The Wild Side
HIGHLY recommended by many in our reading crew, including our reading-bud, Michelle:
Michelle: Well, you know what I’m going to say…. WILD SIDE baby…. come on!!!
… and when she found out I chose an older book off of my main TBR list a few days ago, and not this one, she freaked!
Michelle: You picked smut and an age difference and didn’t go for Wild Side? I’m shocked Maryse… so I know you are in a big time smut mood…. you should have picked Dair to scratch that itch…. ha!
Yep. I think Michelle was gonna bonk me on the head with her Kindle again, if I didn’t give this one a go next, so I did! And considering how much I love R.K. Lilley, I was beginning to question my own sanity, too. Of course I’d love this!! Right?!?
Michelle: OMG. Yay. You put Wild Side on the list. Happy dance!! So here’s why you need to read it: it caught my attention when it was released and you had it on your list back in May. But, I saw it was a novella, so I passed. Then a few weeks ago someone mentioned that book 3, the final installment, was out, so I took a chance. Whoa! That’s all I can say. Loved everything about it. Is it “Hopeless” where your world is rocked? No. But it is still so memorable because it is way better than it should be based on the plot. He is so so yummy I can’t even describe him. And she is so so wild and wicked. And then, low and behold… there’s a story in there too? A total surprise. One of my summer of 2014 faves.
Jean: I think if all of us don’t read the Wild Side, Michelle will hunt is down!
Maryse: LOL!!! Right!??
Michelle: …just get excited when I have a 4.5-5 star one that you don’t have yet… like Rosie Project and Wild Side. I get a little nutso. Forgive me.
Maryse: I am on it!!
Okay so this review is going to be short and sweet since essentially… this book (or should I say “part 1″) was also short and sweet. Well… more like STEAMY!!!! And sweet. But being the intro to a three part serial (which is complete, by the way!), it really only gave me a taste of what’s to come.
1.) Told from HIS POV (and I just love being in his head ’cause he’s just so… goofy and sweet and shy and a bit awkward and so obviously hot, but he doesn’t know it, and well… I have a HUGE crush on him).
2.) An introduction to the two main characters. They meet at a gym. He’s been secretly eyeing her for days (weeks?), but he keeps a respectful distance. She decides to make the first move and she doesn’t let up once he lets her in. She is persistent and so very… forward.
“I like you, Alasdair. Can’t you tell?”
I didn’t have a good answer for that. My ex-wife had done a number on me. Married twenty years to the woman, doing everything I could think of to make her happy, and she’d hated my guts. I couldn’t have been particularly likable.
P.S. Awwwww. But he IS likable. LOVABLE. Did I mention how much I ADORE him?! Especially his reactions to her.
“I’m messing with you, Alasdair. Don’t worry, I’m not a stage five clinger.”
I didn’t tell her that I wanted her to be one.
3.) Their initial meeting and subsequent interactions together (fast and furiously hot!), and kind of hilarious at times…
“Take off your shirt,” she told me.
As I’ve said, I was unable to tell her no.
Also, on a douche bag side note, I worked hard to look good naked, and it was nice to show it off, for once.
She made an appreciative noise.
I don’t know why, but I took that as a request to pull my d!@k out, so I did.
She whistled. “Holy sh!t. That is f#@king hot, but can we kiss first?”
I flushed, and put it away, murmuring an apology.
LOL!!!!! OMG I was dying!!! While normally my reaction to something like that would have been “Eeeeep!!! I don’t know you, put that back!!!” But with Dair? He is just so awkward and cute I couldn’t help but love him more. What a dork. I could totally see his embarrassed face tucking it back in. *snort* Ahhhhhh…. Dair. Dair, Dair, Dair….
Maryse: …laughing. Dair is tooooo cute! The scene we he just er… *blush* ”whips it out” and she says… “That’s hot but can we kiss first?” LOL!! Poor guy has no clue what to do with her. What a kick!! I just read that scene to my husband and even he’s laughing…
Rebecca: These books are so intriguing!! And yes, love Dair as the midlife crisis, newly divorced, anti-alpha!!
Shanda: Love that series Dair is filled with so much self doubt he doesn’t know what to do with her and Iris is so mysterious.
Donna: I loved this series…so fun and I love, love, love Dair!
Michelle: I loved his “douche bag moments” and when he talks about twerking and being an old fart…. he’s so funny…. there REALLY is a story in there… book one was almost purely crazy lust filled…. not that that’s a bad thing…
Maryse: Yeah I liked it! I skimmed over the steam, ’cause you know… there was plenty of it. LOL! But I’m very curious about her. And I like him SO much!
Michelle: He was the reason I kept reading. I had to know what he was thinking and how he would react to her and their situation. The sex was overwhelming, I admit, but it did set the tone for the story.
Julie: I almost think there is no one as hot as Dair right now. Such a good series.
4.) Yes! Lots of sex, but you know… it’s all good.
Michelle: keep reading with Wild Side… it’s not a slow start…it’s uh… um… pretty much an X rated sex fest for about the first 50% – to set up the whole older man/younger woman obsession…. so, stick with it.…. I swear there is a story there.
You bet, Michelle! After all, I believed it (all of that heat!). After all, it’s been a year, for him, you know, and now he’s got a sexy relentless blonde that makes him feel like a king (especially considering how his wife made him feel when they were married… ugh!!)
But like Shanda and Michelle said… what’s up with her? A bit of intrigue as to why she (gorgeous 24 year old) was SO into him (an obviously successful, handsome and respectful 40 year old) <— well if you ask me, that right there is plenty for me to crush on him, but… what else is going on here?
5.) A look into his past and present (a famous author, recently divorced from his gold-digging wife…)
6.) An “Oh NO he didn’t!!” moment that came with consequences and now has me excited to start book #2!
Yep… just a taste, but what a taste it was! This book may be “bite-sized” (at only 125 pages) but it was delicious and had plenty in it to keep me wanting to continue… Off I go to see what Dair is up to!