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Wilde for Her
     

Wilde for Her

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by Tonya Burrows
 

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Former homicide detective Camden Wilde has been in love with his ex-partner, Eva Cardoso, for longer than he cares to admit. Not that it matters. She's shoved him into the friend zone, and after living through the hell of his parents' violent deaths, Cam's unable to give her the idyllic life she secretly desires.

Eva's never met a person who hasn't let her

Overview

Former homicide detective Camden Wilde has been in love with his ex-partner, Eva Cardoso, for longer than he cares to admit. Not that it matters. She's shoved him into the friend zone, and after living through the hell of his parents' violent deaths, Cam's unable to give her the idyllic life she secretly desires.

Eva's never met a person who hasn't let her down. Cam may be sex personified, but he's the only man she can trust, and there's no way she'll risk their friendship on the off-chance they could be more. Especially not after the one scintillating night she's trying-and failing-to forget.

When a murder-for-hire contract on his head lands Eva on his doorstep, Cam knows it's time to put up or shut up. He's done biding his time, and he'll be damned if he lets the delectable detective ignore what's between them, no matter the cost.

Each book in the Wilde Security series is a standalone story that can be enjoyed out of order.
Series Order:
Book #1 Wilde Nights in Paradise
Book #2 Wilde for Her
Book #3 Wilde at Heart
Book #4 Running Wilde
Book #5 Too Wilde to Tame

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781622663552
Publisher:
Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publication date:
10/28/2013
Series:
Wilde Security , #2
Sold by:
Macmillan
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
250
Sales rank:
15,608
File size:
2 MB

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Wilde for Her

A Wilde Security Novel


By Tonya Burrows, Heather Howland, Sue Winegardner

Entangled Publishing, LLC

Copyright © 2013 Tonya Burrows
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-62266-355-2


CHAPTER 1

Camden Wilde felt like a suspect in a police line-up.

A suspect dressed as a Jimmy Buffet tribute band reject, but still.

Yeah, they must have been a sight, the five big, bad Wilde brothers in their Hawaiian print shirts, khaki shorts, and flip-flops, standing side-by-side under a lone palm tree on the breezy Key West beach. But, damn, did all of the wedding guests have to stare?

Jude would pay for this. Big time.

The happy groom-to-be stood beside a priest who looked like the frontman of that Jimmy Buffet tribute band. Always antsy, Jude bounced a little on his feet as a tropical version of the bridal march started, his impatience to see his bride tangible.

Who would've guessed the youngest Wilde would be the first to take the plunge? Cam certainly hadn't seen it coming, but without a doubt, it felt right. Libby was good for Jude.

Lucky bastard.

Not that Cam wanted any of this marriage shit for himself. He'd done the whole loved and lost thing once before when his parents were murdered, and he damn well wasn't gonna voluntarily sign up to put himself through that kind of pain again. He'd learned long ago he couldn't stop himself from loving, but he could protect himself by keeping his distance and keeping any relationships he had short and sweet and purely physical. Hell would be icy for ten years before he went anywhere near an altar — unless, like today, he was standing up for one of his brothers.

But him, a groom? Never happening.

Jude, on the other hand, made a damn good one, Hawaiian print shirt and all. When Libby appeared at the end of the flower-strewn wood walkway, a glowing vision in a gauzy, pale-blue dress with her arm resting in the crook of her father's, Jude went completely still and sucked in an audible breath. The look on his face could only be described as awed. He pressed his lips together, visibly fighting back emotion.

"It's official," Vaughn said under his breath. "Little brother is a complete sap."

Cam elbowed his twin in the ribs. "Don't be like that. It's good to see him happy."

"Happy's one thing," Vaughn muttered and squinted against the setting sun. "But if he starts crying, I'm gonna have to break his face on principle."

"Twins," Greer said out of the side of his mouth. "Shut up."

Cam winced. He hated when Greer called them "twins" as if they didn't each have a name. Vaughn grumbled something about "older fucking brothers" and Reece, serving as best man, sent all three of them a warning look as their conversation started drawing attention. Thankfully, not a lot. Most everyone focused on the center of the aisle, where Libby's father handed her off to a beaming Jude.

The ceremony got underway and Cam let his gaze wander over the assembled guests, searching for his "date." He found her in the last row of chairs, fidgeting in her tight-fitting sundress like she couldn't wait to get out of it.

He could help her with that.

No. He immediately shut down that line of thought. Not appropriate. Not when it came to Eva Cardoso. She'd been his partner, and even though he no longer worked on the police force, it wasn't kosher to think about her in any way but as a former co-worker and friend.

