Rating: 3.75 stars out of 5
The Witness Protection Program dumps JD Smith practically at the ends of the earth—in Two Pines, Alaska—to protect him until he can testify against a dangerous gang. He tries to stick to his story and keep his head down, but it’s impossible to ignore bush pilot Jake Wylder, a sexy loner with quite a reputation around the small town.
Flying medical supplies around Alaska suits Jake’s wild streak and love of freedom. He’s perfectly content to keep his romantic encounters casual—at least until he meets JD. Something about the nurse makes Jake think settling down might not be such a hardship. Now he just needs to convince JD he’s serious—which won’t be easy, given his past.
For a relationship to stand a chance, JD must testify so he can return to Two Pines as the man he really is—and Jake must grow into the man JD needs him to be.
Taming the Wyld (States of Love) by Lucie Archer introduced me to a new author and a new series in one book, two things that I love. In Taming the Wyld, Archer gave me several things I always look for in a contemporary romance. A location guaranteed to pull me in, in this case small town Alaska, two men with interesting backgrounds, and a plot just different enough to hook me.
The result is one that I enjoyed. Shorter than I would have liked, Archer still was able to get across layered characters, a true feel for living in an Alaskan small town, and a plot that had some surprises, some fun, and a wee bit of adrenaline rush.
A longer story would have given the reader more time to slide the connection to the MCs. That would be flying bad boy Jake Wylder and doctor JD, currently hiding out as a nurse under the Witness Protection Program. Honestly neither is completely likable at the beginning, both showing their flawed human sides. Both also could have used some more depth to their back histories to feel a tad more dimensional as well. But they do grow on you.
There’s a number of little plot threads running through the story, romance, personal growth, and oh, yes, that dangerous gang. Archer does a lovely job of pulling it all together within 101 pages. Yes, that’s right, this is a very quick read at only 101 pages. I felt the author had enough plot here for twice that amount.
I loved the town, the feel of Alaska Archer brought to her story. It felt right.
Now I want to see what else this author has in store for me. But in the meantime, I recommend you pick up Taming the Wyld. Its a terrific short contemporary romance. Just the thing for this Sunday afternoon. I wonder what other states are on the list next?
Cover art by Bree Archer does a great job with both the location, the characters and the element of flying with the plane. Love it!
ebook, 101 pages
Expected publication: September 21st 2016 by Dreamspinner Press
ISBN 1634775902 (ISBN13: 9781634775908)
Series States of Love setting
Alaska (United States)