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"Fun, very sexy read." - Smexy Books
About the Author
- ASIN : B00F93X85W
- Publisher : Carina Press (January 13, 2014)
- Publication date : January 13, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 523 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 256 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 037342776X
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,606,030 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The writing is gorgeous. It grips you and doesn't let you go. Beautiful metaphors. Tremendously strong voice.
This is not a light book; it's set in a violent world, it's full of teeth and claws and intensity, and it did not let me go. It's also some of the hottest sex I have ever read on the page; it felt raw and ferocious and matched the whirlwind nature of the book itself.
This book is very much about Bri's struggle not to re-enact her abusive family systems and her fear that she is, and those stories are precious, especially when done this well, with this much care and love and insistence on it not being easy or simple or impossible. I hold this story close to my heart for how it grapples with this complex struggle.
So often, in stories about girls like Bri, tough ferocious trauma survivors who are scared and brave in equal measures, who own their desire, there is a framework that is both anti-sex and full of misogyny, a tone of pity, or explanation, or a hurling towards doom about them, this distance and grief for the character, like you are supposed to be titillated by proximity but not identify with them, be several steps away watching, even when it's told in the first person. This story demolished those tropes, in an unforgiving way, was intensely, relentlessly centered on Bri with no distance at all, and a tremendous amount of respect and love for her and who she is, how she thinks, what she needs, and what she chooses and for that alone this book has won my fervent devotion.
Let me say that again more bluntly, in case it was not clear. This book centers a tough, ferocious sexual woman who is a trauma survivor, and it wasn't about looking at her from the outside or getting titillated. It insisted on centering her perspective.
And it was hopeful. She wasn't doomed. She didn't need to "learn a lesson," or get punished or be fixed. I cannot tell you how much I needed this story. I'm not sure I knew until I was done reading it and it had started to sink in. It is a tremendous gift to me as a survivor.
Trigger Warnings: (includes spoilers) There are references to child physical abuse throughout. There is a description of child sexual abuse in the first chapter. There is a mugging early in the book that includes substantial physical violence. There is a violent attack in the middle of the book that results in a broken arm that's described in detail, as is the home medicine used to set the injury. There is an attack later in the book that is very violent. References to sexual coercion. Descriptions of being homeless and precariously housed. Physical fights both in the boxing ring and out of it. References to being a child witness of intimate partner violence and coerced sex work. A lot of alcohol use. Brief fatphobic comment that is challenged by another character.
Brianna “Bri” Martin grew up with an abusive father and, when things go too far one night, she packed her things and ran away from home. She lived on the streets for some time, until she met Jaxon Young, who helps her get her life together and becomes her BFF. They live together and work together at the same bar. I really like Bri, even if she can be a complete bitch sometimes - and she knows it! She’s also sarcastic and reckless yet also passionate and protective of what’s hers. Bri is a survivor, doesn’t do relationships, and doesn’t trust anyone but Jax. Then she meets Luke, who infatuates her – ensnares her, but she’s also afraid of him because he’s a boxer – like her father.
Oh, Luke Turner, how I adore thee. He is my kind of bad boy hero. He’s an underground fighter, super sexy, all alpha, rough around the edges, broody, and intense but he melted me into mush with his patience and protectiveness with Bri. Luke is everything Bri didn’t want in her life yet Bri is utterly drawn to him like a moth to a flame. Luke is good for Bri--he never tells her how to live her life and accepts her wild and independent side. Though, he doesn’t put up with her crap and Bri dishes out a lot of bullcrap.
Their sexual attraction and feelings for each other are untamable, undeniable - almost obsessive, which leads to an intensely passionate yet dysfunctional relationship. Together, they are an unpredictable hot mess. They’re both powerless against one another with their all-consuming desire and lust that brews between them. They fight with fervor. They make up with hot angry sex. They both have big issues that stem from their past, though Luke’s issues aren’t really addressed that much in this book. I wish there was more information given on Luke’s back story, which I’m hoping to learn more in later books. The main focus of the story is Bri’s issues with her past. Her fear of becoming like her mother has a tight grip on her. And, in order for Bri and Luke to stay together, she must come to terms with her past before she can move forward with her future.
When I reached the end of this story, I actually had a moment where I wished there were at least another chapter or two or maybe an epilogue. I was enjoying this story so much that I wanted MORE. I really enjoyed the writing style with the rich descriptions of this world. While Bri and Luke’s crazy fighting might be a big turn-off for some readers, their dysfunction worked for me. There is something about crazy, mad love with tumultuous, raw emotion that I’m drawn to. And, while this is a romance story, it’s not romantic. It’s dark and gritty with some cringe-worthy violence where Bri is a victim of physical abuse more than once. There are several secondary characters written in this story and I’m happy to find out they’re getting future books. I’m anxious to know whose story is next. I’m hoping to get a book for Jax soon.
-- A Romantic Book Affairs Review
In everyone but Bri.
When they meet it’s an immediate rush. Reading them together is like testing yourself as you pour one element onto another, knowing they’ll explode when they touch, but you HAVE to see this. You have to know, because these two are never potential energy. From their first sighting across the smoky, SPEAKEASY bar, they’re kinetic. They’re motion and chaos and to watch forces of nature fall into a desperate, manic love that neither of them even want, both living young, dangerous lives feels like a Lana Del Ray song. It’s sexy and sweaty. It’s furious and relentless.
WILD ONES invites the rush of New Adult to come along down this shadowed alley. Maybe there will be two people losing their minds and skirts up against a brick wall, or a brutal, underground fight for territory. Or maybe it’ll be the devil himself making back alley deals with a crooked smile.
It’s all possible here in this wild, shadowed world of fighters and survivors where everyone is playing with fire.