Review: Wild Man by Kristen Ashley

Wild ManTitle:  Wild Man
Series:  Dream Man #2
Author:  Kristen Ashley
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  December 11, 2012
Publisher:  Forever
My Rating:  5 stars
Source:  Owned, Kindle edition
Cover Description:

While filling the display case in her bakery, the bell over the door sounds and Tessa O’Hara looks up to see the man of her dreams. Within thirty seconds he asks her out for a beer. But after four months of dating, she discovers he’s an undercover DEA agent-and he’s investigating her possible role in her ex-husband’s drug business. For Tess, this means their relationship is over.

Brock disagrees. He’s committed to his anti-drug mission, but he’s fallen in love with the beautiful woman who’s as sweet as her cupcakes-and he’ll do anything to win her back. Standing between Tess and Brock are their own exes, one of them a drug lord who’s determined to get what he wants. Now as danger threatens, can Brock break the rules he’s lived by and let loose his wild side to protect the woman he loves?

Read on for my thoughts on Wild Man.  No true spoilers, promise.

Tessa is a survivor.  She’s left behind the abusive, scumbag of an ex-husband and recreated her life.  Her magic with cakes has given her the chance to create her bakery which is where she first sees Brock.  Only trouble is, he was working undercover at the time, and what started out as a romance in Tessa’s eyes was more complicated for Brock.  He was attracted to Tessa, he knew that she wasn’t connected in the huge case that he was currently working on – but he could not deviate from the plan – he’d just have to believe that once this mess was over and resolved Tessa could forgive his part in it and move on to a future he wanted very much with this sweet lady.

Wild Man is such an intense, emotion filled experience.  Of course Tessa is devastated by Brock’s lies while undercover, yet she is also so attracted to this man that she will try to get past their beginnings.  There were things that even Brock didn’t know about her and her former husband’s relationship.  Brock will do everything possible to help Tessa deal with that emotional issue, and it will color how many people in Brock’s life will see her and relate to her.  This is a story with many, many side characters and they all play their part in Tessa and Brock’s romance… some for the good, some intending to wreck havoc whenever they possibly can.  There are a couple characters you will come to loathe and others that will charm you.

While I love an Alpha male and the ladies who can tame them, part of what I’ve enjoyed about the Dream Man series is the age of the main characters.  These are men and women who have established careers, some have children, they have been through the proving ground of youth and now they are in their late 30’s to late 40’s.  Romance is ageless, love doesn’t see numbers on a calendar and just because a person (male or female) has gone past as certain age that has been set by whoever does not mean that they have no fire, no hope for love to find them — life goes on, it doesn’t stop at any age.  These characters know themselves, and they still are capable of pushing themselves to experience new things, new people, and for some a new kind of love.  That is what I love most about Dream Men.

I highly recommend Wild Man for lovers of romance.  This one is worth a re-read or twenty, the characters are believable, the situations are realistic and the love is simply amazing.  If you haven’t read the Dream Man series or Wild Man yet – why not?  And if you have – isn’t it time to revisit some hot, sexy, Alpha men and their lovely ladies?

Wild Man is available in a variety of formats and for the Kindle