Most helpful critical review
on 15 December 2012
Coming fresh to this author I don't bring memories of her many previous books, and I found it acceptable if not wonderful. This is a modern look at life in Wyoming drawing on the internet and the economy. Belinda Mays is working her way through college and living with her grandfather, fending off the predatory attentions of her stepfather who has been asking her to pose on a website since her mother died. He is somewhat caricatured and I had to ask why such a nice girl didn't have any close friends.
Cane Kirk, a war veteran who lives on a neighbouring ranch, handles the pedigree cattle well but is unable to get past the loss of his arm. To counter his insecurity he drinks and smashes up the local bar, and Belinda, his friend, is called to help calm him down. I didn't see that as too realistic nor was I keen on the way he brags to a much younger girl about his conquests. Belinda reluctantly turns to Cane for a loan when her grandfather is diagnosed with heart trouble and needs expensive medication, but she is too proud to explain all her difficulties and Cane jumps to the conclusion that she only wants him for his money. Rejected, and seemingly having no problem pouring out her troubles to a ranch hand, Belinda sees no option but to pawn heirloom jewellery to pay the rent, and accedes to her seedy stepfather's demands. For a college girl she knows far too little about the net.
WYOMING FIERCE is an angry book, where characters quail at the price of even generic drugs and ask how they are supposed to live in an economy that cares nothing for ordinary people and provides no jobs. Balancing that is the good care given to a car crash victim in hospital, and the general condemnation of a person who drinks and drives. More happily Belinda is a positive young heroine who, raised with Methodist values, cares for her family, chooses not to cheapen herself and works towards a better future. The romance potential is always present - although Cane makes a real idiot of himself and I think she could have done better - and Belinda, who won't be rushed, deserves happiness. This story can be enjoyed on many levels.