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Book Review of Wyoming Wild (Savage Wells Book #3) by Sarah M. Eden
This is such a fun series! Even though the wild wild west had shootouts in the streets and outlaws like Billy the Kid and Doc Holiday, there is something romantic about the time period. It could be living closer to nature, living off your own land, or making something out of nothing with your loved one by your side. The Sheriffs of Savage Wells (Book #1 in the series) was a bit cheesy for me, but the stories have only gotten better since then. Wyoming Wild by Sarah M. Eden is book #3 in the Savage Wells series, and it just may be my favorite!
Hearts collide when a sheriff’s daughter asks a hardened US Marshal to join her fight for justice and rid a small town of her corrupt father.
Wyoming Territory, 1876
US Marshal John “Hawk” Hawking is one of the most respected lawmen in the West, so when a telegram arrives from the small town of Sand Creek warning him of a death threat against him, he immediately begins an investigation.
Posing as a farmer, Hawk heads to Sand Creek, a town ruled by a violent and corrupt sheriff. Only one person is trying to stop him—Liesl, the sheriff’s own daughter. When she meets the self-assured and attractive new farmer, John, she hopes he might help her in the fight for justice.
John is completely unfazed by Sheriff Hodges’s attempts at intimidation, and Liesl is quickly swept up by Hawk’s courage and integrity. Just as quickly, Hawk finds himself falling for Liesl’s strength and bravery, as well as her grace and beauty.
When Liesl discovers John’s true identity, she feels betrayed. Despite her lingering distrust of him, Liesl agrees to work with him to enact a dangerous plan that will put the criminals away forever. Liesl must put her life, and her heart, in the hands of his lawman if she has any hope of saving her family and her town.
My Book Review:
It’s about time Hawk gets his story told! US Marshal John “Hawk” Hawking has long been one of my favorite characters in the series. He’s a tough, no-nonsense lawman who prides himself in keeping the area free from corruption. Nothing escapes his notice…or does it?
Hawk’s world is thrown upside down when a telegram arrives from an unknown person in an unknown place letting Hawk know that there is a death threat out against him. What!?!? How did he not notice the corruption right under his nose? Is Hawk losing his edge? He immediately starts an investigation.
Liesl lives in Sand Creek where her father is the sheriff. Well, the title sheriff is used very loosely when it comes to describing Sheriff Hodges. He’s not quite the law-abiding type. He likes to terrorize and steal from the townsfolk more than he likes to protect them.
Hawk has his work cut out for him on this one! He needs to root out the corruption, protect his own life, and he needs to protect the lives of those he serves with. With all this going on is there any room in his life or heart for love?
I loved Wyoming Wild! It’s so good! Like I said previously, Hawk has been one of my favorite characters, and it was fun to get to know him a little better. Sarah Eden has a way with developing characters that makes them come to life on the page. Each character is well developed, authentic, realistic, and becomes a friend. Hawk may seem tough and ornery all the time, and he may act like he has a heart of stone, but he has at least a small sliver of tenderness in that heart, I know it! It may be difficult to find and even harder to open, but I know it’s there somewhere.
It’s not only the characters that are written well—the descriptions of the town, the people and their troubles, and the naughty sheriff and his little gang of thieves are all very well written. Sometimes dialogues feel distracting to me, and I feel like it takes me out of the story. I didn’t feel that way in this book at all. I also felt like there was so much emotion in this book. You feel the anger, anxiety, fear, disappointment, love, camaraderie, and trust of the characters in this book.
Another thing I liked about Wyoming Wild was the mystery that permeates the story. It’s a proper romance—mystery—western extravaganza going on in there! You have mysterious telegrams and other things going on in Sand Creek, corrupt officials, shootouts in the street, romance, and undercover investigations. What more could you want?
Content Rating: PG-13
- Profanity: None
- Intimacy: None (Brief kissing)
- Violence: Yes (Shootouts in the street with characters injured/killed)
Age Recommendation: YA (12-18) and older
Star Rating: 4/5
Disclosure: I did receive a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.