Gone for You (Wild Side, #1)

Gone for You (Wild Side, #1)

by Riley Hart

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BN ID: 2940154178935
Publisher: Riley Hart
Publication date: 02/06/2017
Series: Wild Side , #1
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 84,900
File size: 493 KB

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Gone for You (Wild Side, #1) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
ravenwolf_EPTX More than 1 year ago
Unique beginning ~ strange format ~ strong finish. > > Judging a Book by it's Cover > Looking Deeper Third person Unique beginning ~ a ten+ year span, in a highlight reel format, takes the reader from childhood to modern day. Normally, when I read a third person POV, it's like the narration is following one character or the other and telling it not from that person's POV, but from the angle in which they'd be seeing / experiencing things; it's still easy to follow this way. This one was different, it was as if there was a narration from directly overhead, encompassing and providing perspective from both lead men at the same time, it was a bit muddied at times and not quite as enjoyable this way because one sentence spoke of one character, directly followed by the other. It was difficult at times to ascertain which "he" or "his" was being referred to. That said, rating the book itself - Oliver is an author. A dreamer, romantic, optimist. He's a good guy, but a little more naive. Matt composes music, but feels he needs to prove himself without the help of others. He never seems to be able to be good enough for himself, causing doubt and discontent. When not immediately taken in as a composer, he moves on to modeling despite hating it and suffering carefully camoflaged anxiety because of it. These guys have a lot of history, a lot of denial and a LONG road ahead of them. The relationship develops from friendship to ... something more over the course of one highly-emotional night. The secondary characters consist of parents, friends, and the prequel couple (which I'd not read yet), one of which owns Wild Side. Dialogue was believable, interactions felt realistic. The plot had enough dynamic energy to keep the plot flowing, but (personal opinion only) the writing format / style was more difficult to really enjoy. There were some conflicts, that were almost too-easily resolved right at the end. Predictability was low. Conclusion was solid and satisfying. Included was a preview of book 2, indicating that Miles will get a story next. Overall, the characters were enjoyable and I liked the story itself, I just was not a fan of the style in which it was conveyed. . Rating: [R] ~ Score: 4.05 ~ Stars: 4 ========================== ⭐ ⭐ **** Disclosure of Material: I received a copy of this book from the Author's Assistant with the hope that I would voluntarily leave unbiased and unsolicited feedback. I was not asked, encouraged, or required to leave a review - nor was I compensated in any way. I am posting this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising". ***** ⭐ ⭐
Star0815 More than 1 year ago
Book & Author: Gone for You by Riley Hart Rating: 5 stars Riley Hart has long been one of my favorite authors for the characters she writes and the emotions she puts into every page. Add to that the fact that Riley writes friends-to-lovers with so much heart and sexiness it’s hard not to love. I fell in love with Ollie with his romantic nature, heart on his sleeve, good guy personality. To see someone write a guy like that was refreshing and fun. He grabbed me right away, made me want for him to get his happy ending, made me cheer for him to get the guy, and made me want to defend his choices to his best friends. Ollie was a strong character but after years of having a crush on one of his best friends he was losing all hope, he knew moving on was what he needed to do. Matt moved away years ago trying to find his own way to reach his dreams so the happy ending being with the who Ollie wanted didn’t look likely. Poor Matt broke my heart from the get go. He felt so lost and broken and in need of love, but he’s just so damn stubborn! He reminds me of someone I know in my family. They have to stand on their own two feet, no leaning on anyone for help, and all failure lays completely at their feet. Matt is that guy, he loves Ollie, but he needs to push him away so he doesn’t come to the rescue. Matt pushes everyone away, because he doesn’t see his worth, he’s so blinded by what he sees that he is lacking that he can’t see what is right in front of him. "It’s inside of you, swimming in the marrow of your bones. Pumping through your heart. In each breath you take." I know these guys are not typical “Riley” guys but she still wrote them with all the heart and hurt and happy and heat that she gives to all her guys. Watching the push and pull between them was never easy, the wanting for them to finally find that place together was fierce, needing for them to mend and heal the hurt gave me hope. Because I know the happy ending that they had coming was worth the wait, worth the heartbreak of watching Matt hurt himself and Ollie, worth the joys of when they were so in sync with each other. The time they realize that together they are stronger was worth it all. "He looked down, saw so f**k*** much emotion in Oliver’s eyes that it nearly took his breath. His pulse sped up and he nearly ran. Jesus, the way Oliver looked at him. It made Matt feel like he was someone else. Someone better. Someone he could never be. Oliver had always seen more in him than was there." And let’s not forget the sexy. Because Riley brought it in this book! I have so many lines and scenes of these two together in the bedroom, on the piano, every damn where that were so hot but had that emotion running through it that brought it up a notch. And Ollie, sweet loving Ollie, was oh my god in the bedroom! Fans people, you need fans! Add all of this, the heart and the heat and the laughter, to the amazing group she gave us in Ollie, Matt, Chance, and Miles and it’s a winner in my world. Oh, and don’t forget that amazing little surprise she included in the book for her readers!
amatate More than 1 year ago
--3.5 stars~ The ending made the book-- I love a good friends to lovers book, and was excited to read about the long term unrequited love in Gone for You. Unfortunately, for the bulk of the book I found myself mostly indifferent to both Matt and Oliver. I enjoyed their stories, thought they were well rounded characters with an involved history, but I lacked a connection. Not only did I lack a connection to the characters, but I struggled to “feel” the connection between the main characters. The writing was solid and the typical style I’ve come to expect from this author- relaxed and uncomplicated. Though her writing isn’t flowery or detailed, the emotion and chemistry usually come through clearly. For me, that was missing in this book. There was humor, fun conversations and banter between characters, but even that felt forced at times. I’m not sure if it was the undercurrent of deeper emotions the characters held or the challenges Matt struggled to overcome, but I never felt that easy comfort I’ve come to expect from Miss Hart’s books. I did find the conflicts and storyline interesting. I really enjoyed seeing the characters try to come together to support one another as friends and even lovers, while independently pursuing their own happiness. The romance was sweet but very sexy as well. There were even quite a few lines that spoke of the deep connection Matt and Oliver shared that gave me goosebumps. I simply didn’t hit that stride where I felt the connection and sunk into the story. Perhaps it’s because I had just finished Dare You To and absolutely loved that couple. I had all but decided this was just a book I failed to click with, so I was caught unawares when those final chapters hit full force. Where I had been reading at a casual pace, I suddenly couldn’t sleep until I knew how their story unfolded. The emotion was overwhelming in those final moments and I ended feeling satisfied and looking forward to the next in the series. *Reviewed for Alpha Book Club*