Forget that he'd been in love with her for the last five years. It still wasn't right.

She noticed him looking at her and flipped him the bird, which made him grin. That was Eva all right. All steel and fire and no social grace.

The wedding ceremony was quick and sweet. And, yeah, maybe he choked up a little bit when the priest announced the new couple. There hadn't been a Mr. and Mrs. Wilde since his parents died.

God, he wished they were here to see this. They'd both be so proud of Jude.

Cam followed his brother and new sister-in-law back down the aisle to a round of applause, his arm linked with a bridesmaid's. But when he reached the end of the runner, he broke away with a murmured apology to the woman and walked over to where Eva still sat.

"Your brother and his wife look ecstatic," she said as he approached.

"They are."

Frowning a little, she watched Jude and Libby until they disappeared into their beachside hotel, where the reception was being held. "Is it wrong to be jealous of them?"

Cam opened his mouth, but found he had no answer.

She waved a hand. "Never mind. Forget I said that."

Gladly, Cam thought and cast around for a topic that was a little less of a minefield. "I don't think I've ever seen you in a dress."

"I don't think I've ever seen you in a Hawaiian shirt," she shot back.

"That's because I don't do Hawaiian anything. It's Jude's idea of a joke."

"Well, I don't do dresses." She scowled and plucked at the skirt in disgust. "My sister bought it for me when I told her I'd be coming here for a wedding. It was either wear it or face her wrath when I get home. So just call me chicken. Bawk. Bawk."

Cam laughed but wasn't about to tell her that her sister had impeccable taste. The asymmetrical dress was just as edgy as Eva herself and the deep red color complimented the dark silk hair and bronze skin she'd inherited from her father's Brazilian roots. The fabric hugged curves she usually hid and parted to showcase a long leg when she stood.

Cam tried to keep his voice light as he reached over and flicked the end of the halter neck's tie. "Looks good."

Her dark eyes narrowed at him. "Are you trying to be funny? 'Cause I gotta warn you, I'm armed."

Armed? Where?

He looked her up and down and about swallowed his tongue at the possibilities.

Damn.

Something sparked behind her eyes. Recognition. A trace of heat. Panic. She backed away from him in a quick step, knocking into one of the folding chairs at the edge of the aisle. "Uh, we should probably go inside."

Cam shook himself and glanced around. They were the only ones left on the beach.

Inside. Where his brothers were probably waiting on him. Right.

He held out an arm. "Shall we?"

She ignored the gesture and bent over to pull off her sandals. "Will there be beer at this reception?"

He scoffed. "My brothers are here."

"Ah, good point." Her dark eyes crinkled at the corners as she grinned up at him. "Race ya in, Wilde. Winner buys first round."

She didn't give him a chance to respond, but took off like a thoroughbred, all graceful long legs with her dark hair streaming through the air.

Cam couldn't move, could only watch her, his heart pounding and his mouth as dry as the sand under his feet.

Damn.

He was so fucked.

CHAPTER 2

Eva weaved through the crowd gathered on the hotel's patio, her heart thundering and not from her sprint across the beach. She didn't dare look behind her to see if he was following, and that pissed her off. She needed to put on her big girl panties. Actually, at the moment, she'd be happy with any panties, big girl or not. The dress hadn't allowed for anything more than a thong, and she was counting down the hours until she could get out of the uncomfortable thing.

Annnd she was stalling.

Fuck it. She stole a glance over her shoulder and let out a breath of relief when all she saw was a crowd of nameless wedding guests. No Cam.

What the hell had that all been about anyway?

One moment it had been a typical conversation between her and Cam — and then it wasn't. She'd started getting weird vibes from him and had felt ... hot. She'd looked at him in that ridiculous shirt with his dark hair mussed by the ocean breeze, his perpetual stubble darkened past a five o'clock shadow, that funny little quirk of a smile of his twisting his lips, and something changed. She'd had the urge to drag him up to her hotel room and put that perfectly made king-sized bed to good use. And maybe the glass enclosed shower. The sofa. The floor ...

No.

What?

She brought those thoughts to a slamming halt.

She was no prude. She liked sex, and despite her recent dry spell, she liked to engage in it as often as possible. But, fuck, this was Camden Wilde she was fantasizing about. Her ex-partner. Her best friend. And she hadn't even had a drink yet!

Which was something she definitely needed to remedy. Right now.

