Saturday, June 16, 2018

Wild Child by A.S. Green

Expected publication: June 18, 2018
Synopsis (via Goodreads): I have never been to a place so tiny. Little Bear Island could fit in New York's armpit. Still a job is a job and, after surviving Afghanistan, what's twenty-four hours in podunk hell?

Providing private security for a celebrity wedding is nothing new...until I come face-to-face with Natalie O'Brien. The woman who chose someone else and kicked me to the curb six years ago. Time has done nothing to tame her. She's a red-headed beauty with a sharp tongue and nerves of steel who could seriously knock me off my game…


When my assistant bails, Natalie jumps at the chance to get off this tiny island. Now we're stuck criss-crossing the country in my SUV, with her tantalizing scent filling the cab and her smart mouth making me very...uncomfortable. Good thing the job will be over soon. So why does the thought of saying goodbye a second time make my heart stop? 
“I never spill hot coffee on my crotch,” he says as he shifts out of park. “Call it a gift.”
I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. My thoughts and opinions are my own. Also, the quote I used may have changed or been altered in some way, but I am quoting from what I received.

I could not put this down! I sacrificed a ridiculous amount of sleep to keep reading Wild Child, and I don't regret a single second. This is a slow-burn romance that will make your toes curl! Natalie and Jackson make you work for the feels, but it's totally worth it. 

Veronica Mars and Jessica Jones are my original loves when it comes to stories about private investigators. The lifestyle might not be luxurious, but they get to look for clues and catch people doing things they shouldn't. I feel like that would be an extremely satisfying job! Jax does security detail (when I first typed this it said, "sexurity detail"), but he's mainly a private investigator. His jobs on the road with Natalie were some of my favorite moments, and I wish they'd had more time for adventures together.

However, once they arrive in New York, they stop teaming up and doing field work with each other. The book doesn't suffer because of it, I just thought it was an exciting aspect of the story that I enjoyed and wanted more of. Natalie is plenty busy with her new job, and Jax is... Jax. Dude has issues he's working on, and they are completely valid and understandable. I liked that Natalie didn't judge him for being so different after six years, because a lot can happen in that amount of time.

Wild Child kept me on the edge of my seat, made me laugh often, and was very authentic and solid. There isn't anything I would change about the story (cough.. more field work... cough), and thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it. There are some pretty intense scenes that made my heart race, but there are also sweet moments that are definitely worth revisiting. I cannot wait to add a physical copy of this to my shelves!

24 comments:

  1. This is a new to me author, but I love the sound of it. The hero's voice from the synopsis has me interested in him, and it sounds sort of second-chance too (no?). Sounds like a great blend of elements, which would keep me flipping the pages as well.

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    1. Definitely a second chance for them both! The characters occasionally remember things from their past, and it was interesting to see how much they had changed over six years. Hair type and color, likes and dislikes, personalities… a lot can happen. I never wanted to put this one down!

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  2. Wowsers, sexcurity detail does sound about right. I love a steamy romance that'll keep a reader on their toes. I'm a sucker for road trips in contemporary books, even new adult and romances. There's something adventurous and sexy about it and it allows characters to grow much closer than usual as well I've found. I'm in desperate need for a few pick me up type reads and this sounds perfect. Wonderful review Linds and hope you're having a wonderful week darling ♥♥♥

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    1. Heh. My brain slipped a little, haha! I know some people will think that Natalie put up with a lot of shit, but I didn't see it that way. She knew from the beginning that he had gone through something HUGE, and she chose to stand by him and be understanding. He needed someone that wouldn't shy away from his issues, and Natalie was there for him when he needed her the most. I thought it was sweet and showed how determined Natalie was to help him. She wanted to be there for him even if it meant they wouldn't be together.

      There are a lot of great things that happen on the road! The PI work they did together was a lot of fun, too. I hope you have a chance to read this one soon. Let me know what you think!

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  3. This one is completely new to me but it sounds great. I love books that make me willing to lose a bit of sleep. I am so glad you enjoyed this one.

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    1. My kids still woke me up bright and early, but it was worth it! I'm already wanting to re-read the book, haha.

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  4. I loved Veronica Mars! This sounds like my kind of romance. Wonderful review, Lindsi! Off to look it up now.

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    1. Did you watch the movie when it came out? I thought it was supposed to give fans closure for the series, but it was a little meh for me. It didn't have the same fizzle from the series that I loved so much. I hope you like this one!

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  5. Sounds like they got the characters right. That can make a world of difference.

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    1. Completely agree! It wasn't a swoon-worthy romance, but one that felt authentic and believable. I could see myself behaving similarly if I had been in Natalie's position. The secondary characters were wonderful, too!

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  6. Now I'm interested to know what kind of cases they work on together! This sounds very fun!

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    1. I don't want to spoil anything for you, but one of them takes place in a haunted mansion! Fun times, lol.

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  7. I find stories about PI's to be fascinating too! And a good slow-burn romance is wonderful. :)

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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    1. They're so great! I love trying to solve mysteries with characters. It's always fun when I figure it out right as they do. If I'm WAY ahead of them... ugh, it can get a little boring. However, that wasn't the case with this one! It was really enjoyable and fun.

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  8. Oh it looks good and like you I just loved Veronica Mars so I'm always curious!

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    1. It was such a great show! I hate that it ended when it did. The final movie they did years later didn't do the series justice.

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  9. That sounds exciting. I would probably like this one.

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    1. There were a lot of exciting and unexpected aspects to the story! Let me know if you decide to pick this one up for yourself. :)

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  10. Ooo I love a good romance and I love books that make me want to stay up late reading them (as opposed to putting me to sleep! Haha!). I'll have to check this one out! Great review :)

    --Sam @ Sharing Inspired Kreations

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    1. There are some books that I enjoy, but can't keep my eyes open for... this was different. I never felt tired or like I should put it down to sleep. I was Dory from Finding Nemo--just keep reading, just keep reading, reading, reading, reading. (I'm not sure how her song actually goes, haha.)

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  11. This one is totaly new to me - both book and author. But man do I like the sound of it! I’m such a sucker for a second chance romance. <3

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    1. Oh! I do think this is one you'd enjoy! I was actually surprised by how much I loved it. <3

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  12. Okay, when you're sleep is on the line because of the book YOU KNOW THE BOOK IS GOOD. That is just a fact. Thanks for visiting my blog!

    Anne @ The Reading Life

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    1. Of course! I'll definitely be visiting again. <3 And I agree! A book is amazing when you're sacrificing sleep (one of the most precious things in the world) to keep reading.

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