Too Wilde to Tame by Tonya Burrows

Posted in Advanced Reader Copy/ Contemporary Romance/ Military/Paramilitary/ Netgalley/ Reviews/ Romantic Suspense 15th December 2016
Too Wilde to Tame by Tonya BurrowsToo Wilde to Tame by Tonya Burrows
Series: Wilde Security, #5
Published by Entangled Publishing on February 27th 2017
Pages: 275
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three-stars

For three years, ballet teacher Natalie Taggart has lived across the hall from grumpy, reclusive, sexy Greer Wilde. Save for a handful of hellos and the occasional heated glance, they never spoke to each other.
Until the morning Greer lands on her doorstep, bleeding, beaten, and bullet-riddled.
Greer doesn’t need or want her help. He has only one goal: revenge. And nobody—not his brothers, and certainly not his too-hot-for-his-sanity next-door neighbor—is going to get in his way.

My first venture into the Wilde brothers series by Tonya Burrows is akin to stepping into a family business where there are secrets and dynamics previously explored that I hadn’t been part of. I felt as though a huge chunk of the Wilde brothers’ backstory—especially Greer’s—had eluded me at the start of the book and wondered for a moment, if I should have read the rest in the Wilde series before beginning this one. But there’s some kind of small crossover with Burrows’s Hornet series and this tenuous link bridge helped a little in shaping who Greer Wilde is after he appeared in ‘Honor Reclaimed’.

Much of what I’ve read of Burrows’s books thus far typically involve military-types coming back from the edge because a woman changes the course of a life not worth living and ’Too Wilde to Tame’ fits this formula. Enter Natalie Taggert, the naive radio psychologist and part-time dance teacher who finds herself out of her depth with Greer Wilde yet nosy—and possibly annoying—enough to want to be his fixer when he refuses help, resulting in an enormous amount of push-pull between them which formed the majority of the conflict in the story.

Yet Greer’s history came in scattered bits and for the longest time, there didn’t seem to be head or tail with this elusive, mysterious black-ops guy who led a life so secretive and so suicidal that I couldn’t get a grasp on his character up until the pieces came together at the end. And a super-soldier he was as well, when he was able to get into enthusiastic sex when gravely injured.

I’m not entirely convinced by Natalie’s and Greer’s connection which seem to come from nowhere after Natalie takes care of his injuries—it all happened really quickly and suddenly love’s the word between them—but Burrows does make a case for why Natalie would be able to empathise with Greer’s condition. There are several odd connections in the revenge plot here, a little too coincidental for my liking when I’d been expecting more of a military-type thriller, but the book wraps up nicely with an epilogue that closes the door on the Wilde brothers.

three-stars

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