Saturday, January 14, 2017

Wild Kisses by Skye Jordan

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…

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Avid Reader☆☆☆☆
M/F Romance
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Trace is recovering from a past he's tried to forget. After going to prison for a few years, he's trying to build his own reputation while helping those around town and trying to keep his wandering father from hurting himself. Trace is burning the wick at both ends and sooner or later, he's going to burn out. There is a bright spot during his day though, and that's working with Avery. She is a breath of fresh air and one who not only doesn't judge his past, but sees past the facade he tries to portray.

Trace has a brother who is a police officer in town and, between the two of them, they try to take care of their father, who is suffering from dementia. We see a very different dynamic between the brothers than what their father described. I wish that we had been more involved in their past, as I think that a lot was hinted at, but nothing was really confirmed.

Then you have Austin... He's just a bully, plain and simple. I disliked him throughout the story and don't really know what he added other than annoyance.

Avery is working very hard to put her past behind her too. Coming home with a broken marriage, she knows what she wants and sets out to make her own dreams come true. Not only is she taking on the burden of starting her own business, but she also cares deeply for the people around and she tries to help Trace's father when she learns of new therapies that might help slow his dementia. Avery perseveres even when her ex-husband's friends hint at infidelity and he decides to remarry. Avery pulls up her big girl panties and plugs on. She also doesn't let people of their small community sway her decision on how good and kind Trace is.

Both characters need to learn that sometimes, fighting is the only way through. There can be happiness at the end of the tunnel, but wading through everyone's opinions can be a heavy burden. Perhaps the twists and turns your life has taken is because you're exactly where you are supposed to be.

This is the second in the series, and although it follows on from the previous book, there is enough background explanation that it could be read first.

Avery is back in her hometown nursing not a broken heart, but one scarred by an unhappy eight year marriage ended in divorce. She is starting afresh opening her new bakery, just as soon as the gorgeous contractor, ex-con Trace, finishes the renovations.

The chemistry between them inevitably boils over, but with so many things against them, it is not an easy romance. As Avery learns more about Trace's past, and realises how it mirrors her own, the barriers keep falling – but there is so much more at stake than just her heart at the moment. As dramas and delays start to cause additional stress, things get ever so complicated. But Ms. Jordan knows how to keep things in balance, ensuring the reader gets plenty of hot and sweet with the stressful and scary!

If you like a story which acknowledges people have pasts, but still deserve a good future, and want a story which is both uplifting and sexy – then this could be for you.

Skye Jordan is the New York Times bestselling author of the Renegades series and other contemporary romance novels. Born in the San Francisco Bay Area, she spent two decades working as a sonographer at UCSF Medical Center. She holds a bachelor’s degree from California Polytechnic State University–San Luis Obispo. When she’s not writing, she volunteers at a clinic in rural Mexico. She is the proud mother of two college-age daughters and lives in the historic town of Alexandria, Virginia, with her husband of twenty-five years.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Wild Kisses (Wildwood #2) by Skye Jordan to read and review.

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