Eva wound through the schmoozing wedding guests to the white tent set up as a reception hall. The sun had dipped below the horizon, painting the sky in bright pinks and soft purples. Huge paper globe lanterns hung from the ceiling and gave off a welcoming yellow glow. Two long tables, decorated with breezy white linen and tropical flower centerpieces set every few feet, ran side-by-side on a low wooden dais at one end of the tent with the wedding party's smaller table at the front. A few people had already taken their seats, but she didn't know anyone, so she ignored them all and continued her search for a cold alcoholic beverage. The other side of the tent was an open stretch of sand that she assumed would be the dance floor once the DJ in the corner finished setting up his equipment. Until then, a quartet played soft guitar music on another low dais. It was nice, if not a bit snooze- worthy.

But no bar.

Must be out on the patio, which explained why so many people had gathered there. Steeling herself, she turned to continue her search among the gaggle of finely dressed strangers — and nearly ran into a broad chest covered with a Hawaiian print shirt. She stumbled a little, more from dismay that Cam had found her than from surprise. His big hand caught her arm to keep her upright, and she felt none of those strange vibes from him this time. Thank God. Whatever had happened between them on the beach must have been a fluke.

"Whoa," he said. "Easy."

"Shit." She straightened and shoved his shoulder as relief and a strange sense of disappointment threaded through her. "Don't sneak up on me like that, you jerk."

"I didn't sneak. I called your name, but you didn't hear me. Cam's looking for you."

"Cam? Wait, is it refer-to-yourself-in-the-third-person-day? 'Cause Eva missed that memo." The moment the words left her mouth, she felt like a complete idiot and squeezed her eyes shut for a second. "Dammit, you're Vaughn."

He grinned, and it was eerie how close that smile resembled his twin's, except his had an edge of meanness to it that Cam's didn't. "People have been doing that all day."

She eyed him. She'd always used the twins' hair lengths to tell them apart when they were together, since Vaughn tended to let his grow long and Cam kept his shorter, but now Vaughn's was just as short and even styled the same way.

"It's because you look somewhat civilized now," she told him.

He ran his hand through his dark hair, mussing the gelled locks on top so that they fell into his blue-gray eyes instead of continuing to lay flat. If she didn't know him any better, she'd think he was embarrassed about the haircut.

"It's just for the wedding," he said. "Libby said I looked like a thug and didn't want me scaring off her bridesmaids."

"She's a smart woman. Now, excuse me, but I need a drink." She stepped aside to go around Vaughn, but his hand still held her arm and he wasn't letting go. She looked down at his tanned fingers, then back up at him and quirked a brow.

"I kinda need my arm back."

"Yeah, in a minute."

"Got something on your mind you wanna share, big guy?"

"I don't share."

"And I'm not surprised by that. Still, I do need my arm back."

He said nothing more. She gave him her best bad cop stare and tried to wait him out, but the damn man had been a SEAL, and he had the patience to out-wait an apocalypse. There was no way she'd win this battle, so she finally gave up trying.

"All right. I'm over this pissing contest we got going on. Either let me go or you're going to be singing soprano for a while. How about that?"

He released his hold and had the grace to look a little ashamed at the red marks he'd left on her skin. "Just ... be good to him or we'll have problems, got me?"

No. No, she didn't get him at all. Eva watched him stride away and shook her head, feeling as if he'd just hauled off and socked her in the jaw.

What the hell did he mean by that?

She trailed after him to the patio and watched him clap the back of a handsome dark-haired guy carrying a cane. The two bullshitted until a blond man joined them and handed the guy with the cane a bottle of beer. There was some more BS-ing, followed by another back slap for each of the two men, then Vaughn broke away from them and found his twin. Eva winced when he nodded and pointed in her direction — Cam had obviously asked if Vaughn had seen her. For all of a half second, she thought about ducking back into the crowd, but that was ridiculous. Cam was her best friend and, technically, her date for the night. She wasn't going to be able to avoid him forever.

Big girl panties, she reminded herself and plastered on a smile as Cam started toward her. He also got waylaid by the two men, but he easily excused himself from them and finally made it across the patio.

"There you are," he said and handed her one of the two bottles of beer he held. "Loser buys first round, right?"

"Right." She clinked the neck of her bottle against his. "You've gotten slow since quitting the force."

"Yeah, that's what riding a desk all day does for a guy."

And cue the awkward silence.

Minutes ticked by, and they stood side-by-side without saying a word, studying the crowd. Cam seemed to want to say something, but stopped himself and took a slug of his beer instead.

Desperate to break the silence, Eva nodded to the blond guy and the one with the cane. "Who are they? I didn't see them at the wedding."

"The one with the cane is Gabe Bristow, and the other guy's Quinn. They were in the area, so Vaughn told them to stop by the reception if they got a chance. They were on the teams with him."

