Running Wilde (Wilde Security Series #4)

Running Wilde (Wilde Security Series #4)

by Tonya Burrows

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Running Wilde (Wilde Security Series #4) by Tonya Burrows

Lark Warren can never stay one person for too long, so when her past starts to catch up to her, she hops the first bus out of DC, steals a new name, and goes deepintohiding in New Orleans. Unfortunately, all it takes is the wrong set of eyes to blow her cover. Enter Vaughn the man she once let too close to her real self.

Ex-Navy SEAL Vaughn Wilde has one objective: drive Lark back to DC to face charges for identity theft which would be easier if he could forget the three lust-filled weeks he shared with her before she disappeared. With each passing mile, he can't ignore the heat still sparking between them...or the fact he has led her enemies right to her.

Lark can''t stay with Vaughn, not when it will put him in the crosshairs of the dangerous man she's spent the last five years running from. But Vaughn is determined to keep her safe even if it means she'll run off with his heart all over again.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781682810804
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Publication date: 01/04/2016
Series: Wilde Security Series , #4
Pages: 216
Sales rank: 953,553
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.49(d)

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Running Wilde

Wilde Security Series


By Tonya Burrows

Entangled Publishing, LLC

Copyright © 2016 Tonya Burrows
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-63375-538-3


CHAPTER 1

Washington, DC

The first punch careened off Vaughn Wilde's shoulder. He barely noticed it, but the quick second caught him alongside his jaw and thoroughly rattled his cage. He staggered sideways, tasted blood. Swiped at his mouth with his arm and came up with a streak of red.

Well, look at that. He was bleeding. Fuck. He'd gone soft in the last three months of inaction.

His opponent plowed into him like a bull seeing red and slammed him against the un-padded side of the cage. The metal links were so cold they burned his sweat-slicked back as he struggled to break the hold.

All around them, the crowd's cheers surged into a dull roar that echoed off the empty warehouse's ceiling. Bloodthirsty bastards wanted to see him, the reigning champion, lose this match, his first back in the octagon since a bomb nearly took him out last November. Hell, he was going to lose if he didn't get his head into the fight.

No. He didn't fucking lose. Ever.

Most people would have felt a surge of adrenaline then. Instead, Vaughn's vision cleared, and time seemed to slow.

He managed to free one arm and drilled his elbow into the guy's spine. It would have been a crippling blow if he'd been able to put any momentum into it, but as it was, it only momentarily distracted his opponent, giving him the opportunity he needed to break free.

And now that he was ...

He rained punches down with a single-minded intensity, driving the guy across the concrete floor to the other side of the cage. The crowd's cheers swelled again. As fickle as they were bloodthirsty, they were now firmly in Vaughn's corner, chanting his name, wanting to see the champ rack up another win.

He wanted another win. Not for them. For himself. He needed the blood and sweat, needed the adrenaline burn, needed a goddamn distraction from the unsuccessful search for a woman he was starting to wonder even existed at all. She had to be a ghost or maybe a figment of his imagination — because Vaughn Wilde always found what he was looking for.

Always.

His opponent got in a good kick to his bad leg — the one he'd had in a cast until two weeks ago — and he managed to keep it from buckling by sheer willpower.

Fuck. His mind was wandering again. Time to end this little dance of theirs. It wasn't giving him the release he needed anyway.

He launched a full-out attack, pummeling his opponent, landing strike after well-aimed strike until the guy collapsed under his fists. And once down, dude wasn't getting back up without help.

Vaughn stood in the middle of the ring, his chest heaving, blood dripping from his knuckles, the crowd screaming and pounding on the cage all around him, and he felt ... not a goddamn thing. No rush from the win, no thrill from the fight — nothing but his heart thundering way too hard in his ears, his aching knuckles, and the sweat dripping off him in cold rivulets, stinging the cuts on his face.

The crowd thundered their approval. All except one guy, who stood silently with his arms crossed over his chest, a frown pulling down the edges of his mouth.

Fucking hell. How had his twin found him?

Cam just shook his head, and his shoulders moved in a heavy sigh. He jerked his chin toward the front of the building, then walked away.

Oh yeah. He had a few choice words to say. Vaughn didn't particularly want to hear any of them, and for a half second, he considered pretending he hadn't seen Cam ...

But no. That was a cop out, something a coward would do. And he was a lot of unflattering things — knew it, accepted it — but coward was nowhere on that list.

He grabbed his shirt, jacket, and water bottle and left the cage. The crowd parted. Either they sensed his shitty mood or they were just smart guys that knew he didn't want any backslapping congratulations.

