Book Reviews

#FridayReads – Mila Nicks’ Chasing Wild Horses

How about a nice change of pace after so many quick reads?

When I was like twelve or so, I stumbled upon the HarperCollins’ book review program for teens. I couldn’t remember the name of it for the life of me, but I ended up with quite a few Advanced Reader Copies in my personal library. I eventually lost track of the program and have been trying to get into somebody’s paid reviewer program for years with little success. And while this is definitely not something I’m getting paid for, I’m still happy to have stumbled upon the Booksprout program if only because it carries books I could be bothered to read. 

As always, Friday Reads was created by L Jones Edition to help bring new authors and genres to more people. It is by far my favorite community blogging event, and my favorite day to show off the more high profile books.

Mila Knicks’ Chasing Wild Horses is the first in a planned trilogy about Samara Grant’s return to the town her grandmother loved, and her relationship with the town outcast, Chase Collins. 

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I have to say that, as someone who has been reading almost nothing but BWWM erotica, this was a nice change of pace. When the summary says “slow burn”, it really means it. Nicks takes the time to set the stage and let us really get to know the two characters before having them jump into a relationship with each other. I was a bit skeptical about how Nicks would make this relationship work out over three healthy-sized novels, but she really seems to have this story planned out. 

Because this book is the first in a trilogy, we really only deal with the most pressing of issues. Like, the state of the main characters’ relationship with each other, and the things in their pasts that brought them to where they are now. Some deeper issues arise in both of our protagonists’ narratives, but I feel like Nicks is saving them to be explored in the later sequels. This by no means leaves Chasing Wild Horses in any way lacking. There’s enough dramas and personal growth to go around.

There’s also the issue that it’s not just Samara’s and Chase’s stories that we are being told: there’s also the romance between Bunny Baxter and Bucky Ward in the mid-1960s. Which brings me to another thought: this story is based mainly in 2005, which is an interesting choice for the author to make when you consider the story as a whole, but I think I’d have to read the next book in the series before I make my own conclusion about that. 

All in all, I think this was a great read for those of us that want a well-rounded story about regular people with regular people drama. I like that we spent half of the story in Samara’s head and the other half in Chase’s. This allowed for a good story progression, and really elevates Chase from Love Interest to actual Protagonist. I also liked the fake-out at the beginning. 

I’d recommend this to anyone who loves a modern-day love story with horses and cute Bed and Breakfasts. Or people that like to grow with characters, because you get the understanding that Nicks wants you to stay with these two for a while. Ultimately it’s a comfortable read with somewhat complex characters, people you would bother to know their full story. 

I could see myself sticking with this series. 

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