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  • Posted October 29, 2013

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    Mayor Jackson Davies knows about responsibilities. He left law s

    Mayor Jackson Davies knows about responsibilities. He left law school and his girlfriend to move back to Bishop, Arkansas to raise his much younger sister when their parents were killed in a car wreck. He was elected mayor to a town on the edge of bankruptcy. He has a chance to bring some much needed industry to Bishop in the form of a cookie factory. The problem is there are other towns in the running for the same factory. Having former “Wild Child” Monica Appleby return to Bishop to write about Bishop’s only murder, when her mother shot and killed her father is not the image Jackson wants to present. He can’t help it if he finds himself attracted to her. Which will win duty or love?

    This book is a little darker than other books I've read by Ms. O'Keefe but it is still one heck of a good read. This book had me at times laughing out loud and at one point I had to put the book down because I couldn't read through my tears. Like real life this book is filled with ups and downs and I highly recommend it.

    I received an advance copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in return for a fair and honest review. 

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 19, 2013

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    Small Town Romance! Big Time Tension!

    What do you do when you are a small town mayor determined to keep your town from becoming another bankrupt statistic? Mayor Jackson Davies enters a contest that would bring a large cookie manufacturing company to Bishop. Yep, cookies, sweet, huh? How could he know Monica Appleby would come back to Bishop to dig up some of the town’s ugly, painful past? The tension runs high as these two battle it out in public-while in private they are burning up the sheets, playing havoc with their hearts.
    <b>Wild Child</b> by Molly O’Keefe is a light, sometimes spicy romance that makes for a nice, if slightly predictable read. Both Monica and Jackson have troubled pasts they must learn to overcome. Can you say flawed humans? Then again, getting to that conclusion is kind of fun! With a town full of brilliantly fleshed out characters, the couple have a great supporting cast, a real contemporary crisis that is all too real for many towns today, emotional conflict in spades and small town talk to deal with!

    Ms. O’Keefe can tell a tale, takes her time building the world we are invited into and pulls together a tale that runs the gamut of emotions! Anytime the author can convince the reader that they want to throttle the immaturity of a character, they have done their job well!

    An ARC edition was provided by Bantam in Exchange for my honest review.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2013

    Read on October 02, 2013 Book Info  Paperback, 368 page

    Read on October 02, 2013

    Book Info 

    Paperback, 368 pages
    Expected publication: October 29th 2013 by Bantam
    ISBN 0345533712 (ISBN13: 9780345533715)
    Source:Netgalley EARC

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    Perfect for readers of Susan Elizabeth Phillips and Rachel Gibson, this sizzling romance tells the story of a sexy small-town mayor and a notorious “bad girl,” who discover that home really is where the heart is.

    Monica Appleby is a woman with a reputation. Once she was America’s teenage “Wild Child,” with her own reality TV show. Now she’s a successful author coming home to Bishop, Arkansas, to pen the juicy follow-up to her tell-all autobiography. Problem is, the hottest man in town wants her gone. Mayor Jackson Davies is trying to convince a cookie giant to move its headquarters to his crumbling community, and Monica’s presence is just too . . . unwholesome for business. But the desire in his eyes sends a very different message: Stay, at least for a while.

    Jackson needs this cookie deal to go through. His town is dying and this may be its last shot. Monica is a distraction proving too sweet, too inviting—and completely beyond his control. With every kiss he can taste her loneliness, her regrets, and her longing. Soon their uncontrollable attraction is causing all kinds of drama. But when two lost hearts take a surprise detour onto the bumpy road of unexpected love, it can only lead someplace wonderful.

