Sunday, October 27, 2013

ARC Review: Wilde for Her (a Wilde Security novel #2) by Tonya Burrows


Former homicide detective Camden Wilde has been in love with his ex-partner, Eva Cardoso, for longer than he cares to admit. Not that it matters. She’s shoved him into the friend zone, and after living through the hell of his parents’ violent deaths, Cam’s unable to give her the idyllic life she secretly desires.

Eva’s never met a person who hasn’t let her down. Cam may be sex personified, but he’s the only man she can trust, and there’s no way she’ll risk their friendship on the off-chance they could be more. Especially not after the one scintillating night she’s trying—and failing—to forget.

When a murder-for-hire contract on his head lands Eva on his doorstep, Cam knows it’s time to put up or shut up. He’s done biding his time, and he’ll be damned if he lets the delectable detective ignore what’s between them, no matter the cost.

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Best friends turned lovers is a common literary trope, yet it's one that I never tire of reading, especially when the story is so well-written that it is simultaneously familiar and refreshing. Such is the case with the second book in the Wilde Security series by Tonya Burrows, Wilde for Her, in which two best friends hover on the precipice of becoming something more. Each page is filled with an abundance of detail, whether the author was explaining the daily routine of a private investigator or the longtime friendship between protagonists, Cam and Eve. My imagination didn't have to work too hard because Burrows paints a clear picture of the story. I feel as though I became thoroughly acquainted with the two protagonists' daily lives and there was no aspect of the narrative that I didn't enjoy.
Wilde for Her may not have been as emotionally jarring as its predecessor, Wilde Nights in Paradise, but it still succeeded in tugging on my heartstrings. As strong and assured as Cam and Eve appear to be, they are revealed to be equally flawed and damaged, yet this is why they work so well as a couple. Whether they are razzing each other over a game of darts or giving in to their explosive chemistry, the deep connection between Cam and Eve is apparent, and it is the strength of their connection that made me root for them to progress past the friends with benefits arrangement they enter at the beginning of the book.

What I love most about Wilde for Her is that it has a bit of everything - some action, a hint of mystery and a fair amount of romance. The romance is an essential part of the story, yet it isn't the only draw; the plot delves into the ongoing murder investigation introduced early in the book in conjunction with the Wilde brothers' security company, which gives the book an added element of suspense. The familial bond is also expanded upon, so that, even though this is Cam's story, I was able to become better acquainted with each of the remaining Wilde brothers.
 Introducing the future prospective love interests of the remaining Wilde brothers provided a glimpse of what their upcoming stories would entail. It was both frustrating and exciting reading teasers about Vaughn, Reece, and Greer in the midst of Cam and Eve’s story, because my mind whirled with the possibilities of their individual narratives. I appreciated the fact that Tonya Burrows took the time to give readers a preview of what's to come because, after reading Wilde for Her, I'm even more invested in following the series to its completion.
Rating: 5 Stars 

About the Author:
Tonya Burrows | Writing has always been my one true love. I wrote my first novel-length story in 8th grade and haven't stopped since. I received a B.A. in creative writing from SUNY Oswego and I'm now working on a MFA in popular fiction at Seton Hill University.

When I'm not writing, I spend my time reading, painting (badly), exploring new places, and enjoying time with my family. Give me a good horror movie over a chick flick any day. (And, let's be honest, I'll take a bad horror movie too!) I'm a geek at heart and pledge my avid TV fandom to Supernatural and Doctor Who. I'm also a big fan of The Voice. What can I say? Guilty pleasure.​​

I share my life with two dogs and a ginormous cat. We live in a small town in New York, but I suffer from a bad case of wanderlust and usually end up moving someplace new every few years. Luckily, my animals are all excellent travel buddies. 

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