Facing West (Belen’s Review)

Title: Facing West (Forever Wilde #1)
Author: Lucy Lennox and Michael Pauley (Narrator)
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: September 20th 2017
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance
Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5


The first book in a new series by Lucy Lennox!


I left my family and tiny Texas hometown fifteen years ago to escape small-town gossips and to give my mom and sister the chance at a better life. But when a phone call from an attorney back home informs me that my sister passed away, leaving me custody of her newborn baby, I’m shocked out of the steady life I’ve built for myself running a tattoo shop in San Francisco.

The thing is: I don’t do babies. And I don’t do small towns. Or commitment. And I especially don’t do family. My plan is to go back to Hobie just long enough to sign adoption papers, giving my niece the kind of stable, loving family I could never provide.

But the moment I meet my niece in the arms of Weston Wilde, my sister’s best friend and the town’s handsome doctor, my plans begin to change. Because suddenly, I see a different future. One with the very thing I thought I never deserved: a family. If only I can convince West that I’m not the same good-for-nothing kid ready to bolt when things get tough.


There’s one thing I know for sure about Nico Salerno: he was a good-for-nothing as a kid and judging by the purple-haired, tattoo’d punk who shows up at his sister’s funeral, he hasn’t changed. There’s no way I’m letting him take custody of my best friend’s baby.

But the more time I spend around him, the more I realize that his rough exterior is just a shell and that beneath all the tattoos is a scared, insecure man searching for a place to belong. And pretty soon I know exactly where he belongs: in my bed and by my side.

The problem is, he abandoned his family once before, how do I know that if we become a family he won’t do it again?

Facing West is the first in the new Forever Wilde series about the huge Wilde family from Hobie, Texas, whose patriarchs aren’t above a little meddling if that’s what it takes to help their grandkids find true love.

Nico Salerno left his small Texas hometown when he was only fifteen in order to give his mom and older sister a chance at a better life when he realizes his mother’s homophobic boyfriend is never going to propose with him in the picture.

Weston Wilde has had an easy life filled with close family, acceptance, and a lot of luck and hard work, but when his best friend dies and her brother shows up to take custody of her baby he’s a lot less interested in finding out why Nico left or where he’s been then blaming him and being a pretty big jerk.

Personally, I was taken aback at how long it took for West to realize that Nico wasn’t a bad guy. I mean, a kid doesn’t leave home at fifteen without some pretty good reasons.

Lucy Lennox writes another entertaining, sexy as hell romance with a sprinkling of angst and drama and Michael Pauley does such a good job bringing the characters to life. I was invested in the listen – even yelling at the air a few times when West was being particularly hard-headed.

All in all this was an engaging listen and I look forward to continuing the series.

Forever Wilde series

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Review Copy

Audio copy of Facing West (Forever Wilde #1) provided by the author in exchange of an honest review.


I am an unapologetic book addict/lover. I'm happiest when reading and I spend most of my time with my Kindle, which is never far from my hand. I love to be told a good story! I mostly read fiction: Romance, Erotica, Young Adult, New Adult, Paranormal (shifters? Yes, please!), a little BDSM when I'm in the mood, and I love a good ménage story. I DEFINITELY PREFER A HFN/HEA! My biggest no-no's are cheating, miscommunication / misunderstanding plots, unnecessary angst, and cliffhangers.

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