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Wild on My Mind

(Where the Wild Hearts Are #1)

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Love runs wild at the Sagebrush Flats Zoo, where a motley crew of big-hearted animals helps the most unlikely couples find love.

When Katie Underwood discovers a litter of newborn cougar cubs, the last person she expects to come to the rescue is her former crush―and high school nemesis―Bowie Wilson. The worst part? He doesn't seem to remember the trouble he caused her.

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Mass Market Paperback, 388 pages
Published September 25th 2018 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
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Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
Seriously loved this book. I think it was a combination of the characters and the personalities of the animals in the zoo especially a honey badger named Fluffy.

I had a hard time putting this book down and found myself trying to read "just one more chapter" before work or bed or an errand. Katie is someone a lot of women could relate to if you were teased by your crush while a teenager. It is hard to let those feelings go even 10+ years later, but it can be done. Bowie was just trying to fit in
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Samantha (WLABB)
Sep 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs, romance, 2018
I think I wore a HUGE smile on my face the entire time I read this book, because it was just so darn charming. If it doesn't already exist, we need to create a "cozy romance" category, because that is exactly where this book belongs.

• Pro: I LOVED the setting! It was so amazing spending all that time in the zoo. I really enjoyed being around the animals and learning so much about them.

• Pro: Although I was disappointed in high school Bowie, I loved grown-up Bowie. He worked so hard to overcome
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Melanie
Sep 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars!

Wild on My Mind features a wonderful romance, some adorable newborn cougar cubs, and a matchmaking honey badger.

When Katie Underwood discovers a litter of abandoned newborn cougar cubs, she does the responsible thing and calls in someone more experienced to rescue the animals. The last person she expected to show up is Bowie Wilson, her former crush and eventual high school nemesis. After Bowie doesn’t recognize her and her mother offers Katie’s marketing skills to help out the zoo, Ka
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Aly
Oct 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
How do you begin the review of a book you liked so much, that was so special to you, that made you thought you've been waiting for this book all your life ??? Well, I guess I just did, but I feel like no matter what I'll say, I'll never find the right words to describe how much I loved this book.

Katie Underwood find three cougar cubs and do what she must do to ensure they're really orphaned before trying to rescue them. So she call on the professionals : people working at the Sagebrush Flats Zo
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Bookgasms Book Blog
Aug 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: shelly
In a word, this book was adorable. It was a balance of light - almost campy at times - fun, and deeper emotional punches. There's a little bit of everything here (including some action and mild suspense), and it was a captivating ride.

I loved the nature of Bowie and Katie's relationship. Katie is #girlgoals - a fantastic heroine who is strong, kind, even-tempered, and smart. I adored her. And I loved the uniqueness of how her relationship with Bowie evolved. It was heartwarming, sweet, and compl
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Linda
Excellent contemporary. The setting is a zoo and there are lots of cute animals and their antics. Both the hero & heroine have pasts they need to deal with in order to move forward today. The story stirs many emotions, it’s a pageturner, and I highly recommend it.
Jewlsbookblog
Katie was bullied in school by Bowie, the guy she crushed hard on, so running into her torturer 10 years later doesn’t give her immediate warm fuzzies. Katie has come a long way from being the bullied nerdy girl and her resilience, determination and sass reflected that.

Bowie has matured since his troubled youth, but once he realizes who Katie is isn’t an easy feat. As I learned what Bowie did to Katie, I admit it did rile me up! However, I respected him for taking responsibility and trying to sh
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Saly
Liked how the issue of teenage bullying wasn't swept under the rug & how the h made the H feel like her plaything when she was fine with casual sex & he wanted something deeper. He had made her high school years miserable and when he had to face his own daughter seeing who he was, I liked that. All in all not a bad read. Hero tried apologizing many times but realised that the heroine didn't owe him a thing, even making himself feel good by making an apology that didn't change the past.
Sophia
It was cover love and the animals that grabbed me first. A romance set at a small town zoo, people! How could I resist. And soon, I settled in to enjoy the heartwarming story that was more than the adorable cute animals, zookeeper trying to keep the zoo open, and a romance. This new to me author packed a sensational punch as she paired the cute and cuddly with the painful and serious topic of bullying and the lasting effects. But, the delight was old Fluffy the Honey Badger!

Katie Underwood comes
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Anne - Books of My Heart
Nov 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, library
This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart

 
Read It, Rate It and Record   
A short review to update challenges
 

I saw friends read this and I have a thing for zoos.  I was thrilled to find it available at the library.  Wild on My Mind is the start of the Where the Wild Hearts Are series . I'll be curious to find where the series goes from here.

