Wilder

Wilder

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by Rebecca Yarros
     
 

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He's Paxton Wilder.

Twenty-two-year-old, tattooed, smoking-hot leader of the Renegades.

Five time X Games medalist.

The world is his playground-especially this year-and for the next nine months I'm stuck as his tutor on the Study at Sea program.

He's too busy staging worldwide stunts for his documentary to get to class.

But if I can't get

Overview

He's Paxton Wilder.

Twenty-two-year-old, tattooed, smoking-hot leader of the Renegades.

Five time X Games medalist.

The world is his playground-especially this year-and for the next nine months I'm stuck as his tutor on the Study at Sea program.

He's too busy staging worldwide stunts for his documentary to get to class.

But if I can't get him to take academics seriously, I'll lose my scholarship...if I don't lose my heart first.

Six unlikely friends on a nine-month cruise with the Study at Sea program will learn that chemistry is more than a subject and the best lessons aren't taught in the classroom...but in the heart.

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ISBN-13:
9781682812686
Publisher:
Entangled Publishing
Publication date:
09/12/2016
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
302,390

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Wilder 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Musings_of_Madjy 14 hours ago
This story was addictive and I couldn't stop turning pages, eager to stay on the adventure! It was sexy, funny, sweet, romantic, suspenseful, and filled with great locales and extreme sports! First, we meet Leah, who has been a bit of a recluse for 2 years and is pushing herself out of her comfort zone by doing a school-year on a cruise ship, School at Sea. In order to participate in the otherwise-too-expensive program, she's doing a work-study in order to get a scholarship for herself and her best friend, and tutoring an assigned student. Enter, Paxton Wilder. Energy surrounding him is frenetic and, as hot as he is, his cocky attitude irritates Leah. Then, she winds up being pressured into ziplining with him onto their cruise ship. (Haha, and this is just the first few pages!). She needs him to pass all of his classes in order to keep her scholarship. And he needs to pass all of his classes in order to continue his life of extreme sports. Because, you see, Paxton Wilder is the leader of a group of extreme sports atheletes called The Renegades, comprised of his oldest and best friends, and then some "junior Renegades" to round out the group. From the moment these two meet eyes, sparks fly and their chemistry practically burns the pages. Yet there really isn't an "InstaLust" situation here, at least not one that detracts at all from the rest of the story. Over the course of the book, their relationship develops in this slow, but very genuine and deep way. Paxton may be a playboy, but he is also incredibly sweet and I really loved how patient he was with Leah. There's a bit of a game of her giving him permission before he closes the distance between the two of them, which I actually thought was really refreshing because so often in romance consent is a bit less implicit (not in a bad way, but it showed how much Pax respected Leah that he gave her control). His honesty and confidence were endearing AND sexy, two fantastic traits in a leading man. There are a lot of great moments between these two, and I really loved how they helped one another to grow and become more self-confident. And that scorching chemistry between the two of them is ridiculously HOT and contributes some wonderfully steamy scenes. This had some twists that took awhile for me to see (I did see them coming, but not right away!), and I liked how everything was slowly revealed. This was really expertly paced, never feeling like anything dragged, though also not speeding through everything that it lacks depth and genuine emotion. The mystery and suspense were fantasticly blended in. There was one point in this that had me a bit frustrated, which was Leah's drama over Paxton's mistake that caused a rift between them. It felt silly and unnecessary to me, and I couldn't help but side with Pax in the "Seriously? How can she doubt him after everything?!". It's resolved quickly enough, fortunately. I also really liked the supporting characters in this, particularly the other Original Renegades. I am excited to read their stories, though I'm not entirely sold on Landon's love interest. I'll definitely read the next one though, since this first book was an absolute joy to read! I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This is no way influenced my review. My opinion is my own.
Anonymous 1 days ago
Take a chance and buy this book. Can't wait to read about Nova and Rachel.
bouncyberthaCR 1 days ago