    “Molly O’Keefe is a unique, not-to-be-missed voice in romantic fiction.”—New York Times bestselling author Susan Andersen

    My Thoughts

    Coming home for Monica Appleby does not mean the same thing as it does to others, it means reliving violent memories from her past and facing the people who lived in Bishop Arkansas when her mother shot and killed her father in self defense. After a turbulent childhood, an even more dramatic and mistake ridden young adulthood Monica now in her early 30's is riding the wave of success generated by her tell all autobiography &quot;Wild Child&quot; which no surprise was the nickname all her antics garnered her. Monica however wishes to put all that in the past and has come to Bishop for the sole purpose of researching the night of her father's death at the hands of her mother as she has contracted with her publisher to write a book on the event and it's aftermath in her life.

    Estranged from her mom for years Monica has built a public persona that few people ever look beyond the mask of, funny thing is first day out in public when she meets Mayor Jackson Davies that public persona cracks and the &quot;real Monica&quot; shines through.

    Jackson is battling to keep his town from cratering due to debts incurred long before he was in office, it is a losing proposition due to the failing economy. Having lost his parents when he was a young man in his first year of college he has raised his younger sister alone so along with effort it takes him to keep trying to save Bishop and make the best home for he and his sister has left him no time for much of a personal life. The connection he feels upon first meeting a grown up version of Monica Appleby rocks his world and no matter how much they both would like to deny the attraction it soon rages out of control!

    This was a quirky tale that made me crack up at the feisty Chinese Crested Reba, applaud for Monica Appleby for finally gaining perspective, wish for a piece of pie from Cora's and fall in love with the mayor Jackson Davies as he made every effort to save his town as well as make things right for Monica.

    [EArc from Netgalley in exchange for honest review]

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2014

    Good, Not Great

    I thought the story was a little unbelievable... Also there were too many things going on at the same time that were not really connected... Also there wasn't a real ending to several of the stories... When I can put a book down and walk away from it for a period of time it isn't a good thing... Sorry but this one just wasn't "up there"...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2014

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2014

    definitely worth your time

    too strong characters both with issues, completely different issues but they come together in the end, it's just good

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2013

    I really liked this book.  I will keep it, and read it more than

    I really liked this book.  I will keep it, and read it more than the one time.  Good sex scenes.

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  • Posted October 31, 2013

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    Monica Appleby is best known for her role as the ¿Wild Child¿ on

    Monica Appleby is best known for her role as the “Wild Child” on a reality TV show. Now she is returning to her home town to write an autobiography about her mother killing her father when she was 5.

    Mayor Jackson Davies is trying to pull every string to save Bishop, Arkansas. He just entered a TV show contest to bring a new manufacturing plant to the town, hoping to revitalize the economy. When the town ends up in the contest's semi-finals the last thing Jackson wants is to stir up old town skeletons. Monica Appleby story is definitely the town's biggest skeleton.

    Davies is torn between his goal to save the town and the desire that burns for Monica. With every argument it seems their attraction grows till it just boils over. 

    I really enjoyed Wild Child. The do battle attraction is always so fun to watch, while the romantic tension grows thicker with every sparring. The town provides a very interesting line up of secondary characters. I did find Jackson's mindset a little immature, but it was great to see the character growth at the end. Wild Child is an easy, entertaining story with a strong home town flare.

    This ARC copy of Wild Child was given to me by Random House Publishing Group - Bantam in exchange for a honest review. This book is set for publication October 29, 2013.

    Written by: Molly O'Keefe
    Series: The Boys of Bishop
    Sequence in Series: 1
    Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
    Publisher: Bantam 
    Publication Date: October 29, 2013
    ISBN-10: 0345533712
    ISBN-13: 978-0345533715
    Rating: 3.5 Stars
    Genre: Contemporary Romance
    Age Recommendation: Adult

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  • Posted October 30, 2013

    I really enjoyed this book! The story line was a nice refreshing

    I really enjoyed this book! The story line was a nice refreshing change from all the trilogies out there. It was fun and quirky at times and at other times had me griping the edge of my seat. The main characters were really good together, but I would definitely like to see more books about the other characters because there were quite a few of them that I would LOVE to read more about. I received an ARC from Netgalley for an honest review.

