‘Wild Horses’ Isn’t B.J. Daniels Best Novel

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For many years, B. J. Daniels has written romantic suspense novels packed with intrigue and likeable characters readers can relate to. Her characters are defined by their deeply entrenched roots, history, and their love for the land, especially the West. These traits forge a strong bond between the reader and the many distinctive people who populate Daniels’ novels. However, Wild Horses, the first in the Montana Hamiltons series, falls flat and fails to reach the author’s usual standard.

Wild Horses

HQN Books

Cooper Barnett and his spunky fiancée, Livie, must face past mistakes in order to move forward with their life together. But lies, secrets and fear continue to get in the way of their happiness. Still, Daniels’ intricate storyline failed to keep me on the edge of my seat. In fact, I didn’t like any of the characters except Barnett.

In comparison, Barnett is strong, determined and beats to his own drummer. His work ethic, beliefs and way of dealing with others proves he has what it takes to not only survive but succeed in Beartooth, Montana. For that reason, all the other characters pale in significance.

Livie has potential to rise to the occasion of being his equal but needs too much approval from her family to be taken seriously in this relationship. Although many passages didn’t ring true to me, I persisted in finishing this novel because I wanted the heroine to have a happy ending. Still, hunky Barnett and a fairy tale ending aren’t enough to make this novel one I’d suggest adding to your reading list.

By B.J. Daniels
370 pp. HQN Books. $7.99.

About Heather Fink
Heather Fink is a writer, bibliophile and award-winning librarian who loves to introduce the next generation of readers to the wonderful world of books. She currently resides in Texas.

2 Responses to ‘Wild Horses’ Isn’t B.J. Daniels Best Novel

  1. Cynthia says:

    Hi guys,

    I just wanted to let you know in case you hadn’t heard, Dorothy died early Saturday morning. I thought Heather would want to know. No arrangements yet. A bro from NY will probably be coming down to do it. I am going over to the house tomorrow to help Lynn go through decades of photos. It’s gonna be a long day, she really has had a rough year. Hugs to you both!


    • Jathan Fink says:

      Thank you so much for letting us know. Our hearts are grieved this morning after receiving your note. We had become close to Dorothy over the years. She always had so much strength and determination, despite what she’d gone through in her life. But even after everything, she was a compassionate woman at heart. We will miss her very much.

      Jathan & Heather

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