Book: Wild Rose (The Wild Women Series, Book 3) by Sharon Ihlecategories: Book, Western Romance, Love, Humor, Funny, Half-Spanish Hero, California, Horses, Historical Romance
Sharon Ihleabout this book: Wild Rose was a very special book for me to write. It is set in the gold fields of 1859 California, but also in San Diego, my hometown. I was raised and educated in a San Diego suburb, married the man of my dreams there, had four children there, and began my writing career there. I have always longed to write a book about historical San Diego, a time when Wyatt Earp roamed the streets where his three saloons were located, and Wild Rose is the first.
In order to make this happen, I had to do a lot of research both at home and on a road trip to the gold country. All in all, it took around six or seven months to complete the novel. I loved every minute of the research that went into this book, and found the perfect hero in Dane del Cordobes, the half-Spanish Don of a San Diego Rancho, and a perfect heroine for him, the fiery, red-haired wild rose, Maxine McCain. I absolutely love the cover that was created for this story as it depicts Dane and Maxine just the way I imagined them.
When those two meet, Maxine is the unkempt, unschooled daughter of Dicey McKain, a perennial loser in both poker games and the gold fields. Since this is the only life Maxine and her twin brother Max have known, neither of them have been schooled in polite society. When Dane and Maxine collide, sparks fly between them, despite the fact that Dane is a wealthy gentleman whose taste in women usually runs to the more elegant lady.
As this story progresses, Dane has graciously allowed the entire McCain family to follow him to his rancho in San Diego, where his mother and assumed fiancé reside. Dane has never asked the lady to marry him, but it is assumed since she is the widow of his brother. Instead of wooing his intended, Dane finds himself spending most of his time teaching Maxine the ways of proper society, explaining to her and himself that to do so would help her find a suitable husband.
Maxine is a woman who likes herself just the way she is, and is not a particularly willing student. What she does like is Dane, his melodic voice, his tender touch, and the few warm kisses he's bestowed on her. And although she remains untamed, Dane cannot ignore the feelings he has for her, and eventually love wins out.
• "WILD ROSE is a true delight! Filled with delicious humor, witty dialogue, and good strongly written characters."
• "I loved this story, especially the half-Spanish hero. What a hunk and a gentleman to boot!"
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