Series: Wilde Security #3
Published by Entangled Source: Author, Netgalley
Genres: Alpha Guy, Contemporary Romance, Law Enforcement, Military, Mystery, Romance, Suspense
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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.
I have to say right up front I was seriously worried when I started reading this book that I wasn’t going to like it, I did not like one of the characters at all, so much so that I wanted to shove the book in a corner and move on. That being said I am so happy that I kept reading, because this is one of the rare books where the author was able to turn me around on a character, and it was such a great turn around that I almost think it works better that I didn’t like her at first.
So I’m going to start with Reece, because I liked him right off the bat. He carries a lot on his shoulders and has this idea in his head that he has to make sure his brothers are provided for, it all stems from when they were younger and their parents died, but still he has basically gone through life not really living because he has put this self-imposed responsibility on himself. There is one thing about him that I was super surprised about (and I don’t want to spoil it), but in most books with similar scenarios, it totally wouldn’t have worked for me but it worked here for some reason I can’t explain. I think what I liked the most about Reece is that he went on kind of an evolution throughout the book, really figuring out what he wanted in his life, and I just liked reading him, he was just really enjoyable.
So as I am sure you can guess by now, Shelby and I did not get along at the beginning of this book. She drove me bananas. Early on in the book when she is at her sisters wedding and she invites her mother to her sisters wedding full well knowing it is going to ruin her sisters day, I wanted to punch her and then never read how the book ended. I mean how could I enjoy the plot of the book when I didn’t like one of the main characters. I stuck it out though, and I am glad I did. Yes, Shelby does do a lot of things in the course of the book that are either short-sided or selfish, she has reactions to things that defy explanation. But she’s got some serious emotional baggage and scars, and as the book went on I actually felt that Shelby is just really misunderstood and almost no one actually knows who she is. By the end of the book I really liked her, and let me tell you I was shocked at how much I liked her.
I am so glad I did not give up on this book, and now I kind of wish I had read the other books in this series. I loved the chemistry between Reece and Shelby, especially when it was at inappropriate times. I also really liked the pacing in the book, and the storyline with the blackmail and mystery, the whole thing was just enjoyable to me. I would easily recommend this book, and I look forward to finding out the mystery behind Greer (please tell me he gets a book later on!).