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Wild Child: A Novel (The Boys of Bishop Book 1) by [O'Keefe, Molly]
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“Molly O’Keefe is a unique, not-to-be-missed voice in romantic fiction.”—New York Times bestselling author Susan Andersen

Praise for Wild Child

“If there is one contemporary romance novel you must read in 2013, this is it. . . . This book, this book. . . . I could go on and on . . . but I will just end with this: not only was the plot beautiful but the writing was as well.”Love’s a State of Mind

“One of my favorite things about [Molly O’Keefe’s] books is the way they refuse to shy away from messy, complicated characters and relationships. Wild Child is no different in that regard. . . . It is a testament to O’Keefe’s skill as a writer and a storyteller that she imbues Jackson and Monica’s stories (as a fledgling couple and as individuals) with a tremendous amount of emotional depth and sensitivity. . . . O’Keefe can bring characters . . . into vivid and compelling life as they stumble, sometimes joyously, often painfully, always passionately, toward love and mutual happiness.”Dear Author

“I fell in love with this book from the very beginning. . . . It has the right amount of romance . . . and the sex scenes were hot too.”Night Owl Reviews

“As I have come to expect from Molly O’Keefe, Wild Child is a deliciously steamy romance that has plenty of substance. . . . Another fabulous book by a very gifted author who I highly recommend to anyone who enjoys contemporary romances.”Book Reviews & More by Kathy

“Molly O’Keefe is one of my favorite writers. You can count on her to create characters that will test you and take your emotions for a spin, one moment loving them, the next wanting to give them a good shake. Well, she didn’t let me down with this story! . . . The writing is spectacular and meaningful, the story has depth and the characters extremely interesting and true to their designed nature. I make no bones about O’Keefe being one of my favorite writers and, even though I was prepared for a good book, I was blown away by this one.”The Book Nympho

“Super hot scenes, laughable moments and some of the most romantic gestures I have read . . . Happy reading!”The Reading Cafe

“It’s no secret that Molly O'Keefe’s novels are my favorites in the very crowded contemporary romance genre. Her books . . . are brilliantly subversive. All of the novels I’ve read by this author riff on romance archetypes and conventions in a deliciously satisfying manner. . . . When it comes down to it, if you're looking for an authentically complex romance narrative . . . read Wild Child.”Clear Eyes, Full Shelves

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Product Details

  • File Size: 3826 KB
  • Print Length: 370 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam (October 29, 2013)
  • Publication Date: October 29, 2013
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CNQ7HKU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #226,039 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This is the story of a dying town, and two people carrying the weight of the world. Jackson is the mayor of this town, and he's trying to raise his sister and save the town. Monica is a former wild child and tabloid favorite who comes back to town to face the ghosts of her past. Jackson and Monica have a rough start, but find themselves attracted to each other. Jackson tries to save the town by entering a reality tv contest for a factory to come to town. The premise is pretty absurd and not particularly entertaining. What ruined the book for me was the storyline of a sweet, naive teacher and the owner of the factory. Their relationship started out with tons of potential with a smoky and shocking roadside tryst, but the author turns him into a mysoginistic a-hole who stalks the teacher the rest of the book. That was a real misstep and I just couldn't get past it. It didn't fit within the rest of the story.
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Jackson’s trying to get his town into a reality show contest to bring a factory that will bring jobs and money, and save his little town of Bishop. In the midst of this, Monica - the self-proclaimed “Wild Child” - comes back to write about the night her mother killed her father in self-defense. Old wounds are opened and new relationships are formed. Will Jackson and Monica learn to see beyond the surface and realize they’re perfectly imperfect for each other?

The Good and the Not So Good
This is an angsty small town romance with beta hero and strong heroine who’s learning to care more for herself and the story unfolds slowly. I actually enjoyed Ms. O’Keefe’s writing alot. Yes, there are hot love scenes, but what really draws you in are the full-bodied characterizations for all,not just the MCs.

The hero is flawed and believable, and so was the heroine - these aren’t the easiest characters to like but I think they’re actually very realistic. That goes for all the characters - they aren’t cookie cutter, and they all have their secrets, hopes, dreams and flaws that made me want to explore this world further. The main issue I had was with the reality TV show angle - it felt like the weakest part of the story and I felt the ending was a bit anti-climactic.

The Bottom Line
Still, a strong story with characters who aren’t your typical romance cutouts. I’d definitely check out more from Ms. O’Keefe.
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Wild Child by Molly O'Keefe is the first book in her Boys of Bishop series. This was NOT what I expected. A heartwarming tale of slightly damaged, imperfect people finding their way to love despite their issues.

Jackson is mayor of Bishop and young to be so. He is a well-loved man who let's no one close, not even his own sister who he has been raising since their parents died in a car crash a few years ago. The town is dying, the economy sucks and there is one chance to turn things around. The competition on daytime television for small town america to become home to a cookie manufacturing plant. The added jobs alone would turn this towns economy right around. Now all Jackson has to do is put the town's best face on display and have all the townspeople on their BEST behavior.

Monica is THE Wild Child. Her brief time in Bishop as a young girl was when her father chased her mother and her down, tried to kidnap her, attached her mother, and then was shot and killed in self-defense by her mother. Life wasn't good before and was horrible after that. Two god-awful reality shows and one best-selling novel later, Monica is back in town to write about her father's murder. Her visit coincides with that of the TV crew for the factory competition and Jackson is less than pleased.

The chemistry between the two - right off the bat, is awkward, hot and messy. The fact that they both end up baring so much of themselves that is normally NEVER revealed is precious. The story doesn't only focus on Jackson and Monica, it also gives a fully fleshed out idea of the townsfolk in general paving the way for more storylines - interesting ones at that.
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This book was a slow start for me, but from the time Monica showed up at the hotel, and she and Gwen faced off, I was hooked. The character development is phenomenal. The Dean Shelby storyline was an interesting 'antilove' counterpoint. Richly textured, would love to watch Bishop Boys on tv!!
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This is a wonderful story of two lost souls struggling to make their way in the world. I found this book to be different from Molly O'Keefe' s prior books but wonderful just the same. Highly recommended.
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My first by this author. Will read more. She bends expectations and goes deep into angsty goodness. I expected something lighter and purely sexy. It was sexy, but it was also heartbreaking and emotionally true. Plus I love the whole small-town contest schtick. Delish. Both the hero and the heroine have big issues to work through--she more than he. And she gets to her lightbulb moment faster and it was wonderful to see her be so brave and put herself out there and say what was in her heart. Four rather than five stars because it took me a while to get engaged in the characters. Could have just been me, but anyway. That's why the 4.
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