That piqued her curiosity and she studied the two with renewed interest. "SEALs?"

"Used to be. Now they run a private group that specializes in hostage rescue. And the woman coming up to them?" He motioned his beer toward a woman with long, golden brown hair. Her yellow dress flowed behind her as she hurried through the crowd. "That's Gabe's wife, Audrey."

Audrey tugged on her husband's shirt and motioned for him to lower his head so she could whisper in his ear. Gabe laughed at whatever she'd said and pressed an affectionate kiss to her forehead.

Eva glanced away from the pair, only to see Jude and Libby standing hand-in-hand a short distance away, a fortified unit against the exhausting wave of well-wishers. There was so much love and trust between them, it hurt to look at.

A pang of longing struck Eva in the chest with such force it took her breath away. What was so wrong with her that she couldn't find the kind of strong, lasting relationship those two couples had?

Must be hereditary. Certain people had to be genetically predisposed to happy marriages — the kinds of people raised in normal households, who had soccer moms and doting fathers. Not people like Eva, raised by an irresponsible mother who fell for whatever loser showed her the least bit of attention. Then one day the loser would leave and Katrina Bremer would fall further into depression and drugs until the next one came along. After witnessing what each new heartbreak did to her mother year after year, Eva supposed she'd never be able to give up enough control to put her own heart in a man's hands.

Cam's hand landed on her shoulder, startling her back to the present, and awareness seeped from the skin under his palm into her chest and belly, warming her from the inside out.

Oh, shit. Not this again.

He was her best friend. Best. Friend. She wasn't supposed to light up like a firework every time he touched her. What the fuck was wrong with her?

She sidled a casual step away from him and took a long drink of her beer. Cam started to say something, but Jude and Libby had finally made it over to them. With an easy smile, he turned and embraced his new sister-in-law, then gave his brother a few solid thumps on the back. Niceties out of the way, Jude's smile slipped a little, and he motioned to his brother to lean in as if he was about to tell a secret.

Uh-oh. Something was up.

"What's wrong?" Cam asked.

And he was ready to jump into the situation with both feet. It was such a Cam thing to do that Eva had to bite back her smile.

Jude hesitated and exchanged glances with his wife, who nodded encouragement. He tilted his head, indicating the beach. "Seth's here," he said as if that explained everything. But judging by Cam's wince, it was enough information for him.

Eva scanned the water's edge and spotted the lone figure standing on the beach, staring out over the ocean.

"I'm worried," Jude admitted. "He won't say it, but he's having trouble with all the noise and people. He's determined to stay and torture himself even though I told him he's not going to offend us if he ducks out early. He was here for the ceremony, which was more than enough. Can you go talk to him? Convince him to go home and take it easy? I tried, Gabe and Quinn both tried. Even Audrey tried, but the stubborn jackass won't listen to any of us."


(Continues...)

Excerpted from Wilde for Her by Tonya Burrows, Heather Howland, Sue Winegardner. Copyright © 2013 Tonya Burrows. Excerpted by permission of Entangled Publishing, LLC.
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Meet the Author

Writing has always been Tonya Burrows's one true love. She wrote her first novel-length story in eighth grade and hasn't put down her pen since. She received a B.A. in creative writing from SUNY Oswego and is now working on a MFA in popular fiction at Seton Hill University.

She shares her life with two dogs and a ginormous cat in a small town in New York, but she suffers from a bad case of wanderlust and usually ends up moving someplace new every couple years. Luckily, her animals are all excellent travel buddies. When she's not writing, Tonya spends her time reading, painting, exploring new places, and enjoying time with her family.

