Wild and Tender Care

Synopsis: What happens when two society outcasts come together? Chemistry. When the town of Big Rock, Colorado has decided to change its wild ways. With this change comes the removal of the whore house and all those who worked there, except Ida. Making a new life as a seamstress, Ida is simply passing through life until she meets William. Big Rock needs a new doctor and William is happy to have a job, especially after the Civil War. Due to his mixed heritage though, William is hesitant to get too comfortable of enjoy the hospitality of the town. When Ida and William meet, sparks fly and so do hearts. Will they be able to take on the town’s disapproval? When an epidemic comes through town will they be able to make it through?

Review: First off, I have a giant love for Native American literature so I’m a bit bias. But I loved this story. I found the characters extremely relatable and it was easy to sympathize with them. The emotion in the book was great and I got attached to the story. I thought that this was a great twist on the usual western story where the “Indian” captures the woman and they fall in love. Instead you have a woman who is trying to change the outcome of her life and become a better person, and a man who just wants to help people and love Ida. Whitehall does a great job of keeping the flow of the story and the pacing is great as well; not to slow but fast at just the right moments. The conflict of the story is very well written but perhaps is tied up a little too nicely. While I like the happy ending there is a bit of the feeling that it is tied up a little too nicely. Other than that I found the story a great pleasure to read with a wonderful love story at its heart.

Book Blurb for Wild and Tender Care

The town of Big Rock, Colorado is changing its wild-west ways, and ex-madam Ida Page and new town doctor William Steere are finding it difficult to be accepted for who they are. But when these two outcasts meet, they find their rightful place in each other’s arms. Haley Whitehall burns up the pages in her hot, new historical romance, Wild and Tender Care.

Ida Page has seen the worst the west has to offer. Snubbed by the citizens of Big Rock, Colorado ever since the town cleaned up its act and became civilized, she has tried to change with the times. No other line of work available, she became a laundress after the mayor shut down the whorehouse, but the good people will not allow her to forget her past as a shady lady. She has given up on ever being accepted, let alone falling in love, until a handsome half-breed stranger arrives in town.

After the War Between the States, William Steere has been looking for a town to build a medical practice. He answered a newspaper ad placed by the mayor of Big Rock and hopes their desperate need for a doctor will overrule their race prejudice against his half-breed heritage. At the Independence Day picnic, he is introduced to all the town citizens except for one woman sitting off by herself. This redhead draws him to her with merely a gaze.

Can the two outcasts find love and acceptance in each other's arms or will the town’s cruelty and a smallpox epidemic tear them apart?

Content Notes: Hot, Historical, Western, Multi-Cultural

Night Owl Reviews Sep, 2014 3.50