(Domestic Gods #5)
by Robin Kaye
Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Published December 1st 2011 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
ARC courtesy of Publisher & NetGalley
Whitewater-rafting guide Hunter Kincaid lands his dream job–guiding sportswear models through Idaho's rugged wilderness for a photo shoot. When he meets Toni Russo, the goth New York manager of Action Models, there are enough sparks to set the forest ablaze.When Hunter finds Toni's book on how to marry the man of your choice, he studies it as a joke. Before long Hunter realizes he's never cared enough for a woman to bother working this hard to get her. But the last man in the world this city girl wants is a Survivor Man wannabe...GoodReads
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Wildly entertaining, Robin Kaye dishes up a captivating cotemporary romance with a main man that is sure to make you swoon!
Toni Russo, manager of Action Models, is on a set right out of her nightmares. Lost and left roaming the wilderness for three days when she was only six years old, Toni has been deathly afraid of anything ‘outdoorsy’ ever since. When her boss has to stay in New York though for important business negations, Toni sees managing the outing as a chance to prove herself and step up in her career. If only she could make it out of her cabin without having a panic attack to get to the actual photo shoot.
When guide, Hunter Kinclaid, arrives at the inn to pick up his group of models he is unexpectedly surprised to see a beautiful goth girl heading up the project. Seeing her anxiety though by just being outdoors in view of the surrounding forest he immediately steps up to put her at ease by distracting her. Spying a book on Toni’s nightstand about how to get a man to marry you, Hunter obtains his own copy and a little, albeit unwanted, help from his family. Using the book as a guide to get closer to Toni, Hunter and Toni set forth on a journey with a group of sexy and outrageous models into the wilderness where he helps Toni conquer her fears and teachers her to believe in love.
Wild Thing is a wonderful story of opposites attract and beating your fears.
The word-building is set up beautifully and easily places the reader in the lush surroundings of the Idaho forests, meadows and rampant rapids. The hero of this romance, Hunter Kincaid, is beyond perfect and sometimes unbelievably so. He’s sexy, successful, helps children and families in need, is an amazing cook, a regular Davey Crockett and the list just keeps going. I did enjoy how he handled Toni’s phobia with distraction techniques; she would be in a situation that would bring on her anxiety and Hunter would get her talking and rambling on and before Toni knew it she was beyond that point. Toni, for me, was a so-so heroine. She was very much out of her element for a good portion of the novel which I attribute to her timidness in the beginning. The connection between Hunter and Toni certainly sizzled from the start and they balanced each other out well, playing to each other’s strength and weaknesses. The novel that the book is loosely themed on doesn’t play too much into the plot except for at the very beginning and end, and I enjoyed that it didn’t take up too much page time and instead the author focused on the couple. Some conflict, tension, distrust and lots of sexy time, the story moved along at a good clip and kept me turning the pages.
Being the fifth novel in a series, Wild Thing was exceptionally set up as a stand-alone and I was intrigued by the side characters and hope to read more about them in future installments. The banter between each character was funny and entertaining and really made Wild Thing an enjoyable read, I found myself laughing out loud numerous times. The ending was a bit abrupt, though I assume it was because a certain story is going to continue into the next book which should prove delightful and I’m looking forward to it.
A good book for contemporary romance fans looking for a fun and light read.
Rating: 3.5 - Liked it but didn't love it, still a good read though.
Sexual Content: Scorching scenes from the forest to the kitchen keep readers on edge, the good kind. ;) Recommended for adult readers who enjoy graphic loves scenes.