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  • Posted October 30, 2013

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    Hot and dark. A great start to a new series.

    Reviewed by Kim
    for Read Your Writes Book Reviews

    I’ve been a fan of Molly O’Keefe for a little over a year now, ever since Unexpected Family and on through her Crooked Creek Ranch Series. I have to say that I'm surprised that Wild Child is so different. This is a dark and hot story with both of the main characters having troubled pasts.

    Wild Child takes place in Bishop, Arkansas. Bishop is a small town that has been hit hard by the recession. Its okra processing factory has been closed down and a lot of people have lost their jobs. With a shrinking tax base, the mayor is going to have to decide if they should keep the library open or keep the Fire Chief on staff.

    Monica Appleby is known to the world as being the “wild child” after her attention loving mother made them the focus of a reality show sixteen years ago. Now an author, Monica is back in Bishop to write a book about her father's murder. Jackson Davies is the young mayor of Bishop tasked with trying to bring the town back to its glory days. While watching a morning news program that is sponsoring a contest to bring a factory to a small town in need, Jackson sees this as his chance to help the town and set up his departure to leave.

    Monica is more than people give her credit for. She knows that she isn't the “wild child” people think she is. But she still doesn't know how special she actually is. She's broken because of what happened when her world got torn apart at the age of six. Any and every way she could damage herself, she did; guys, drugs, alcohol, you name it. But she's changed and is growing up. People just don't want to see it. Monica isn’t prepared for all the pain and memories writing a book about her parents will bring up. Just when she thinks she has her life figured out and thinks she knows who she is, someone that is better off forgotten shows back up.

    Jackson Davies is a man who likes to make the world think he has everything under control. But this couldn't be further from the truth. At the age of twenty-two his life changed with the death of his parents. He was then forced to give up his college life and return home to take care of his much younger sister, Gwen. Refusing help and not knowing what to do, Jackson ended up burying his head in the sand. At this point, Jackson just wants to see Gwen graduate from high school, send her off to college, and wave good riddance to Bishop.

    What neither Jackson nor Monica expects is to meet the one person who sees who they actually are behind the mask they show the world. And they definitely aren’t expecting to loss their hearts to each other.

    Wild Child is a great start to a new series full of characters you will love and want to get to know. Though the story does have its fun and hot & steamy moments, it also has its share of deep dark moments. Reading this book will allow you the pleasure of watching troubled souls start to heal and become who they really want to be. You will witness several characters make new discoveries about themselves and the people they thought they knew. And you will smile when Jackson and Monica realize that they are truly home with each other.

    Favorite book quote: “We learn how to be happy from our parents. We learn how to treasure it and work for it, how to sacrifice for it. We learn how precious happiness is from the example our parents set.”

    Source: Edelweiss

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  • Posted October 29, 2013

    This is a wonderful story of two lost souls struggling to make t

    This is a wonderful story of two lost souls struggling to make their way in the world.  I found this book to be different from Molly O'Keefe' s prior books but wonderful just the same.  Highly recommended.

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  • Posted October 29, 2013

    I have been looking forward to reading this book for a while. T

    I have been looking forward to reading this book for a while. The idea of a small town waiting to be rescued is one of my favorite tropes. Fools Gold, California (Susan Mallery) and Sweetness, Georgia (Stephanie Bond) anyone? I wanted to see what Ms. O’Keefe did with the dying small town idea. Not surprisingly, she grabbed hold with both hands and made it her own.

    Her own was not quite what I expected. The majority of small town romances I’ve read have been lighthearted and fun. I did not expect the brittle, fragile characters and raw emotion that O’Keefe brings to the story. Even the town itself has an air of despair that hangs over it. There are wonderful things going on in the town: a renowned art camp; an annual okra festival (even though the okra cannery is long gone); a local diner with the best pie in the state; and, construction on a new bar and microbrewery. However, these things cannot overcome the loss of jobs and local revenue.