Or mostly smart guys. One overly-tanned little shit stepped into his path, and little was an understatement. He couldn't have topped five-five, and maybe one-thirty soaking wet. He wore a white tracksuit and had so many chains draped around his skinny neck, it was a wonder the dude was able hold his head up.

"You fucking cheater."

Vaughn stopped, a surge of anger heating the back of his neck. He scowled. "I don't cheat."

"My cousin doesn't lose!"

"Neither do I." This conversation wasn't worth his time. Vaughn tried to step around the entitled little prick, but a much bigger guy who had the hard, flat eyes of a killer blocked him.

Okay, yeah, this might be trouble. He sized the guy up, pegged him as having no military training. Judging by the tats on the side of his neck, he was nothing more than a thug who had done some time. Definitely the more dangerous of the two, but still nothing to write home about. He dismissed the pair of them and shouldered between them.

The little guy grabbed his arm. "Don't walk away from me. I lost ten Gs on this fight."

Vaughn shook off his grip. "Not my problem."

"I'm making it your problem. Everyone knows my cousin doesn't lose. Ever."

Vaughn stared down at him. Who the hell was this kid?

"Tommy, enough."

At the rumbling voice, the crowd went silent. Vaughn's stomach knotted as a barrel of a man walked toward them. This guy, he knew. Giuseppe Bellisario, former heavyweight champ and current head of the Bellisario crime family. He'd known the Bellisarios ran this underground fight ring, but he'd never seen any of them here before. He glanced over at the little shit in the tracksuit and inwardly groaned. That must be Tommaso "Tommy" Bellisario, Giuseppe's nephew and by all accounts, the future don since Giuseppe's son, Marcel, had been killed several years ago.

"He beat Cristiano fair and square," Giuseppe said to his nephew, and there was no mistaking the note of shut-the-fuck-up in his tone. Then he turned back to Vaughn and held out a hand the size of a catcher's mitt. "It was a good fight. You have a name?"

Fuck. He really didn't want to be on a first name basis with the crime boss, but refusing the handshake was tantamount to suicide. "Vaughn."

"You pack a hell of a punch, Vaughn, and you fight like nothing I've seen before. May I ask what you do for a living?"

Again, he'd rather not answer, so he settled on a half-truth. "I was military until a few years ago."

"Ah, I thought maybe. No job now?"

"Occasional P.I. work." Another half-truth. He wasn't about to drag his brothers or Wilde Security into whatever this was. And it was something. Calculation lit Giuseppe's dark brown eyes as he sized Vaughn up.

"Not many people can beat my son. He takes after me that way."

Yeah, Giuseppe Bellisario had been a legend in his day. He still was. There were rumors of guys challenging him, and those fights never ended well for the challenger. At nearly sixty, Giuseppe was in awesome shape. Getting in the octagon with him was a fight to the death.

And holy fuck, his son? Vaughn gazed back toward the cage, where another bodyguard-type dude was helping Cristiano Bellisario to his feet. He hadn't known there was a second son, but now it made sense Cristiano had a spotless record. No guy in his right mind would dare beat Giuseppe's only living son unless they wanted to end up at the bottom of the Potomac with concrete shoes.

"A thinker, not a talker, huh?" Giuseppe said after the silence on Vaughn's end dragged on too long.

"Honestly, I'm calculating my odds of living through the next ten minutes."

Giuseppe gave a genuine, full-bellied bark of laughter. "Do you think the odds are in your favor?"

"Yeah, I do. If you wanted me dead, you'd have already sicced one of your attack dogs on me." He motioned to the tatted killer with his chin. "I'd be on my way to meeting my maker instead of standing here chatting with you."

The crime boss made a noncommittal sound and turned to watch his son stumble from the cage with the help of two of his men. "Tell me, did you know Cristiano was my son before the fight?"

"No." Vaughn straightened his shoulders. "But it wouldn't have changed anything if I had. It's not in me to throw a fight, no matter who my opponent is."

Giuseppe grinned. "Nor is it in me. I respect that." He reached into his coat, and Vaughn's heart rate jacked up, his shoulders tightening in preparation for another fight. Giuseppe only chuckled and produced a card, which he held out between his pointer and middle fingers. "If you're ever in need of work, I might be able to find something for you."

Tommy sputtered. "Uncle, you can't —"

"Go see to your cousin, Tommy. And if you again dare to tell me what I can't do, I'll cut out your tongue." Giuseppe never took his eyes off Vaughn as he spoke, but he didn't have to. He was the kind of man used to having his orders followed without protest. Tommy straightened to his full height and glared daggers at his uncle's back, but he did as he was told.

Giuseppe wiggled the card. "I need a man with your skills in my corner, and the money's more than you'll ever see as a P.I."