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Wilde for Her (A Wilde Security Novel) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
## Just barely ok. The hero has been in love with the heroine for over 5 years, but doesn't persue her because he NEVER wants to be married or have kids. Then after one night they decide to become sex buddies. The hero makes it clear he doesn't 'do' relationships yet he gets mad because the heroine is taking things so lightly. She then asks just to be friends again because she eventually wants marriage and a family and he gets mad again. He buys her a ring but then says nevermind it was just a weak moment. Seriously?? Jeez, is this guy bi-polar? Make up your freaking mind dude! Can't recommend.
booknerdDS More than 1 year ago
Eva Cardoso and Camden Wild have known each other for five years. They were both homicidegh detectives and partners. Camden decides to start a security business with his brothers, Wilde Security. The Wilde brothers all seem like your typical alpha, testosterone filled males. Eva is not a pushover. She is tough and can hold her own. She had a very tough childhood. Her mother is an addict and was never very “mothering”. Although Eva has other siblings she is only has a relationship with her sister Shelby. Although Eva and Camden are best friends and attracted to each other they never tested the bonds of their friendship. Eva was in a two year relationship with Preston and Camden was always the best friend that she shared a beer with. When the novel starts Eva and Cam are at his brother Jude's wedding. Evan and Cam are overwhelmed with their attraction for each other and after a couple of shots and much hesitation they finally give into their intense attraction for each other. This is definitely not your Judy Blume story! When Cam wakes up the following morning Eva is gone! He tries several times to get a hold of her but she refuses to answer the phone. Eva is terrified that their intense night of passion will cost her the only stable and healthy relationship she has ever known. When Eva is called on to investigate a homicide Cam is linked to the death of a homeless man named Soup who also happens to be Cam's informant. Eva finally has to come face to face with Cam and they agree that they don't want to ruin their great friendship, but hey they also cannot ignore that fantastic sex that they share! So they set up a “friends with benefits” type of relationship. Their relationship sizzles and fireworks explode between these two. Complications arise as Eva learns that Cam has been keeping a secret from her. Someone has put a hit on Cam. Cam doesn't want to worry Eva and doesn't say anything about it to her. Eva also adds complications to their relationship when her ex-boyfriend Preston wants her back. Although Preston never wanted to marry Eva he some how becomes engaged to another girl, but he realizes its a mistake and proses to Eva begging for a second chance. Cam is obviously not happy with this change of events. As Cam's life is threatened his brothers step in and try to protect him. Eva realizes that she loves Cam and doesn't want to lose him. This is a dynamic story. The element of murder plays an undercurrent to the story and adds to the intrigue. Although both Eva and Cam are tough, they realize that they are exactly what the other one needs.
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
So Good!!! Cameron Wilde and Eva Cardosa are best friends. Truth is Cameron has loved Eva for as long as he can remember but the timing was never right. Ex partners now that Cameron has left the force and joined Wilde Security and the fact that Eva has broken things off with her last boyfriend has Cameron deciding that now is the time to let her know exactly how he feels. Will she feel the same or will she fear that changing their relationship will damage what they have. You definitely want to read this one and find out. I highly recommend it.
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ArizonaJo More than 1 year ago
Wilde for Her by Tonya Burrows is the second book in her Wilde Security series. I didn't think she could get any better than Wilde Nights in Paradise but I was wrong. I loved this one just as much. Camden Wilde is a former homicide detective and now partners with his brothers in Wilde Security. He is such a strong alpha male with a heart of gold (which he will deny) and devoted to his brothers and his best friend, Eva Cardoso. He's been in love with her since she became his partner on the police force but accepted the role of best friend because he didn't think he could give her everything that she wanted/needed in a relationship. Eva is so strong and sassy and thinks she is totally independent. She finds out just how much she needs others in this story. She wants what she never had while growing up - the sitcom perfect family life - house, yard with the white picket fence, a husband that comes home every night to her and their family. Yet she forgets that she is a homicide detective that loves her job and spends many, many hours on the job. I found it kind of sad that she tried so hard to keep this dream alive. The plot had twists and turns that kept me guessing about the murder. There was hot sexy times between Camden and Eva that practically burned my fingers as I was turning the pages. The Wilde brothers, sigh, they are swoon worthy even when they are arguing amongst themselves. But Vaughn and Camden has that twin brother relationship that can be so true (if you know any twins that are close, ask them). If you enjoy a romantic suspense that will keep you turning the pages, you won't be disappointed. I won this book from the author in a Facebook contest and am voluntarily doing this review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This had it all, good story, hot hunks & lots of steam!
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Tammy_SmutReviewer More than 1 year ago
