Title: Wild About You
* Series: Love At Stake #13
Author: Kerrelyn Sparks
Publisher: Avon Books
Pages: MMP; 384
Release Date: November 27, 2012
Source: TLC Book Tours
Intended Reading Group: Adult
Genre: Paranormal Romance
HDB Rating: 4 Keys to My Heart
Recommended to: Both readers of the series and newbies! Lovers of a great paranormal romance novel.
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It's not every day that Elsa Bjornberg feels delicate, not when she hosts a home renovation show where she can effortlessly demolish a kitchen. But from the moment she meets Howard Barr, this bear of a man makes her feel like a woman. And the way he looks at her, as if she were a pot of honey he'd like to lick...
Howard is not like most men. For one thing, he's a shapeshifter. And he always thought his celebrity crush would never amount to anything more than drooling at Elsa on TV. When his meddling vampire employer gets involved, the star is suddenly within his grasp—and within a hair of her life. For an ancient curse forbids their newfound love, and Howard is suddenly torn between his desire for her and his desire to keep her alive.
Admission time. Up until recently I was terrified by anything with the world "romance" in its description. I imagined weak women, overly tough guys, and a story line that would be so saccharine filled that it hurt my teeth. Then, I discovered Kerrelyn Sparks and her world of paranormal characters. Romance, yes, but the type that is exciting, fraught with challenges, and has just the right amount of sexy times. Now? You couldn't tear these away from me if you tried.
This is the second book that I've read by Kerrelyn Sparks. I actually skipped from the first book right on to this one, but I can happily assure you that Wild About You is a solid standalone. Sparks allows the reader a glimpse at what is important in the past, and ties it all in to what is happening now. I wasn't the least bit lost as I read, and if nothing else it actually made me want to go back and finish the series. This, friends? This is what I like to call "book candy". Sweet, sinful, and downright addictive.
As you can probably discern from the synopsis, this is Howard's book. Handsome, hunky and hot Howard. He's a big bear of a guy (pun definitely intended) and absolutely drool worthy. The romance that is kindled between Howard and Elsa is delicious. It's slow, sensual, and as I mentioned above, has just the right amount of sexy times! I almost melted at some of the scenes between the two of them, and I'm certain that more than once a longing sigh escaped my lips. Be warned, you may swoon.
What I really loved thought was the plot! Elsa's curse really put a twist on her relationship with Howard, and it makes their story that much more enjoyable to read. Wanting to be together, but kept apart by their pasts. I so wanted them to change their fates and end up together! Although things started a little slow for me, by the end I was breathless and in love. I'm now on a mission to read the whole series.
FTC Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion.