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REVIEW: “Indiana Wild” by S.E. Smith

Indiana Wild - S.E.  Smith

NB:  Review originally posted on Amazon and GR @ 27-Dec-2013.



Genre:  CR + dash of paranormal (time travel)

Length:  novel (297 Kindle pgs)

Heat Level/Content:  sensual/steamy

(m/f vanilla; frank but not explicit/graphic)

Publication Date:  April 2013

Publisher:  self

Series Info:  Spirit Pass #1



Indiana Wild is as wild as the Montana ranch she was raised on. The youngest of four children, she was a delightful surprise for her older parents. She spends her time training horses and cow dogs and loving the freedom of the wide open spaces. When her grandfather dies, she finds her much older brothers have different plans for the ranch she calls home and for Indiana.


Indiana’s oldest brother is determined to tame Indiana and bring her to live with him in Los Angeles where he can keep an eye on her and the money she is inheriting. He believes with a little taming, he can control the wild spirit of his little sister and find her a good husband who can manage her.


Furious with the court order giving her older brother guardianship over her, Indiana turns to the only place she feels at home…. the wide-open spaces of Montana. She is determined to avoid her controlling brothers and their greed, even if it means hiding from them until they give up. An unexpected trip through Spirit Pass takes Indiana further than she ever expected…. by almost a hundred and fifty years.


Jonathan Tucker is as tough as they come. He and his twin brother have cut a successful horse and cattle ranch in the harsh Montana territory. When cattle rustlers try to steal his cattle and shoot one of his men, he is grateful to the young boy named Indy who comes to the rescue, even if the boy does have an attitude. The last thing he expects is to find the ‘boy’ is in fact an independent, freethinking, stubborn female who is not afraid to voice her opinions. She is as wild as the untamed land around them and he is determined she is the wife for him. When Indiana is taken from him, Jonathan finds he will do whatever it takes to bring his Indiana Wild home for good, even if it means following her to the future.

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A Kindle freebie rescued from my freebie vault (probably got it b/c I recognised the author's name from her Dragon Lords of Valdier series).   Short review due to the holidays:


2½-star 'split the baby' rating

  • Pro = quick, readable story, engaging characters, and good set-up to new series.
  • Con = technical execution still lacking in some areas, given POV whiplash, some minor plot holes & some parts reading like a rough draft. But thankfully, much better proofed than Ms. Smith's early Valdier books.


Ms. Smith is a talented storyteller. With tighter writing, think that she'll become so much better! Will probably read book next in series--and really hoping that Maikoda's book is #3. ^.^


(Sexual content: some frank scenes but for me, not enough to be 'erotica'.)

Source: http://karmabites.booklikes.com/post/825244/review-indiana-wild-by-s-e-smith