REVIEW: Wild Hearts by Tina Wainscott
An exciting, although very short, introduction to the upcoming THE JUSTISS ALLIANCE series, this novella is sure to rev up your anticipation for more details about these irresistible Navy SEAL heroes and the women who dare to love them.
Wild Hearts by Tina Wainscott
Series: The Justiss Alliance Series, Book 0.5
Category: (Novella) Contemporary Romantic Suspense
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group – Loveswept
Release Date: January 7, 2014
Rating 4 out of 5 Stars
This novella kicks off with a Navy SEAL team in the midst of a clandestine mission in Mexico that neither the U.S. nor Mexican governments will admit sanctioning. This team is well trained and will risk their lives for the right cause, even if they’ll take the rap when anything unexpected occurs. They’ve planned, they have their sources who are solid and they’re qualified. What could possibly go wrong?
The unexpected happens and the question is, how will each of them deal with the fallout? Chase Justiss of The Justiss Alliance offers a challenge this team might not be able to refuse.
This is the type of novella that’s even better if you’re listening to music while reading. Two songs that hit my playlist within the first chapter, added to the mood and excitement of the mission going down: Put Your Lights On by Santana and Come Together by the Beatles. Happy coincidences sometimes add to the reading experience. Try them and see if you agree.
After the mission and consequences, we’re introduced to each of the team members and follow their immediate plans away from the team. This is clever because it amps the anticipation for the series. I’m sure that after reading more about each of these men and the experiences that have brought them to this point in their lives, you will be ready for more…NOW, no waiting, please.
Here are the team members and a teaser about each of them…
Rick “Risk” Yarbrough, aka Farm Boy, base jumps to chill out.
Julian Cuevas, aka Salsa Boy, uses Salsa music as his ringtone, has just recently purchased a Harley and is smooth with the ladies.
Saxby Cole, aka Sooch for Southern Charm, is a wealthy Louisiana charmer.
Knox Logan is a cowboy when at his family’s ranch in Montana. Knox really got to me in chapter six. His introduction is heartrending.
Rathmusen “Rath” Blackwood is from Breckenridge, Tennessee, and rides a Harley. He’s ready for vengeance.
And let’s not forget the illustrious Chase Justiss, the mysterious man in charge of The Justiss Alliance. Just a glimpse of him and I’m already wondering…what is his story?
In addition to this short novella, a small blurb for each of the upcoming books is included, as well as an introduction from author Tina Wainscott explaining how the series came to be. I think all of it really adds to the reader’s enjoyment and anticipation. I’m not always a fan of promotional bits at the end of a book, but I think this time it answers the reader’s need at that particular moment perfectly.
My only warning for WILD HEARTS is that the language is raw, as it should be for men battling for their lives, and the camaraderie of this team is going to make you want the next book, now. If you’re expecting a romance, stay tuned because this is the introduction to the rest of the books in the series, so it does its job of an introduction and creates an almost insatiable need for what’s next. WILD HEARTS is such a great teaser, so make sure you grab it on January 7, 2014! WILD ON YOU (starring Rick “Risk” Yarbrough) is available on February 4, 2014, then WILD WAYS (featuring Julian Cuevas, aka Salsa Boy) is predicted for May 13, 2014, followed by WILD NIGHTS (about Saxby Cole, aka Sooch) at a later date. From the detail in this novella, it seems as if there will be three more books but the titles aren’t mentioned.
Based on this prequel novella, I believe that THE JUSTISS ALLIANCE series will be highly anticipated by those who love military men and the justice they seek!
Review written by Dorine, Courtesy of Romance Junkies.
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January 8, 2014 at 9:05 am
Thanks for your review on this short story. It’s not a genre I would normally read and I doubt I will purchase it. Just too many books in my favorite genre to read first! LOL
I wanted to comment on what seems to be the latest trend in publishing…a prologue novella. A very short story that seems to be used to introduce characters that will appear in their own books later on….sort of a taste to whet the appetite for what’s to come. I am not necessarily a fan of this type of thing. Considering it is only 77 pages, it’s my thoughts this could have been included as a prologue in the first book. It’s just MHO that, by publishing a prequel novella, it’s another way to gain extra revenue. It may be only 99 cents, but it adds up! There’s no indicator as to how many pages in the 1st book of the series but it will sell for $2.99. I guess I must be just a tightwad. Sorry for my sour grapes here. What’s your opinion on this trend?
January 8, 2014 at 11:54 am
I can certainly understand your concerns, Karen. I think we need to look at each one as an individual case because I think sometimes it works brilliantly and other times not so much so.
In this instance, it was a great idea because each guy gets his own story. This short story introduces them and their camaraderie, and because the first book is 280 pages, it was wise to leave this out. That makes the pricing for me agreeable because the first book is actually lower priced than what I’d expect.
I don’t think I would have tried this series if there wasn’t this prequel. It’s actually what sold me on the series as a whole because it gave a teaser preview of what to expect as the series continues.
I was looking for short stories to read during the holidays and a reader friend of mine at GoodReads read it first. Just from her brief thoughts about it, I knew I had to try it too.
So, yes, in answer to your question, I agree — it is a trend that can be good or bad, depending on how it’s done. I also don’t think you need to read this prequel in order to read the first book, but if it sounds like a fun series, then this prequel might help convince readers to look at a “new to them” author.
Personally, I can’t wait for the first book because of this prequel, but there have been other prequels I’ve read by other authors that didn’t make me anxious for more, so for me, I’m still on the fence as to whether doing this is always a good idea 🙂