Thursday, September 10, 2015

Wilde at Heart by Tonya Burrows

The Basics:
Wilde at Heart by Tonya Burrows
Entangled Ignite
Romantic Suspense
Book 3 in the Wilde Security series
Published September 9, 2015
Source: Received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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Why I picked up this book:

I loved the blurb for this one. It made me snicker.

He has everything under control. Except her.

Reece Wilde put everything in his life on the backburner to protect his brothers and their struggling company, Wilde Security. With a major contract on the line, Reece can't afford any getting caught in a red-hot, X-rated moment with wild child Shelby Bremer, who's more trouble than he can handle. Now he's being blackmailed.

Shelby's mile-long impulsive streak gets her in more trouble than she'd like to admit. Between her sister's wedding, her coffee shop set on fire, and getting down and dirty with the groom's brother, things are definitely coming off the rails. With both their careers and their safety on the line, Reece is determined to keep them both safe...even if it means a Vegas-style shotgun wedding.

But gambling on a wild card—and a wild soul—is risky...and sometimes, it can get a guy killed.

My Thoughts:

Wilde at Heart is sexy fun. There's explosive chemistry between Shelby and Reese, the kind that causes them to get carried away. I thought it was really well-written, very realistic. Their relationship had that endorphin-rush feel of a new relationship, and I loved that.

I really felt for Shelby in this book. Her sister, in particular, felt incredibly callous. I also didn't really understand why everyone was so willing to write Shelby off as a disaster. There wasn't enough in this book to justify that for me. Maybe if I'd read earlier books in the series?  As it was, there just weren't enough specifics, other than the evil ex-boyfriend, that suggested things really went awry around her. It really felt to me that she was just a convenient emotional punching bag because her life choices weren't the same as her straitlaced sister's.  

Frustrating. But at the same time, the romance was so strong for me that I was willing to give the book a pass on the assumption that earlier books in the series made Shelby's disaster-magnetism more obvious.

For his part, Reese was a pretty good modern hero. He's got that intense focus, workaholic, loyal to his family combination that's pretty popular. I liked him, and it would have been easy for his character to go horribly wrong (for me, at least). Kudos to the author!  

Ultimately, the book was a fun read. It's sexy, there's a lot of heart, and, while I wanted to spend more time with these characters, I didn't feel like I needed to, to get the full effect of their story. Quite an enjoyable one!

Bottom line:

Other than needing to just roll with how everyone viewed Shelby, I thought Wilde at Heart was the perfect steamy read for a fall afternoon when the kids are at school. Lounge on a porch chair or your couch with a cup of tea or a pumpkin latte and a cuddly blanket, and enjoy this one!

4.5 stars
For fans of romantic suspense, contemporary romance, steamy books

Don't just take my word for it though! I've gathered up a couple of other blog reviews, so check them out for some other opinions!

Bookaholics Not-So-Anonymous

Smut Matters

Sultry, Steamy Reading

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