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Wild Hearts (If Only . . . #4)

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Enjoy Wild Hearts and the other standalone titles in Bloomsbury's contemporary If Only romance line centered around an impossible problem: you always want what you can't have!

Brie Carter's father's land development business has taken her family all over the world,
but as soon as they arrive at their new home in Lost Spring, Wyoming, the town turns out to protest. They don'
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Hardcover, 368 pages
Published May 5th 2015 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
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Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
Wild Hearts is a good book to read in front of the fire place on a cold snowy day. That is exactly what I did and I really enjoyed this book. I did not read the first three but they can be read as stand alone reads.

We have Brie Carter who moves around a lot because of her father's business. She doesn't make friends and she does not form attachments because she knows she is going to be leaving soon. So when her father comes home and says they are moving to Lost Spring, Wyoming she is not surprise
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Michelle
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**

3.5/5
Wild Hearts is the fourth standalone title in Bloomsbury's young adult contemporary "If Only" romance line centered around an impossible problem: you always want what you can't have! Each of the books has a cute if only sentence, and Wild Hearts' is "If Only...their fathers didn't hate each other." Brie's father is a land developer and he is hired to create a new hotel in a small rural town...where wild mustangs
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Erin Lynn
This review can also be seen on my blog, The Hardcover Lover.


Wild Hearts is a standalone novel in the If Only . . . series, a series of novels about forbidden love. The cool thing about the series is that all of the titles are standalone novels, so they can be read in any order (or you could skip the ones that don't interest you). Wild Hearts by Jessica Burkhart is the first title that I've read in the series (and my first Jessica Burkhart book), and I'm sure it probably won't be the last as man
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Danielle (Love at First Page)
If Only... is a companion series of sorts written by various authors, not tied together by characters or setting but by theme. They all center around an "impossible romance" and the idea of wanting what you can't have. I enjoyed both Not in the Script and Fool Me Twice, but unfortunately Wild Hearts never clicked with me. It's not a bad book, it's just very mediocre and boring. There were way too many unnecessary details and descriptions that made the book feel like a chore to read at times, plu ...more
Brooke
Feb 22, 2015 rated it it was ok
*Originally reviewed @ Brooke Reviews*

This e-galley was provided by Netgalley and Bloomsbury in exchange for an honest review.

I really liked the premise of this book – it had a sort of Romeo and Juliet vibe (feuding fathers!) as well as the horses thing, which sounded promising. But the book didn’t meet expectations, and that’s always disappointing.

Brie and Logan fall for each other pretty quickly. I definitely would have preferred a “slow burn” rather than insta-love. And their relationship is
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Skye (Skye's Scribblings)
DNF at Page 56. The main character's personality was flat and inconsistent, the dialogue rambling and nonlinear, and the description excessive and unnecessary (especially with pointless brand names). I tried to press on but just couldn't.

Check out the guest review on my blog here!
Anna
May 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a very sweet and cute romance for you and the dogs Logan was an awesome love interest and I really enjoyed how there was no X between the two lovebirds I recommend this book to anyone who wants a lighthearted romance
Ashley (Loves Books)
**This review will post to Ashley Loves Books at a later date.**

I’m pretty torn about this book. I went into it thinking it would be a typical teenage romance, Romeo and Juliet-esque with the feuding families. There would be arguing, there would be sneaking, there would ultimately be true love that makes it work. And I wasn’t wrong, and that wasn’t bad, per se. It’s nice to have adorable, predictable love stories sometimes. It’s kind of reaffirming about the world, in a strange way.

And I liked a
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Kirsti
Aug 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For a slightly cheesy YA read, this actually was pretty good! I guess I was initially drawn to this book because it featured horses, mustangs at that. Then I actually grew to like the characters- all of them for once. Even thought the romance was the cheesy bit, and I thought it all happened very quickly, I ended up enjoying that part too.

This is actually the fourth in a series, but you don't need to have read the others. I will actually keep my eye out for them though, even though they're all
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Emily S.
Probably 3.5 stars.

