how to push every one of her buttons.

Only her deep connection with The Reverend, a gentle stallion who guards her darkest secrets, has her agreeing to spend any more time with Dr. Saunders. Caring for the stallion is the first bright spot in her life in months, and if being around the horse means she has to deal with Matthias Saunders, then so be it. Surely a city girl like her can handle one country vet—even one with disturbing blue eyes. Can't she?

Her fiancé died in a fiery accident after a fight with her. The absolutely worst part is that she’s glad he’s dead…

This author creates a main female character that is one of the walking wounded. Jennifer was in a relationship with a man who was verbally abusive and she’s lost her self-confidence and belief in herself. He’d almost brainwashed her to the point of believing she’s unworthy. I don’t know about you, but I’ve met men like that before. The author must have known some, too, because the story line has a ring of truth.

Jennifer runs home to her mother, looking for a safe place. This is where main character number two shows up. He’s the local vet. And he decides to give her riding lessons, per her mother’s request, and see if he can calm her down and bring her soul some peace. I like the way the author works horses into the story and uses the power of a horse’s understanding to help Jennifer find her way back to the path of life. If you’ve ever mucked out a stable or combed and curried a horse, you’ll feel right at home in these book pages.

Both characters are honest, good people who haven’t found the right person in their life. Mattie, the vet, goes with the flow and tries to have patience with Jennifer. Jennifer tries to lay her ghosts of past life to rest. And her family joins in on the matchmaking.

The author successfully attracts your attention and pulls you into the tale. The story has a good pace, has some unexpected moments, and makes you care enough to root for the relationship to be successful.

I really enjoyed reading this story. Why not get a copy and try it for yourself?