Review: Wild Lilly by Ann Mayburn

Wild Lilly by Ann Mayburn
Series: Willow Creek (# 1)
Release Date: November 10, 2011
Publisher:  Decadent Publishing
Pages: 258
Source:  ebook provided by the publisher


Connecticut socialite Lilly Brooks intends to fulfill a childhood dream when she inherits a huge tract of land in Caldwell, Kansas in 1876. She travels there in search of the romance and excitement of the Wild West. She finds her excitement—in the form of angry Indians, smelly dogs, and drunk cowboys who won’t take no for an answer. Romance comes in the form of a ruggedly handsome rancher named Paul McGregor who could devastate her chastity with just a glance of his faded blue eyes. Too bad he calls her a whore within the first minute of their acquaintance.

Paul has spent three years trying to hold his family and his ranch together after the death of his parents. When he saves a stunning blonde, wearing a scandalous dress that only a soiled dove would own, from a group of drunken ranch hands, he tries to do the right thing and get her work at a good saloon. He soon finds out the woman whose favors he would love to buy is the heiress who owns the land that is the key to his family’s financial future, not the prostitute he thought she was. Paul decides to use his best weapon to win Lilly over and get her property: seduction.

A wicked cattle baron wants her land as well and will kill anyone who stands between him and what he wants. Paul will have to decide what he wants more, the woman or her land.


Review: Wild Lilly is one of the most original historical romances published within the last five years. It provides a fresh tone to the wildly popular genre by drawing attention and delving into matters lesser authors would have simply skirted around. Though this genre has seen numerous attempts to give readers a window to the past Wild Lilly is one of the few that has entirely successfully achieved this in that it illustrates a period of time to perfection while since creating an addictive story which readers will not want to put down.

Wild Lilly has a deeply compelling plot that captures the readers’ attention from the first chapter; with betrayals, shocking attempts to gain control of a parcel of land and an extremely intriguing group of characters that include both a scorned mistress and an assassin, it is easy to see why Wild Lilly is such an addictive read.

The characters played a major part in making Wild Lilly such a success; as the strong-willed and intriguing main characters were almost impossible not to like despite their realistic flaws. This was partially because of their ability to show both compassion and mercy to characters that that only caused them pain and partially because they were written in such a manner that it is entirely possible to relate to them despite the different era.

Historical romance fans should love this stunningly woven tale of life and love in the 1800’s; which provides fans a fresh and fascinating perspective of the era.

2 thoughts on “Review: Wild Lilly by Ann Mayburn

  1. Maria D. says:

    Good review! I have this book in my tbr and really need to find the time to read it, sounds like a historical romance I would really enjoy!

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