Friday, May 30

The Wild Side by RK Lilley


Alasdair Masters is in a rut.  He just hit forty, has been nearly celibate for the past year, and his life has turned into a daily sequence of lonely patterns that revolve around avoiding human contact.   

His tidy life is turned on its head when a hot young blonde at the gym that’s been pseudo-stalking him decides to rock his world.  A very young blonde.  Way, way too young for him.  The problem is, he can’t seem to tell her no, and she just keeps coming back for more. 

It doesn’t help that he’s ninety percent sure she’s a criminal, and still, he can’t seem to turn her down.  What is a dull introvert to do when a chaotic cyclone that oozes sexuality comes twisting into his life?     

At first, he thinks she’ll give him a heart attack, but after his twenty-year marriage ended a year ago, he’s been a little lost, and when she comes crashing into his life, he realizes that he’s never felt more alive. 

Is a walk on the wild side just what he needs to get his on track or a disaster in the making?  Is it possible for someone that much younger to be just what he needs, or is she a fortune hunter, as everyone keeps telling him?  Is it his hormones telling him that the mysterious younger woman is the one, or could it be more?

I have been intrigued by this book ever since I read an excerpt. I would be intrigued by what ever RKL writes, to be honest. Up In The Air is still one of my favorite series so when she releases something new, I am bound to be a happy camper.

So the premise of this story isn't one of my favorites--I want my men and their ladies to be closer in age than not. But I was somehow intrigued enough to want to know what twist RKL will put in it. And I was right in setting aside whatever else I was reading to make way for this.

This is not a light read although not a dark romance either. It's somewhere in the middle with loads of lies, lack of trust, but also lust. Our two main characters just couldn't get their hands off each other even knowing that they were still keeping things from each other. As for the chemistry? RKL had that down pat.

What I liked best about this story is that this part was told from Alasdair's POV. This rarely happens because we almost always have stories start from the female POV. I was also hooked because damned if Iris wasn't overflowing with intrigue. She felt like a random character at the start and I just couldn't help second-guessing who or what she is and what she was really doing in Dair's life.

And that little teaser at the end of this book? OMG! If I could foam at the mouth, I prolly would. I can't wait for the second book! Hurry, hurry, hurry!!!

Final verdict: 8/10. Great read.


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