I didn't have high expectations going in (hello, looks like a teen angst book to me), so I was pleasantly surprised. The constant barrage of product placement bugged me (I do not need to know that a rich teenager can afford Urban Decay makeup and I can't, thank you very much), but I enjoyed the story itself. It got the job done without being preachy, and I'll admit that I worried about that after reading the author's notes first. She did a fine job of telling the story and ge
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Kataryna Hermans
You know those books that you pick up off the shelf for a light read but end up being drawn into it so deep that you just want the story to never end? That is this book and may I say I am so happy that i did.

What a wonderful story. I was hooked from beginning to end and wished there was another 200 pages. This is definitely a book that anyone will love. Great job Jessica Burkhart!
Hannah
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Lisa
Apr 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, print-arc
3.5 stars!

I have to admit… I am NOT a fan of horses. They completely and utterly scare the bejesus out of me. They are far too large and I’m fan too unfamiliar with them to have any comfort level at all about a zero. But for some reason, reading about them has proved to be quite enjoyable. I used to avoid ALL books that had anything to do with horses… but I’ve found that as long as horses aren’t the main focus of the book, I’m still able to really enjoy it. I love reading about the country (sinc
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Yolanda Sfetsos
I've had a very mixed reaction to most of the If Only books. While I absolutely adored WISH YOU WERE ITALIAN--which was the first one I read--I just couldn't get into the others. So when I received this last week I was a little sceptical. Still, I decided to give it a go, and before I knew it I'd hit page 107.

So, yeah, this one totally worked for me. :)

Brie Carter does a lot of travelling because her father is a land developer who gets contracts all over the country. This time she's headed for
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Rachel (The Rest Is Still Unwritten)
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Rissi
May 13, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: review
After reading an earlier book in this companion novel series, I was really excited to jump into reading this latest novel. First I’ll start by saying that the YA market is my “happy reads” place. I read them to enjoy a lighthearted, easy read and if I discover a story that looks beyond just a sweet love story, then I’m all for it. I certainly did enjoy this novel, but it also didn’t capture my fancy in the same way its peer did. The story follows two teens on the cusp of breaking the feud betwee ...more
Jessica
I have really enjoyed the If Only series that Bloomsbury has released. All books are just adorable, fun, and have a great romance. I felt the same with their latest installment Wild Hearts. While it wasn't my favorite of the line, I did still like it overall. I really enjoyed that Logan and Brie's relationship is low on angst and I loved the setting of this one.

Brie's family is constantly on the move because of her father's land development business. Their newest stop is a small town in Wyoming
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Jessica
Dec 04, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
When this book showed up for me to review, I was definitely intrigued. I'm a sucker for cheesy YA romances and this one promised a YA romance with some horses thrown into the mix.

Brie Carter has spent her life moving around the world for her dad's job as a developer. She's loved moving and experiencing new cultures, but she's never really formed real connections with friends her own age. From the moment her family shows up in Lost Springs, Wyoming, the locals make it clear that Brie and her fam
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Emma
Sep 25, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviews
Grade: C-
This ARC was provided by Bloomsbury USA Childrens in exchange for an honest review.

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: I'm going to preface the rest of this review by saying that the two If Only... books that I've read for review prior to this one were solid 4-star reads. Additionally, I've read Jessica Burkhart's Canterwood Crest series that's aimed at preteens. So I was very excited to see that she was writing the next If Only... title. Unfortunately, it didn't meet any of my expectation
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Olivia
Jun 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary2015
Review originally posted on Fluttering Pages

*3.5 stars

I did like the characters in this book, really truly. However, I had a couple of problems with them. The romance in the book felt really insta-lovey to me. Brie moves into town, and after running into Logan a few times, they’re falling for each other. Then, after being together for about a month, she’s in love. It just seemed really rushed to me. I feel like I never got to see them get to know each other and I feel like their relationship did
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Ms. Yingling
Feb 22, 2015 rated it liked it
E ARC from Netgalley.com

Brie's family moves to Wyoming, where her land developer father is going to build a hotel. Brie is homeschooled, and misses her older sister, Kate, who is a reporter in California. On their way in to town, traffic is stopped by a bison herd, and a local boy yells at her. This turns out to be Logan, who works several jobs around town to help out his family farm, which is experiencing rough times. Brie loves her new house and is excited about being in a new place, but is wo
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Nicole
As seen on The Quiet Concert

My biggest problem with Wild Hearts was the writing. The flow and storytelling itself was not the greatest – it lacked depth and everything was just too easy - but it was the dialogue that really got me. These characters spoke in long winded sentences that were way too mature and considerate to feel natural. I couldn’t get past it.

