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Dance to a Wylder Beat

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Genres: Historical Fiction , Paranormal , Romance , Western

         Nartan Sagebrush’s name may mean “to dance” in Arapaho, but he dances in secret. Forced to abandon his Shamanic apprenticeship, he is overwhelmed with homesteader life, and even his spirit guides are at their wit’s end. Nartan takes fate into his own hands. Instead of divine intervention, a wife will help with his responsibilities and in assimilating into the Wylder community.

         Olive Muegge answers Nartan’s “wife wanted” advertisement. Wildly independent she has secretly dreamed of a family to call her own. The secret she carries inside makes her an outcast and her wild ways don’t fit the quiet wife Nartan thinks he desires. Despite their differences, they are drawn to each other but a mistake may drive them apart. Will Nartan embrace his Shamanic past to save them both or will he choose to rid himself of Olive forever?

4/5 Flames for steamy, consensual sexual content

2/5 for mild violence

0 profanity but a plethora of old-timey insults

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Nartan Sagebrush’s name may mean “to dance” in Arapaho, but he dances in secret. Forced to abandon his Shamanic apprenticeship, he is overwhelmed with homesteader life, and even his spirit guides are at their wit’s end. Nartan takes fate into his own hands. Instead of divine intervention, a wife will help with his responsibilities and in assimilating into the Wylder community.
Olive Muegge answers Nartan’s “wife wanted” advertisement. Wildly independent she has secretly dreamed of a family to call her own. The secret she carries inside makes her an outcast and her wild ways don’t fit the quiet wife Nartan thinks he desires.
Despite their differences, they are drawn to each other but a mistake may drive them apart. Will Nartan embrace his Shamanic past to save them both or will he choose to rid himself of Olive forever?
Our Review: For those readers who thrive on fiction centered in the old west—and those who lean toward the paranormal—Dance to a Wylder Beat, the latest in the Wylder West series for the Wild Rose Press—is an experience. Author Marilyn Barr has gone above and beyond in her research, not only for the customs and beliefs of the Arapaho nation, techniques once used to prepare animal hides for tanning, popular recipes of the time frame, and an all around lexicon of everyday life in the old West. This is a unique love story between two deserving, multi-layered characters.
On a scale of 1-5, Dance to a Wylder Beat deserves a 3.5
Kat Henry Doran, Wild Women Reviews

Kat Henry Doran

Marilyn Barr wastes little time in drawing a reader into Dance to a Wylder Beat. Just one of the books in the Wylder series from The Wild Rose Press.
Olive Muegge wants a forever place of her own to lay her head. Her heritage prevents her from making a home just anywhere, and her inner beast needs a secure location to avoid hunters. When an advertisement for a mail-order bride comes into her possession, she answers and accepts the offer.
Nartan Sagebrush needs a genteel wife to pave his way into the town of Wyder’s society elite. He wants acceptance for himself and his brother. A brother traumatized from an attack on their tribe when Nartan was younger and away from home. A circumstance that adds guilt to his heart, and so he does everything he can think of to make certain his home is ready for his lady-bride.
Dance to a Wylder Beat sounds like a routine romance but believe me when I say Olive and Nartan’s relationship is anything but routine. She is feisty, not easily shocked, gives as good as she gets, and a far cry from being a society princess. I love these attributes about the heroine. They make her believable as a character and many readers can identify with her, and that is honey on the biscuit when it comes to the first time they meet.
Nartan has arrived in town ready to take home his perfect bride. The woman that will make everything right for the Sagebrush brothers. What he finds is a shoeless, shrieking fishwife, being held in the arms of a saloon varmint. Snatching Olive out of harm’s way, he takes on her assailant in a fight that leaves his hard fought clean and handsome image a wishful dream.
The path to their wedding is not clear, but is filled with humor, rapid repartee, and a growing love that Olive hopes will survive the secret she has hidden. Throw in spiritual advisors, a younger brother who makes you wish he was yours, and some out-of-place verbiage can be ignored. A wonderful way of spending an afternoon or night with Marilyn Barr’s Dance to a Wylder Beat.

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