Waiting for Wyatt: A Red Dirt Novel: Review

Waiting for Wyatt: A Red Dirt Novel: ReviewWaiting for Wyatt by SD Hendrickson
on January 12, 2016
Genres: Love & Romance, New Adult

"The dogs that deserved a chance, the guy who needed a second, and the girl determined to save him." 

My name is Emma Sawyer.

I met Charlie and Wyatt on the same sultry, summer day. It was unexpected, leaving a feeling in the pit of my stomach like the time I drove too fast over Beckett Hill. The moment happened out of nowhere, all fast and quick and a little strange. Or maybe that was just Wyatt’s personality.

It was Charlie that brought us together. Little Charlie with those ridiculous ears. I found the dog, waiting in a pool of his own blood. Waiting for someone. Waiting for me.

Now Wyatt, he wasn’t waiting for anyone. At least that’s what he said, except I saw something different in the broken guy all alone out in the woods. I knew he needed me before he knew it himself.

Wyatt with his hidden dimples. Wyatt with his warnings to stay away. He was a hard lump of coal, ready to burn everything around him. The more he burned, the more it pulled me into the pain I saw etched on his troubled face.

I wanted to help Wyatt. I wanted to save him like he had saved all the Charlies in the world. He told me not to fall for him, but I did anyway. I fell hard and fast and deeply in love with Wyatt Caulfield.

But that was before I knew his secret. 

Alexis says…

Waiting for Wyatt is my first read by SD Hendrickson but it definitely will not be my last.  I was absolutely consumed by this story which at times had my stomach in knots, my chest hurting, and at the best times had me grinning from ear to ear.  It wasn’t just the story of Emma and Wyatt that had me turning the pages so quickly, it was also the loveable pups that made me love this story even more.

From the beginning of the story, you know that Wyatt has had a difficult past. There is something keeping him away from everyone in the middle of nowhere with a group of dogs that have been abandoned and/or abused.  Living in a trailer with absolutely nothing keeping him attached to the real world he is living in world of guilt, anguish, and despair.  That is until Emma shows up with Charlie, a cute, funny-eared pup that was in need of rescue.  But as soon as Emma meets Wyatt, she finds that Charlie is not the only in need of rescuing…

“It’s like I…I crave you. And it scares me. Because I think you make all of this better.”

Slowly, Emma starts to make her way into Wyatt’s life. She knows that he is hiding a tormented past and never wavered from her feelings.  I wasn’t sure what I was expecting when the reveal finally came out but I can assure you that he had more than paid his dues with the amount of guilt he held onto.

The relationship between Emma and Wyatt developed at a very realistic pace. There was much push and pull as Wyatt did not want to give into something that could possibly give him some good in his life.  Thankfully, Emma was not having it and wouldn’t allow herself to be pushed away from them.

“I can’t give you much of anything. So if you want me to love you, then I’ll love you. At least I can do that.”

There were a few twists and turns in this book that made it the emotional masterpiece that I’m still thinking about a day later. Both Emma and Wyatt needed each other for different reasons and their love for not only each other but the pups was inspiring.

I will say I was shocked a bit by the ending which is a good thing as I am glad the author changed how I thought it would end. I think it added more to the story and in some way it lessened Wyatt’s guilt.

Emma is a favorite heroine of mine. She had this humongous heart and fought for the people and animals that she loved. Wyatt was this brooding young man who just needed someone to love him and relieve him of the prison he had been living in. He was also so beyond swoon-worthy that I just think you need to read it to believe it.

Like I said above, the dogs in this story were a very part to the book. Each and every pup had its own story and made you question how people can be so cruel. Thankfully there are people out there that are willing to put themselves on the line, like Emma, to save these helpless animals from cruelty.

“As my past slowly disappeared, I got lost in my future. I got lost in Emma.”

I am so glad that I picked up this book by chance. The writing was absolutely beautiful and is another reason this book was so enjoyable. I am going out on a limb here and saying that this book will definitely be in my top ten of the year. If you love a story about a tortured hero and a girl who wants to save said hero, this is THE BOOK to read.



About SD Hendrickson

SD Hendrickson received a Bachelor’s of Science in Journalism from Oklahoma State University. Currently, her days are spent teaching computer software to oil and gas companies as well as writing technical instructional manuals. The Mason List was her first novel and it was a 2015 Goodreads Choice Award Semi-Finalist for Best Debut Author.

S.D. Hendrickson lives in Tulsa with her husband and their two schnauzers. She loves chocolate, romance books, Oklahoma State Cowboys, music, Lost, chocolate, beaches, coffee, cooking, beautiful sunsets, Friends, chocolate, sad puppy stories, dreaming of Australia, guacamole, quotes, Netflixs bing watching, Dawson’s Creek, chocolate, hot tubs, exotic animal rescues, going on vacation, Friday Night Lights, writing, and of course, chocolate.

Visit www.sdhendrickson.com for more information on upcoming projects.