Saturday, September 12, 2009

Romance Book Review: Wild Heart

Author: Lori Brighton
ISBN-13: 978-1420108651
Genre: Paranormal/ Historical Romance
Release Date: November 2009 from Kensington Books


When orphan Ella Finch is offered a job as a governess she expects she is going to be taking care of children of a rich Lord, but when she finds that instead of children she is to take care of a grown man, she isn't quite sure what she should do. Although she knows that she should leave, the Lord offers her a deal she cannot refuse and Ella stays on to do her best.

Leo is a man on a mission. As a boy Leo's parents were killed and Leo believes that members of his family were involved. Now he is set out to prove it. His grandfather believes that Leo needs Ella's help to make him into a gentleman. Leo lets her stay on, because she suits his purposes, only soon he realizes that there is more to the young governess that he first thought. She is a distraction from his purpose at the castle, but he can't seem to send her away.

Wild Heart is the first book for Lori Brighton and all and all it isn't a bad first run. I liked both of the lead characters. Leo and Ella are each lonely souls, keeping secrets and with good reason. I liked the theme behind the story and the mysteries of India, but frankly was confused through the first half of the book. While the mystery began to unfold some many things remained unclear as far as why Leo's parents were in India to begin with and that never becomes clear at the end. The book seems to lead into a sequel, which hopefully will explain some of the unanswered questions.

Although a little long, this book is a good read for those who like to discover new talent and like the historical genre. The confusion for me comes with following the paranormal angle of the book. Hopefully that will me more explained in the next part of the series.


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 …

1 comment:

  1. I've heard of Lori Brighton before, but not this book yet. I'm glad to hear it was good.
    I'd like to check it out.
    Recently I finished a good one called My Splendid Concubine (2nd Edition) by Lloyd Lofthouse. it's a story about loyalty between master and servant, between lovers, and between friends.


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