So is it realistic? No. And Yes. The characters other than Bowie, Katie,  and Abby are pretty limited in their definition, and the villain
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Leanna Hiner
Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! It may look like it is long at almost 400 pages but you won’t even notice because you are enjoying the book so much. When Katie and Bowie were in high school Bowie along with his girlfriend Sawyer terrorized and bullied Katie. Katie was tough and never let them see her cry. Flash forward Katie is back in Sagebrush to help her mother take care of her father after he is shot in the chest. Katie rescues three newborn cougar cubs. They are taken to the local zoo, where Bowie is no ...more
Isha Coleman
Sep 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wild on My Mind (Where the Wild Hearts Are #1) by Laurel Kerr  
 
Some people change. The question is whether it's a change for the better or worse. Wild on My Mind is the chance at a new beginning for two lonely hearts and a broken down zoo. Kerr tells the story of a the blossoming of romance. With the help of some adorably cuddly matchmakers to lend a hand. Beauty is all around, we just have to look beyond the surface to find the treasure hidden within. Kerr delivers a message I can get behind i
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Pelusa Rivera
Oct 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Rcvd an ARC at no cost to author..(netgalley) This book was cute sometimes I felt it a little out there but I trudged alone and did finish it. Their were something that I appreciated like the the issue of bullying, it happened and they dealt with it. Also how H didn't back down and she stuck to her gun and the Hero realized that it was his fault and he apologized profusely to the heroine but forgiveness was in her hands.
Up All Night With Books
4.5 Heartwarming Stars
Review by Lisa
Late Night Reviewer
Up All Night w/ Books Blog


Once in a while you find a book that touches all the feels and deals with a very touchy topic in the world we live in today and this is one of those books. Wild on my Mind by Laurel Kerr is the first book in the Where the Wild Hearts Are series. Being that this is Ms. Kerr's debut novel, it just blows my mind how amazing this book is. So well written, story flowed effortlessly and captivated my attention from the st
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Samantha Brody
I find bully redemption stories *really* hard to do & I don’t know if this was a right time/right place shindig (I read this the week I was in the hospital after my father’s stroke) but this was just a lovely, moving, heartfelt story and I really spectacularly enjoyed it. Contemporary is one of those genres I always long to be done *well* without feeling bored or trite re: the story and I think this nails it—everything felt lifelike and exciting without veering into “Wow how does this small ...more
Gina
Oct 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This story was so good!!! I love the setting of the zoo and all the animals the most, especially the POV from Fluffy. I want to go to the zoo now!!!
E-Reader Addict
Oct 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I love to read books by new authors. I love the anticipation - and slight trepidation - I get discovering if the author struck out, or hit a home run with their first book. Wild On My Mind, in my mind, was a solid double. (I have no idea why I’m using baseball analogies here, as this story has absolutely nothing to do with baseball!)

This book didn’t draw me in right away. In fact, I was a little put off by both the hero and heroine’s internal thoughts about how hot the other is. My concern was t
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Kristin
Oct 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Wild on My Mind is a romance story between a woman and her high school bully. Katie was always picked on as a kid. Between he frizzy hair, the way she dressed, and the fact that she was quiet and kept to herself, she was always the butt of people's jokes. She was tormented as a kid and the bane of her existence was Bowie, the boy whom she had a crush on who made it his personal goal to make her life hell. So, when she returns home to help her father recover from being shot while on the line of d ...more
Angela Simmons
May 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was not expecting this one to have as much substance as it had and I was pleasantly surprised. I guess because of the cute and cuddly animals on the cover I was expecting this to be a bit fluffy but it had weight to it and delved into a serious matter. So yeah…it was definitely surprising.

Here’s what’s going on. When Katie stumbles upon three abandoned cougar cubs, she didn’t expect her high school tormentor to be the one to rescue them and, oddly enough, he doesn’t seem to remember her. When
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Kari
Oct 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018, kindle, for-review
This was a cute romance that dealt with forgiveness and bullying. It deals with how we carry bad feelings from our teens into our adult years and learning to let go of them. I liked the ending, especially how Bowie stood up to his ex. However, I didn't care for the animal perspectives. I'm not a fan of those in general as the usually pull me out of the narrative.
Lucy Dosch
Sep 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a story of second chances, redemption and overcoming your past.

