Review: Saddle Up

cover-saddle upTitle: Saddle Up
Author: Victoria Vane
Series: Hot Cowboy Nights #4
Genre: Hot Contemporary
Length: Novel
Available: 7th June


Award-winning author Victoria Vane lets loose the fourth in the Hot Cowboy Nights series

With exceptional talent and looks, cowboy “horse whisperer” Keith Russo once had the world at his feet – until his career was unwittingly destroyed by an aspiring filmmaker. After being rejected by his family for exploiting his Native American heritage, Keith has no choice but to turn back to his humble beginnings as a wild horse wrangler.

Miranda Sutton always dreamed of making films, until wild mustangs captured her heart. But turning her grandmother’s Montana ranch into a wild horse sanctuary proves harder than she thought. She needs someone who knows wild horses. Keith and the mustangs need each other. And while working together to save the herd, Keith and Miranda discover a passion as wild as the mustangs they love.

Source: ARC from Sourcebooks Casablanca via NetGalley

I really enjoyed this book, of wild horses, chasing dreams and finding true meaning in life. The horses, I loved all the horses, and the characters weren’t too bad either. I’m completely new to this series – and author – but I found it stood alone perfectly well.

This is a tale of chemistry and passion and searching for home. Miranda loves film-making, but isn’t convinced Hollywood is for her, yet what else can she do? While Keith had everything he wanted, lost it all, and is now punishing himself in hope of forgiveness. Both of them struggle to fit in to their assigned roles, but they share an undeniable chemistry that is as scorching as it is compelling.

I liked both Miranda and Keith, though Miranda’s struggles in the book are fairly straightforward. Just like her. She doesn’t ask for much from life, but when she sets her sights on something, she’s prepared to work hard for it. Keith is more complicated, battling his dual heritage, wanting so much to fit in without really knowing who he is. I loved that his Native side wasn’t just set dressing. It’s a deep part of who he is and what he stands for, yet it isn’t all he is either. On the surface these two shouldn’t have anything in common, aside from their chemistry, but I really liked how the story unfolded between them and how they grew closer and discovered common ground.

The horses are the stars in this, though. The wildness of the mustangs, their plight and the need to do something, anything to save them. The fierce stallions and beautiful foals. If you’re a horse lover, this will definitely appeal to you.

In all, this was a great read. I liked the characters, I loved the horses and the setting, and I loved the depth to both the romance and Keith’s struggles. It all swept me along without ever relying on just angst and the chemistry is satisfyingly hot. I loved it, and I’ll definitely be checking out more from the rest of the series soon.

Saddle Up is out June 7th!
Visit Victoria Vane for more details.


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