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Forever Wyld

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Genres: Fiction , Historical Fiction , Romance , Western

Newly retired, Earl Hanson wishes he felt happier about it. He’s built a cabin up in the hills and has free time on his hands. He also has the most obnoxious widow in town eyeing him up as a possible husband. What’s a beleaguered former sheriff to do?

Fleeing an ugly scandal, spinster Victoria Major takes a job playing piano at the Trail’s End Saloon. But it’s the roughest watering hole in Wylder, and when the customers turn rowdy, Earl Hanson steps in to protect her. In return, it seems only right she should shield him from the predatory widow, by pretending he’s her beau. Of course, it’s only make-believe…

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Forever Wyld is the tale of Earl Hanson as he steps away from life as a Sheriff. I loved learning about his past. I had assumed every Old West Sheriff was a boy scout with an impeccable record. Earl was delightfully imperfect and swoon-worthy as a reformed bad boy. Victoria Major found a gem! I loved the scenes where they were in the Trailing End Saloon (the town’s dive bar). The subtle flirtations and stolen smiles were heart-melting. However, Louise stole the show. I had no idea and her presence caught me by surprise. Who is Louise? No spoilers here.
My favorite part of this book was the villain. Eulalia Culpepper is positively horrifying. She is a widow with her eyes on Earl. All the men in Wylder avoid her abrasive personality and cringe-worthy coat. The dead fox she wears is the perfect symbol of her plans for Earl. She will love Wylder’s Silver Fox to death. The lengths he goes to avoid her are hilarious as well as his attempts to let her down gently. I laughed out loud several times at the scenes where she flags him down in the street.
Overall, I highly recommend this newest installment to the Wylder West series to fans of historical romance, second chances, and finding love later in life. Strickland’s books are heartfelt and humorous, and Forever Wyld fits in the mold. I can’t wait to read what she does next.

Marilyn Barr
Laura Strickland Blog

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