Cheryl Brooks has taken the Cat Star Chronicles to a new level with Wildcat. A lot of series get kind of old after so many books, but this isn’t one of them. I think this stays fresh because, while Ms. Brooks may mention characters from other books, each book has new main characters. That said about the series, I’ll get on to Wildcat. It starts off a little on the slow side, however, once both characters Sara and Jerdan have been introduced, things really start to pick up. Sara and Jerdan have both had a major traumatic event in their lives. Jerdan’s is explained in full at the beginning of the story, while Sara’s isn't hinted at until about the last third of the book. The idea that two broken souls can meet and fall in love, ultimately healing each other, may seem like an overused romance book cliché, but Ms. Brooks makes it anything but in Wildcat.
Sara and Jerdan meet because Sara’s stallion, Danuban, escapes from the spaceport before she could get him, and has found his way to Jerdan, who seems to attract all kinds of stray animals. What if it hadn’t been Jerdan that found him? Sara might never have met Jerdan, the sexy but emotionally scarred Zetithian. Danuban was the reason Sara and Jerdan’s paths kept crossing in the beginning. Had Danuban stayed with Sara, Jerdan may have never become intrigued with Sara, and that could have changed the events of the book entirely. Thank you Danuban for bringing these two together!
Jerden was enjoying life as the star attraction of the Zetithian Palace brothel when a deranged woman murdered his lover. Plagued by heartbreak and depression, he banishes himself from the palace and commits to a life of complete solitude. The stray black stallion he rides across the fields and mountain trails is the only source of solace he can find...until he meets the stallion's owner.
Sara Shield is recovering from her own trauma, and she has sworn off men entirely so that she can focus on her horses. When her prized stallion brings the handsome Jerden straight to her door, she can't help but wonder if she's still open to the possibility of falling in love.