Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance
Also by this author: Penmort Castle (Ghosts and Reincarnation, #1)
Series: Dream Man #2
Source: My shelves
She's about to walk on the wild side . . .
While filling the display case in her bakery, the bell over the door sounds and Tessa O'Hara looks up to see the man of her dreams. Within thirty seconds he asks her out for a beer. But after four months of dating, she discovers he's an undercover DEA agent-and he's investigating her possible role in her ex-husband's drug business. For Tess, this means their relationship is over.
Brock disagrees. He's committed to his anti-drug mission, but he's fallen in love with the beautiful woman who's as sweet as her cupcakes-and he'll do anything to win her back. Standing between Tess and Brock are their own exes, one of them a drug lord who's determined to get what he wants. Now as danger threatens, can Brock break the rules he's lived by and let loose his wild side to protect the woman he loves?
Wild Man is one of my favorite books to reread when I need comfort. It’s a sweet, very emotional, and yet soothing romance that never fails to make me dream contentedly. Part of that is because of the author and her writing style, but mostly it’s because of the characters.
Kristen Ashley’s books always make me curl up and dream when I read them. They completely suck me into the world that she creates and even though her books are longer, I get through them faster than shorter, because I’m so happy reading them. I first started reading KA books around seven years ago, back when I was an itty-bitty sixth-grader, making her my first foray into adult romance at far too young an age. Yes, she was my very first adult romance writer, which makes her sentimental to me, but more, it’s the books she writes. They’re the ultimate comfort food read for me because they’re full of hope for what life could be. KA weaves magic between her characters, that allow the reader to build a real connection with them, and they always influence me to a tingle, a toe curl, giggles, tears, and full out-loud laughs. These are not rare occurrences in her books and only serve to symbolize more strongly how much I adore her characters.
The heroine, Tess O’Hara, is one of my favorite KA heroines. She’s shy and very sweet, but with a spine of steel. She has a warmth that just exudes from her but has the perfect amount of sass with absolutely nothing annoying about her demeanor. She didn’t come off saccharine and clingy, but just kind and caring. That can be a hard line for some authors to walk, but KA did it with ease. Tess had so much strength and courage under her dreamy thoughtfulness, and it shocked me at times. My girl may be a sweet bakery owner, but she was strong and wouldn’t let life (or anyone) knock her around anymore. She was the shining star of this one and I’m sad her story is over (but also joyful, because she deserves a happy ending).
“Babe, you think I found the women of my dreams at 45 years old and I’m gonna let anything happen to her, think again. That’s a long fuckin’ time to wait for what you want. I waited. I found it. I’m pullin’ out all the stops to take care of it.”
Brock Lucas is also one of my favorite KA alpha males. He’s hot, possessive, protective and sexy, but also exceedingly gentle with our Tess. KA went to the max with Mystery Man’s hero (book one), Hawk Delgado, and while she didn’t hold back on Brock, either, he was also clearly made for Tess. Or the other way around? He was gentle with her, but also trusted her to roll with life’s punches and handle things that were thrown her way. He always took care of her, the same as she took care of him, and I loved, loved, loved him for finally giving our Tess what she deserves after her shit life. He was rough and wild, but also settled and lovely and kind and I’m kind of in love with him.
Unfortunately, the two met in less than ideal circumstances, where Brock was actually investigating Tess to see if she had any criminal connection to her asshole ex-husband’s current activities. You can imagine, Tess was less than pleased when she found out that he dated her because he was undercover, even if he knew right away he wasn’t doing it for his job.
It doesn’t matter how many times I’ve reread this book. It always feels like the first time when I dive into its pages. I love Brock’s family and Tess’s friends, with their intrusive, dramatic nuttiness that has KA written all over it. Part of what makes this book so lovely is that, unlike most of her other books, these two are involved in the beginning. So while there’s still a clear attraction and obvious chemistry between Brock and Tess, their relationship was already established. So when the “second-chance” part hit, they just went right back where they left off three months earlier. This book is like such a warm hug because it’s clear that that’s how the characters felt, too, as they roll with the punches of life (and what makes this a “romantic suspense”) and settle back where they were comfortable. (Check out my review for Book 1 here)
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