4 stars and a half

Historical Romance Review: A Heart So Wild by Johanna Lindsey

In a Heart So Wild by Johanna Lindsey  Courtney hires Chandos to help her trek across the west to find her father and instead she and Chandos find love. 4 1/2 stars
A Heart So Wild, Johanna Lindsey, Avon, 1986, cover artist Robert McGinnis

“Do you understand what I’m saying? If you’re going to be my woman, there’s no way in hell I’ll ever let you go”

A HEART SO WILD

VERY MILD SPOILERS 😉

4 1/2 stars

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

The Book

I just realized I had Johanna Lindsey‘s A Heart So Wild on my Kindle. Since I hadn’t read it in 25 years why not give it a re-read? And you know what? I loved this book more the second time than the first.

The Plot

Why?

  • Heroine & hero “meet” when the heroine is getting sexually assaulted by an outlaw, and hero shoots the bad guy dead.
  • Enigmatic hero with a mysterious and tragic past.
  • The heroine needs a gunslinger to guide her through hostile Indian territory to find her missing father.
  • Hero fights, beats, kills men who try to kidnap or try to rape heroine.
  • A snakebite where the heroine sucks blood out of the hero’s wound for an hour (!) and then he gets sick, revealing more in his fever dreams than he would if he was fine.
  • Quick love scenes that express passion, aren’t too purple in prose, and don’t go on for endless pages.

This western trek romance takes us through the deserts and wilderness, as Courtney and Chandos travel to find her father. This is more of a character-driven than plot-driven romance, which is fine by me.

I’m so glad I gave this one a reread, as it made me remember why for such a long time Johanna Lindsey was my favorite author: she’s easy to read. Sometimes reading is a chore and it shouldn’t be if it’s a hobby I supposedly love.

The Characters

Courtney is a pleasant enough type. She grows on you as the story develops. And Chandos is just… Well, he’s the kind of hero that made Lindsey sell tens of millions of books.

“You’re my woman, cateyes. You’ve been my woman since I first laid eyes on you.”

That didn’t satisfy her. “Say it!”

He grinned and jerked her down onto his lap, where she sat stiffly, waiting, until at last he said, “I love you. Is that what you want to hear? I love you so much I’ve got no direction without you.”

“Oh, Chandos.” She melted against him, wrapping her arms around his neck. “I love—”

“Uh-uh.” He stopped her. “You better think real carefully before you say anything, cateyes, because if you give me your love, I’m not going to let you take it back. I can’t keep worrying about whether or not I can make you happy. I’ll try my best but there isn’t going to be any changing your mind later. Do you understand what I’m saying? If you’re going to be my woman, there’s no way in hell I’ll ever let you go.”

A HEART SO WILD

Final Analysis of a Heart So Wild

Chandos is a wonderful Lindsey hero. Courtney is a likable, strong-willed heroine. Together they make for a sizzling combination.

Johanna Lindsey would revisit Courtney and Chandos in All I Need Is You which tells the tale of their bounty-hunter daughter. That book was ok. A Heart So Wild is one of Lindsey’s best, of which there are many!

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