Romantic Suspense Books

Wild Man by Kristen Ashley

Book description from goodreads.com

While filling her display case in her bakery, the bell over the door sounds and Tessa O’Hara looks up and sees the man of her dreams. Within thirty seconds he asks her out for a beer. Thirty seconds later, she says yes. But after four months of falling in love, she discovers he’s an undercover DEA Agent investigating the possibility she’s involved in her ex-husband’s drug business

Obviously Tess decides this means it’s over.

But DEA Agent Brock Lucas disagrees. A man on a mission who’s really committed to his job, he’s spent years in the underbelly of Denver with the dregs of society. And spending four months with Tess who’s as sweet as her cupcakes, he seriously enjoyed his job. But during Tess’s interrogation, Brock learns the devastating secret Tess is carrying and he’s determined to be the man who helps her heal as well as take her back as she walks on the wild side.

As wild and sweet mix, they face challenge after challenge of family struggling with history and terminal illness. Not to mention, Tess’s ex-husband, the drug lord and Brock’s ex-wife, who has a very big playbook are scheming to tear them apart.

But Brock Lucas has wild in him and once in his past on the trail of vengeance he let that wild loose, making a mistake that he would have no idea years later will put his sweet Tess in the position to pay his penance.

Rating

4 out of 5 stars

Review

I love the way Kristen Ashley writes her men.  Big, brawny, badasses with a heart of gold, who take what they want no matter what.  That’s how all the guys in the “Rock Chick” series were written, and there is no change in her “Dream Man” series.

I loved Tess and Brock.  They were very genuine characters whom I quickly felt attached to.  I really liked that they were both in their 40’s, divorced with kids and dealing with issues that I can somewhat relate to.  There were some crazy ex’s involved, and some of the things that happened with Brock’s ex were kind of annoying, but it was all made up for with how the book ended.

There are some touchy subjects in the book (rape, drug use) but they aren’t described in graphic detail.

Kristen Ashley books are generally pretty long, but I felt like this book was a very fast read, probably because the characters were so likable.  You don’t really have to read this series in order, because the characters don’t really spill over too much, but you may want to.

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