Author: Adrienne Wilder
Publisher: Self Published through Amazon
Characters: August Vallory and Keegan Brooks
POV: 3rd POV
Sub-Genre: Contemporary, Mystery
August Vallory had it all. A modeling career, a man he loved, and the extended family he’d acquired in the business. Then the world he knew was torn away when the plane he was on crashed en route to a photo shoot.
Lost in the Alaskan wilderness, August doesn’t stand a chance.
No sane man would choose to live in the Alaskan bush unless he had something to hide. And Keegan Brooks has secrets darker than night, more dangerous than wolves, more brutal than an Alaskan winter.
Every day was a fight for his life until he stumbled upon a downed plane with a lone survivor. Now it’s no longer just Keegan’s life teetering on the edge of survival.
Wild is only the second book of Ms. Wilders I have read and it is a lot different from the last one. From the start I was pulled into Wild. The book begins with a plane crash and is nonstop from there. The way the author introduces the main characters to each other was over the top and I must say a time or two I wondered if Keegan was one of those creepy mountain men that show up in scary movies.
August is a model, it is not what he started out wanting to do, but loves the life style it provides. He’s in love with his boyfriend and ready to take things to the next level. Unfortunately, things do not work out the way he had planned, in fact everything ends up going to hell. After the plane he is on goes down, killing all on board, August wonders if he will be following them. When he is rescued, he wondered if things had just gotten worse.
Keegan is hiding from his past just trying to survive day to day. When a plane goes down he is surprised to see that someone has survived. But Keegan knows that August has just made his life harder. What Keegan is running from is intense and some of the scenes in his backflashes are a little graphic. While reading what he has done, it makes liking him a little hard in the beginning, it is only as you learn more that you will begin to understand and he becomes more likeable.
The relationship between these two does not travel the usual path as they have many obstacles to overcome. Not only is August’s injuries life threatening, the men must find shelter as it is no longer possible for Keegan to get August back to civilization. Life in the wilds of Alaska is not what August is used to, and he has much to learn. For Keegan, he must learn how to live with another person as he has spent so much time alone. He no longer knows how to behave around others.
This is not a story that takes place in a matter of days. The men are together for some time and during that time learn more about each other. As their feelings grow their relationship changes. But nothing lasts forever and when they become exposed to outside forces Keegan realizes that it is time for August to go home.
Knowing that these two were going to separate had me in tears. I wondered how the author was going to bring these two the HEA they deserved. When August makes it back to the lower 49 things seem even more complex. I think readers will be even more surprised by how things play out. After reading Wild I have become a big fan of this author and will be looking for more from her.
Reviewed By: Lydia
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