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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Author's Pal Book Tour: Wild About Her Wingman by Robin Bielman (Review + Giveaway)

Hi and welcome to my stop on Robin Bielman's blog tour! I've never read Robin before now so this was new and fun for me! I hope you enjoy my review and be sure to enter the tour wide giveaway!

Format: .mobi (provided in exchange for an honest review)
Release Date: April 14, 2014

Playing it safe never felt so risky.

Erin Watters is her small town’s resident wild child—she doesn’t do boring, and after having her heart annihilated, she definitely doesn’t do relationships. Her friends have other ideas, though, and when they throw down a matchmaking challenge, impulsive Erin can’t ignore it. Even when the annoyingly hot Troy Strieber accepts the matchmaker role…
As a rescue paramedic, Troy’s used to watching out for people. Never mind the bet he made with his buddy to play Erin’s wingman. But the more time he spends with the sexy, charismatic woman, the more he discovers a side of her she doesn’t let many see. Soon what started as an innocent game of matchmaking has them both thinking about the person right under their nose. But Troy’s a play-it-safe guy, and he won’t let a woman who lives for risk ever steal his heart.

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Guys shouldn’t be the only ones with a wingman. Sometimes women need one too! Sure we can always call our best girl friend but a guy can offer insight that a woman can’t.

Wild About Her Wingman was just one of those feel good novels that had some great “I can’t believe that happened!” moments, some “Oh brother what were they thinking?” moments and one big “Are you kidding me with that?” moment.

Erin is still recovering from having her heart torn out and stomped on. Impulsive and a tad irresponsible, she’s decided to stay away from relationships, a thought process that might sit well with her but not with her friends. When her reckless and impulsive nature has her accepting a challenge from her friends, Erin isn’t worried about winning. Until she finds out that she’ll have to let paramedic Troy Strieber be her matchmaker, her wingman, the one who’ll help her find “the one.”

The plot to Wild About Her Wingman may sound silly but since it’s meant to be a fun, entertaining read then that’s not a problem. It wasn’t too heavy in terms of Erin and Troy’s emotional baggage, nor was it so sugary sweet and fluffy that it gave me a toothache. There was the right amount of each end of the spectrum to make it interesting without weighing down the story too much.

I was able to connect with both Erin and Troy (which is not very common for me, I usually latch on to one character in a book only) through their emotional hang ups. I took them seriously, I felt for them and I genuinely wanted them to work past what had happened to them. Individually they’re great characters, they know how to be great friends but they didn’t know how to be part of a “we” and that’s part of what the story interesting for me. These two characters were falling in love with each other, becoming comfortable with one another, all while defiantly vowing not to fall in love again.

There was a fair amount of humor between Troy and Erin, their friendship was never an issue. They were great friends, they listened to each other, were supportive and liked to tease one another. I'm not ashamed to admit, I was a little envious of that friendship. It seemed natural and easy, something both of them needed before they could even contemplate a relationship.

My one complaint was the fade to black sex scenes. Not because they're in the story but because author Robin Bielman did such a fantastic job building the sexual tension between the two characters that I felt a little let down by the fact that it's a "blink and it's over" type thing.

Normally fade to black sex scenes are a huge turn off for me but like I said, Wild About Her Wingman is a good story, with good characters and a lot of heart in it so that mostly made up for the lack of an actual sex scene. A first for me.

Final Verdict: Despite the lack of an actual sex scene after such wickedly hot sexual tension, Wild About Her Wingman is a not to be missed read. The fade to black sex scenes will probably work in its favor among romance fans who don't enjoy graphic sex scenes. For those of us who do enjoy at least one graphic one, I can honestly say that the story and characters make up for the almost "G" rating of the book.

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About Robin Bielman:

Robin Bielman lives in Southern California with her high school sweetheart husband, two sons, and crazy-cute mini Labradoodle, Harry. When not attached to her laptop, she can almost always be found with her nose in a book. She also likes to run, hike, and dip her toes in the ocean. Filled with wanderlust, she longs to visit many different places and fulfill her curiosity. She wouldn’t mind indulging her sweet tooth in every location either. She’s a lover of sticky notes, cable television shows and coffee drinks. Writing is a dream come true, and she still pinches herself to be sure it’s real.

She writes contemporary and paranormal romance. Her Secret Wishes series includes Kissing the Maid of Honor, RITA Finalist Her Accidental Boyfriend, and Wild About Her Wingman. In July, 2014 her first single title paranormal romance, Veiled Target, will be released. She loves to connect with readers. Learn more about Robin and her books and sign up for her newsletter on her website at http://robinbielman.com.

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1 comment:

  1. I just finished reading this yesterday. I really liked it. And I definitely agree about the sex scenes. She would be able to light the sheets on fire if she wrote them with how these characters were with each other. I do have to say though, that although I enjoyed this book, I think the second is my favorite one so far. Great review!


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