On The Wild Side

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Regency England has no idea the Wilde family possesses a bit of the old, wild blood--blood from the Shenti, Dennene, Pelldari, and other such folk. This makes them a little special, gifted in different ways, drawing to them people like themselves.

The former Major Trevor Wilde, now the Earl of Ardmoor, takes a keen interest in connecting those couples who belong together.

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Overview

Regency England has no idea the Wilde family possesses a bit of the old, wild blood--blood from the Shenti, Dennene, Pelldari, and other such folk. This makes them a little special, gifted in different ways, drawing to them people like themselves.

The former Major Trevor Wilde, now the Earl of Ardmoor, takes a keen interest in connecting those couples who belong together.

ON THE WILD SIDE is a Regency anthology of six stories, telling the tale of love and romance and hopefully, a happy ever after.

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Run through Regency England with the Wilde family...

I enjoyed reading On the Wild Side. The stories fit together well, the romances were heartwarming, and several of the characters, especially Ardmoor, were very entertaining. I recommend it to anyone looking for a regency romance with a splash of magic.
Terry Hartley
The stories in this anthology of romantic life in England past are delightful and heartwarming. It was worth stepping outside (far outside) my genre comfort zone to read On the Wild Side. The writing is clear and the stories solidly constructed. Well done!
Teresa Reasor
Gerri Bowen is a master at writing Regency romances that really entertain. No boring drawing room drama here. On The Wild Side is a series of 6 short stories telling of the romantic struggles of men and women who have something special in their blood. Each one has a special gift. And sometimes those gifts get in the way of their finding true love. I found the premise fresh and the paranormal elements (wood nymphs and such) different in this book than any other I've read. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780984249916
  • Publisher: Highland Press
  • Publication date: 9/22/2009
  • Pages: 236
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.54 (d)

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  • Posted January 6, 2011

    Interesting Read

    Run through regency England with the Wilde family!

    Something Wild

    I liked the main character, Lady Madeline, immediately. Madeline is a woman desperately trying to adhere to the expectations of proper society, but her wild blood makes things difficult. As she tries to set a good example for her nieces and nephews, she has little outbursts of feeling that were quite entertaining.

    In addition to trying to tame her wild blood, Madeline is nearly forced into an unbearable marriage. Just at the right moment, a man from her past reappears. During her only season in London six years ago, Madeline met Robert, the Earl of Spode, a man she's never forgotten. The two immediately feel a connection, but the path to their happy ending is not clear. Robert must first get Madeline's unwanted suitor out of the picture, and also win the approval of Madeline's brother, Trevor Wilde, the Earl of Ardmoor.

    Ms. Bowen does an excellent job of setting the tone for the anthology with this first story. In Something Wild, I was introduced to Madeline and Robert, both of whom are very nice characters who delight in meddling in the romances of their friends and family.

    I did have one small issue with the story. Though Madeline and Robert had met six years earlier, they were barely acquaintances. While I realize that space is limited in a short story and that there is something to be said for love at first sight, I do wish that Madeline and Robert would have had time to get to know one another before deciding they were going to get married.

    Ardmoor was the most interesting character that I met in Something Wild. Throughout the story, he retains a bit of mystery. He confines himself to his room most of the time mourning the loss of his leg in battle. While Ardmoor comes off a bit gruff at times, it gradually becomes clear that he cares deeply about his family and by the end of the story is pulling himself out of his depression. I found myself smiling as Ardmoor shouted "inventive curses" as he learned to walk with his peg leg. I looked forward to reading more about him in the other stories.

    Sweet Sauerkraut

    While the romance in Sweet Sauerkraut doesn't directly involve anyone in the Wilde family, it does involve Ardmoor's close friend, Nick Wharncliffe. At first I didn't particularly like Nick. His motivations for finding a wife are purely selfish. He is responsible for his five nephews or monsters as he calls them. Nicke simply needs a wife to cook for and take care of them. He even needs a wealthy wife because he needs money to make repairs on his home. Nick doesn't seem to care who the woman is as long as she meets those credentials.

    However, when Nick is introduced to Beth Reese, he finds that he actually develops genuine feelings for her. Beth loves to cook and plans to use her culinary talents to win over Nick's unruly nephews. The more time Nick spends with Beth, the more he likes her. He even encourages her to enter a cooking contest and suggests that she come up with a recipe with sauerkraut as the main ingredient. I gradually warmed to his personality as I watched him fall in love with Beth and genuinely support her independent efforts.

    Originally posted at The Long and Short of It Romance Reviews.

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