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Wild About You (Love at Stake) (edition 2012)

by Kerrelyn Sparks

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Title:Wild About You (Love at Stake)
Authors:Kerrelyn Sparks
Info:Avon (2012), Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
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I usually really enjoy the Love at Stake series. Though this was good, I don't think it was quite up to the the standard as the rest of the series. I bought the book and do not regret doing so, as I own the rest of the series, I will re-read it in a week or two and will probably enjoy it more the second time; after all, Howard is incredibly hansom, and that smile ... yeah, I'll re-read it next week. ; ) ( )
  Pamelaaune | Aug 25, 2013 |
*I received a free ARC of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange of an honest review*

Of course, this being one of my favorite series, and the main character being Howard the were-bear - I gave it 5 stars. Loved it!

This and other reviews can be found on my blog (un)Conventional Bookviews

Love at Stake is my favorite series, and Wild About You lived up to my expectations. The mystery that went on from Wanted Undead or Alive was well done, and I was a happy reader indeed.

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  Lexxie | Apr 23, 2013 |
When Howard leaves on vacation Shanna Draganesti finds out that sweet, loveable Howard Barr has a secret crush on Elsa Bjornberg, hostess to a home renovation tv show, she decides to put them together and hatches up a plan to help Howard out a little. When Elsa meets Howard for the first time she is astounded by the sparks that fly, but there is something about him that speaks Danger to her, because she is not all who most people think of her. Because her family has been cursed for generations, but there is something about Howard that makes her want to trust him, but doesn't know if she does trust him...will it cost her life in doing so or would she be making the best decision. Elsa knows that if she wants Howard enough she is going to have to fight for him or lose him Forever.......
Wild About You is the most recent addition to the Love At Stake Series and I am so grateful to Avon Publishing and Edelweiss that I was able to get a copy of it. Especially since Kerrelyn Sparks is one of my favorite authors....and I just loved Howard's story....it was just right!!Wild About You is a wonderful love story that takes two people that have lived different lives, but upon meeting each other certain truths about themselves and their own history will come to light....I think I was always rooting for Howard, he has been a secret favorite of mine since seeing him in recent books in the series. So it was a delight to read his story, and I just loved how protective he was of Elsa and was willing to do anything to protect her and keep her in his life, and I just almost cried when I saw how gently and caring he treated Elsa....definitely a heartwarming love story that will seep its way into your heart....a story filled with action, some mystery, passionate and tender lovemaking, and a love story that will sing to you!!!! A Must Read!!!! ( )
  addictofromance | Mar 6, 2013 |
This book was such an improvement over the previous one. I adored Phineas, the leading man of Wanted: Undead or Alive but I was disappointed to find that his charming and vibrant character as established in earlier novels, was sorely missing once he had an opportunity to star in his own installment. Howard the werebear has also been a previous favorite of mine and I always wanted each book to feature more of him. I have to say the author did a fantastic job keeping Howard the same jolly, big bear of a man readers have always known and loved. I liked his leading lady Elsa as well because she is a larger lady with those insecurities and I love how Howard treated her and helped her see how amazing she was. Visiting with Shana and her children was another very nice perk and I will continue to compliment the author for not forgetting about the characters after they have found their happily ever afters. In fact, I believe that this series could remain strong even if we went back and revisited some of the couples as the main stars of future books as well. The reality show format worked and I really enjoyed some of the new mythology introduced in "Wild About You" as well.

This ended up being one of my favorite books in this series in awhile. I can't quite give it five stars because five star books in my opinion are surprisingly fresh and engrossing novels and the only problem with this story is that it was still followed the established romance formula of previous novels to a 't'. I am sure there has to be tension in each romance novel and I am also sure that after so many books it much become pretty difficult to come up with new plots to create this tension but I'd still like to see something different happen with a couple to shake things up a bit.

This series if very similar to Lynsay Sand's Argeneau Vampire series. I gave up on those fairly early on because I found them all to be the same. Ms Sparks does manage to keep her characters and world engrossing enough for me to still be pre-ordering these books years after the release of the first installment. ( )
  pacey1927 | Feb 26, 2013 |
Reviewed by: April
Book provided by: Edelweiss
Review originally posted at Romancing the Book

I am absolutely wild about Wild About You by Kerrelyn Sparks!! This book is hot, humorous and impossible to put down!

