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Wild Thing

by Robin Kaye

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Really fun and entertaining book. Definitely recommend reading domestic god series by Robyn Kaye....knowing all the characters really is nice. Love how different Hunter and Toni are but how wonderfully the fit together. Highly recommended read ( )
  Bette_Hansen | Nov 3, 2015 |
I liked the plot of this story, then ending was cute and it's always good when a male pursues the female but the heroine's major problem was too easily resolved and she lost credibility after that. Toni takes over as manager of a wilderness photo shot where Hunter and his brothers are guides. ( )
  Dawn772 | Jan 29, 2015 |
First of all, I know I already said this, but I am tired of half naked men on the cover of books. I am tired of them showing up in my feed, and I am tired of carrying them around. I do not ever again want to get into a conversation with my dad about whether the half naked man on the cover on my latest book is the actor from Perception (Erik McCormack) because it really looks like that actor (It isn't, Dad). [Are you sure that it isn't that actor? (Yes, I am sure, Dad.) Hold on, let me get my glasses, because it really, *really* looks like that guy. (It ISN'T that guy, Dad.) Wait a minute -- how many books do you have with that guy on the cover? Why are you reading so many biographies about Erik McCormack? (IT. ISN'T. ERIK. MCCORMACK. DAD!!!!!!!)]

But I digress...

So, yes, this is yet another of my binge-y romance books that fall into the hot-perfect-man-falls-for-quirky-cute-could-be-you-weren't-ten-years-older-and-thirty-pounds-heavier-woman category. Except I am even more distracted by the half naked man on the cover because he doesn't quite match the description of the guy in the book, and, for that matter, neither of them really fits my own description of what is attractive so that is even more distracting to me.

Which is all to say that I've already been way too distracted by all of this to fall in love with the story and that's part of the problem in the first place. (And I may as well give you a spoiler alert right now as I am probably about to go into way too much detail. Sorry. I'm weaning myself off Percocet and am in a cranky mood right now in case you couldn't tell.)

I spent the first few chapters of this book convinced that there had to have been more chapters before them as I felt like I'd started in the middle and not at the beginning. There was just a little bit too much familiarity going on with Hunter (the guy) just kind of walking into Toni's (the girl) cabin as if they'd known each other forever.

They hadn't, of course, and once I realized that, I was a little annoyed. I mean, Hunter was all nice and sensitive and Toni was all strong and vulnerable and I was more than happy to watch the two of them get together. But I wanted to watch it happen, not just have it kind of be a fait accompli (or however you say it) even though the whole reason I'm reading something like this is because it had darn well be going to happen or else why am I reading it, right?

The happening itself wasn't bad (who am I kidding -- it was more than o.k.), and then I hit the second hiccup. After a whole lot of build up about how understanding and respectful Hunter was about Toni's full-out fear of being left alone in the woods (with a back story that I related to just a little bit too much), he goes and, yep, leaves her alone in the woods.

I mean, I know the whole thing about needing to create conflict, and I'm willing to suspend disbelief for the sake of the story to a point, but, really? Leaves her just standing there completely alone in the woods? I wanted to throw the book across the room, I was so irritated.

Luckily, he came back appropriately sorry and feeling stupid enough that both Toni and I were able to forgive him. And then his family got fully introduced in one of the best family-meal scenes ever and, well, the book got a whole additional half a star because of that family. I loved, loved, LOVED them. They made up for all kinds of sins. And after that I was completely taken by the whole rest of the book and couldn't put it down again until I was done.

There was one final little bitty issue at the end... In reading all of these romances, I've really wanted to actually get to see the whole happily ever after part. And although I agree with the other reviewers that the engagement and wedding were a little bit too rushed, by that point I was o.k. with it. I had totally bought into the engagement and wedding. But I didn't like the slapstick treatment of the wedding itself. I didn't mind unusual, but I wanted it to be taken seriously. (Yes, that would be me off pouting with Hunter.) And I didn't want to feel like I was just being rushed to the end so that we could get to the next book, which I assume will take place in L.A. and have something to do with one of the brothers and the lady lawyer. But don't hold me to that.

