Review: Wilde at Heart by Tonya Burrows

wilde at heartTitle: Wilde at Heart

Author: Tonya Burrows

Year of publication: 2015

The heroine: Coffee shop owner Shelby Bremer

The hero: Ex-Army/computer expert/company owner Reece Wilde

The blurb: 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.

Standalone or series: This is book three in the Wilde Security series, but can be read as a standalone

The review: Another day, another Wilde brother to fall in love with! This is Reece’s book; he’s the second oldest and the computer geek of the Wilde brothers. Apart from bankrolling the firm, he also has another company that does software for the military. The contracts are drying up, though, so he’s looking for a private investor and has a billionaire interested.

Shelby Bremer is everything Reece is not. She breaks the rules. She dyes her hair lurid colours and has tattoos and piercings. She owns a bird called Poe. She likes to call Reece different candy names, like Hershey. He doesn’t know what it is about her he’s drawn to, but lusts after her he does. She’s off limits, though; not only is she the kind of free spirit that his potential investor would not approve of, she’s also Cam’s wife’s half-sister. Where Shelby goes, trouble follows.

But Reece can’t help himself, and they get up to mischief at the coffee shop – just before someone burns it to the ground. They get out okay, but then Reece receives an email with a compromising photo of him and Shelby and demands for money. Whomever sent it knows he’s trying to attract an investor, and Reece needs this money to not only keep the software company afloat, but also Wilde Security. His brothers are depending on him and he can’t let them down.

It soon becomes clear that blackmail is not the only problem Reece is facing – someone is also after Shelby, and he can’t bring himself to let her face it alone, so he agrees to her crazy plan and they marry in Las Vegas, where they already are for Cam and Eva’s wedding.

They both have secrets, and when Reece tells Shelby his, it blew my mind. My jaw literally hung open! I’ve never seen it in a romance book before and I just loved it – it made me love Reece a thousand times more. It absolutely worked for his character. The identity of the blackmailer and why they’re doing it eventually comes out, as does the real Reece – a computer nerd who’s happy when he’s creating video games. It’s Shelby who frees him to be the man he truly is, and he knows he can’t ever let her go. But will the woman who thinks she’s completely unlovable be able to love him back? Can Reece help her overcome her insecurities, or are they just too different to work together? You’ll just have to read it to find out!

 

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