Authors: M. Malone & Nana Malone
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: August 14, 2018
Talia Hamilton has one mission. To have fun in college and for once, break out of her shell. So who does she end up dancing with on her first night clubbing? Cage Ward, the star of all her high school dirty dreams and the only man to ever break her heart.
So much for breaking free.
Cage Ward should be enjoying the single life. But all it takes is one kiss from a mystery girl on the dance floor and he wants to brand her as his. That is…until he realizes the sexy girl with lips to tempt and a body for sin, is his best friend’s little sister. The same girl he just promised to keep his hands, lips, and dick off of.
So much for friendship.
I love reading romances where the heroine comes into her own or at least works towards that goal as she reconnects with the guy who held her younger heart and unknowingly broke it. In Talia and Cage’s story, their connection stems from Cage’s friendship with Talia’s older brother, but when they meet back up when Talia’s a college student at NYU, it’s clear that Cage never really saw Talia for the beautiful and intelligent woman she was/is, which means that if he wants her in all ways possible, he needs to decide if it’s worth potentially losing a friend and Talia needs to figure out if she can come out of her shell with or without Cage by her side.
Wild is a sweet and steamy quick read that will make older readers think back on their college years and either identify with Talia’s shyness and her desire, amidst her fear, to let loose and/or cheer Talia on as she attempts to break out of her shell and go just a little bit wild, enough to prove to herself that she has enough self confidence to go after what and whom she wants; either way, all readers will be eager to find out how things turn out between Talia and Cage and if the fact that Talia’s his best friend’s little sister and she still remembers how he made her feel all those years before is something that they can overcome or if, once again, he’ll break her heart and make her regret giving him a chance.
Because Wild is not a lengthy story, the events of the plot line and the conflicts and complications that Talia and Cage endure occur quickly, and while, for the most part, the speed of the text doesn’t interfere with getting to know the main characters or recognizing the push and pull between them amidst the sexual tension, the resolution felt a bit too rushed and I was left feeling like the characters’ decisions didn’t have the depth of discussion that I wanted so that I could understand everything that went down between Talia and Cage.
Despite the abrupt conclusion, I really enjoyed Talia and Cage’s story, and I’m excited to see what this writing duo has in store for their readers’ next read.
4 Poison Apples
NYT & USA Today bestselling author M. Malone lives in the Washington, DC metro area with her husband and their two sons. She holds a master’s degree in Business from a prestigious college that would no doubt be scandalized by how she’s using her expensive education.
Independently published, she has sold more than 1/2 million ebooks in her two series, THE ALEXANDERS and BLUE-COLLAR BILLIONAIRES. Since starting her indie journey in 2011 with the runaway bestselling novella “Teasing Trent,” her work has appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists more than a dozen times.
USA Today bestselling author Nana Malone’s love of all things romance and adventure started with a tattered romantic suspense novel she “borrowed” from her cousin.It was a sultry summer afternoon in Ghana, and Nana was a precocious thirteen. She’s been in love with kick-butt heroines ever since. With her overactive imagination constantly channeling her inner Buffy, it was only a matter a time before she started creating her own characters.
While she waits for her chance at a job as a ninja assassin, Nana works out her drama, passion and sass with fictional characters every bit as brazen and kick-butt as she thinks she is.