    Jackson’s mission is to save the town. He believes by winning a contest to bring the cookie factory to town he will solve the town’s problems. Once the town’s problems are solved his sense of obligation will be met and he can move on. He doesn’t realize that by trying to solve the town’s problems he’s holding everyone at bay, including his teenage sister. He is a caricature of himself. He wants to save everyone else, never realizing he’s the one that needs to be saved.

    Monica’s mission is to put to rest the ghosts of her past by writing a book about the night her mother killed her father. Her first book detailed her rebellious teenage years. She doesn’t believe that writing the book will solve the mysteries of her childhood. Rather she needs the money. She doesn’t realize how dredging up the past will impact her present. Early on in the book she tells us that she’s decided to let go of her Wild Child past and not fall into the same destructive behaviors.

    There’s no way these two should be good for each other. Yet, inexplicably, they are better together than they are apart. Monica sees that Jackson is broken. Jackson doesn’t see the Wild Child; he sees Monica. Together they are able to not only keep each other from shattering, but begin to shore up the blown glass. The end of the book is not the end of their journey, rather it is the beginning. I can’t wait to catch up with them in the next two books in the series.

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  • Posted October 29, 2013

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    My Rating: 4.5 of 5 ¿¿ When Jackson Davies, Mayor of Bis

    My Rating: 4.5 of 5 ¿¿

    When Jackson Davies, Mayor of Bishop, gets wind of a large cookie manufacturer looking for a new production plant in small town USA, he pulls out all the stops to get to the front of the line. After the death of his parents he returned home to look after his baby sister, and ran for mayor for something to do and pay the bills. His town has been slowly dying for the last few years and despite all of Jackson's efforts, it doesn't look like he will be able to hold off the inevitable for much longer. Getting that factory to his town may well be their last chance, and seeing Monica Appleby return to town right before the all important pitch, has him both worried and intrigued.

    Former public &quot;Wild Child&quot; turned successful author, Monica Appleby is under contract with her publisher to write an exposé about the death of her father, which occurred in Bishop. Having just said goodbye to a good friend and forced to honor her book contract, she reluctantly returns to the one place she would rather forget, Bishop. As it turns out, Bishop's own leading man, Jackson Davies, doesn't seem all that excited to have her, or her reputation, there either although the rest of the population seem welcoming enough. Monica can't deny more than a passing interest in the mayor, whose good looks and kind heart crack her cynical outlook.

    Despite almost conflicting objectives, Monica and Jackson can't seem to avoid each other or the explosive chemistry sparking between them.  But Jackson has trouble keeping control of his bid for the cookie factory and Monica fares no better when it comes to the writing of her book. The town, however, is a hubbub of excitement and drama, in no small part thanks to the two of them.

    Both are still working towards their own objectives though, and neither in business nor on a personal level are they completely open with each other. When old band aids are ripped off, and carefully erected walls have come tumbling down, what has been exposed has the power to tear them apart or seal them together.


    WONDERFUL!!! This is one of those rare books that turns out to be so much more than the cover blurb promises.

    On the surface a light-hearted story about a woman of somewhat questionable celebrity who returns home to become involved with a slightly stuck up mayor of the town, dead set on saving the town. Underneath a much more compelling and intriguing story, with complex characters and deep-rooted development issues.

    Both Monica and Jackson have created a persona which they show the outside world. For both of them, it is the person they think the world expects to see. 
    In Jackson's case, a responsible, staid, hardworking and giving member of the community, who never asks one thing for himself. The irony is, he wouldn't know what to ask. Jackson lost his sense of self along with his parents and only has his sense of responsibility left. Everything he does is with a purpose, as long as the purpose is something or someone else. 
    For Monica, the tragedy and hurt of her past was first plastered over in youthful rebellion, turned into more hardcore self-desctructive behaviour and then settled for a resigned 'give-them-what-they-want' long as 'they' don't get too close! She still reacts like a cornered cat when she feels too exposed, because she has never properly dealt with her past.

