Hey lovely readers!
Today’s post is a book review of Wild Child by A.S. Green. I received an e-ARC of this from Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review.
“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?”
This book was in a word, surprising. And I say that because I had absolutely no expectations of it. I had never heard of the author, so I really had nothing to measure it against. That being said, I really really enjoyed this one. Like read it in a few hours enjoyed it 🙂 It’s a an adult, second chance romance filled with a ton of angst which I really love. And honestly the fact that the guys name is Jax totally sold me. I’m a huge Sons of Anarchy fan lol But let’s actually talk about the characters now!
So honestly I was more invested in Jax’s character than Natalie’s, we”ll start with him. I mean he met Natalie when he was hitchhiking, he served in the military, and now he heads a security company. He’s an all around dependable bad-ass and I loved him. I loved that he had some anxiety issues and that you learned to manage them, that’s a problem that so many people deal with. And it was so nice to see it well depicted in romance book. I found Jax to be so fun and snarky, I enjoyed his personality so much.
I did like Natalie as well, for how she dealt with her own struggles. While Jax has mad a lot of his life, Natalie is very much in the same place as she was when she first met Jax. And that can be its own kind of hell, when none of the plans you had for life work out and you feel trapped. I found myself relating to her a bit because of that. I also loved how well she fit with Jax. I mean they really fit into each other’s lives so well and I loved reading about that. Because sometimes you just click with someone, you just fit. I have that with my husband, so I love seeing that in books.
I think the only issue I had with this book was the pacing. It was a bit slow going towards the end. But otherwise a very solid read. I appreciated that the back story on these two didn’t take up half the book and it was nice that they didn’t have to try so hard with each other. Like I said, they just seemed to fit together and I feel like that’s such a rare element in romance books. There’s often so much struggle. But with this was there was just enough angst. I’ll definitely be looking for more from this author.
Thanks for reading guys! Talk to you soon! <3 Adrianna
*Cover and synopsis from Goodreads