4.5 Stars from me! I am a huge sucker for books about friends to lovers. I love the whole tempting, but scared, but can't resist the pull....gah! Eva and Cam are hawt. They have too much to drink and just cannot resist one another. Afterwards, Eva is scared. She's not a one nighter kind of girl, but she knows Cam isn't looking for anything serious. Cam is hot, alpha, and only wants to protect Eva. He doesn't know about her feelings for him. I absolutely adore the Wilde brothers. All of them are seriously hot and I cannot wait for the next one. I can't wait to see what Tonya has in store for us!! Ladies, don't pass this one up if you love a hot alpha, coworkers/friends to lovers book with a side of hot steamy mclovin'! +Copy provided via Netgalley inexchange for an honest review.
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Bitten-By-Love-Reviews More than 1 year ago
This was my first time reading a book by Tonya Burrows and it will NOT be my last.  I absolutely loved how she created chemistry between Camden Wilde and Eva Cardoso.  The way she wrote the brothers interacting together had me laughing.  I could so see myself arguing with my siblings in the same way. Camden has been in love with Eva since they were partners on the police force.  The big problem is that they are best friends and neither want to risk their friendship by taking a chance on their sexual tension.  While they were both at his brothers wedding the both took the next step in their relationship  and had crazy monkey sex :)  when they got back home they tried to ignore their sexual tension and get their friendship back.  Meanwhile Cam found out that he had a contract out on his head.  Cam doesn't want Eva involved even though she is a cop and wants to help him.  Can the couple realize they are meant to be together or will the contract be taken out on Cam before Wilde Security can solve the case?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Eva and Camden sizzle
MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
Wilde for Her by Tonya Burrows was a fun, intense, and suspenseful read. Though missing out on the first book in this series probably hurt a bit, the plot and characters were vivid and cohesive enough that it didn’t matter too much. This book also sets up the next book in the series. Camden and Eva light up the sheets, hearts, and pages with their explosive chemistry. They do tender and caring equally well. Both are scarred by familial issues and they each use those issues to push the other away, at first. But then, they know each other so well, those issues can’t keep them apart for long. The mystery of the book isn’t whether they will end up together, in bed and out of it. The mystery is who has it out for Camden and what are they going to do about it. With Camden’s macho issues, he botches almost everything related to the hit out on him. An intervention on the part of his brothers sets the stage for his enemy’ s plan. Unfortunately, it was pretty obvious who the villain of the piece was. Good pacing, good build up, great finish for Wilde for Her. RATING: 4 Heat Rating: Hot REVIEWED BY: Monique Neaves Courtesy of My Book Addiction and More
SunMtnReviews More than 1 year ago
Wilde for Her is the second book in the Wilde Brothers Security series that focuses on five brothers who have started their own security company. Although I didn’t have the opportunity to read the first book, Wilde Nights in Paradise, I had no difficulty in reading this book as a stand alone.  Burrows provides enough description of all five brothers and their backstories to help me get to know each character as an individual and to see the undeniable love and loyalty these siblings have for one another.  While this story centers on Cameron Wilde’s blossoming romance with his former homicide partner, Eva, Burrows also sets up future storylines for the other brothers that are waiting to unfold. She gives just enough detail to nudge future story threads into the existing plot and pique my curiosity about what will happen in the next book, so this is a series I plan to continue.  The plot has a nicely balanced blend of romance, mystery, and suspense, with a bit more emphasis on the romance between Cam and Eva, who worked together for five years as detectives before Cam left the force to join his brothers in the security business.  Now they are still best friends, even though deep down Cam has always wanted more with Eva. He’s always kept his feelings for her hidden because he knows she’s the type of woman who wants marriage and a family, and he doesn’t see that for himself.   Eva has been relationship-free for the last six months, and the heartbreak has left her insecure about her desirability and whether she can have the ideal family life she’s longed for all of her life after growing up with a single mother whose need for parties, drugs, and men hindered her from providing a stable environment. Although Eva’s very attracted to Cam and has fantasized about him for years, she won’t risk taking their friendship to a physical and romantic level for fear of losing the best friend she’s ever had.  The story is told from both Cam’s and Eva’s perspectives and their thoughts and interactions together really show how right they are for each other. Their personalities and interests mesh well, and they are so comfortable and easy around each other that it’s obvious they have a strong emotional connection that will provide a solid foundation for a loving, satisfying relationship if only they will push beyond their fears and take the risk. I think it’s ironic, that these two strong-willed, independent, heroic characters won’t hesitate to risk their lives to protect others, but when it comes to matters of the heart, they both turn and run away.  Yet, events throughout the story force these Cam and Eva to delve into the root of their fears, and I enjoyed watching them become more emotionally resilient as they moved out of their comfort zones. Along with the romance, filled with steamy, passionate love scenes, Cam and his brothers must work together to find out who wants Cam dead.  The danger escalates as Eva is brought into the drama because of a related homicide case, and, although it isn’t immediately clear who is the real antagonist is, it becomes more obvious as the plot builds toward a suspenseful climax. Wilde for Her is an enjoyable read and I really hope Cam’s twin, Vaughn’s story is next.  I received a copy of this book from the publisher for an honest review.
