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Wilderness Heart

3.74  ·  Rating Details ·  23 Ratings  ·  19 Reviews
Lyn Taylor, Taylor's Outfitters and Guides, loves her job, but doing a job in a man's world as a woman was becoming increasingly difficult -- not easier. Gaining the respect from men she guided on hunting trips in the Idaho wilderness in the late 1970s was practically non-existent. Engaged to a lumber mill owner who decimated the land around her home and family business wa ...more
Paperback, First Edition, 332 pages
Published March 14th 2011 (first published March 5th 2011)
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Susanna Mahoney
Oct 01, 2012 Susanna Mahoney rated it it was amazing
This story was a soft romance with waves of dark secrets, lies, betrayal and forgiveness between an assertive female and what she thought was an arrogant hunter, Nic Randall. Lyn knew what she desires for her life and that was to stay independent and not become a puppet to another. Not to lose her identify and dreams of being an operator and guide for her family outfitting service.

Lyn Taylor is fierce and loyal to herself, father who was grieving for his lost wife and decides that she is respons
Dec 30, 2011 Read2review rated it really liked it
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I don’t often read romance novels, I don’t know why as I do really enjoy them as long as it’s a good one, there are some that im my opinion are not so good out there. As we were approached by Jacqueline I wanted to give her a shot. I was most impressed!

The book started off slowly, which was a little hard as I could feel myself getting easily sidetracked. However from about page 40ish I really started to enjoy the story and felt mysel
RW Bennett
Jul 11, 2011 RW Bennett rated it it was amazing
Fans of contemporary romance will enjoy “Wilderness Heart” by Jacqueline Hopkins. When Lyn Taylor, operator and guide for an outfitting service in the Idaho wilderness meets chauvinistic client Nic Randall for an elk hunt guided by Ms Taylor, sparks inevitably fly despite the obvious physical attraction the pair have for each other. But Lyn is already engaged to domineering fiancé Brad, so the chemistry between her and Nic must be ignored. Right? Right?? Nic also has hired Lyn under false preten ...more
Alejandro Canton-Dutari
Nov 09, 2013 Alejandro Canton-Dutari rated it really liked it
I usually tire easily when reading the contemporary romance gender. Too mushy for my taste. Nevertheless, this novel kept me interested, especially because the author did not immediately dive into torrid sexual suggestions or scenes. Instead, I was presented with what seemed to be serious concerns and personal contradictions -- nature preservation vs. need for lumbering, safe elk hunting. Add a touch of mystery with a thriller twist.
The author's taste in sensual description was highlighted by he
Su Yin
Nov 23, 2011 Su Yin rated it really liked it
Wilderness Heart, by Jacqueline Hopkins, is a gentle romance, teasing the reader with twists and turns of the heart.

Lyn Taylor, an attractive hunting guide makes a living in a man’s world, escorting tourists through the wilderness on Idaho mountains to hunt elk. She keeps a stoic front in the face of sexual discrimination every time a new group first discovers their guide is a female. On one such expedition, the younger son of a lumber mill owner, Nic Randall, is explicit in his prejudice to the
Vanessa Booke
Nov 29, 2011 Vanessa Booke rated it it was amazing
Who doesn't like a little romance mixed with the mountain wilderness? I found this contemporary romance a refreshing, quick and steamy read. The intimate scenes within the book were hot yet tasteful. I thoroughly enjoyed the characters and the setting was perfect. Hopkins really knows what shes writing about. Her characters were not only deep but interesting. The story line is unique and easy to get wrapped up in. She is extremely detailed in her writing. It's easy to imagine yourself in Lyn's p ...more
Conchie Fernandez
Mar 15, 2011 Conchie Fernandez rated it it was amazing
Some love affairs go through periods of misunderstanding and strife, and some flow with amazing ease. The main characters in Jacqueline Hopkins' debut novel, "Wilderness Heart", trek through the frozen mountains of Idaho County, finding heartbreak, passion and hope along their way. Lyn Taylor is a ferociously independent hunting guide, an oddity in a world of men, elk and guns. She's loyal and steadfast, which probably keeps her engaged to a man she clearly doesn't love. Lyn is a noble character ...more
Cathy Speight
Jul 12, 2011 Cathy Speight rated it liked it
This is a romance set in the beautiful Idaho mountains.