    The differences between Jackson and Monica is both what attracts them and also what ultimately cracks each of their exterior facades. They are instrumental in liberating the other.

    An amazingly perceptive, moving and well-written story wrapped in an innocuous looking, small-town romance!! Highly recommended and a definite 'must read'.

    ¿Surprising, provocative, touching and sexy!!¿

    **ARC courtesy of NetGalley and Random House Publishing in return for an honest review.**

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  • Posted October 29, 2013

    MOLLY O'KEEFE - WILD CHILD - 4.5 Stars ¿ Romance ¿ 368 pages ¿

    MOLLY O'KEEFE - WILD CHILD - 4.5 Stars

    • Romance
    • 368 pages
    • Bantam Books
    • release date: October 29, 2013

    About the book:

    Bishop, Arkansas.
    Mayor Jackson Davies wants to leave - he hates being Mayor and he hates small-town life. As soon as he can send his little sister off to College he's out of Bishop!
    The only problem is - his town is dying. The town's only chance comes in the form of a TV Competition: a big cookie company wants to move their factory and headquarters to small-town America. It's his only hope - with the factory and its taxes and new jobs etc. the town could be saved.
    The only thing standing in the way is Monica Appleby - Reality-TV-star turned Bestselling Author. She's back in Bishop to write a book about the 'murder' of her father. Which is not something the Mayor wants America to hear about when it's time for them to vote for their favorite small town.
    And of course - as if that wasn't bad enough - sparks are flying like crazy between Monica and Jackson.
    But both have been hurt and don't want a relationship - both are leaving town as soon as their work is done.
    But that's not what will happen ¿

    Another little story-line is about Shelby - art teacher and single woman. I guess we'll hear her story in the second book in the series ¿

    BUT THAT'S IT.....

    I'm not telling you more about the story - it would spoil your reading pleasure ¿
    - you have to read it yourself!

    OK, I might be persuaded to tell you a few tiny facts:

    - there will lots of Kissing and Touching and SEX

    - there might be a bathtub scene! H.O.T.!!!

    - Jackson's sister Gwen has a big part in the book - maybe we'll hear her story in another book in the series.

    - Cora from the diner - could also get her own book :) There are lots of stories in Bishop!

    (and I would sooo love to go to Cora's and eat everything on the menu!!!)

    - the real star in the book is Reba :) Monica's ugly little inherited dog!!

    OK - That's it - you have to read it to find out if there will be a happy end or a cliffhanger or if everybody dies at the end ¿



    It was a cute, sexy romance - no big surprises or suspense - just Romance - and that was totally ok :)
    Jackson is a really cute and thoroughly GOOD guy - helping his sister - his town - everybody. And he's soooo good-looking too ¿
    Monica, with her sad past just wants to belong somewhere - she wants someone to love her - even if she doesn't even admit that to herself.

    A few things I didn't like
    - The Cover of the book? I like the picture - but it doesn't fit with the book - the guy looks like he's a football Pro or a MMA fighter - but not a sexy small town Mayor ¿ For such a romantic story - it would've been better to put a cute small town on the cover - with a couple walking a dog - something cute!

    - there's one weird perspective change after a few chapters - first I thought there's a killer on the loose and we now see the story through his eyes - but it was just Shelby's little story-line. But the way it just happened was not very 'flowing'.

    - the writing disturbed my reading pleasure a tiny bit - Molly always lets people stutter nervously. I could understand it if it was ONE person - a very nervous and shy person - but she does it with everybody.
    Lots of sentences begin with:
    I'm not....I'm not doing bla bla
    Can we....can we just start bla bla
    How does this work bla bla
    it was way too much stuttering!

    But - I really liked ALL characters and I am looking forward to the next book in the series!

    Bishop, Arkansas - BOOK #2
    no idea when it's out.. :(((

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