Friday, March 13, 2015

Book Review: "Dances with Wolf" (Farrah Taylor)

Abby Macready works with horses. To be specific, she dropped out of vet school to take a more holistic approach to her work. Horses usually respond better to her than to other means, especially when physical, emotional, or psychological damage is suspected. The others in her close-knit hometown often call her the "horse whisperer," and not without derision.

Including, at first, Wolf Olsen, rodeo cowboy, known womanizer, older brother of Abby's best friend, and the first one who broke Abby's heart when she was a teenager. Now she's grown up, and Wolf is back in town for a family occasion when he runs into her. He never expected the shy teenage girl to turn into such a stunning, self-possessed woman. Never expected to need her help with his own beloved horse.

And never expected to have to mend longtime fences with her before he can admit that he's falling for her.

Dances with Wolves by Farrah Taylor, just released this month by Entangled Publishing's Bliss imprint, is a sweet, soft romance between the unlikeliest of characters ... and isn't that what makes the best romance story, when two people who should never be able to make it work somehow make it work?

One of the most fascinating aspects of the novel comes from the well-researched and seamlessly portrayed career options espoused by each of the main characters. The behind-the-scenes portrayals of Wolf's work on the rodeo circuit is eye-opening, to say the least, in a contemporary world of corporate types.

Abby's work with horses, especially, proves the read worthwhile. Taylor is to be commended for writing eloquently about such an intriguing and, well, different career choice. What intrigues even more is the numerous dimensions of insight "horse whispering" opens up into Abby's character: her heart, her patience, her Native American heritage, her fierce loyalty, her dedication to work, and more.

As a sweet romance, you won't find heavy sexual content in Dances with Wolves, but the attraction between Abby and Wolf is evident, regardless. And sometimes, it's refreshing to read a feel-good love story in which the sex doesn't take center-stage.

Prepare for an inspirational read.

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Author: Farrah Taylor
Title: Dances with Wolf
Publisher: Entangled Publishing (Bliss)
ISBN: 978-1-63375-175-0
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Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this work from the publisher via Net Galley in exchange for an honest, though not necessarily positive, review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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