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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Born To Be Wild by Elle Kennedy

Born To Be Wild by Elle Kennedy
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (162 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Dahlia

Being bad never felt so good…

Welcome to Paradise, Book 3

Bree Lockhart was always the good girl—on the surface. During her senior year of high school, however, her inner bad girl was lured out to play by reckless, carefree Jake Bishop. Her parents’ worst nightmare, and the man she’s never forgotten.

Twelve years later, she’s home for a charity event and up for auction. The highest bidder? Jake. This time around, he wants more than a wild ride—he wants it all. But she’s not about to risk her heart on another fling that’ll just leave it in pieces.

Jake once reveled in showing Bree how good it is to be bad. But convincing her he can be good for her is going to take some very special tactics…

Jake and Bree have always had great chemistry and their no-holds barred physical relationship was all they needed twelve years ago. From teenage hormones to adult lust, the sexual spark is instantaneous and definitely still there when Jake spots Bree years later. Yet, with Jake’s military issues, he’s too consumed by his thoughts to pursue anything more than a physical relationship again. Add to that the pressures coming from his family and the never-ending small town judgments and Jake is ready to leave. The only thing keeping him in Paradise is the sex agreement he brokered with Bree, but is that all there is? And, this time, is it enough?

Bree’s good girl, hard working appearance hasn’t faltered since the night bad boy Jake broke her heart and got away. When they meet again at a charity auction, Bree is surprised to find those teenage hormones never left where Jake is concerned. However, things are different this time her independent streak argues that she will be the one walking away. A week’s worth of no-string’s attached sex is well worth coming back to Paradise for, but is it worth possibly losing her heart again to Jake?

This couple’s physical chemistry is off the charts amazing right from the beginning. The major hang-ups the couple faces aren’t "small fixable in a week" type of issues. They come from opposite worlds in the town of Paradise and Jake’s own personal problems cast a major shadow on the developing romance. However, I appreciated the realistic route the story ventured in showcasing this with a great build-up. Even the ending isn’t fairytale produced and yet seems very fitting and satisfying. Readers who enjoy reunion stories with a bit of an erotic edge should definitely return to Paradise and witness how Jake and Bree tackle their second chance.

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