5 - "You had me from the first moment." Stars! Rebecca Yarros starts her new The Renegades series in outstanding form. I couldn’t put this book down, and I pretty much fell in love with every character that you are introduced to, Renegades specifically. There is a little amount of set-up going on in Wilder you are introduced to the Renegades team and their hangers-on as a whole, and their particular brand of crazy that comes in the form of adrenaline fueled stunts, tricks and high jinx. Each member of the team has their own particular skill-set, as well as their own set of personal demons that they are battling with. "I’ve never been a relationship guy… but I’m ready to take that risk." Paxton Wilder, will have your thong elastic twanging from the first page, and it doesn’t take Leah Baxter long to realize that her panties are edging in the same direction as many, many women before her. Difference being, she’s not ready willing and able initially, and as such proves to be a bit of a challenge to the front man of the Renegades. The sweet and sexy relationship that develops between them as he tries to prove to her he isn’t just looking to add her as another notch to his bedpost was wholly engrossing especially as the story being told is set against such a new and unusual backdrop, and that they are also dealing with their own personal relationship demons they they are both initially reluctant to talk about. It was time to step out of the comfort zone I’d walled myself into the last two years. Study at Sea allows the Renegades to travel around Europe, whilst performing their most daring stunts in various capital cities, and Leah is tasked with keeping Wilder’s grades up as his tutor, and interested in his education otherwise her place on the ship is forfeit, as well as fighting off her attraction to him, and dealing with the possibility that there may be someone in their midst who is trying to cause potentially life threatening accidents by tampering with equipment. There is a massive amount going on in this book that plays out around Wilder and Leah’s developing relationship, and I am amazed at how the author pulled everything together cohesively to be honest with you, this is a story you need to pay attention to as I think that a lot of what was revealed in relation to the other team members will bear importance in the future books, but a lot of what happens in the first half of Wilder then has even more relevance in the latter stages of this story. I was literally on the edge of my seat as the author threw each new piece of the puzzle at me, and pretty much all of them came out of left-field because I was so engrossed in the reading of it, to sit back and try to figure out the relevance of things as they cropped up. "Are you ready for an adventure?" Buckle up your Kindles, because I think the Renegades series is going to be a bumpy ride, but in such a good, good way. The world is literally Rebecca’s oyster with this series, seeing as the team travel around by cruise ship. I am dying to see who gets their story next and where we travel to in the telling of it. "I’m not just anyone… Don’t you know who I am." ARC generously provided by Sassy Savvy Fabulous PR, and it was my absolute pleasure to provide the above honest review.
beckymmoe 2 days ago
A "wild" start to a fun new series! In real life I can take or leave both the X Games and reality TV, but Ms. Yarros makes both of them seem like one heck of a ride with the Renegades! You couldn't pay me enough to even consider doing a third of the stuff they're doing (except for the cruise ship. I'd be all over that part of it, even the classes and tutoring portion) but I'd happily sit here and read another couple hundred pages of Pax, Landon, and Penna doing all of that crazy stuff :) Fortunately, that's going to be possible, seeing as it's the first in the series and all ;) Pax and Leah were a fun couple--she started out a bit on the stodgy side, but she definitely had her reasons. Pax did a great job of helping her figure out how to start living again, and she somehow kept him focused just enough on his classwork (even though there wasn't a lot of page time devoted to them actually doing schoolwork, thank goodness) so that the cruise will (hopefully! That part isn't quite guaranteed yet) continue for another adrenaline-filled semester. Seriously. How can we sign up for this type of work study program? Do they have it for graduate students, by any chance? Maybe in the MLIS field? ;) Knowing Pax had a secret was making me a little crazy--I'm not going to lie--and I didn't have a clue what it was until it was revealed, though a few things from early on made a lot more sense once you knew the whole story. The saboteur, too, came as a total surprise--never in a million would I have suspected that person. There goes my idea for a future series book...but hopefully Ms. Yarros is all over that and has a much better HEA in mind for the person who isn't getting one in the way I thought they might. See? No spoilers here. ;) If I had to make a complaint, it's that we see far more of the story from Leah's POV than Paxton's--but yeah, really, that's about it. Not that I didn't love Leah, but...Paxton, ya know? ;) Nova's next--bring. It. On! Rating: 4 stars / A- I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
