Review: Wild Ride

cover-wild rideTitle: Wild Ride
Author: Cathryn Fox
Series: Playing for Keeps #2
Genre: Red Hot Contemporary
Length: Novella
Available: Oct 19th


A sexy category romance novella from Entangled’s Brazen imprint…

Good girl, meet bad cowboy…

Marketing Tycoon Tyler Mackenzie, a.k.a. Wildman Mac, has a knack for knowing what people want and, more importantly, what they need…so when he decides to show sweet and sexy yoga instructor Jess Gray that she’s the one for him, he puts a seductive campaign into motion.

When Mac defines the terms for the week and insists she do everything he says, Jess can’t help but be intrigued. Since this good girl wants to break free and do something naughty, she agrees to his terms and soon finds herself embarking on a sexual journey that knows no limits. For Jess this is one week of living out her fantasies, but Mac is determined to make this wild ride last forever.

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Source: ARC from Entangled: Brazen via NetGalley

I know this is a short novella read and all, but did everything have to happen so fast? The first chapter is fine – Mac’s all anxious waiting for Jess to get off the plane, uncertain whether she’ll even take the trip and what she’ll think of his idea if she does. Which is fine, then the second chapter opens with the whole proposition – before she’s even seen her room or unpacked. Give a girl time to settle in, Mac!

The super speed continues with their first “date” being at a sex club and their second sexual encounter being a threesome. Now, with some characters this would be fine and I wouldn’t have a problem with any of it, but I never quite bought the whole secret naughty side of Jess. She’s supposedly super shy and conservative and reserved, and spends every night writing her sexy fantasies down in a journal. Which completely fits with the idea of her running away the first time Mac kissed her when they were teens.

What doesn’t fit is the idea that even as she’s talking terms of a sexy get away with Mac she’s eying up another cowboy. Which she continues to do until the threesome, then she pretty much ignores him. Er… If she was genuinely attracted to Blake, or even just curious about him, then fine. However, she isn’t. It’s just a handy plot device so they can have a threesome which Mac doesn’t want, Blake’s all into and Jess enjoys, but barely even thinks about afterwards. You’d think having a long term fantasy come to life would have some sort of effect, even if it was just “wow, hot, but I don’t think I could do it again” kind of thought. Or, more likely, “that was amazing. When can we do it again?”

After those two encounters the rest of their week together is sort of explained away without much of anything – except some anal, ’cause this was a cram as many sexy fantasies without going too kinky in as possible kind of read. And this annoyed me, mostly because if Mac had worked his way up to the big scenes I might have been able to believe it, but they go all in long before I’d expect Jess to have been comfortable with Mac, let alone living out her fantasies. This is a woman who won’t let him look at her journal – yet she’s all up for living them out right away.

Nope. Sorry. Jess’ character just did not work for me here. Mac was a little better in his sexy trust-me way and his willingness to share Jess (sort of) for that one encounter because he knew she wanted it, even when he wasn’t happy about it. However, even Mac was pretty sketchy and I never really got to know him too well.

So overall this wasn’t much of a hit with me. It might have been sexier if I’d been able to believe in the characters, but mostly they were just thin props to explain away the fantasies – and reminded me that some fantasies are better off not being lived. However, it is short, there’s plenty of sex and it has an implausibly happy ending. If you’re not too bothered about the characters involved in such things, then this will definitely make for a steamy escape.

Wild Ride is out October 19th.
Visit Cathryn Fox for more details.


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