This latest of the Wilinski's series offers a different kind of romance that I found refreshing, interesting, and compelling. Steff is an unusual heroine, not only by virtue of her profession, (which I found really cool, especially since she wasn't just all talk) but by virtue of her approach towards romance. She takes a practical view of things, and, even though she is pretty instantly attracted to Patrick, she resists because of monetary concerns - he's hurting financially, and she's looking to settle down with someone for the long haul. Such considerations might polarize some people, but I appreciated how it brought legitimate concerns to the idea of a relationship, issues that had to be confronted and worked through. Steph has a really nice character arc throughout the book. Her relationship with Patrcik isn't an easy one, with Patrick pursuing and Steph resisting the whole way. But I liked that it wasn't easy, that Steph was unconventional and three dimensional. Sure some people might call her a money grubbing witch for wanting to avoid penury, for not instantly being bowled over by the hero's super powered pheromones, but me I'm not so quick to judge. She was upfront with Patrick from the beginning. They both knew the score, but ultimately, could never seem to stay away from each other. (One critique though, plotwise: I didn't like that the things that brought them together initially were a series of coincidences that seemed kind of forced. But the book is kind of short, so the author didn't really have much room to finesse.)
As for Patrick himself, he's one of the more appealing heroes I've come across. What a great guy : ) Just all around decent, hard working, and gosh darn cute. And so head over heels for the heroine. (Ok, you could also read him as desperate, but who doesn't like their heroes a little - er a lot - obsessed?) I was rooting for him the whole way. Not only was their chemistry hot, but their rapport convinced me that they fundamentally liked each other too. My only real complaint is that, after working so hard for the happily ever after, we don't really get to glimpse that happily ever after for ourselves. This is the kind of romance where an epilogue really is essential - usually I find them annoying, cheesy fillers that detract from the book as a whole. But in this case, some more concrete illustration that these two worked it out could have been packaged nicely in an epilogue of some sort. As it is, the book ended before I had had my fill of this great romance.
Driving Her Wild Mass Market Paperback – 22 October 2013
About the Author
Before becoming a writer, Meg worked as a record store snob, a lousy barista, a decent designer, and an over-enthusiastic penguin handler. Now she loves writing sexy, character-driven stories about strong-willed men and women who keep each other on their toes and bring one another to their knees. Meg lives north of Boston with her bearded husband. When she's not trapped in her head she can be found in the kitchen, the coffee shop, or jogging around the nearest duck-filled pond.
- Publisher : Harlequin Books (22 October 2013)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 218 pages
- ISBN-10 : 037379777X
- ISBN-13 : 978-0373797776
- Dimensions : 10.54 x 1.55 x 16.87 cm
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DecentReviewed in the United States on 31 October 2014
A decent read though not outstanding. I liked both characters, but the hero was a bit too passive and the tension ran out early on in the book. The last third of the book seemed to run out of juice and felt a little phoned it. Not a bad read, but the weakest of the series so far.
EXCELLENT!Reviewed in the United States on 12 March 2014
I loved this book. Meg is a superb storyteller. Great characterization. I LOVED the hero. Too bad there aren't more of Patrick around..