UnapologeticBookAddict 4 days ago
So I’m not going to go into a description of the book, you can read it that on goodreads, I’m just going to jump right into why this book was so awesome! So here we go…….. This book was unique. I’ve read well over 200 books in the last year, and this was by far one of the most memorable and unique of the bunch. The attention to detail, and how it was so well written kept you engrossed and wanting to read nonstop until you were finished. I was up until 3AM the night I finished it. So why was this book so unique you ask…….. It was everything. The plot, the characters, the setting. Everything set it apart from other books I have read recently. It’s not a book you will read and forget about. Also Rebecca has a very distinct writing style that draws you in and gets your attention. She makes you care about these characters and does such a fantastic job of setting up scenes you feel like you’re right there. The setting: The main thing I loved about the setting was the study abroad aspect of it. It’s set on a cruise ship called “The Athena”, and they dock at different ports as part of their study program. I’ve read study abroad books, but none like this, where there are so many places they visit, and so much detail added in about each destination they go to. It made me want to travel to Mykonos to Kalafatis beach! (Where one of my favorite scenes takes place The Characters: These characters were so amazing! You have Pax, who is an adrenaline junkie, always attempting the next biggest stunt. Leah is Pax’s tutor aboard the Athena. A girl looking to break out of her shell and start living her life again. From the moment she meets Pax, she has no idea what she’s gotten herself into. The whole first scene where they met was intense, fun, and really pulls you into the book. The secondary characters were just as amazing as well. I loved all of the Renegaes, and can’t wait for more of their stories in later books! The plot: I’m not going to give anything away, I’ll just say the big reveal towards the end totally caught me off guard and I LOVED it! I really don’t think there was a single thing I didn’t like about this book. The story, characters, and all the details throughout the book were just so well written. I absolutely loved Rebecca’s Flight and Glory series, but The Renegades is a WHOLE other ball game! I think this series is going to take off, and I hope you enjoy Wilder as much as I did.
Laura_F 9 days ago
If I could give this book more than five stars I would! What an amazing start to a new series!! Leah Baxter is stepping out of her comfort zone to study abroad on a yearlong cruise. Her scholarship depends upon the success of her tutoring subject, Paxton Wilder, but she is determined to be successful so she and her roommate can make the most of this experience. She's hidden behind fear for too long to fail. Paxton Wilder is only interested in passing this year so that The Renegades documentary will be funded. The Renegades and chasing the next extreme adventure are his priorities. Neither Leah nor Pax can risk their chemistry getting in the way of their goals. I don't think any review can really do this story justice. It was the most unique book I've read in really long time. College on a cruise ship? This needs to be something offered in real life! This author did an amazing job connecting readers to all of the characters in the book. I felt every emotion the characters had from the very first page. I'm really looking forward to the rest of The Renegades stories!!! *I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*
Bouscher99 9 days ago
Yarros has a true talent for writing emotions and the perfect connection between her characters...You can feel it instead of just read it! It's amazing and it’s why she’s one of my favorite authors! Leah has suffered a major tragedy during her lifetime and is on a mission to take her life back and start living again. First step, spend a college year at sea with the Study at Sea program where she will tutor daredevil Paxton Wilder. I love the setting for this story…it’s original and the way Pax and Leah hit it off from the start was fantastic. He unknowingly pushes her out of her comfort zone when they first meet and Leah quickly realizes that Pax is someone that can help her to start living again. They start to form a strong friendship right away. “I don’t want to be scared anymore, Pax. Will you help me? You’re never scared.” There’s a bit of humor, quite a bit of action, suspense and a whole lot of heartwarming moments in this book. I swear that Pax can make you melt by just opening his mouth! He’s determined to make Leah his and will do anything it takes to make that happen. He’s got his work cut out for him because Leah is skittish and afraid. "Feel us. Feel what we can be like together. I do, and it’s nothing like I’ve ever known." The Renegades team is truly a family with an unbreakable bond. It makes for an amazingly well rounded story, everything just flows perfectly and this was such an awesome read. I’m anxiously awaiting more from this series!