Lydia Reviews: Wild by Adrienne Wilder

TITLE:  Wild

Author: Adrienne Wilder

Publisher: Self Published through Amazon

Pages: 326

Characters: August Vallory and Keegan Brooks

POV:  3rd POV

Sub-Genre:  Contemporary, Mystery

Kisses: 4

Blurb:

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.

Review:

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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Lydia Reviews: Epic by Adrienne Wilder

Title: Epic

Author: Adrienne Wilder

Publisher: Self-published through Amazon

Pages: 319

Characters: Andrew Atler and Matt Grim

POV: 3rd POV

Sub-Genre:  Contemporary

Kisses: 4.5

Blurb:

Andrew Atler has learned the hard way, fiction is far better than real life. In his romance novels the world is safe, predictable, and there is always a happy ending. Best of all, he can safely fall in love and the person will never know. There he can weave a tale of perfect passion plus pay the bills.

Matt Grim flies the colors of Hell’s Legion. When he’s not riding his chopper, he’s working as a bouncer for the Six. Matt’s life consists of drinking, playing in a band, and burning the midnight oil in the dungeon. He lives hard, plays hard, and rides even harder.

Two people who would never be a part of the same EPIC love story.
But sometimes those fairy tale clichés have a way of working magic.
And sometimes…sometimes those happy endings do come true.

Review:

It was Epic’s blurb, and the fact that one of the M/C’s belonged to a motorcycle gang, that I chose this story.  From the start, the characters intrigued me.  Matt was kicked out by his parents after he is caught with another man.  Finding himself on the streets, Matt ends up becoming a biker, causing more problems in the family.  Because of his new “family”, Matt ends up crossing the line a time or two but nothing to serious.  Now Matt is starting to want something more, but it is not until he meets Andrew that he decides to make the changes.  It would be easy not to like Matt due to the way the story starts but I could not help liking him from the beginning.  He’s rough around the edges and there are secrets he is hiding that could keep him away from Andrew.

Andrew is a writer and due to the way was treated by a former boyfriend, he is extremely shy.  Although Andrew has seen Matt several times at a local coffee shop, and the big bad biker hits all his buttons, he never thought the man would go home with him.  When their first meeting results in an intense sexual encounter, Andrew is shocked that Matt may just be the man he as always looked for.

These men really pulled me into their world from the beginning.  They are total opposites yet each man completes the other.  Granted the way they first meet and get together is under unusual circumstances, but that does not mean they are not a perfect fit for each other.  there are problems that keep the men after finding their happily ever after right away though as Andrew has a lot and insecurities that he needs to overcome, as well as a rotten apple that turns up.  and Matt has issues with both of his “families” that he needs to clear up before he is free to hold on to Andrew forever.

Epic will take the reader on a journey that they will not believe.  It is hot and intense with a few moments thrown in that will leave you wondering how everything will turn out.  Epic has made me a fan of this author and I will be keeping a look out for more of her stories.

Reviewed By: Lydia

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In the Absence of Light by Adrienne Wilder


Title: In the Absence of Light
Author: Adrienne Wilder
Publisher: Adrienne Wilder
Pages: 333
Sub- Genre: Contemporary gay romance
Kisses: 5



Blurb:

For years Grant Kessler has smuggled goods from one end of the world to the next. When business turns in a direction Grant isn’t willing to follow he decides to retire and by all appearances he settles down in a nowhere town called Durstrand. But his real plan is to wait a few years and let the FBI lose interest, then move on to the distant coastal life he’s always dreamed of. Severely autistic, Morgan cannot look people in the eye, tell left from right, and has uncontrolled tics. Yet he’s beaten every obstacle life has thrown his way. And when Grant Kessler moves into town Morgan isn’t a bit shy in letting the man know how much he wants him. While the attraction is mutual, Grant pushes Morgan away. Like the rest of the world he can’t see past Morgan’s odd behaviors Then Morgan shows Grant how light lets you see but it also leaves you blind. And once Grant opens his eyes, he loses his heart to the beautiful enigma of a man who changes the course of his life.

Review:

I have been waiting for this book to come out for a while, and I have got to say it was so worth it!!

The blurb tells you about the characters, and touches on Morgan’s issues but what it doesn’t say is what an amazing man he is.

Grant has a plan. He plans to lay low and fix the house he bought and then disappear in a few years to live happily ever after on a beach, but once he meets Morgan that plan slowly starts to change.

If he can get over seeing and treating Morgan like he is less than himself, and see the amazing man that Morgan is, his life will change forever.

As Morgan meets the challenges of trying to show Grant he is more than his tics and odd behaviors. There were times, I laughed so hard I would have to put the book down until I could control myself, but soon I would start reading again and it would start all over.

I love it when a book has main characters that are less than perfect. Honestly, it just makes them perfect in my eyes and I thought the people of Durstrand are just as quirky as Morgan, and Grant doesn’t stand a chance.

When Grant’s past keeps following him around, and Morgan’s past shows up, the angst level is off the charts! There were times I was in doubt if these beloved characters would get their happily ever after.

I can’t recommend this book enough! You just have to experience this amazing writer on your own.

You should take my word for what an amazing book, In the Absence of Light, really is, once you read it, you will want to buy Adrienne Wilder’s other works.

In my opinion, no library is complete without Mr. Wilder’s books, My Brother’s Keeper books 1 thru 3, Complementary Colors AND He Speaks Dead.

Believe me, they will be books you will want to read over and over…I know I do!

Highly Recommended!

Reviewed by: Cheryl

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To Adam with Love by Adrienne Wilder


Title: To Adam with Love
Author: Adrienne Wilder
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages: 230
Characters: Adam and Ean
POV: 3rd Person
Sub-Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, Series
Kisses: 4






Blurb:

Adam’s mother brought him as a child to the Gray Zone, the no man’s land between the crumbling city and the Dens where the Kin—the dragons—and Lesser-Breds—their mixed-blood offspring—live. He was different, not completely Human, and she knew fear and prejudice would drive people to do horrible things… like a father trying to kill his son. Five years later, Adam’s father is behind bars and Adam has come home to the Zone, the last place anyone would expect innocence, loyalty, and devotion, to complete his becoming Lesser-Bred and find his best friend and only love, Ean.

But Ean has a life of his own. He’s always wanted to belong to Batu, the Male Kin who has watched over him since childhood, but now Ean’s caught in a deadly trap of biology and vengeance: he isn’t enough to feed his beloved Adam during the dangerous transformation, and Kin won’t allow an emotional bond in their midst. Years ago Ean lost Adam after failing to keep him safe. Now that Adam is back, will a simple feeling give Ean the strength to defy everything he’s ever known and keep them together?

Review:

To Adam with Love is a part of the Gray Zone series, it is also a story that will pull you right in from the beginning. The characters, both the main and secondary, are well written and I could not help pulling for Adam from the time he was introduced. The relationship between Adam and Ean is an interesting one that began in their childhood, which the author shows you with flashbacks. The attraction that started between the men as boys, flares out of control now that they are once again united, however, the problems they face especially Adams change, throws up more than a few road blocks. The plot is intense and I was thankful that the author put a glossary at the beginning of this story, making it easy to understand some of the terms used by the characters. The shape-shifter aspect of the story is different from the usual fare that has been available to the reader lately, making for a refreshing read. Readers should know however that To Adam with Love is not a light read. At times this story is very dark and full of angst. While the ending is sure to cause some readers to mutter a few colorful words it does leave open the possibility for more about these two.

Reviewed By: Lydia

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