Katie Underwood spent her last two and a half years of high school being tormented and bullied by popular girl, Sawyer, and her boyfriend, Bowie Wilson. They were the worst two and half years of her life and included moments so humiliating that she never confessed them to her family. But she went on to college to make some wonderful friends and maybe that painful time helped Katie grow into the women she is today. She has got
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Avid Reader
Sep 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wild on My Mind (Where the Wild Hearts Are #1) by Laurel Kerr
4.5 stars
M/F Romance
Triggers: Shooting
I was given this book for an honest review by Wicked Reads.

Katie is back home...in a place where she has a loving family, but also remember the torment she endured when she was in school. While helping her dad after a shooting, she is the only one of her siblings that can take the time to help full time. While she loves her family, she also has dreams bigger than her city has to offer.

Bowie loves l
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Leslie Pressley
May 17, 2019 rated it liked it
I enjoyed it, not so much for the romantic aspects but for how the author dealt with bullying and the interaction of the parents with the child. Oh. And the story told through the animals was cute, too.
Teresa
May 23, 2018 rated it liked it
****3.5 Stars****
Katie discovers a litter of abandoned mountain lion cubs and when she calls the local rescue her crush, the one that tormented her throughout school in their little town, comes to get the cubs. Bowie is instantly attracted to her but doesn't understand her frosty attitude.
When Katie and Bowie are thrown together, Katie begins to see a different side of Bowie, a side that she could easily fall in love with. Bowie, in turn, learns why Katie was so standoffish and he immediately b
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Jennifer
What a sweet, yet intense story! I believe this is the author's first published romance and wow, was it ever a good one. This romance has it all - adorable animals, great leading characters, some angst but not an overwhelming amount.

Bowie is the owner of a small zoo that specializes in rescue animals. He's also a former foster child of druggie parents, and a single dad who took responsibility of his infant daughter (now 11) at age 18 when her mean girl mother gave birth, then abandoned her. He
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Book Gannet
This is a cute, easy read with a bit of revenge and plenty of animal antics thrown in around the romance. But, I have to admit, it didn’t entirely win me over, for a few different reasons.

I liked Bowie. A lot. Which made it hard to believe he’d been so awful to Katie. Because we see them both as grown ups, it makes Katie seem petty and even a little bit cruel when she pushes Bowie away or keeps him at arms length. Even though he deserves it. Or, at least, the boy he was did. It’s hard to believe
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Romancing the Book
Oct 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: contemporary, romance
Reviewed by JoAnne
Book provided by NetGalley
Originally posted at Romancing the Book

What a wonderful debut novel by Ms. Kerr. I am so looking forward to reading more in this series and whatever else she pens! My emotions were engaged from the beginning and I kept turning the pages to see what would happen next especially with the bullying story line.

The characters had a depth to them and we learned about them and their past a little at a time. Their interactions were realistic. Katie and Bowie ha
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Marsha Spohn
Reviewed at Keeper Bookshelf

Wrapped within a very satisfying romance is also a very relevant and emotional subject.  Wild On My Mind will bring two people back together who have had a very rocky past.  There is never a time when bullying should be glorified or accepted.  The devastating emotional, and perhaps physical reminders of being bullied can last for a lifetime.  Laurel Kerr brings a very touchy subject into the open with class and gentleness.  There are reasons that factor in to Bowie's
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Romantic Reads and Such
Sep 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed how well Kerr captured Bowie’s growth since school and Katie’s struggles not just coming face to face with him after all these years but also with the long term effects her high school years had on her.

Bowie had his reasons for doing the things he did (in addition to being a stupid teenager) but he didn’t really understand exactly how damaging his actions were. Now the dad of a preteen daughter it hits home a little too hard exactly what he did. But the years have also turned hi
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Noemi
Oct 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
LOVE IT. LOVE IT. LOVE IT.

This book was so much fun to read, and was smiling from the start till the end.

Katie left her unsatisfying job to help her mother take care of her father because he was shot in the line of duty. While hiking, she finds three pumas, and to help them, she calls one of the local veterinarians. However, it's not only the 80-year-old vet who turns up, but also her archenemy from high school, Bowie!
Bowie grew up considering himself white trash, and when given the chance to
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Laurel Kerr is a full-time romance writer and mom, who occasionally still dabbles in the practice of law. Her debut novel, Wild on My Mind, reached the Golden Heart® finals under the title of Volunteering Her Heart in 2016. Laurel Kerr was also a 2017 Golden Heart® Finalist for a historical manuscript. She lives in Pennsylvania with her daughter, husband, and loyal Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.

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