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Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Wild Heart by Lori Brighton

Wild Heart by Lori Brighton
Publisher: Kensington
Genre: Historical, Paranormal
Length: Full (680 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 4.5 Books
Reviewed by Camellia

Leo Roberts is next in line for an earldom and the power and fortune that come with it, but he is uncultured, unrefined—and completely untamed…until governess Ella Finch arrives upon the scene. Can so young and inexperienced a woman tutor him in the manners and mores of his class? Leo’s mysterious past has rendered him an outsider, too wild for polite society. But he finds her innocence most intriguing…

What manner of man he may be, Ella does not know. Yet he fascinates her and she must know more. Capturing Leo’s reckless heart is about to free her in ways she never dreamed of…and his sensual touch releases the deepest yearnings of her body and soul.

Like a breath of fresh, rain-washed air after a thunderstorm, WILD HEART awakens the senses and speeds up the heart rate.

Ella Finch has a gift that helps her sense the emotions of animals and people. Whether a blessing or a curse, she finds it sets her apart. Orphaned at an early age, she must work to survive in 19th century England where the gap between rich and poor yawns wide and deep. However, she unknowingly is a part of something powerful—something two groups, one evil the other good, want. In the tumult of a power struggle, that Ella doesn’t know is going on, she grows in wisdom, strength, and finds love that threatens to consume her.

Leo, grandson of an Earl, returns to England after years of everyone thinking him dead. Wild from his childhood experiences in the jungle and an artist from his years in Italy where he polished his innate talent, Leo runs a foul of the rules and social taboos in 19th century England. He just is not suitable to inherit a title and all the wealth that goes with that title according to some of his relatives. However, legally the earldom will be his. Ella becomes his governess to help him fit into English society. Their relationship soon becomes something quite different than that of student and teacher. The mixture of “the mild” and “the wild” creates exciting adventures, brings lurching danger to the light, and engenders a seemingly impossible love.

Leo, a flawed hero, faces tremendous odds as he seeks the murderers of his parents. Only with the aid of his friend Akshay, Ella, and an unknown ally can he hope to accomplish the task.

The antagonists in the story are truly worthy foes for the hero and heroine. Often the conflicts are sadistic, cruel, and lethal.

Lori Brighton’s writing style makes WILD HEART a special treat to read. The imagery excites and is lyrical at times. The setting may seem familiar but the actions, twists, and turns in the plot create a captivating tale while the love scenes and acts of love make the heart sigh with satisfaction. A great read!