My next biggest problem was with the characters. I didn’t connect with Brie or Logan, who were both a little dull. There was a certain cow
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Sara (A Gingerly Review)
May 06, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
I have been a big fan of the If Only… series for a while now as it has introduced readers to some great writers and stories. I am sad to say that this book does not fall into the category of “great writers and stories”. I actually did not finish this book; I stopped at page 50 and was upset with myself for not stopping sooner.

It felt as if there was no actual story line within this book. What little of the story I read felt rushed, as if the author was trying to make everything happen in the fir
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Princess Bookie
Aug 19, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: read2014
My Thoughts: I really wanted to love this one. It sounded amazing but I only ended up just liking it.

We are introduced to Brie whose parents move her around a lot due to her dad’s business. Brie is generally alright with this. She doesn’t make a lot of friends and she’s used to living all over the world.

When Brie’s dad’s new job lands the family in Lost Springs, Wyoming things get tough! There are wild horses running around on the land her dad is working on and this creates a lot of problems.
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Kimberly
Feb 21, 2015 rated it liked it
Check out this review and more at On the Wings of Books

What I Thought...
• Cowboys! Horses! Conflict! What's not to love?

• I don't read too many books set in the west with cowboys and this one has me thinking I should make more of a point to do so. I loved the setting of Lost Spring, Wyoming, and all it's small town glory and togetherness.

• The center of the plot revolves around a group of wild horses being displaced as Brie's dad works on building a new hotel that will bring in money for the t
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Kristina
Mar 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received this galley in exchange for an honest review.

I absolutely loved Wild Hearts!! I was in the mood for a sweet, romantic contemporary and that is exactly what I got with this book. I loved the story and the characters.

Since Brie was a little girl, her family has moved wherever her father’s land development business took them. Now the family is moving to Wyoming and on the first day that she’s there she meets local cowboy Logan. But Logan’s dad and Brie’s dad are enemies because the lan
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Sophie
Feb 17, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult
Judging by how much I liked the other book in this series (albeit different author and different storyline!) and how there are HORSES in this book (just like in the other book!!!), I’m so disappointed that I didn’t like this one as much. Wild Hearts bored me, and as much as I tried to like it (HORSES!!!), I just couldn’t. The characters were okay, but the plot wasn’t very interesting. However, there’s nothing majorly wrong with the book, so I still got through it. (It just took a while.)

(Read fu
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Brie Carter's father's land development business has taken her family all over the world,
but as soon as they arrive at their new home in Lost Spring, Wyoming, the town turns out to protest. They don't want a new hotel if the resident mustang population will be displaced or hurt as part of the deal. Then Brie meets Logan, a gorgeous local who has a special connection to the mustangs, and she is immediately drawn to him . . . and the horses. However, with Logan's father leading the protests and B
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Jessica
Jul 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: net-galley
copy was provided by Net-galley in exchange for an honest review!

This is the first book in the series I have read. It was pretty good.

Wild Hearts is a standalone in the If Only...series

The author wrote a good story, the story flowed very well, the characters were developed.

Brie is sassy, has a temper, but doesn't come of bitchy. She is close to her family. The author made you feel what Brie was feeling. That's a must for me! I need to feel what the characters feel.

Logan.. umm what can I say, A
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Lexi
Feb 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was great! I couldn't put it down. I felt it was easy to relate to this story and it's perfect for teens. I had read most of the Canterwood Crest Series and wanted something similar but with a more advanced reading level. This book is perfect for the 14-17 year old range. It had horses, teen problems, and a story line that kept me interested from the time I picked it up to the time I put it down. I highly reccomend this book.
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