Because of the various rating systems, I couldn't give this the rating that I really wanted to, which is 3.75 stars. It's not quite of a 4-star, thanks to all the annoyances, but in recognizing that those annoyances might be a bit surgery/Percocet-weaning-induced, the author shouldn't pay for my crankiness with a 3 or even a 3.5, and I'm therefore rounding it up to 4 in the places where it needs to be. I'll be looking forward to the next in the series, and I'll also be seeking out the (cousin) Ben/Gina story, which had way too much involved to not be a book of its own. ( )
  jendoyle2000 | Aug 16, 2013 |
Hunter and Toni are complete opposites. He's a nature guy; loves the great outdoors. Toni is a city girl and being out in the woods gives her a panic attack. I started reading Wild Thing expecting a light-hearted romance about two totally different people falling in love. Hunter and Toni eventually do fall in love but it happens so fast that I couldn't fully get on board with it.

Hunter is practically in love with Toni from the first page. When he first meets her he is totally attracted to her and has pretty much made the decision to make her his. All this stems from a few phone calls between the two to set up the photo shoot. Call me unromantic but I found it unbelievable that Hunter could fall for Toni that fast. And maybe my disbelief is due to the fact that for me, Toni was really likable. Described as a goth girl, Toni is very insecure. I would think a girl who wore a collar would have loads of self-confidence and self-esteem because if you're dressing a certain way, you know people are going to look at your differently. Along with the insecurities, Toni also has trust issues. Like big time. To the point where I was like, you need to be alone cause you need help! So with all these issues and insecurities, imagine my surprise when Hunter continued to pursue her. I could not understand what he saw in her. Nothing. Even as the mutual attraction grew, Toni treated him like crap when they were intimate. I'm surprised she didn't leave a hundred dollar bill on the nightstand once they were done.

I enjoyed the secondary characters, especially Hunter's siblings. After getting over the outrageous names (Fisher, Trapper and Karma), I enjoyed them a lot --especially little sis, Karma. Their interference in Hunter's love life is what made the book somewhat enjoyable for me.

Wild Thing kind of just ends; I guess as a set up for the next book. I remember seeing "The End" and was like, huh? For Toni to be a cautious person and not fond of relationships, I felt that her rush to fall in love and marry Hunter was too much. I would have been happy if they ended with dating. The romance wasn't believable for me. I didn't like Toni. Hunter was okay but I wasn't wow'd by him.

Wild Thing is the first book I've read by Robin Kaye. I do want to read the next book in the series so I will give this author another try. Wild Thing just wasn't the book for me. ( )
  LoveToReadForFun | Feb 7, 2012 |
4 stars/Fiction; Romance

I love that this book took place in my own backyard! A week long photo shoot in the wilderness with a hunky outdoorsman? Bring it.

Toni Russo is a big city girl who has to jump in last minute to run a photo shoot in Idaho for the modeling agency she manages in New York. Hunter Kincaid is a professional outdoorsman and the tour guide for this week long adventure. Right from the start, the chemistry between Toni and Hunter starts to spark until they are well on their way to starting a full blown forest fire. With a few misunderstandings and a past nightmare that is holding Toni back, Hunter has his work cut out for him if he hopes to melt the Goth girls heart.

Part of the Domestic God's series; this was a great romance story. Light and entertaining with the perfect combination of conflict, comic relief and steamy attraction. As is typical with this genre, relationships seem to progress at a warp speed rate. I do believe in love at first sight, but when the h/h start professing their undying love in a weeks time-- it does seem a bit rushed. However, anything less than a HEA would have left me disappointed so we gotta take the good with the bad.

This was an enjoyable read that combines all the things I love. Hot (domestic) men, photography and a perfect setting. I am looking forward to reading more of this series about Hunter and his siblings.

Recommended. ( )
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"White-water rafting guide Hunter Kincaid is psyched to lead a group of fashion models into the Idaho wilderness for a photo shoot. But it's Toni, the feisty manager of Action Models, who creates enouth sparks to start a forest fire. When rugged outdoorsman meets the original City Girl, worlds will definitely collide."--P.[4] of cover.… (more)

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