Friday, May 17, 2013

Review: Montana Wildfire

Montana WildfireTitle: Montana Wildfire
Author: Rebecca Sinclair
Publisher: E Publishing Works!
Published:  June 9, 2011
Genre: Historical Romance
Format: Historical Romance
Pages: 436
Source: Received in exchange for an honest review
Read: April 13-May 6, 2013
My Rating: 4 Stars

Goodreads Synopsis:
After her father's sudden death, lovely Amanda Lennox had no money for the long trip from Boston to the ranch she inherited in faraway Seattle. When she saw the advertisement for a wilderness expert to escort eleven-year-old Roger Bannister,III to Montana, the adventure-loving woman jumped at the chance, never guessing she'd end up lost in the wilds of Idaho with a twisted ankle. Then an arrogant halfbreed on a palomino stallion came to her rescue and comforted her with is healing touch. Rugged ranch hand Jacob Blackhawk Chandler knew from experience that prissy white princesses meant trouble. He'd seen Amanda Lennox's type before, haughty and citified and utterly unequipped to survive in the wide open country. He couldn't just ride off and leave the lovely minx alone and hurt but he sure wouldn't be taken in by that sweet smile, either!

Melissa's Musings:

Historical Romance isn't a genre I have read much of, I'll admit. But, I've been trying to expand my reading horizons, so when the author's assistant reached out to me to review this book, I was a little skeptical, but I'm glad that I decided to read and review it. 

The characters in this book are well fleshed out and somewhat complex. There's Amanda, a proper Bostonian lady, who's taken a job of chaperoning a young boy back to his father's home, to make some extra money to get home to her inherited ranch in Seattle. 

Then there's Roger, Amanda's willful, insolent charge, who ends up being kidnapped early in the story.

And there's also Jacob Blackhawk Chandler. A man who walks between two worlds, the white world and the Native American world as he is half white, half Native American.

Each of these characters goes through a great deal of growth and maturity throughout the novel, which is nice to see. I like to read multidimensional characters who are constantly changing for the better. They make for much more interesting characters than those who are too dense to have any real change or growth.

The author expressed Amanda's dislike for Roger so well that I grew to dislike him too, and was actually somewhat glad when he got kidnapped and the story switched focus to Amanda and Jacob. I was worried that when they finally found out what happened to Roger and caught up with him again, I wouldn't like the story as much because of Roger's personality, but he too, became more mature and changed his ways over the course of the novel.

As for Amanda, she learns to break free from the hold of proper societal norms (although you can sense a willingness to do this in her character from the very beginning.) She also manages to teach Jake a lot about himself and the way he carries himself, and how that makes him look to the rest of the outside world.

I have to note that amongst all this change, growth and racial tension, there is also a lot of sexual tension between Jake and Amanda. There are some racy sex scenes between Jake and Amanda, so if those make you uncomfortable, be forewarned. They are tastefully written, even the most heated ones.

The only thing that really bothered me about this book is that some of the language and phrasing got extremely repetitive. I understand the need for it, to keep the language consistent with the historical theme, but I would have really liked it if the author could have varied some of the phrases a little more. The same phrases every few pages just got old after a while.

That fact aside, if you're looking for a tension filled historical romance to read, this would be it.

Have any of you read this? Or are there any other historical romances you can recommend that I try out?

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