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Today is a review of the book we were talking about yesterday, Wild Thing, by Robin Kaye! Robin Kaye stopped by to share her thoughts on being an author and a reader. Interesting to read her thoughts on that! Let me know what you think about this book!
Wild Thing by Robin Kaye
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Release: Dec 6, 2011
Source: I received a copy of this book to read and review from the publisher
In my new book Wild Thing, Whitewater-rafting guide Hunter Kincaid lands his dream job–guiding sportswear models through Idaho’s rugged wilderness for a week-long photo shoot. When he meets Toni Russo, the goth New York manager of Action Models, there are enough sparks to set the forest ablaze.
When Hunter finds Toni’s book on how to marry the man of your choice, he studies it as a joke. Before long Hunter realizes he’s never cared enough for a woman to bother working this hard to get her. But the last man in the world this city girl wants is a Survivor Man wannabe…
Wild Thing starts with the arrival of Toni Russo, the city loving, goth manager of Action Models at the location of a wilderness shoot that she is now in charge of. She’s is constantly fighting hyperventilating at the prospect of so many trees, and counting the days until she can be back in the city. Hunter Kincaid is a bit of a rescuer personality, the owner of a wilderness guiding company and the head guide for the next week. He is immediately attracted to Toni and although he’s never gotten involved with a client before he does everything he can to get Toni in bed. He literally has to drag Toni in to a raft for the first day of practice. He realizes from the beginning that there is alot that he doesn’t know about her, and is determined to peel back the layers to find the real Toni underneath.
This is a great tortured heroine romance. Hunter and Toni are ultimately the perfect match for each other, but they have a long way to go to get to that point. Toni was lost in the woods as a child and has an innate fear of anything resembling woods. Her boss was originally supposed to be in charge of this photo shoot, but is tied up in business negotiations and sends Toni in her place. To say that Toni is reluctant is an understatement! Hunter works his butt off running his wilderness guiding business trying to raise enough money to fund a camp for troubled kids. He volunteers his time every year to bring some kids up from the city to get them away from the influences in their neighbourhoods. This is ultimately what he wants to do full time.
There are quite an interesting collection of characters in this book. Hunter has 3 siblings, a meddling mother and a manipulative, unbelievably rich grandfather. His siblings work with him on his larger groups for free. They are all quite competent in the wilderness and seem to enjoy their time together. The mother is determined to marry off all of her children and is quite obvious about it. To say the the grandfather is meddling is putting it mildly! He’s a riot, sticking his nose where it doesn’t belong.
This story has many different levels to it. There is continuation of the previous story in this series and it seems that the rest of the siblings are soon to be matched if their mother and grandfather have anything to do with it! The story moves along quickly, but is fairly detailed. It isn’t the type of story that can be skimmed, the detail is rich and beautifully written. My favorite character is the grandfather. Although Hunter and Toni are well-written characters, my attention was distracted by this crusty old man who has them all dancing to his tune to one extent or another.
A wonderful story to lose yourself in for a few hours. Looking forward to the next installment in the series.