My parents told me I skated before I walked. When I was eighteen I was drafted into the N.H.L third overall, playing in Los Angeles—the city of dreams. What more could I ask for? I played hard, but eventually, I partied even harder. Five years later I was traded a week after I entered rehab. There was no time for anything except my health and making sure I’d come out on top. I had to be better. There wasn’t another option.
One of the rules of recovery was ‘don’t fall in love’ and I made it a top priority. She was off limits in every single way.
Until it was too late
When you grow up surrounded by hockey players you know one thing for sure, I was never going to settle down with one. Heck, I didn’t even know what icing was. I was too busy climbing the corporate ladder, becoming one of the most successful realtors in New York City. I wasn’t interested in dating or anything that got in my way.
First, he was my client and then he became my friend.
One night, one decision, one act can derail everything.
When push comes to shove, I’m only certain that, This is Wild.
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This is Wild is a story of second chances…of addiction…of family, not just by blood…of necessary selfishness. It’s a story that doesn’t sugarcoat the hero’s struggle to stay clean and sober nor does it force a relationship between him and the heroine when it’s more than clear that he needs to make his sobriety a priority and think with his head, regardless of how messed up it may be, instead of anything else. It’s a difficult read at times because Natasha Madison allows readers to be privy to everything that Viktor has to overcome in order to get his career back in line as well as his life, and there are dark times with him due to the control that his addiction had on him for the last few years and the loneliness he feels as he works through his steps and does what needs to be done.
The progression of Viktor’s addiction illustrates how easily things can start as something recreational or as a way to unwind but then turn into something out of control without the person even understanding how it got so bad. Natasha Madison handled his addiction/struggle for recovery extremely well, showing the highs and lows and the ups and downs that come with trying to regain control over his life and his career after he almost ruined both. It’s not an easy process for him and I appreciate that fact; Madison could have easily moved Viktor through his steps with ease, but she doesn’t because that’s not a realistic portrayal of what occurs when battling something that took over one’s life
Zoe is a fantastic heroine; she’s definitely a fire cracker, especially around her girls, which includes her twin sister, but there’s also a softer side to her…a side that becomes an issue when she starts to develop feelings for a man who has too much to lose to simply give into his attraction to her. It would have been easy to just have Zoe and Viktor give into one another as soon as there was a clear chemistry between them, but that wouldn’t have felt right for what Viktor was going through.They both had to put themselves first, which broke both of their hearts, but it needed to be done for both their sakes.
The family aspect of the book is well done and it illustrates both the crazy things family does to each other as well as how much they have each other’s backs, no matter what. The team is also a family and the fact that Matthew gives Viktor a shot proves as much and it also is exactly what Viktor needed to keep moving forward and get back to playing the game he loves.
Even though it took me a bit to get into This is Wild, once I did, I was emotionally invested in these two characters’ lives and while I was impatient for Zoe and Viktor to find a way to be together while still keeping their individual identities and working through the necessary steps, I understood why it couldn’t easily happen and why they both needed to be completely sure it was something that they both could handle.
I can’t wait for the next book in the series!
4.5 Poison Apples
About the Author
When her nose isn’t buried in a book, or her fingers flying across a keyboard writing, she’s in the kitchen creating gourmet meals. You can find her, in four inch heels no less, in the car chauffeuring kids, or possibly with her husband scheduling his business trips. It’s a good thing her characters do what she says, because even her Labrador doesn’t listen to her…