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Wednesday, December 2, 2015

DNF Review: Wild Whispers by Cassie Edwards

I really wanted this book to work because the blurb sounded so good!

Format: .mobi (A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. )
Publisher: Zebra
Release Date: September 29, 2015

Kaylene Shelton's home had always been wherever her father's carnival pitched its tents across the wild frontier. It was a lonely upbringing save for the companionship of Midnight, the black panther she had raised from a cub. But she always knew in her heart that somewhere, someone was waiting to end her deep, unspoken longing--if she could only find the dark-haired warrior she had seen in her dreams. . .

Nothing could stop Chief Fire Thunder from freeing his sister from the carnival owner who had abducted her for his sideshow. But when he laid eyes on the beautiful Kaylene, he felt it only right to steal her back to his people's hideaway. Soon, the fierce warrior knew that he was the one who had been caught--by an irresistible passion. . .

Uh, what did I just attempt to read?

Kickapoo Chief Fire Thunder and his people have chosen to settle in Mexico where they won’t be in constant danger from the changing times and prejudice in the eyes of the settlers taking over his old homeland. One day his little sister goes missing and Fire Thunder tracks her all the way to a traveling carnival where he meets Kaylene Shelton, the carnival owner’s daughter. In retaliation for the owner kidnapping his sister, Fire Thunder takes Kaylene captive. From there the two begin to fall in love.

It all sounded so interesting which is why I decided to take a chance on an author I had never read before. However my excitement quickly crumbled as I read Wild Whispers.

I couldn’t connect with either main character. They just didn’t convince me of anything. Fire Thunder spent the entire story being an unmovable force. He was never wrong in his mind yet he made questionable choices when it came to Kaylene and the safety of his people. A quarter of the way into the story and his leadership was questionable to me.

Kaylene was ridiculous. She seemed to see everything Fire Thunder did with rose colored “love goggles.” I felt she was immature and pretty useless in any kind of difficult situation. I don’t like heroines that need to be saved all the time and that was Kaylene. She was dull and all her thoughts were on Fire Thunder. I felt like I was getting a peek into a teenager’s crush addled mind. She had insta-chemistry with Fire Thunder despite his sometimes cruel treatment towards her and I didn’t learn much about her except that she felt so connected to the Kickapoo chief.

I only made it halfway into this book before I called it quits. The main characters were dull and very one dimensional and the plot offered no excitement or adventure which boggled my mind because of the era it takes place in!

Final Verdict: Wild Whispers is a reissue of an older Cassie Edwards book. While I’ve never read this author before, I don’t know if I’ll try again after this one.

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