Vaughn hesitated only a heartbeat before accepting the card. "I'll think about it."

Giuseppe inclined his head and stepped back, allowing Vaughn to pass. Killer didn't look any happier about the job offer than Tommy had been, but the guy was smart enough not to voice his opinion. He just did his best to murder with his glare as Vaughn left.

Fucking hell.

Outside, Vaughn stopped and laced his fingers behind his head, sucking in a deep breath of the bitter February air. The conversation had left him jittering with an adrenaline burn, and the little bit of relaxation he'd found in the fight was long gone.

Fucking. Hell.

Cam waited in the parking lot, propped against his new ride, a newer model of the 4Runner that was blown up in the same bomb blast that had put Vaughn in the hospital for a month.

"I know your doctor hasn't cleared you to fight," Cam started as soon as he appeared.

"Do I look like I give a fuck what the doctor says?"

"You look like you have a death wish." Cam pushed away from the SUV and followed Vaughn over to his Hummer. "Last week, you waited until the very last second to open your chute when we went skydiving —"

"C'mon, man. How many jumps have I done? I knew what I was doing."

"It was an unnecessary risk, another in a long line of many recently. And now you're illegally cage fighting. You know who runs this place?" "Yeah." Unfortunately. He shrugged on his jacket and casually slipped Giuseppe's card into his pocket.

"You could lose your P.I. license," Cam said.

He should probably care — Wilde Security was his bread and butter now that he'd left the SEALs — but he didn't and pretending to was getting fucking old. And hell no was he telling Cam that, so he grunted in response and tried to open the Hummer's door.

Cam slapped a hand down, holding it shut. "You're in a tailspin, bro."

The warehouse's door squealed open behind them, and Vaughn's heart thumped hard. If any of the Bellisarios walked out and saw Cam ...

No. His twin was not getting caught up in the pile of shit he'd just stepped in.

He peeled Cam's hand off his door. "We're not doing this here."

"Here's as good a place as any."

Two men emerged from the warehouse. Just a couple of guys from the crowd, nobody to worry about, but having Cam in direct line of sight of that door set his teeth on edge. "Get in your car, Cam, and drive to the office. I'll be right behind you."

Cam's eyes narrowed, then his gaze slid over to the door. Yeah, he knew something was up. That was the problem with having an identical twin. Couldn't hide any-fucking-thing from him.

Vaughn crossed his arms over his chest and stared Cam down. Lesser men withered under his glare, but after thirty-one years of living with him, his twin was indifferent.

"Fine," Cam said and started toward his vehicle. He opened the driver's door but stopped before getting behind the wheel. "You better be right on my ass all the way there, got it? And then you're gonna tell me why you're all tied up in knots."

Right.

Vaughn waited until Cam's 4Runner pulled out of the parking spot before climbing into his own vehicle. But after sticking the key in the ignition, he sat back and closed his eyes.

Cam was right. He was in a tailspin, one he hadn't been able pull himself out of, one that had just landed him on the Bellisario family's radar. And yet he was still humming with restless, edgy energy. The fight and the encounter with Giuseppe should have burned it off, but it seemed like nothing helped anymore.

Nothing ... except for a blue-eyed brunette who had once gone by the name Lark.

And that had abso-fucking-lutely nothing to do with why he was determined to find her. She was a criminal, an identity thief who had stolen something from him while he was incapacitated in the hospital. But that wasn't even the worst of it. What got him was that Lark had used Libby, his sister-in-law. Lark had pretended to be Libby's friend, had used her to get a good job and a foot into a higher social circle, and then broke Libby's heart with the disappearing act.

Fuck with him? Fine. But fuck with his family? He wasn't about to let anyone get away with that.

If only he could find her.

CHAPTER 2

New Orleans, LA

The two men weaving their way through the drunken crowd toward Lark Warren reminded her of Vaughn. They had the same tough, ready-for-anything air about them, and her heart kicked hard with a familiar panic.

Had she been found?

No, that was impossible. On all counts.

And, dammit, she had to stop thinking of herself as Lark. She was Sage Evans now. Sage. Evans.

It had been three months since she'd erased Lark and became Sage, but she still couldn't get used to the new name. Every other time she'd swapped identities, the mental shift had happened instantaneously — from her birth name to Violet Smith, then Violet to Rose Davis, Rose to Summer Harrison, Summer to Autumn Clark, Autumn to Robin Jones, and Robin to Lark Warren. It was a matter of survival, because she couldn't slip up. Ever. But maybe she'd changed her name one too many times? Or maybe it was because she'd met Vaughn as Lark Warren. It was the name he knew her by, and she couldn't shake the sentimental attachment to it.