First of all, I have to comment on the cover: love love love it! It is eye-catching, hot, steamy and portrays the story perfectly. Howard’s eyes beckon, call and ache for you to pick up the book and indulge within the sinfully delicious tale within. You will not be disappointed!

Wild About You is the 13th book in the “Love At Stake” series. These books, however, can be read in any order at any time. I can say this with absolute certainty because I have yet to read them all. The first book by Ms. Sparks that I ever read was Eat Prey Love (#9 in the series) and I never felt as though I was missing out on an important chunk of the story line. Wild About You is no different. Each book centers on a specific character and tells their story. Previous characters do make appearances throughout, but you do not need to know their back story to get the full effect of the story.

With that in mind, Wild About You is Howard’s story. Howard is a were-bear with a few dark demons in his closet. He works as head of security at the top-secret school, Dragon Nest Academy and has always led a solitary life. Howard is kind, intelligent, loyal and smokin hot. Howard also has to deal with a long standing curse cast upon his heritage long ago – a curse that he does not believe in until it is thrust right in his face.

Elsa is the star of a popular home improvement/renovation series called International Home Wreckers. Elsa also has had to learn to live with her larger-than-ordinary size (she thinks of herself in this way: Yes, I’m freakishly large. I’m so tall I occasionally suffer from altitude sickness.). Born with a wicked birthmark upon her shoulder, shaped like a bear claw, Elsa has also been warned of a curse that has long effected her family. A curse that could mean her death and a curse that Elsa believes to be nonsense – that is until it is thrust right in front of her face.

A connection? Oh yes. When a delightful matchmaker brings Harold and Elsa together, Elsa feels the burn – literally, and the heat of chemistry and an unnerving and undeniable pull springs forth the moment their eyes meet. There is, of course the self-denial and the “try to resist” routine, however they are written in a delightful and provocative way that had me glued to the pages.

Full of heated romance, well-developed and vivid characters, Wild About You had me hooked from the first chapter. I don’t know if it was the flow of the story, the characters, the story line, plot or a combination of all of those things that had me zipping through the pages and unable to put the book down. Harold is amazing. He is so incredibly sweet, kind, considerate, hot, sizzling, loyal, alpha and just male perfection rolled into a nifty and smoking package that would make any woman swoon. Howard suffers from the loss of many loved ones and “regret” seems to be a constant in his life. This will definitely bring out the nurturing side of the reader. Elsa is a kind, strong, ambitious and likable character that will leave the reader yearning for her to find happiness. These are a few of the things that I found myself feeling as I read. I also found myself sighing in romantic bliss, giggling at the humor, tearing at the pain and joyful at the happiness. Yes, tons of emotions but for me this is what makes a great read. I loved being drawn so tightly into Harold and Elsa’s story and I cannot wait to see what character gets their own story next. I also look forward to visiting these two characters in future stories to see how they are getting along.

Kerrelyn Sparks is such a magnificent paranormal author. She has the talent to spin tales of romance and supernatural with characters that are real and connectable, as well as adding liberal doses of suspense and/or life altering problems to overcome. Her stories remain in my mind and heart long after I have finished reading them and leave me anxious for more. For lovers of paranormal, shape shifting, romance and just plain excellent stories, I highly recommend Wild About You by Kerrelyn Sparks! It is definitely one that has been added to my “keeper” shelf and one that I will recommend to all! ( )
  RtB | Jan 17, 2013 |
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"It's not every day that Elsa Bjornberg feels fragile, not when she hosts a home renovation show where she can effortlessly demolish a kitchen. But from the moment she meets Howard Barr, this bear of a man makes her feel like a woman. And the way he looks at her, as if she was a pot of honey he'd like to lick... Howard is not like most men. For one thing, he's a shapeshifter. And he always thought his celebrity crush would never amount to anything more than drooling at Elsa on the TV. When his meddling vampire employer gets involved, the star is suddenly within his grasp--and within a hair of her life. For an ancient curse forbids their newfound love, and Howard is suddenly torn between his desire for her and his desire to keep her alive."… (more)

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