Review: Wild Hearts by Jessica Burkhart

Posted July 17, 2015 by valeranne in Reviews / 4 Comments

Review: Wild Hearts by Jessica Burkhart

Wild Hearts

by Jessica Burkhart
Series: If Only... #4
Published on May 5th, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library
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Brie Carter's father's land development business has taken her family all over the world,
but as soon as they arrive at their new home in Lost Spring, Wyoming, the town turns out to protest. They don't want a new hotel if the resident mustang population will be displaced or hurt as part of the deal. Then Brie meets Logan, a gorgeous local who has a special connection to the mustangs, and she is immediately drawn to him . . . and the horses. However, with Logan's father leading the protests and Brie's father refusing to budge, it's clear that their parents are heading towards an all-out war. Can Brie and Logan find a way to save the mustangs and be together? Or is their love doomed from the start?

This new title in the If Only line is the perfect summer read and proves that love flourishes in the wildest places!

2.5 Stars

Let me tell you, I really enjoyed this book. I know that the rating might not reflect this, but I’ve come to realize that not all low ratings are necessarily bad.

It wasn’t even a question of whether I was going to read this or not because if it’s in Bloomsbury If Only… series, you best know that I’m reading it. I LOVED Not in the Script last year (and again this year via audiobook) and I was ready for more. Jessica sure did deliver more. I wanted a sweet, slightly corny romance and that was exactly what I got. I have such an appreciation for a book that is exactly what it is (if that makes sense). This book is a cheesy as all get out, slightly juvenile, and incredibly unrealistic but it was embraced which was why I got to enjoy it.

Brie Carter is constantly moving around due to her father’s land development business and she has the routine down: explore the city, call her sister, and avoid all connections of any type. Thinking it’s just another move, Brie starts to explore her newest home, Lost Spring, when reality comes crashing down around her; nobody wants her here, including Logan, a cute cowboy. Everyone in the town thinks her family is greedy and don’t care about taking over part of the wild mustangs home. The reality of this shocks her and suddenly she finds that she’s the outcast. Everyone hates her and her family before they even meet them.

Something I think people will connect with Brie on is her longing to have a niche. Her father has his business, her mom has photography, and her sister has LA. Coincidentally, this was also something that really annoyed me about this book. Brie never really finds her niche, she finds a boyfriend who has his niche and champions for the cause. I wanted to shake her: find your own niche, Brie!

Jessica wrote a children’s series about horses and I think it kind of transferred over. The writing is good, but the characters and plot are way too juvenile. Logan and Brie’s relationship is not something to strive for because it wasn’t real. I wish this book would come with a disclaimer for young girls: LOGAN IS NOT A REAL REPRESENTATION OF A MAN.

Overall, it was a fun, quick read that I enjoyed.


About Jessica Burkhart

Twenty-two year old Jessica Burkhart is a writer from New York City. She’s crazy about horses, lip gloss and all things pink and sparkly. Jess was an equestrian before she started writing. Now, she writes the bi-monthly Canterwood Crest series for Aladdin MIX.

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4 responses to “Review: Wild Hearts by Jessica Burkhart

    • I believe that you were confused, Liza, because I’m terribly confused by this I ended the book with three thoughts. 1. It wasn’t super bad. 2. It wasn’t super good. 3. It’s 2.5 stars. I don’t know why but it just fit. I think you summed up my thoughts. I tried to elaborate in this comment but I just kept putting what you I did really enjoy the story because it was fluffy and the writing was solid but those characters. I was gonna say that the writing was immature but it was the characters. Thanks for pegging it on the nose. 🙂

      Thank you, my reviews will officially be on a weekly schedule again! 🙂

    • Thank you, I had such a hard time articulating my thoughts on this It was an enjoyable book but I don’t think it’ll ever find its way into my shelves or before my eyes again.

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