Series: Wildwood #1
Author: Skye Jordan
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 314
Published: Montlake Romance, July 26, 2016
Delaney Hart has come a long way from her wild youth, dating tattooed bikers at her father’s bar, The Bad Seed. But when his death pulls her back to Wildwood, California, she must stay to renovate the dive he left her. And also face the lies and secrets that sent her running ten years before.
When Wildwood’s chief building inspector, Ethan Hayes, shows up on the property, Delaney doesn’t recognize him. The last thing he wants to do is save the bar where his cousin died in a brawl. But the good boy from her past is all too willing to remind her of the bad girl she used to be. And one night of passion leaves them both in a compromising position.
The last place Ethan should be is in Delaney’s bed. Guilt, family pressure, and plans for a brewpub of his own make shutting down The Bad Seed his top priority…until his feelings for Delaney interfere. Because her future depends on the success of the bar’s renovation and his dreams are rooted in its failure, their forbidden romance may be destined for heartbreak.
I’m beginning to think you can’t really go wrong with small towns or big families. Yet another promising series from an author who was unknown to me so far. I’m definitely going to be changing that soon, you can be sure of that.
This was somewhat of a Romeo and Juliet story. Or at least that’s what it reminded me at parts. We have two-or three, there were definitely more than two- families who are basically at war with each other over things that happened years ago. But the center stage, both in this book and the past tragedy, belongs to Delaney and Ethan. Delaney has left town years ago, and only comes back to renovate the place that was the scene of the past. And Ethan has stayed behind to live through, what I can only call, a hell of a family.
I really liked this book. I thought it had a slightly different taste than some other small town romances. Maybe it’s the Romeo and Juliet thing, I don’t know. That was the vibe I got, but thankfully things never had a chance to become that much dramatic for these two. The main reason for this, I believe, was Delaney’s lively character. She wasn’t a ray of sunshine, but considering what she’s been through, and how she used to be, she wasn’t the depressed soul one might have expected either. She was a determined and successful young woman who came to this dreaded town to complete something and maybe put the final nail on the coffin that was her past.
Ethan, on the other hand, felt like the more vulnerable one of the duo. I liked him immediately, he was charming and funny, but he was also a broken soul, one who has suffered at the hands of his family. And he only came to realize how low he sunk after Delaney came back and made him see all the possibilities, but more importantly, what it is to stand up for yourself. Though he didn’t quite give me that big impression of letting his family go with a slap to their faces, I still liked the subtle transition. It made things seem more real.
Let me also add that this was a very sexy book. Delaney and Ethan were naughty and really knew how to have fun, I gotta tell you.It was way too hot when I read this. The hellish heat and this book? Not a very good combination.
Needless to say I’m looking forward to the rest of this series. There are still characters whose stories I’m looking forward to, and of course also those who I hope will get what they deserve ten times over.
I’ve thought some about how much to add of this story, mainly because it ended in a somewhat abrupt way-not with a cliffhanger for Delaney and Ethan, but more like a sense of being cut off mid sentence- but in the end, because of Ethan’s growth and Delaney’s inspiring character, I think it would be just right to add five spoonfuls of this into my hodgepodge.
Wildwood series by Skye Jordan:
- Forbidden Fling
- Wild Kisses