Genres: Romance, Cowboy, Adult, Suspense
Alternating Third Person Perspective
WIND RIVER VALLEY
First in a new series by the author of Night Hawk and Out Rider
Still waters run deep . . .
From the moment Roan Taggart picked up the pretty redhead at the Jackson Hole airport, his training and experience told him she was spooked. She’s left New York City to visit the Wind River Ranch, where Roan is a wrangler, and just as he can pick up a horse’s mood, he can feel the tension coming off her body. And that vulnerability is triggering all his protective instincts…
Shiloh Gallagher likes the gray-eyed cowboy’s dry humor—and the Special Forces background that lends him a stoic, powerful presence. But she’s been scarred by trauma and her mother’s murder . . . and knows a strong man can be dangerous. She came to wide-open Wyoming to flee a threat that’s left her unable to write her novels. Now, as she rides horses with Roan and helps him build an isolated cabin, she’s slowly letting down her guard. But danger has followed her west, and they won’t have a future together unless they defeat a killer from her past…
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
***I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley for an honest review***
“Wind River Wrangler” Wind River Valley #1 is by author Lindsey McKenna.
My rating is between 2.75 and 3 Stars
I remember for sure that I read a few Lindsey Mckenna novels years ago. But I honestly don’t remember which ones they were or what I thought about them. So with that said, I didn’t know what to expect with “Wind River Wrangler.” What I know for sure is after reading the blurb, I was eager to read it.
This was the slowest paced book I have ever read! I do mean SLOW. The story advanced at a snails pace; the plot seemed almost an afterthought as it was mostly in the background for the majority of the book. In my opinion, this novel could have been cut at least 100 pages.
Our heroine is a quiet writer from NYC. She had endured horrific circumstances in her past and now she has to deal with a stalker. Shiloh Gallagher has been living in fear and seclusion for the past six months. The police won’t help her; they think she is making the whole stalker issue up. A writer’s imagination and all that. Shiloh can’t live in fear anymore so she makes arrangements to spend a couple of months on the ranch of a family friend. Shiloh leaves NYC for the vast beauty of Wyoming. I understood the reasons that Shiloh had for being an emotional mess; I truly sympathized with her. However, after a while of reading her same thoughts over and over, I found her character to be whiny and weak.
Roan Taggart, ex military Special-Ops, is a wrangler on the ranch. He is drawn to Shiloh from almost the moment he meets her. It wasn’t her beauty that called out to him; it was her sad, desperate eyes and vulnerability. These traits brought out Roan’s protective instincts. Roan believed Shiloh when she told him about her stalker and he promised to keep her safe.
Roan and Shiloh had strong chemistry and they were good for each other. Roan was a sweetheart. I really liked his character. However the build up of their relationship was so slow that I worried it wasn’t going to work out for them. They didn’t have their first kiss until around 43%. They didn’t come together intimately until around 70%. That was a long time to wait given all the sexual tension going on. Shiloh was the insecure of the two, worrying about taking their relationship to the next level. It was unbelievable how overly patient and kind Roan was with her regarding waiting until she was “ready.” Nothing seem to get to this guy.
Their love scenes were very tame. Not really descriptive, so after all that sexual tension build-up, it was boring. Sweet but boring all the same. What frustrated the heck out of me, something I haven’t experienced before, was all the repetitive dialogue and monologue. Not to mention the scene set-ups were overly descriptive. I didn’t need to have all five of my senses on alert constantly. There were times I felt like I was reading from a script. In addition, Roan and Shiloh and constantly, constantly, constantly repeated their dialogue and of mundane conversations. The biggest disappointment was when the stalker finally made his move. It was predictable. For someone as intelligent as Shiloh, I can’t believe the idiotic choices she made. Roan was constantly talking about his military expertise so I was eagerly waiting that to come into play. I don’t want to say what happened but it was ridiculous and dissatisfying, especially after all the anxiety caused by the stalker.
I want to mention one more thing…since this was an ARC and is not yet released, it still may be in the editing stages. But if not, I should mention that there were a lot of misspells. Also throughout, the sentences would end at one or two words before continuing onto the next line. That drove me crazy.
There are more novels to this series in the making but I don’t think I will read them. However, Lindsey McKenna has been writing a long time and she has many, many great reviews. I think I might like to backtrack and read on older one. I’m always openminded to an author/novel. Just because I don’t like one book doesn’t mean I won’t like any.