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A Wild Ride (Thompson & Sons, #5)

A Wild Ride (Thompson & Sons, #5)

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by Vivian Arend

From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author VIVIAN AREND, the final book in the bestselling series!

He’s the golden boy with a secret past

When Nicole Adams abruptly cancels their secret fling, Troy Thompson is stunned. The sex between them is sizzling, but she's ready to move on—find a reliable guy,


From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author VIVIAN AREND, the final book in the bestselling series!

He’s the golden boy with a secret past

When Nicole Adams abruptly cancels their secret fling, Troy Thompson is stunned. The sex between them is sizzling, but she's ready to move on—find a reliable guy, settle down, pop out a few babies. The thought of Nic in another man’s arms is maddening. And while her agenda freaks him out, Troy knows there’s no one in town nearly good enough for her. No one, that is, except him.

She’s his redemption and his future

Nicole doesn’t regret her sexual romp with Troy, but when he insists on taking the next step with her—marriage and parenthood—she figures he’s out of his mind. Troy? Husband and daddy material? Oh, he’s sexy beyond belief, with the ability to melt her panties with a single command, but the man’s not known for being responsible. Trying for forever with Mr. Frivolous? Everyone thinks it’s a fool’s game.

Everyone except Troy, who’s determined to make Nicole see the real him under the shiny exterior.

