“We cannot say much about love at first sight. It happens, and we live in the wake of a new life.” Coleman Barks, The Essential Rumi.
I’m ashamed to say that So Wild is actually my first book by Eve Dangerfield. I have no idea why, especially so as Eve is an Aussie author and since I am Australian, I feel somewhat regretful that I haven’t read her before. So Wild was a great book to start my Eve Dangerfield journey with, I absolutely loved everything from the flawless writing, to the depth of the characters and to the fact that I love tattoos and have a few of my own. I loved being taken into the world of tattoo artistry. I also loved that the story was set in Melbourne, Australia. I’m not from Melbourne myself, but I have lived there for several years and always love to return. It’s a city that offers so much and I just related to the story as a whole.
Sam and Scott have known each other since they were kids and they have had a turbulent relationship, consisting of bickering starting from their first encounter and an array of pranks on each other. From the very beginning, when Scott was introduced, I automatically had a soft spot for him due to his cute stuttering (I have a bit of a thing for speech impediments) and having to put up with a father like his. If I was him, I would have taken off back to London too, just to escape a dad like that. I felt so sorry for him. Despite everything Scott and Sam had put each other through Scott had always had feelings for Sam.
Fast forward to adulthood and Sam’s father, who is the owner of Silver Daughters Ink tattoo studio, has vanished and has left everything in Sam’s name (the tattoo shop and the deed to their house). This is responsibility that I’m sure Sam herself believes she is not ready for.
Scott has always believed Sam was beautiful and given the fact that he hasn’t seen her in ten years, he believes she is even more beautiful than he remembers. Sam always felt Scott was a bit posh and dressed weird in his nice suits, like he was about to go to a wedding. It is quite evident from the beginning that there are distinct differences between the two, but sometimes opposites attract and fate has a way of bringing two people back together again.
There was not one character in this book I didn’t love; I loved Sam for her wild ways, her artistic talent, her mannerism and her entire being. I loved Scott for his sweet nature, his posh British accent (that I heard in my head whilst I was reading) and his love for the wild and free Sam. I adored both of Sam’s sisters too, especially Tabby, she was just downright hilarious and I couldn’t get enough of her. She was definitely a favorite of mine.
I urge everyone to check out this little slice of heaven. It was fun, emotional in parts and just a downright joy to read. As previously stated, this is my first Eve Dangerfield book, but it sure won’t be my last. If they are all half as good as So Wild, then I am going to be one happy little Vegemite.
Wow. I'm not sure how to review this book, but if nothing else I will say that it was panty melting, volcano like hot. This was my second experience with an Eve Dangerfield's book and I must say that both times she succeeded to shock me and impress the hell out of me . I loved Samantha's wild spirit and although she made Scott's life miserable when they were kids, I couldn't but love her wilderness, sass and sense of kink. The kink was more than I could handle, hence the four point five stars but if you guys are ready for a journey full of heat that would challenge your limits, then this is definitely your book. Wild is an addictive, steamy and absolutely hot story that would leave you wanting more of it
This story is a long and satisfying read, with Eve Dangerfield's characteristic hot (and slightly kinky) sex, sassy characters and great writing.
Have you ever wanted a do-over, but you have so many feelings that you're not even sure if that's a good idea, or how to start, or even if you REALLY want to go back there? That's how Samantha feels about Scott. Plus, there's a whole bunch of other stuff going on for Sam... and she's not really in the mood for ANYTHING.
But Scott is pretty determined to get his girl, despite some past sins that really can't go unpunished. Sorting out their complicated backstory, with the help of some great supporting characters (including some adorable puppies), is the only way forward. Scott is forced to bring out his commanding side to bring Sam into line.
This is a pretty big story, with lots going on. Readers get just a peek at some interesting supporting storylines too. I was so happy with how everything worked out for Sam and Scott, and now I cannot wait to read more about these characters.
Every time I read an Eve book, I’m so completely blown away by the depth and diversity in each story. At face value, this book is laugh-out-loud hilarious, full of so many Australian sayings and so much slang - plus the excessive language, which is also completely Australian. I read these characters and I feel like I’m with my slightly-crazier friends. But then there’s this whole other level to it where these huge, key issues are touched on and explored. Sam’s anti-patriarchy Dad with his completely ahead-of-his-time views on body autonomy, empowerment, and just generally being a decent, tolerant human being. I was so disappointed not to have ‘met’ him properly. If everyone was raised by a man like Edgar DaSilva, the world would have far less problems than it does now. On the other end of the serious spectrum, we have Greg Sanderson. Abusive, domineering, chauvinistic. Through him, the girls growing up next door got to see firsthand that not all parents are the same, which lends itself to a sort of begrudging empathy toward Scott, of which poor Sam had no idea what to do with as a teenager. Other familial themes are explored too; abandonment, death, growing apart, and failing to launch. One of my favourite lines was when Tabby, Scott and Sam went to meet Toby’s pups and Scott explained to Sam that Toby was embarrassed to let Tabby into his house because of his parents’ religious paraphernalia. And Sam reassures Scott that Tabby “...won’t say anything. She doesn’t judge.” That was so profound for me. Here’s this family of misfits that are considered a bit rough; Sam refers to herself as ‘trash’ (unfairly) on more than one occasion, they’re loud, outspoken and covered in ink. But they have something the people who look down their noses at them will never have. Humility. Each and every one of these themes is explored with such heartfelt earnestness, that in amongst the witty dialogue and irreverent comments, this is a book teeming with lessons about how not to be an a$$hole, and what it really means to ‘love thy neighbour’. I was completely captivated from the second I started, and even now, a day later, I’m disappointed to be finished. I cannot wait to read about the other Silver Daughters and their counterparts! ❤️