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Stacy Gold
Author
Wild at Heart
Stacy Gold, author
They each hit the trail solo in search of themselves… Overworked entrepreneur Jules Martinez is sick and tired of men leaving her for their exes. Determined to wipe the giant, scarlet R for rebound off her forehead, she kicks off a yearlong vow of celibacy with five, blissful weeks backpacking her favorite trails through Washington State. Solo. Out-of-work financial analyst Evan Davenport hasn’t been happy since camping in Scouts as a kid—before his wealthy parents and now ex-fiancé made all his major life decisions. Hoping to find joy and purpose, he buys all the latest ultralight backpacking gear, flies to Washington, and sets off alone on a weeklong speed hike through the wilderness. Mother Nature has other plans, though, and keeps shoving Evan and Jules in each other’s paths. Usually naked. When sparks fly, can they find what they’re looking for in life together instead of apart?

Finalist

Plot/Idea: 9 out of 10
Originality: 9 out of 10
Prose: 9 out of 10
Character/Execution: 10 out of 10
Overall: 9.25 out of 10

Assessment:

Plot/Idea: There are moments of coincidence that serve to move the plot along, but this is easily forgiven given the strength of the storyline and the likeability of the characters. The premise is solid, and the setting is refreshingly different.

Prose: The author is a gifted writer whose prose flows easily and makes for an engaging and lively read. The dual first-person narrative is very effective, and the tone is familiar and relaxed.

Originality: This is a unique work with distinctive characters and an unusual premise and setting. Romance readers will delight in this original and engaging work.

Character Development/Execution: The author does an exemplary job with characterization. The dual first-person narrative is an effective device for allowing the reader to truly understand these highly likable characters, and it works perfectly in the author's capable hands.

Blurb: Wild at Heart will captivate readers with its strong and likable characters and engaging storyline. 

Date Submitted: June 28, 2022

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