Author: Adriane Leigh
Genre: Erotic Romance
Release Date: December 13, 2013
Hosted by: Love Between the Sheets Promotions
Synopsis An independent woman, a controlling man, and one wild one-night stand… Kat Kennedy moved to the rugged coast of Maine to start a new life, but encountered much more than she bargained for in dark, dangerous, and seductive Lane Wild. Desire and temptation smolder before she succumbs to her darkest fantasies with the captivating stranger. She doesn't expect to see him again after an explosive one-night stand leaves her breathless and craving more, but just like lightning in the darkness, he shows up in her life at the most unpredictable moments. A sensual game of cat and mouse ensues before the attraction between them reaches a fever pitch—the magnetism combustible, the sexual tension nearly unbearable—and Kat finally abandons inhibition and explores the cunning, selfish, and sexual side of a world she's never known. They have the perfect non-relationship—passion-fueled nights with no strings attached—until life gets real and the past and present collide in a dangerous storm of lust and obsession.
"Lane was owning me. Whether I liked it or not, he’d taken me places I’d never even imagined and I loved every second."
*I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review*
Now the hot model on the cover and the synopsis were two very attractive elements that drew my attention to Wild. One Wild night with that guy? Yeah I wanted to find out more!
Wild starts off the way it means to go on. Lane Wild or just "Wild" as he is known, is a very dirty talker and he sets his sights on the new girl. One night of hot passion follows and no names are exchanged, of course living in a small boating town it is only a matter of time before Wild and Kat bump into each other. And both can't deny they want more than one night.
That is pretty much the bulk of the book; lots of sex, Wild and Kat certainly have a healthy appetite. Now don't get me wrong, I love a bit of steam as much of the next girl, but I like it balanced with rich characterisation and good plot points. Even though Kat and Wild let their guards down and admit they both wanted more, I felt we missed their relationship developing as they were forever at it! There was also a weird instance in the hallway with a girl called Dillion that finished before it really started so I felt the desired affect was lost there.
As Wild and Kat started opening up towards the end, we got glimpses into their character and we got to see why they were so closed off from the world. Wild was a cocky guy with a filthy mouth but I loved his protective side especially when it came to Kat. Kat was hiding something big, although that made her vulnerable, every other aspect of her character was feisty and I really liked that about her. I liked that she was strong enough to stand up to Wild and take charge when she needed to.
I had in my mind that Wild was a New Adult book, so I really should pay attention to detail. As the story started out, it was set up like a typical NA story; player has been hurt in the past so he doesn't do relationships just plenty of one night stands with no repeats, that is until one girl changes it all. Then said girl is running from something so she ends up in the middle of nowhere vowing not to create attachments to anyone but of course meets the hunky player and all that changes. It wasn't until the action kicked in at the end when the heavy themes involved that took it to the adult level. So although the plot was predictable, I liked the characters enough that I was rooting for all to end well. The book is classed as erotic romance, if this usually deters you I wouldn't let it in this case. Yes the sex was plentiful but it wasn't what I would class as erotica, it was more quantity than quality.
All the drama happened in the last 25% and I wish some of the events were further developed as I felt some parts were rushed and it could have had a bigger impact if given more time. When Kat's past caught up with her the story was engrossing and I felt the suspense as I was worried what was going to happen next. There were even a few little surprises thrown that worked well.
This was my first book by Adriane Leigh, it was an easy read with endearing characters, I did feel at times some phrases were used repetitively but other than that, the writing flowed well. We were introduced to Ridge (Lane's brother) and he is shrouded in mystery so his story will make for an interesting read.
Wild is an easy, quick read. If you love smooth dirty talkers, a strong heroine with lots of sex and a little drama thrown in then you will love Wild and you need to grab it today!
And who knew that dirty talker could be so sweet... ;)
"I blocked the rest of it out, except her green gaze that was locked on me. I pulled her into my arms, held her tightly, lifted her off her feet and kissed her like she was my reason.
My reason for breathing.
My reason for living.
My reason for it all."
"I lost myself a little bit when my hands were on her, my lips against her skin, when I was buried inside her body. She had me forgetting every painful relationship I'd had in the past"
I was provided an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
I gave Wild 3.5 Stars!
This was a steamy one!
Lane Wild (called Wild by everyone) loves women. He knows he has his pick so why settle with one? Kat Kennedy is an independent woman that is not looking for a relationship at all. When these two meet sparks fly and it takes off from there.
I really enjoyed this one. Wild was sexy, funny, arrogant, and I loved him! His filthy mouth made this book interesting. He seemed so anti-relationship until the moment he set eyes on Kat. He claimed her in that moment without realizing it. Kat has a past and moved away to a quiet little town in Maine. She vows to stay away from men, but with Wild she finds herself letting down her walls little by little. They completely fell in love without realizing it. Two people who were not supposed to fall in love did anyway!
I enjoyed both Wild and Kat as characters. Their chemistry was amazing. I enjoyed the writing as it flowed well. I laughed a lot and even swooned over Wild. While he was quite the dirty talker he was quite the romantic at heart. Just don’t tell him I said that! :)
Overall, this was a great read. The characters, including the secondary ones were enjoyable. I wish the ending was longer as there was mystery that I didn’t expect to occur. This made for a very suspenseful part of the book. It definitely set it a part from other adult contemporary novels.Also, I found Wild and Kat to be downright adorable, especially when they were no longer avoiding their feelings. If you are a fan of steamy and romantic reads then this is for you!
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About the AuthorAdriane Leigh was born and raised in a snowbank in Michigan's Upper Peninsula and now lives amongst the sand dunes of the Lake Michigan lakeshore. She graduated with a Literature degree but never particularly enjoyed reading Shakespeare or Chaucer. Adriane is married to a tall, dark and handsome guy, plays mama to two sweet baby girls, and is a voracious reader and knitter.