RBtWBC More than 1 year ago
I am in love with Tonya Burrows and her sexy ex-military men! Burrow paints a tale of best friends turned lovers in Wilde for Her with Eva Cardosa and Camden Wilde. Former homicide partners, these two bonded on their first meet over carrot sticks and have stuck together ever since. But Cam wants more then friendship from Eva, he has from the start. Fear of loosing another loved one though has kept him from revealing his true feelings these last five years and he is unsure that he could ever give Eva the white picket fence future that he knows she dreams of. But after a drunken night of incredible sex at his baby brother, Jude's, wedding there's no way that they can return to the same old friendship they shared before. Eva proposes a friends with benefits relationship, but can Camden live with being shuffled to the 'friends' corner for the rest of their lives? With his life on the line, and the life of his twin brother's, Cam decides that he's no longer willing to sit on the sidelines when it comes to love; even if that means loosing Eva forever. Friendship and all.  Wilde for Her was an exciting and fast paced story that I loved from the start. Because of her upbringing and her mother's unstable life, Eva longs for stability and basically perfection. Her best friend Cam doesn't fit in the picture Eva has painted for her future but that doesn't  stop her heart from speeding up every time she is around him. Her and Camden have an easily apparent connection that you can feel from the first scene of these two together. The passion Cam feels for Eva bursts from the pages and you can't help but fall in love with him; his heart, loyalty and determination is what true book heroes are made of. :) And Eva is a heroine to admire, anyone who can hold their own with this lot of men earns points with me! Wonderfully detailed and easy flowing, I enjoyed every minute of this book and anticipated each page; would Cam give in, WOULD EVA? Who put a hit out on Cam? Was someone else going to fall victim to the mysterious hit man?  Wilde for Her had everything; action, mystery, humor sprinkled throughout to keep the story from getting too deep, and a burning romance with a cast of characters that captivated. Plus, an unexpected twist at the end! I adored the comradeship between brothers as well as the little glimpses into future relationships and books. I can't wait for the next Wilde novel!
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krazymama_98 More than 1 year ago
I liked the first book in the series. But I really loved this one. What a terrific story. Its so easy for a heroine like this to go ''wrong''. For the reader. Often, tough capable women come off harsh. So I love when they are written this well. She is not just tough and capable, she is a woman. With the soft side that we women tend to yield to. But still, absolutely able to handle herself in any situation, no matter how violent or scary. She is comfortable around men. Without seeming like she needs to prove herself all the time. And the hero could also have gone "wrong'' easily too. He could have sounded wimpy or weak. But instead, he is the perfect alpha man. The absolute strong, brave, tough, fearless man. He loves. He loves people. There is a picture on facebook of a man at a grocery check out with a box of tampons sitting on top of a package of cupcakes. A man that is not only smart enough to know this is a good idea. But also, secure enough to do it. This H & H are perfect really. Loved the story. And now, I look forward to the next one! Which brother is next???? :-)
Mary_Waibel More than 1 year ago
Another page turner by the talented Tonya Burrows. I fell in love with the Wilde brothers when I read WILDE NIGHTS IN PARADISE, and fell even more in love with them in WILDE FOR HER. I swooned for Cam, and totally loved Eva. Their complicated relationship had me turning pages to see what would happen next, and I wasn't disappointed. All I can say is, when does the next book come out?
glaukos More than 1 year ago
This book was pretty awesome. I had no idea who was doing the evil deeds, and that makes for good reading. The romance didn't hurt either!!! This story picks up right after the first one, at Jude & Libby's wedding. Its focused on Camden and his ex-cop partner Eva. These 2 have circled each other and their feelings for one another for the past 5 years. Cam has finally had enough. The night of his brothers weeding they both get pretty darn drunk and end up sleeping together. Only to have Eva realize what has happened and possibly screwing up their friendship, she flees and returns home early. Cam has been in love with Eva for the past 5 years. He has done what Eva wanted and held onto the friend card for longer then he would like, but he isn't a cop any more and she isn't his partner so all bets are off. Eva has ignored her feeling for Cam for 5 years cause she 1- doesn't want to mess up what they have (friends) & 2- she wants to be happily married, have the perfect life with 2.5 kids and a dog. 3- she doesn't think that Cam can give her what she really want, refer back to #2. The two of them are still circling around each other all while crazy, messed up things are happening around them. Cam has someone out to kill him and doesn't want anything to happen to his brothers or the women he loves. This book will leave you not wanting to put it down. Wanting to see if these two ever get past everything they are placing between them and who is making Cam's life hell. It wraps up nicely, but leaves something hanging, not a cliffhanger, just an opening for the next Wilde brother book. Really looking forward to the next one. Once again Tonya Burrows has written another great one that has turned into another favorite series of mine. *I received an arc copy of this book for an honest review.
