Favorite Lines: “”Do you mind?”
Hunter took a sip of whatever was in the travel cup he held. “Not at all–just wondering if you were going for that naughty-schoolgirl-fantasy look.”
“No, I was going for my not-quite-sure-what-to-wear-for-a-meeting-with-Davy-Cracket look. How’s it working for you?”” (p. 7, egalley)
Whitewater-rafting guide Hunter Kincaid lands his dream job—guiding sportswear models through Idaho’s rugged wilderness for a photo shoot. When he meets Toni Russo, the goth New York manager of Action Models, there are enough sparks to set the forest ablaze.
When Hunter finds Toni’s book on how to marry the man of your choice, he studies it as a joke. Before long Hunter realizes he’s never cared enough for a woman to bother working this hard to get her. But the last man in the world this city girl wants is a Survivor Man wannabe…
Wild Thing is a contemporary romance about two totally different people who are absolutely perfect for each other. The book is a nice change of pace from other romance books available for purchase. Why? Because it features a man going after the woman he wants. It’s the heroine who has commitment issues, not the man. I’d liken the heroine to an easily startled deer in the woods. Yeah, Toni (the heroine) has a phobia of nature, but the simile stands.
The romance is light-hearted and enchanting. There’s not a trace of the paranormal, just a woman who dresses in short skirts and wears dog collars. She’s not a cookie cutter heroine. She kinda reminded me of Abby off of NCIS. Toni is a kick ass manager, but she is also her parents’ child. Both of her parents have been married more than once, so true love doesn’t seem realistic to her. Despite liking her, Toni worked my nerves.
I’m gonna straight up admit that my expectations of Toni overcoming her phobias is unrealistic. Her reactions to everything began to work my nerves and I wanted it to end–quickly. It didn’t. Duh, that’s why it’s called a phobia. It isn’t rational. However, it still got on my nerves.
Toni’s hero, Hunter, should be sainted. He put up with an irrational woman and fell for her. He was willing to chase her and share his dreams with her. He wanted to love her. In return, he wanted her to love him. He didn’t want her to change. He didn’t want her to give up anything. Hunter patiently waited for her to realize that she wanted and loved him in return. He is a swoon worthy hero that I’d love to meet.
There are moments in Wild Thing when I laughed out loud. There are moments when I cried. The book made me long for a sweet romance with a man who is comfortable in his own skin and who has no need to shove his masculinity down anybody’s throat. Basically, the city girl meets the mountain man in the best possible way in Robin Kaye’s latest release. I will be rereading it soon.
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