Series: Wildwood #2
Published by Montlake Romance
Publication Date: January 10th 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Disclaimer: I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book. All opinions stated are solely mine.
Newly divorced, Avery Hart returns home to Wildwood eager to take on her dream opportunity and transform her family’s dive bar into her own bakery. The contractor for hire isn’t just a master with his hands—he’s big, built, and wears a tool belt like nobody’s business. Despite being an ex-con, Trace Hutton is irresistible. Too bad he’d never go for someone as inexperienced as Avery.
Trace needs to focus on the job at hand, not daydream about smearing icing all over the sexy baker…and licking it off. This job is the key to getting his construction company back on its feet after his time in prison. Besides, no one deserves a fresh start more than Avery, and she certainly won’t get that with him.
After a delectable night of passion (and pie), Trace craves something more. But he’ll be damned if he’ll let his checkered past crush her dreams. And as Avery starts to realize how Trace fulfills more than just her physical needs, she struggles with whether to let her history decide her future, or explore the wild new possibilities of forever…
My first introduction to Skye Jordan’s writing was Reckless and since then she’s been an auto-buy and auto-read for me and WILD KISSES reminded me why. Off the charts chemistry and a strong connection between the characters as well as an interesting cast of supporting characters make this a really great story. The super-hot attraction Avery and Trace shared, the solid friendship between them and their determination to make the very best of the second chance they had been gifted with were all highlights of this book for me.
Running off and getting married at a young age forever branded Avery Hart as impulsive and reckless and her return after seven years sans husband has made her fodder for the town gossips, but she’s determined to start over and won’t let the talk deter her from her plans. Her contractor is the only person that could tempt her to deviate from the path she has laid out for herself and one taste makes it very clear that one time won’t satisfy her craving. Can she take the risk of wanting more, especially if she puts her goals at risk and falls short a second time?
Trace Hutton lost everything when he went to jail on a drug-related charge and even though he’s been on the up and up since his release, the town of Wildwood won’t let him forget that he’s an ex-con and starting over is a challenge of mammoth proportions. Working for Avery at little to no cost is a way of drumming up business for himself. There are so many reasons why he has to keep his attraction to Avery under wraps, especially the damage her fledgling business could face if word of any involvement between them became public but he’s no saint and lacks the willpower required to resist Avery for long when she turns up the heat between them.
Avery was fearless about going for what she wanted and even though the failure of her marriage took a hit on her self-confidence, she got back up and went at her dreams with laser focus. She was sweet and upbeat and brought much needed light to Trace’s gruff and broody life. There was so much good in Trace that was buried under the weight of his past and Avery’s cheery outlook was what he needed to let his guard down.
It’s almost impossible to not root for these two as they work so hard to achieve their dreams in the face of skepticism, and their friendship was a great foundation for the passion between them. Having been at rock bottom before, Trace and Avery understood each other in a way others could not and were each other’s greatest cheerleaders. They were better and stronger together than they were apart, something Avery understood but Trace had to accept for anything between them to work.
You really can never go wrong with anything by this author and if sizzling hot chemistry in your romances is your thing, then WILD KISSES should be on your reading list.