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Born to Be Wilde (Berkley Sensation) Mass Market Paperback – September 4, 2007

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Product Details

  • Series: Berkley Sensation
  • Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; First Edition edition (September 4, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425210820
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425210826
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,773,689 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Booklist

Joel Wilde, an ex-Marine turned security specialist, is asked by one of his Marine buddies to guard his sister Lora because he is afraid that people he owes money to are going to hurt her. Joel agrees to keep his mission secret, and with a history of uncommitted relationships, decides in advance to keep things with Lora strictly professional. But after some men attack her, Joel is forced to tell her the truth, and being alone together in a remote cabin does not exactly lead to "strictly professional" behavior. The sex is hot and frequent, with no love declarations made, even though they are increasingly felt. A secondary story line involves Lora's friend, a single mother who falls for her daughter's math teacher. Denison sensitively pairs men with commitment phobias and women willing to wait, creating a good read with sensual sex scenes. Happily, a sequel in the works. Chelton, Mary K.

More About the Author

Janelle Denison is a USA Today bestselling author of over fifty sensual contemporary romance novels who has written for Harlequin Blaze, Kensington Brava, Berkley and St. Martin's Press. She is a two-time recipient of the National Reader's Choice award, and has also been nominated for the prestigious RITA award.

Originally a California native, she now calls Oregon home. She resides in the Portland area with her husband and daughters and can't imagine a more beautiful place to live. When not writing, she can be found exploring the great Northwest, from the gorgeous beaches to the amazing waterfalls and lush mountains.

To learn more about Janelle and her upcoming releases, you can visit her on the internet at:


THE AWAKENING (The Marriage Diaries, Volume 1)
THE SEDUCTION (The Marriage Diaries, Volume 2)
THE TAKING (The Marriage Diaries, Volume 3)

Customer Reviews

It was the first time i read books, i look forward to reading more.
The best part is that you also get Sidney's story as the characters all learn to truly live again.
Taina Boricua
This addition to the Wilde series combines the perfect amount of romance and drama.
jenn hedge

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer A. Ray TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 22, 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Ex-marine Joel Wilde can't say no to his old buddy when Zach calls in a favor. After all, you don't turn away the man who saved your life, at no small risk to his own. Once Joel scopes his new mission, he knows it will be much more difficult than he originally anticipated. Oh, he has no doubt about his ability to keep his friend's sister safe from the thugs threatening her, but he is pretty sure that he will have tremendous trouble keeping things on a totally impersonal level.

The beautiful Lora Marshall stirs feelings in Joel that the confirmed bachelor never expected to feel. Even still, he knows his life and career don't allow for long-term relationships, and Lora has forever written all over her.

Born to be Wilde is the sixth book in Janelle Denison's Wilde Series, but speaking as a reader who has never read any of the other stories in this saga, Born to be Wilde definitely works as a standalone novel. This was my first read by this author, but I had no trouble at all understanding this story, never once feeling as if I were missing key information from the other books.

Joel Wilde is the kind of hero who wants everyone to believe he is a bad boy and has somehow managed to convince himself that he isn't cut out for love and marriage - until he meets the love of his life. Once he sets eyes on Lora, the fun starts as we watch Joel begin to unravel when she effortlessly gets under his skin.

Lora is a wonderful heroine, with a big heart and a determination to help those she loves that wins the reader's heart from the first chapter. It is no wonder that Joel can't help falling in love with her.

I enjoyed Denison's characters in Born to be Wilde immensely, but was a bit disappointed in the lack of action in this story.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Book and Dog Lover VINE VOICE on September 17, 2007
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Born to be Wilde is the final book in the Wilde siblings/cousin anthology. This book deals with Joel Wilde - the brother we've only seen casually mentioned in other Wilde books.

Joel, an ex-marine, along with some of his Marine buddies have started a security company, Elite Security Specialists. One marine buddy who didn't join in the firm is Zach Marshall. Zach is having problems dealing with life since leaving the Marines - gambling and alcohol have taken over his life. In fact, Zach has gotten in over his head with his gambling debts and now the bookie to who he owes a lot money wants it now and is willing to threaten Zach's sister Lora.

Zach asks Joel to watch over Lora and Joel agrees as Zach saved Joel's life in Baghdad. He and his team will watch Lora 24/7. To help with the effort, Joel decides that casually dating Lora will make it easier to watch her. He refuses to get involved with her as she's his responsibility. And even if that weren't the case, he doesn't "do" love. He keeps women from getting too close to him as having a committed relationship is something he doesn't want.

Lora has her own issues. She got burnt in a previous relationship, but unlike Joel is willing to give love another try. She knows that what she could have with Joel is something special. She understands why Joel is afraid of having a relationship but is willing to give him the space he needs.

A nice addition to this book is the romance between Sydney, Lora's close friend and boss, and Daniel, Sydney's daughter math teacher. Sydney wants nothing to do with having a relationship. She's been burned in the past and has no interest in having a "relationship" (she can't even bring herself to say the word).
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 4, 2007
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Semper Fi. Always faithful. Marine code for having a friend's back at all times. That is what Joel Wilde is called upon to do by his friend and ex fellow Marine, Zach Marshall. Since leaving the Marines, Zach has gotten himself into a bit of trouble with his gambling addiction and has no other choice but to call Joel. The trouble could mean harm to the one person that loves Zach, Lora, his sister. Zach implores the help of Joel to watch her and keep her from danger until he is able to do something about the debt he owes a bookie. Joel agrees to help Zach not knowing how much Lora will change his outlook on life and love.

Lora Marshall has pretty much shut down since the ending of her engagement a couple of years ago. Not in the mood to date, she rarely is attracted to anyone and spends most of her time working. When Joel Wilde comes into her friend's bar over and over and asks for her, Lora can't help but be intrigued by this totally blatant ploy to get her attention. It doesn't hurt that Joel is built, good looking, and sexy as all get out. Finally agreeing to meet him for coffee, Lora has no idea how much she will come to love Joel.

Lora and Joel begin a relationship of sorts. Each is scared of voicing the word commitment and each has their own ghosts to deal with. The one thing that is evident between the two is the sparks that fly when they are together.

I adore this entire series. From the first Wilde story, Something Wild, to Born To Be Wilde, I have engulfed every character's story. Janelle Denison has the ability to keep every story new, intriguing and completely captivating. For a man afraid of commitment, Joel sure knew how to be the perfect gentleman and lover. His affection and loyalty to Lora was very interesting to watch.
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