Review: Wild and Unruly by Amanda McIntyre

Wild and Unruly by Amanda McIntyre
Release Date: September 1, 2011
Series: Tales of the Sweet Magnolia (# 1)
Publisher: Decadent Publishing Company, LLC
Page Count: 171 pages
Source: ebook provided by the publisher

Single, misjudged, and socially sequestered, library curator Lillian White lives vicariously through her beloved books of the bawdy Old West, dreaming of the cowboy that will take her away from her lonely life until the day she discovers a mysterious, antique necklace with the power to tap into her deepest desires and possibly change her life forever.

Sheriff Jake Sloan is Deadwater Gulch’s “good son.” A man married to the law, his heart secretly yearns for the Magnolia’s headmistress, a soiled dove forbidden to him and his perfect reputation, until he saves her life from a ruthless gunman and injured, winds up convalescing in her bed.

Can a librarian with secret fantasies, make it as a bordello madam? And can a sheriff with his career in the balance fall in love with her? Be careful what you wish for…you just might get it.

Review: As I sit down to write this review, I find myself conflicted. The storyline was good and I felt a connection with Lil and Jake. The conundrum is that there was a lot glossed over that I would have liked to have seen developed more.

I understand the role Burt played initially in modern times but when he interacted with Jake in the past it seemed confusing and hard to follow. The initial scene between Jake and Lil when he wakes her up and she comes to realize she has travelled back in time is handled well but how about Lil’s transition? We hear very little about it. How does she handle the adjustment? The potential for some interesting and possibly even humorous moments were lost.

The focus on Jake’s “reputation” seemed a bit out of place as well. I can certainly understood the women of the town not wanting to associate with the women from the bordello but a sheriff in the wild west being so concerned about his reputation was a first for me. I understand about the election for Deputy Marshall and his father being a strict minister but regardless, it didn’t seem to fit with his character.

Bottom line, I enjoyed the story and it kept me interested however there were several areas that could have been further developed.

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