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Monday, January 11, 2010

Wilderness Girl by Cate Masters



Wilderness Girl by Cate Masters
Publisher: Freya’s Bower
Length: Short Story (71 pages)
Genre: Contemporary
Other: M/F
Rating: 3 cherries
Reviewed by Bittersweet

When Dana's boyfriend drags her to Wilderness Outfitters on a Friday night, she wonders why so many people find The Great Outdoors so great. Until she meets Hank--six feet of tanned muscle, wrapped in a faded black T-shirt and jean shorts loose on his hips. Eyes like wildfire burning in a sun-kissed face. Grinning like a fox. After her boyfriend dumps her in the parking lot, humiliation becomes gratitude when Hank invites her to his favorite camping spot, and she seizes on the impulse to change her boring life.

A web programmer, Dana's outdoor experience had consisted of walks to and from her car. Alone on a mountaintop, as she struggles to set up camp, a five-foot snake doesn't seem a welcome sight: until Hank comes to her rescue.

He initiates her to the pleasures of hiking, campfires, and Harley rides down winding roads. Making love beneath a starry sky, Hank awakens a primal Wilderness Girl in Dana she never knew existed.

Their weekend feels like a fantasy, which proves all too true on their return to civilization. As the daily grind eats into their time together, their romance begins to come untethered.

Will her high-tech lifestyle clash with his low-tech one? Can she manage to recapture the passion of the wilderness in their city existence?

I’m not much of a wilderness girl. I’ve only been camping once, and it was not an experience I’m bound to repeat any time soon. However, with the company of Hank, I’d definitely be willing to try (even if his name reminds me of Hank the Lumberjack and it sounds a little too cliché).

Wilderness girl is a sweet, pleasant, nature loving tale. Almost from page one I could not wipe the smile from my face. Page five is accurately described by the main protagonist, Dana, as “Oh my God”. The second encounter between the characters was also fantastic. I particularly loved the way Ms. Masters depicted the flirting and the teasing between the characters. The descriptions both character wise and sexually are also initially quite well done. Initially only because towards the end of the tale they seem to get a bit sloppy and only graze over the object of description. This occurs mainly with the sexual descriptions, Masters easily conveys the meaning of urgency the characters transmit, but not the feeling of going slow, that should be patent towards the end.

A little something that surprisingly enough I found unique is the condom use. Sometimes, romance tends to forget that needed aspect of real life, but Wilderness Girl doesn’t and it only gives the story a closer appeal; as if encountering someone like that could happen to anyone.

Wilderness girl is a nice read to feel free of the daily city oppressions.

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