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Friday, January 22, 2010

Bluest Heart by Amber Leigh Williams

Bluest Heart by Amber Leigh Williams
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short (103 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 4.5 Books
Reviewed by Fern

The Wayback bachelor is a dying breed, but that doesn't stop Casey Ridge from wanting to settle down. For this cowboy anyone but Josie Brusky would be an easy wrangle. Unfortunately for him, the Blue Bug singer and owner of Josie's Treasures doesn't believe in commitment much less marriage.

Years ago, Josie lost her heart to Casey's charm and dimpled smile. Since then she has done everything she knows to forget him. After all, she’s known as the local harlot and the daughter of the town’s biggest bigot. Casey could have any girl he wanted. Why would he saddle himself with her? In the wake of a shattering past, she refuses to give up her independence.

Casey digs down deep to win her over, but does he have what it takes to win Wayback's bluest heart?

Bluest Heart is a romance that inspires feel-good tingles in all the right places. Author Amber Leigh Williams has created a story with characters readers are bound to adore and remember.

Casey Ridge has loved Josie Brusky ever since they were sixteen-years old. Though they shared intimate time together then, she moved on and out, searching for happiness in Austin. When things didn’t go as planned and she returned to Wayback, she made the one-nighter rounds and created a bad reputation for herself.

Unperturbed, Casey makes a move for the woman he wants, using every trick up his sleeve. But Josie is more than the sum the nasty gossip mill would have the town believe, and it’s up to Casey to break her out of her shell and teach her it’s not only good to love, but with the right person you never have to be hurt.

What a fantastic story! Ms. Williams managed to snare my heart and wretch every bit of emotion possible from it. Casey is absolutely wonderful as man who has always loved Josie, even following her previous indiscretions. His determination and charm pulled me in and didn’t let go. Josie, on the other hand, is the kind of tortured heroine I love reading about. As the story progresses and you watch her struggle with what she wants versus what she fears, you can’t help but hurt for her. It’s tricky working these kinds of tales because oftentimes the unobtainable hero/heroine can sometimes come across as rude or uncaring – not so here. The balance is carefully maintained, so that while you love Chase, you care for Josie as well.

Aside from a few minor grammatical errors, the material is tightly written and hits the emotions like a freight train. Cowboy fans will love Bluest Heart, and if they are anything like me, will make a direct trip to The Wild Rose Press to purchase the preceding story, Blackest Heart.

Don’t miss out on this one, folks. You get romance, heartache, and a whole lot of making up for lost time.