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Vivian Arend
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A Wild Ride (Thompson & Sons, #4) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Let me just say Troy is the best. I love him through all the book but this book is great. Vivian Arend did a great job with this book. Never underestimate the power of love. Thanks for the fantastic book.
Anonymous 6 months ago
Loved this series. Best ending ever
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the series! Vivian Arend create a great escape
TDB005 More than 1 year ago
Troy has always been seen as the happy-go-lucky type just rolling through life and not serious about much of anything, even to his own family. His secret fling with his best friend's sister is no different until it suddenly is...and he wants forever. Nicole wants to get more serious about life and get on what she feels is the right track into adulthood. She feels Troy was a great time, but not long-term quality material. She goes into dating Troy never expecting that he could end up being perfect for her, but Troy has unexpected depths to him that truly make him everything she has always dreamed. I enjoyed this one, but I wasn't blown away by it either. These two have plenty of chemistry, but I think the characters lacked sufficient development to really allow me to connect with them fully. I was expecting more from Troy's secrets, and we don't really get to know much about Nicole at all beyond her wanting what her sister's have and that she went to college. I just wanted more I guess. It wasn't a bad read, and it was quite steamy and sweet. I love how this series weaves into the Rocky Mountain House and Six Pack Ranch series, so maybe these characters will make an appearance in the future so we can see what happens. I kind of figured since she was so baby hungry that we'd find out she was pregnant by the end, but alas we were left with that lingering. It seemed kind of central to the plot, so I was a bit surprised by that. Anyhoo, overall definitely a book worth reading to wrap up the series with a bow and I did enjoy it despite a few issues I had. I really do hope we get to revisit these guys down the road though.
green____ More than 1 year ago
Two thumbs up! I love this series and what an amazing addition this book is to it! We finally get to get an in depth look into Troy... Everyone likes him, but they see him as a slacker... no one has really ever taken a good look into who he is... After Nicole, whom he has secretly been seeing, tells him things are over... we go along a journey of growth and revelation. I really enjoyed page after page of this story! Wonderful characters, great storyline and an adventure that was truly touching! Love those Thompsons! A Wild Ride indeed, two thumbs up! *copy given in exchange for an honest review.
Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
A WILD RIDE is the fourth (and final ?) installment in Vivian Arend’s contemporary, adult THOMPSON AND SONS erotic, romance series focusing on the four Thompson brothers-a spin off from Vivian’s Rocky Mountain House Series (Six Pack Ranch). This is mechanic Troy Thompson, and Nicole Adams’s story line- a friends to lovers/forbidden romance story that follows our couple from friends with benefits to lovers and more. A WILD RIDE can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Any important information from the previous story lines is revealed where necessary. Told from dual third person perspectives (Troy and Nicole) A WILD RIDE follows Nicole and Troy from sex partners to being in a committed relationship. For six months our couple has kept secret their ‘liaisons’ from family and friends, including Troy’s best friend/roommate-Mike-Nicole’s older brother and a man who has decreed his sister off limits for the likes of Troy. Troy has always been the good-time Thompson brother, and his reputation with the ladies; his laid back attitude; and his apparent lack of motivation have not endured our story line hero to his or Nicole’s extended family. What ensues is the building of a more permanent relationship while our couple struggle for approval from family and friends. A WILD RIDE looks at first impressions, family, secrets and truth. Troy is a man who keeps secret the events of the past, and in this, revealing the truth to the woman he loves keeps everything in perspective and shows Nicole that there is more to the story than everyone thought. Troy is a great story line hero; a man who knows what he wants, and is determined to keep Nicole in his life. Nicole’s family is not impressed with her choice of mate, yet our heroine never struggles with her love for Troy. Her family’s constant disregard for the man that Nicole loves finds Nicole on the offensive more times than not. All of the previous story line couples and characters play secondary and supporting roles throughout the story. We get up close and personal with the growing families, their plans for the future, and Troy and Nicole’s growing love for one another. We are introduced to Nicole’s extended family, and there are some issues with regard to their acceptance of Troy, and his undeserved reputation. A WILD RIDE has moments of humor and fun; heartbreak and pain; letting go of the past and moving forward. The $ex scenes are intimate, intense and seductive. The premise is entertaining, sexy and fun; the characters are charismatic and colorful; the romance is a well deserved happily ever after. A WILD RIDE is worth the price of admission.
ljtljtljt More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed A Wild Ride by Vivian Arend, the fourth book from her Thompson & Sons series. Each book takes place in the Rocky Mountain House area and focuses on one sibling from the Thompson family. This story is about Troy Thompson, the youngest brother and family peacemaker. He has a unique way of adapting to any situation, which causes those he cares about to be happier people. Troy, along with his beloved father and brothers, own and run the local auto repair shop. Nicole Adams has a lot of spunk and energy, considering her livelihood is in accounting. She is single, and finding a husband and becoming a mom has risen to the top of her to do list. Nicole and Troy have a ton of sexual chemistry, and their fling is cut short with Nicole's need to find "the one" and settle down. She does not think Troy is a family man, so he is not even in the running. Troy believes otherwise and is out to prove to Nicole that they are perfect for each other, both in and out of the bedroom. This is a terrific read. A Wild Ride is a hot, well-written book with a genuine love story that took hold of my heart from the very first chapter. Because all of the characters are defined so intimately, you can truly experience their emotions; regardless of whether they are joy, love, sadness or bitterness. The sex scenes are so hot they left me panting and Troy’s alpha male persona is a real turn on if you enjoy that kind of passion. I immediately made a connection to the characters and was routing for Troy and Nicole to stay together throughout the book’s entirety. This book is a must read for anyone that enjoys an engaging love story. It is the perfect combination of sexy times, entertaining plot, and character development. I must mention that the cover is fabulous. Complimentary copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
kahea46 More than 1 year ago
It’s no secret that I love Vivian Arend’s books so it will come as no surprise when I say that I devoured this secret friends with benefits to lovers story in no time at all. It was everything that I have come to expect from Ms. Arend. It was a fun, quick read with just the right balance of sweet, smexy, drama and humor to keep things interesting and a cast of characters that I wanted to hang out with longer, even when I wanted to smack some sense into them at times. Nicole drove me batsh(*)tcrazy in the beginging with how she went about ‘changing’ her life. I got it. She wanted more than just a f(*)ck buddy. She wanted the emotional and intellectual side of it with the possibility of it turning into the white picket fence with kids scenario, but I actually cringed at what she was doing. Thankfully she comes to realize that her plan isn’t working and once she does, she comes alive and we get to see the bright, sassy and outspoken woman she really is. While I may have had an issue or two with Nicole, I adored Troy from the start, even before finding out what his ‘secrets’ were. He’s charming, sweet, has a good head on his shoulders and loves his family. When his ‘secrets’ do come to light I adored him even more because he really is so much more than anyone gives him credit for and though it bothers him that the people around him, whether they are family, long time friends or just the people in the town in general, don’t really see him, he let’s it slide because he knows what his worth is and as long as those he loves are happy, he’s happy. The way their relationship progressed from being secret friends with benefits (for six months!!!) to dating and beyond was done really well. Nothing felt rushed as they both attempted, and failed, at not being together and finally came to the conclusion that they were perfect for each other. The sexual chemistry between them was smokin’ hot and I loved how even though they’ve been friends for years they realized that there were things they didn’t know about each other and took the time to dig deeper. And as always, I loved catching up with the Thompson clan, which is a lot less strain on the brain than trying to get caught up with the Coleman’s (Six Pack Ranch series) and spending some time with the Nicole’s family. There were times when I wanted to smack some of them, but it was fun to find out what was going on with them and a glimpse of what the future holds for them all. ~ ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review ~
HsuLeeNY More than 1 year ago
I loved this story! It look like no matter what he did nobody took Troy seriously. In the beginning Nicole also did not take Troy seriously, but as she really got to know him, he turned out to be an okay guy. I loved that they were able to work out their differences + give the relationship a real try. They ended up falling in love. AWWW! Very nice HEA