Title: Wilde Fire (Forever Wilde #3)
Author: Lucy Lennox and Michael Pauley (Narrator)
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: April 14th 2018
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance
Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 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.
I love Second Chance romances, but I’m a hard sell with them too, especially when forgiveness is necessary. I require a lot of groveling, and that was definitely missing here.
Told in a dual POV the story begins with childhood sweethearts Seth Walker and Otto Wilde reuniting after more than a decade apart.
Ten years. Ten years since I’d last seen the other half of myself, the boy I’d loved since I was eight years old and had fallen into the pond between our properties.
There’s very little explanation on Seth’s part at first for cutting off all communication with Otto. Personally, the reason for their separation, which includes a whole lot of miscommunication, was problematic for me.
The chemistry between Seth and Otto is extremely apparent, but it just seemed that Otto forgave Seth very quickly and Seth got off a bit too easily (ha! No pun intended). The romance seemed to rely far more on Seth and Otto’s young love, and the hot and heavy sex they have now they’re reunited, rather than the development of the character’s romance and their reasons for being together now. There just wasn’t enough page time given to them getting to know each other as adults with all their baggage.
My biggest issue with Wilde Fire is, put simply, I am not a fan of ridiculous martyrdom behavior. First Seth’s leading to their initial separation and then later Otto’s in order to protect the arsonist.
Regardless of my personal peeves, this is a pretty intense and entertaining story. The suspense surrounding the arson was interesting and incorporated well into the rekindled romance. I love the supporting characters, and there’s enough humor to simply make me a happy listener.
Wilde Fire was an entertaining listen. Michael Pauley uses distinctive character voices, which is impressive considering the large cast in the story. I found it an interesting choice on Pauley’s part that even though both characters were raised in the same town, he doesn’t use the same accents for both men, instead Seth’s accent was more northern sounding, while Otto remained with a harder southern accent.
Recommended for those who like a Second Chance romance with lots of passion, a suspenseful side plot, a great supporting cast, and great narration who don’t mind some miscommunication that’s cleared before the HEA ending.
I’m really looking forward to Hudson’s story and spending more time with the Wilde clan!