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Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Review: Wild Kisses by Skye Jordan

Another shame on me review, I had this one all done but I don’t know why it never went past the “draft” stage. Hmm.

Format: .mobi (A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. )
Publisher: Montlake Romance
Release Date: January 10, 2017

Newly divorced, Avery Hart returns home to Wildwood eager to take on her dream opportunity and transform her family’s dive bar into her own bakery. The contractor for hire isn’t just a master with his hands—he’s big, built, and wears a tool belt like nobody’s business. Despite being an ex-con, Trace Hutton is irresistible. Too bad he’d never go for someone as inexperienced as Avery.

Trace needs to focus on the job at hand, not daydream about smearing icing all over the sexy baker…and licking it off. This job is the key to getting his construction company back on its feet after his time in prison. Besides, no one deserves a fresh start more than Avery, and she certainly won’t get that with him.

After a delectable night of passion (and pie), Trace craves something more. But he’ll be damned if he’ll let his checkered past crush her dreams. And as Avery starts to realize how Trace fulfills more than just her physical needs, she struggles with whether to let her history decide her future, or explore the wild new possibilities of forever…

What’s it About? Avery Hart is newly divorced and back home in Wildwood. She wants to make her dream of turning family’s bar into a bakery come true but first she needs a contractor. Enter Trace Hutton, ex-con and totally irresistible. Meanwhile Trace things Avery is pretty irresistible too, but he’s trying to get his construction business steady and thinks Avery needs someone that doesn’t have a past like his.

Overall reaction to the book? Wild Kisses in my opinion is significantly better all around than its predecessor. Avery and Trace are both figuring out who they are when they meet. I loved that these two were very obviously works in progress. Avery is finding her footing as a divorcee and Trace is trying to establish himself as something other than an ex-con. The individual conflicts that these characters face makes for not only an interesting read but a chance for character growth that the author doesn’t waste. I enjoyed both Avery and Trace’s growth from beginning to end because it was just enough to be believable but not too heavy that it dragged the plot down to mopeyville.

Avery was interesting, a woman who is trying to stand on her own after a difficult experience, she’s really not going to apologize for being attracted to Trace, or at least she’s trying not to apologize. I liked that her growth involved steps forward and more than a few back, it would have been completely unbelievable had she all of a sudden become this assertive, over confident femme fatale. Sometimes she could get to me with all her insecurities but for the most part she was a good character.

Trace is your quintessential bad boy with a good heart. He did time, but that doesn’t define him. However, most people didn’t get that memo. He doesn’t exactly blame people for their narrow-mindedness but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t bother him. The thing about Trace is that he isn’t all bark and no bite but he isn’t an out of control bad boy, he has a solid presence that makes Avery feel safe and normal for once. He has his own insecurities too and that’s what sold me on him as a hero. I would have been apprehensive if Trace had gotten out of jail with a chip on his shoulder.

The romance between Trace and Avery wasn’t an instant thing but it wasn’t a turtle crawl either, just something in the middle that went with where these two are at in their lives. It didn’t hurt that the chemistry was really good between them either, I just thought they made a good support system for each other as well as good partners in love.

Click It or Skip It? Click It. Wild Kisses takes two hurt, insecure individuals and gives them a chance to grow and find love together in a way that is heartwarming and romantic.

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