NicoleMD More than 1 year ago
Wilde for Her is the second book in Tonya Burrows Wilde Security series. Wilde for Her tells the story of Cam Wilde and Eva Cardoso, former police partners, they remained best friends after Cam left the force to go work with his brothers in their Wilde Security firm. Unbeknownst to Eva, Cam’s always been in love with her, he just never felt he could really give her the white picket fence she has always wanted. For Eva, Cam is the one person she trusts implicitly and she would never risk losing him as her friend by giving in to her true feelings for him. When Eva agrees to be Cam’s date at his brother’s wedding in Florida, the entire scope of their relationship changes. After drinking far too much, they gave into their desire for each other and spent the hottest night together either had ever had!!!! Now, unable to unring THAT bell, they must try to come to terms with the new reality of their relationship. This proves to be difficult when they realize that there is a hit out on Cam. As they try to figure out who wants Cam dead and why, Cam is determined to show Eva that he is WILDE for Her and they do belong together!!! I was thrilled a few months back when I discovered the talented Tonya Burrow. She writes Romantic Suspense how I would like to think I would write it if I ever tried……interesting storylines, great characters, steamy sex scenes and perfectly integrated humor. Unfortunately for me, I don’t think I could do it half as well as Ms Burrows!!! Burrows balances the mystery, passion and action with humor and family that makes for the best kind of read, the kind you can’t put down!!! Her characters are relatable (I just KNOW that Eva and I would be friends), the men might be Alpha Males but they are flawed in all the best ways. Burrows brings her characters to life in the pages of her books, Wilde for Her made me groan in frustration as Cam and Eva continued to circle each other; I felt my temperature rise when their passion got the better of them and yes, I laughed out loud during a certain bar scene!!! Burrows does a great job of drawing the reader in and letting them really get to know her characters, even the secondary ones (namely the other Wilde Brothers). Overall I completely enjoyed this latest edition in the Wilde Security series. Tonya Burrows has a knack for merging together everything I want in a book…..romance, action, adventure, humor and yes, sexy time!!!! I not only recommend but encourage readers of romantic suspense to give Ms. Burrows’ books a try…..you will not be disappointed!!! ****I received an arc of this book in exchange for an honest review****
RipeForReader More than 1 year ago
My rating: 4 of 5 ¿¿ For years Camden Wilde had been a homicide detective, before he left the force and joined his brothers in the Wilde Security company. A tight knit group, the boys had stayed close after the violent death of their parents when they were much younger. The one person he stayed in close touch with is his ex-partner, Eva Cardoso, the woman he has been in love with about as long as he has known her.  Daughter of a flightly mother and one of many fathers, and sibling to one known sister, Eva Cardoso is determined to do love, marriage and children the proper way. She wants the whole nine yards, complete with dog and white picket fence, something she has never known growing up herself. Although always harbouring more than just a passing interest in Cam, she has always kept him firmly in the friends category, knowing he would never want her ideal dream life. When at a weekend wedding event, under the influence of copious amounts of alcohol, both Cam and Eva lose their reservations and let passions rule their actions, they embark on a scorching hot night neither of them will easily forget. No matter how hard they try in the days to follow. Not able to undo what happened and not wanting to lose their friendship, they try to work out a mutually beneficial agreement.  When a blast from the past and a disgruntled ex decide to create some disturbing distractions, Cam and Eva need to re-evaluate their expectations and evaluations and let their heart do the talking. **** Another great read in the Entangled/Blaze publications!!  A familiar friends to lovers trope, this one has the added dimension of ex-homicide partners and some interesting character context.  The tension build up is steamy and the story has an unexpected and intense twist at the end. Camden has been in self-sacrificing mode for most of the time he has known Eva. Well aware of her wish for the perfect family, he never saw himself as part of that picture and he valued her too much just to pass the time with her. He rather kept her as a trusted friend than a fly by night lover. Until he had one taste of her, and then he had enough of waiting and was determined to convince Eva he wouldn't just let her go again. Eva was so hung up on doing the opposite of what her mother had set as a poor example, she chased an ideal and forgot to see what was right in front of her. She neglected to take her feelings for Cam into account. Once she was able to look beyond the surface and see the possibilities that laid deeper, her future became clearer. It took a shocking mistake in judgement on her part to come to that realization. Tonya Burrows writes a finely balanced tale, where suspense, family dynamics, romance and some delectable bedroom fireworks complete an extremely satisfying story. ¿A thrilling and sexy tale of family, friendship and true love.¿ **ARC courtesy of Entangled/Brazen Publishing in return for an honest review.**