REVIEW – “Wilde at Heart” by Tonya Burrows

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He has everything under control. Except her.

Reece Wilde put everything in his life on the backburner to protect his brothers and their struggling company, Wilde Security. With a major contract on the line, Reece can’t afford any mistakes…like getting caught in a red-hot, X-rated moment with wild child Shelby Bremer, who’s more trouble than he can handle. Now he’s being blackmailed.

Shelby’s mile-long impulsive streak gets her in more trouble than she’d like to admit. Between her sister’s wedding, her coffee shop set on fire, and getting down and dirty with the groom’s brother, things are definitely coming off the rails. With both their careers and their safety on the line, Reece is determined to keep them both safe…even if it means a Vegas-style shotgun wedding.

But gambling on a wild card—and a wild soul—is risky…and sometimes, it can get a guy killed.

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Tonya Burrows is one of my ‘go to’ authors when it comes to military/special forces/ suspense contemporary romance. She’s one of the few authors I discovered who always do their research and put out books with both checked facts and incredible romance.

Wilde at Heart is part of her Wilde Security series, a series that focuses on the 5 Wilde brothers and their business, with this book following the uptight Reece and his whirlwind romance with Eva’s sister, Shelby.

After the death of their parents each of the brothers took on a role and Reece’s was to help provide for all his remaining family.  After years of doing just that, he got stuck in this position and with financial problems on the horizon he has to do everything in his power to secure a merger deal with an arrogant old school tycoon. This means he has to stay out of any sort of trouble, and his personal life is up for scrutiny. Shelby is exactly that kind of  trouble – she’s wild and rash, with a tainted past and some dodgy family members. With his attraction to her growing by the second, them getting caught on camera  in some compromising positions and the blackmailing that follows, Reece and Shelby throw caution to the wind and do the one thing that Vegas is famous for – get hitched by an Elvis impersonator. For them this was the only way to get what they both wanted – save his business and solve her own law problems. But there’s more to the story that Shelby wasn’t upfront about and Reece might just be the one to pay the price.
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Reece was never on my radar till this book, if I’m honest. But man,  did I fall hard for him after this. He’s a geek, plain and simple, a computer genius, who would rather sketch or crush numbers than go out on dates. He’s sweet, charismatic and sexy, yet  inexperienced. I loved seeing him chase Shelby with such a passion that it made me feel like he couldn’t breathe without her.

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Shelby was the rainbow to Reece’s gray sky. She’s a colorful character, both literally and figuratively. Covered in tattoos and with a different hair color every week she couldn’t have been more different from the uptight Reece, yet they made a perfect pair. I guess it’s true what they say: opposite attract. She brought the fun to this suspenseful story and it didn’t feel forced at all – her nicknames for Reece made me laugh out loud and I only hope to see more of them in the following books. I LOVED seeing Shelby overcome every obstacle life has thrown at her and not let anything or anyone stand in her way – she always wanted to save the ones she cares for, but this time she put herself first, and it showed. 

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In true Tonya Burrows style, this book had amazing writing, and during those suspense scenes, she made me feel like I was part of the story, just standing there trying to not panic or just full on run away from the bad guys. She is skilled at keeping the suspense alive till the end – never once did I think the ‘bad guy’ was who it turned out to be – kudos to that.

Another thing I adore about her books is the ability to have every brother and their partners appear in each book and even in the little parts that they are present you can still see character development – her heroes and heroines NEVER stop showing a different side to their personality even if their book is done an dusted. In this book, like in all her other ones, the banter between the brothers is priceless, and it only makes me more and more intrigued about the rest of the gang – Vaughn and Greer will get books and I cannot wait for them.

All in all, Wilde at Heart is a top read for 2015, a 5+ star book.  It’s a great blend of thrilling mystery and sweet romance, with lots of laughs and cry out loud moments, with both a great hero and heroine, who are not the norm in today’s contemporary romance, but somehow they worked perfectly. Miss Tonya Burrows did it again and all I have to say is ‘I NEED MORE!’

5 star

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The Wilde Security series:

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Former Marine Jude Wilde’s motto has always been “burn bridges and never look back,” so nobody is more surprised when Wilde Security is hired to protect assistant district attorney Libby Pruitt, the woman he loved and left. Although she makes it clear she wants nothing to do with Jude, they’re forced to fake a relationship for her safety. He can’t ignore the heat still simmering between them, and when her stalker’s threats escalate to attempted murder, he’s left with no choice but to whisk her away to a friend’s safe house in Key West, FL. 

Cooped up in paradise together, Jude begins to chip away at Libby’s resolve to hate him. But even as she gives in to his proximity and her body’s demands for his, she refuses to fall for his charms again. Maybe a torrid affair in the sun is exactly what she needs to get him out of her system. But when her stalker tracks them down, can they escape the steamy Key West night without anyone getting hurt?  

 

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Friends with benefits just got hotter.

Former homicide detective Camden Wilde has been in love with his ex-partner, Eva Cardoso, for longer than he cares to admit. Not that it matters. She’s shoved him into the friend zone, and after living through the hell of his parents’ violent deaths, Cam’s unable to give her the idyllic life she secretly desires.

Eva’s never met a person who hasn’t let her down. Cam may be sex personified, but he’s the only man she can trust, and there’s no way she’ll risk their friendship on the off-chance they could be more. Especially not after the one scintillating night she’s trying—and failing—to forget.

When a murder-for-hire contract on his head lands Eva on his doorstep, Cam knows it’s time to put up or shut up. He’s done biding his time, and he’ll be damned if he lets the delectable detective ignore what’s between them, no matter the cost.

meet the author
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Tonya Burrows wrote her first romance in 8th grade and hasn’t put down her pen since. Originally from a small town in Western New York, she’s currently soaking up the sun as a Florida girl. She suffers from a bad case of wanderlust and usually ends up moving someplace new every few years. Luckily, her two dogs and ginormous cat are excellent travel buddies.

When she’s not writing about hunky military heroes, Tonya can usually be found at a bookstore or the dog park. She also enjoys painting, watching movies, and her daily barre workouts. A geek at heart, she pledges her TV fandom to Supernatural and Dr. Who.

If you would like to know more about Tonya, visit her website at www.tonyaburrows.com. She’s also on Twitter @tonyaburrows and Facebook www.facebook.com/tonyaburrowsauthor.

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