Not What I Was Expecting – Wild Horses by B.J. Daniels #Review

Posted March 9, 2015 by Shari in Reviews / 13 Comments

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I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Not What I Was Expecting – Wild Horses by B.J. Daniels #Review
Wild Horses

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Series: The Montana Hamiltons,
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Published by Harlequin
Released on February 24, 2015
Pages: 380
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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While people were in love, I wouldn’t really call this a romance. It was suspenseful. Crime story. Family, blackmail, murder and intrigue. While interesting it really wasn’t something I like reading.

Wild Horses wasn’t at all what I was expecting. I jumped at a chance to read a book by B.J. Daniels and while this is a new series, there are tendrils of another story leading back to another series I had no background for. It is mostly a suspense novel and the romance is not something I even felt or liked about it at all.

Livie Hamilton is one of many daughters in the Hamilton family. Already engaged when the story begins, she has run out on her fiance Cooper Barnett. Stranded on the road during a blizzard, she meets a helpful stranger, but has no remembrance of the night after drinking some wine. Later she finds herself at her engagement party (obviously making up) only to find she is pregnant. Not sure if it is Cooper’s baby or the strangers, she comes clean to Cooper only to see a distance grow between them.

Let’s throw in the Hamilton mama who is presumed dead after being washed away down river (body not found) returns with very little memories, but they come back slowly. She’s not telling anyone where she’s been and now her husband (remarried after a long time) wants nothing and everything to do with her. His current wife’s an itch with a capital B in front.

Now Livie’s being blackmailed the sisters are finding ground with a mother who left them and there are so many side stories I think I got lost and bored all at once. I couldn’t relate to any of the characters. Livie and Cooper are supposed to be so in love but I just wanted to smack the SHIT out of both of them. They were so immature and disrespectful to each other. Throw in jealous people wanting to break them up, it just got to the point where you wanted to call time out and send them all home.

While this supposed to be romance, it was more a family saga or soap opera with very little romance actually to it all. I was left feeling incomplete and wanting something I couldn’t find.

In the end I can’t recommend this for romance value. If you are into great family saga’s, this is your book.

New to Me – author

Literary Pickers – cowboy boots

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Sophia Rose
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Sounds like it’s suffering from trying to do too much. I read one last fall that was supposed to be a new series and discovered that not only was it connected to another series, but half the book was about the characters from the other series. So yeah…that can’t cause one to feel a bit dizzy. 😉

Shari Delighted Read
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Shari Delighted Read

It really wasn’t a romance and I am sad to have read it expecting it to be. Sad that I continued on with it even when I figured out it wasn’t going to be what I wanted.

Sophia Rose
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Yep! That’s what I’m trying to do with my New Year resolution about DNF books. So far, I’ve kept to that when a book is just not doing it for me.

Mary Kirkland
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Not really me genre but thanks for the review.

Shari Delighted Read
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Shari Delighted Read

Same here! Not my genre.

Anna@herding cats&burning soup
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Hers really aren’t ever too big on the romance. It’s usually a pretty secondary story element.

Shari Delighted Read
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Shari Delighted Read

Yep, and now I can say I won’t be reading her books any longer. I think this is her pen name and I will try her other books under a different name.

Anna@herding cats&burning soup
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Hrm. Never heard of her writing under another name. Who else is she?

Shari Delighted Read
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Shari Delighted Read

OK, I dug a little deeper and they aren’t the same authors as I thought the were. Whoosh! That’s a relief since they are so different, I just thought she used a pen name.

Lover Of Romance
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oh I am sorry to hear that this didn’t meet up. I am not sure I will try this author out soon…I just love my romance themes and I love that being the focus. Lovely review though!!

Shari Delighted Read
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Shari Delighted Read

I am a romance genre exclusive reader. Now to say I haven’t read other genres is wrong, but I usually know what I am getting into. This was put in the romance genre and it is not a romance. It has romantic elements, but it’s a saga or soap opera.

Red Iza
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I don’t think I would like to read it, thanks for the review and sharing your thoughts with us 🙂

Shari Delighted Read
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Shari Delighted Read

Thanks Red! Just wasn’t what I was expecting when I went into it.