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Monday, September 14, 2009

Wyoming Solace by Alanna Coca

Wyoming Solace by Alanna Coca
Publisher: Liquid Silver Books
Genre: Historical Western
Length: Short (120 Pages)
Heat: Sensual
Rating: 4.5 Books
Reviewed by Heather

Elise Vickerson, on the run after an elaborate escape from an abusive husband, wouldn’t dream of jumping into another relationship of any kind. Her only focus must be the months of manual labor to resurrect the dormant ranch that she inherited, and sell it for a profit. Her future depends on it.

Cody Campbell has worked on his own ranch since he was able to walk. The under-developed property adjacent to his was promised to him by Elise’s father. Her appearance on the scene ignites not only his anger, but also the heat of a desire too strong to resist, and forbidden in so many ways.

When was the last time you cried over a good, old-fashioned love story? A story that kept you riveted to the end, and you futilely scanned the last few blank pages b/c you couldn’t believe it was over? My son came into the room, saw me sniffling at my computer and hollered up the stairs, “She’s doing it again!” My daughter stomped down the stairs and declared, “Mom, you’re embarrassing!”

What do they know?

This was an awesome LOVE story in the purest sense of the word. Mary Elise is on the run from an abusive husband. There are NO words to describe that man. I’LL have nightmares for a week. But with the help of her butler, Daniel, whom I adored, she escapes to her family ranch in Wyoming…only to discover her father has passed on and the ranch she thought would one day be her inheritance has been apparently sold to someone else.

So much for sanctuary.

Neighboring rancher Cody Campbell is stunned to see the heiress-apparent reappear with an older husband in tow. Childhood crush has become full-blown desire…for another man’s wife. But something about her, the occasional flash of fear in her eyes, the lost look, brings out all his protective instincts anyway. He knows she’s hiding something. But what?

This is a spell-binding tale that keeps you reading. It’s beautiful, heart-wrenching and surprisingly funny by turns. Cody is a true hero, and you sooo want him to get the girl. Mary Elise is a feisty heroine determined to make a fresh start. Jonathan-the-devil’s-spawn (can I say that in a review?) did not destroy her spirit. And you find yourself wishing for their HEA with all your heart.

Darn, I wished it was longer! I would recommend this author to anyone. This book was a total surprise of the best sort! Rats…gotta get more tissues…