Lyn is an attractive wilderness hunting guide in the Idaho lumber region where she has lived all her life. She has to battle against male dominance of this job and discrimination against her gender for the ability to do the job just as well as a man. On one particular expedition, this opinion is heartily voiced by Nic, an attractive, well-honed, thirty-something male. He, however, is using the hunt to disguise his reconnaissance of the area
Nov 20, 2011 Tima rated it liked it
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Lyn is a trail guide at her father's company. She takes hunting groups out into the woods and helps them bring home elk, bear, etc. Almost every trip she deals with male egos who don't want to admit that a female can be a good guide or hunter.
On her next trip she meets the most frustrating man to date. Nic's good looking and sets her heart racing, but he can't stand the sight of a female on a hunting trip. But his money can't be refunded and he's not really there to hunt anyway. So he grimaces a
Kim (Wistfulskimmies Book Reviews)
This is the story of Lyn. She is chief guide for Taylors Outfitters and Guides, a company that guides people on animal hunts. She is strong minded, feisty and independent. She is in an unhappy relationship with Brad, a local lumber yard owner. She has an intense dislike of loggers and lumbar companies because of what they do to the land around the trees and another deep seated reason. Then she is asked to guide a group of men on an Elk hunt. The leader of the group, Nic Randall, has very negativ ...more
Aug 08, 2011 Ashleigh rated it it was ok
Everything about this romance puzzles me. I wasn't expecting a Nora Roberts romance or anything - how could I? She's published hundreds of novels - but i was expecting a romance between two people who were, fundamentally, compatible. Oh, sure it was love at first sight. But when the first things people ask of one another is that they change, there's something fundamentally flawed in the relationship. I don't care if it's about things that the person wants to change themself - that is entirely be ...more
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This book has all the ingredients of a hot romance: a good-looking,
drool worthy male, a feisty female with mesmerising eyes, lust, desire that just has to be given in to and love. The relationship between Lyn and Nic moves along quite quickly and the HEA ending is predictable, but there area few humps in the road, so you are thrown off kilter just a little. The dramatic Idaho wilderness is the perfect backdrop, wonderfully portrayed by
Jul 02, 2011 Barbara rated it it was amazing
A great read. Knowing that men always try to change or to try and run a womans life is not love not love. A woman that has a business of elk hunting and she is the guide. She has to meet a group of men and know that they may reject her because to men think that women and hunting don't go together. As she meet the group of men she has the privilege to meet a man that could go for Sam Elliots' twin. He is rude but good looking. He wants his money back because he doesn't believe that she is good en ...more
Apr 28, 2011 Shanna rated it it was amazing
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This book was definately a good read! I could relate so easily to the characters and imagining myself in their place was so effortless.
Being a country girl myself might have helped but I don't think it's necessary to enjoy this book. It had such a great balance of obstacles
and romance, such strong characters, and an original storyline. And here I thought a great pair of shoes was the best thing you could pull
out of storage. It might be a little rough around the edges, but with a little polishi
Tia Bach
Oct 06, 2011 Tia Bach rated it it was ok
Received a complimentary copy to review through Please see my review there.

Brief review: Lyn is a strong female character, but I wanted more interesting flaws (her biggest: smoking and cussing). Nic was a bit one-dimensional, and I would have liked to have seen him fleshed out more. My favorite character: Lyn's father. He was the "glue that binds."

Poor editing and rambling wording hampered this novel.

NEW NOTE: Love the new cover, SO much better than the original!
Jun 20, 2011 Jan rated it liked it
This book was a Goodreads win. Thank you. This is a modern love story. Lynn has many talents, she can ride, track, shoot, and hunt. What she can not do, is pick the right man. Engaged to a man she does not love, she falls in love with another, who has insulted her, and belittled her on the first day of a hunt. Her heart betrays her, & she over looks many of his faults. Lynn embarks on several adventures, ending up with a broken engagement and a new future with love number two.
Interesting storyline which I would have given 5 stars for something a little different. But I felt it needed some proofreading so gave it 3 stars instead as mistakes or things that don't seem right to me make my reading experience a little jerky as I go back and re-read what I thought needed changing and that doesn't make my reading experience go smoothly.
Feb 27, 2014 Deliasue rated it liked it
This takes place in Idaho a lot of explicit sex, not my thing. A widowed senior citizen this just didn't interest me at all. But I make it a habit to try and read the entire book when start it.
Misty Rayburn
Feb 13, 2012 Misty Rayburn rated it it was amazing
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Over 20 years ago I wanted to write murder mysteries, historical fiction, contemporary mainstream, and romances. I ended up writing and completing a contemporary romance set in Idaho in the 1970s and just recently published it on Amazon for the Kindle. It is on Smashwords for the other readers and can be purchased in paperback on Amazon's

My passion now is to write several murder m
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