Title: Wilde Fire (Forever Wilde #3)
Author: Lucy Lennox
Publisher: Self published
Release Date: March 18, 2018
Page Count: 312
Reviewed by: Maya
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Seth Walker was my first love and I always swore he’d be my last. Even after he moved away our senior year in high school, we vowed to reunite after graduation. But when he suddenly broke things off without explanation and crushed my heart, it was my turn to run.
After a decade in the navy, I’ve finally come home ready to move on with my life as Hobie’s newest firefighter. Unfortunately, the minute I set eyes on the new sheriff in town, I know I’m screwed. Hobie’s top cop is none other than Seth Walker.
Turns out, he’s come home too. And hell if he doesn’t have a lot of explaining to do.
I thought I was doing the right thing when I walked away from Otto Wilde ten years ago without an explanation. I was wrong. I also thought I could come back home without having to face my past mistakes. I was wrong about that too.
What I’m not wrong about: The fact that my heart catches fire every time I set eyes on the sexy man. The fact that I can’t imagine my life without him. The fact that things are still just as complicated now as they were then. And the fact that I have a lot of work ahead of me if I expect to win him back.
Just when things start heating up between us again, a serial arsonist strikes and suspicion falls close to home. I already lost Otto to a secret long ago but I’ll be damned if I let another threaten to send our future up in smoke.
Because Otto Wilde is mine, and I don’t plan on ever letting him go again.
Each novel in the Forever Wilde series can be read on its own or as part of the series. Fair warning, there will be nekkid man parts touching, meddling patriarchs, sweet second-chance love themes, and a dearly departed donkey named Debbie Gibson.
This did not have promising beginning, because
a) I don’t consider myself shrinking violet, but the graphic language spoiled the impression. It’s not overdone, it just didn’t fit with narrative for me
b) also hit a snag when it turned out Seth is married, which, cheating, not something I want to read about.
But. There was no denying chemistry between the characters and the story was intriguing so I continued reading. It got better from there. The plot is realistically framed and writing really brings characters to life.
Seth and Otto were childhood sweethearts. Then life intervened and separated them for ten years. Now they finally have a chance to reconnect and the attraction between them is as explosive as always. But ten years has passed and both of them have baggage now. They need to deal with their past so they could be together again.
There is solid development of both characters as they work toward future together. The suspense plot was nicely drawn out and successfully incorporated characters and their motivations. Even the the supporting characters are well described which makes me curious about other books in series. The story is packed with events, bringing Seth’s and Otto’s feelings at forefront. It’s wrenching at times and extremely convincing. The pace never falters as men build and deepen their relationship.
It was an intense and involved read. I gave it four stars, but my personal preferences lowered the rating. If you’re on a hunt for story about second chances, dealing with messy emotions and unexpected danger this is great choice.