Desert Wild is the story of Caitlyn Spencer, a California girl who helps her mother run an organic products store, and Sonny Wild Horse, a photographer, member of the Tohono O’odham Nation and a man caught between world he grew up in (the Sonoran Desert) and California, where Caitlyn lives.
Due to a disagreement, Sonny goes back to the desert, and Caitlyn goes to try and find him. She is aided in this endeavor by her mother’s car, which has a special GPS navigator installed. Guy – the GPS navigator – is special in that he grants the wishes of the driver by way of locating whatever the driver may need most. In fact, Guy helped Marybeth (Caitlyn’s mother) meet Jack, who was stuck by the side of a highway after his Harley broke down. Oh, and Guy is also a bit of a voyeur.
Felicia Myers, a rich patron of the Spencers’ store, and Nick Robbins, an assistant in Sonny’s photography studio, are two of the other colorful characters in Desert Wild. Felicia is both an unwitting trouble spot in Sonny and Caitlyn’s relationship – and a help in that when Caitlyn appears in Sonny’s studio, she thinks that there is more going on than there is between Sonny and Felicia, while Felicia was not intending to come between Sonny and Caitlyn, but trying to make Nick notice her.
For it’s length, Desert Wild was a good, fast paced story. I liked the characters – Sonny’s duality shows in his wildness and sensitivity, Caitlyn’s wilder side behind her poise, Felicia showing a bit more of herself behind the “glam” she could very well hide behind, and, I think, Nick trying to do his job quickly while being professional enough to want to do it very well. I would have liked to see more of Guy in the story and what he can do, maybe even how he was created. I would have also liked to have seen more of all of the characters’ backgrounds and histories.
- e-book, digital format
- Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
- Book Length: Novella
- Language: English
- ISBN: 9781419922381
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