But she had to.

She was Sage Marie Evans now, a blonde — thanks to L'Oreal and bi-weekly bleach jobs — slightly naive small town girl, who'd moved to New Orleans looking for excitement and ended up like so many others as a cocktail waitress at a bar on Bourbon Street. It was such a clichéd back-story in The Big Easy nobody bothered to check into it further, which was exactly what she'd been aiming for. Last thing she needed was for an employer to run a thorough background check and discover the real Sage Evans had been fifty-three years old when she died last fall of heart disease.

Of course those two nerve-wracking men headed directly to the back corner booth that had just opened up. The one in her section.

Oh joy.

She plastered on a smile and mentally slipped into Sage Evans's skin as she walked over. "Gentlemen. Can I get you anything?" She gave her voice the lightest hint of a sweet Southern drawl, and the blond man grinned as he eyed her up and down.

"You certainly can, cher," he said, and there was no mistaking the Cajun accent.

"Oh, a local?"

"Oui, caught me. Born and bred."

She propped a hand on her hip. "What's a local doing here? I thought you all avoided Bourbon Street in February."

"Not me. This my home away from home." He tilted his head toward his friend. "And it's his first Mardi Gras."

"Oh, yeah?" She studied the other man and, yes, he looked like an outsider. Even in February, he had a deep tan and wore a fedora over his dark, curly hair. His sense of style all but screamed SoCal, and her stomach clenched. What if ...

No.

She shoved the thought away. Just her well-developed sense of paranoia talking. Really, what were the chances he was from LA? And even if he was, it was a big city. They couldn't possibly know the same people. "What's your name?"

He tipped the brim of the fedora. "Marcus."

"In that case, Marcus ..." She drummed up her flirtiest smile for him, because if he was from SoCal, he had money to burn, and God knew she could use the tips. She took one of the sets of beads from around her neck and looped it over his head. "Your first beads."

"And I didn't have to flash anyone to get them." His smile was a gleam of white against his tanned skin and all panty-melting charm. "Maybe you'd want to earn them back ...?"


(Continues...)

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Running Wilde 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
Majorly_Delicious More than 1 year ago
This book is so, so good. I wish I had known about this series before, but I will definitely being going back to catch up on all the books I have missed. This book starts off with Vaughn in the hospital, hell bent on finding Lark, who has stolen something that is very precious to him. It is immediately apparant that these two have a history (which may have been revealed in the other books that I haven't read yet). Once Vaughn is healed he sets out to find the elusive woman that stole not only property from him, but his heart as well. Lark is on the run from her past. No one knows who she truly is and she can't let anyone ever find out or else she is a dead woman. Running has recently become harder after he last stop. Not only did she make some really good friends but she went and fell in love as well. That is how she knew it was time to move on, she promised never to let herself get too attached to anyone ever again. With the help of his brother and a few close friends Vaughn is able to track lark down. However, things aren't exactly as they appear and once he finds out who Lark really is there is nothing he won't do to protect the woman he loves and bring her back home where she belongs. I received an eARC of this book compliments of the publisher in exchange for my honest review and opinon. All ratings and opinions stated are my own.
BetweenMyBookendz More than 1 year ago
“Wild” is a great word to use when describing Burrow’s Wilde Brothers. Other words that come to mind are “smart,” “loyal” and “hot.” But Vaughn Wilde takes all those words and ups their intensity on the Richter scale! I have followed his descent into darkness through two books, just waiting to see his rise from rock bottom…..and rise he does in “Running Wilde!” By now, we know Vaughn and Lark Warren had a “thing” going, but what happened to her? And who is she? Those questions get answered for us when Vaughn, with the help of nerd bro Reece, peel back the layers and layers of aliases to uncover what Lark is running from. With a couple of appearances from some HORNETS buzzing in, Vaughn tracks down Lark to bring her back to the DC-area. I never do spoilers, so I have to be cryptic, but I was amazed when I discovered the “who” Lark was running from! Just another bond between these two souls…. From the opening, intense scenes that clearly illustrate Vaughn’s mental state, through the desperate escape measures Lark takes during the trip back with Vaughn, you will find yourself on one heck of a road trip. I loved Lark - she is smart, brave and witty…..and a heroine worthy of our wounded warrior Vaughn. As for those Wilde brothers *sigh* - Tonya Burrows has created the most- lovable, most-witty and most-alpha group of adult brothers in romantic suspense fiction! The sparring between them, be it verbal or otherwise, only makes the love they have for one another more apparent. After every Wilde Security book, I think, “OK, this is my favorite brother.” So far I have 4 favs…...and when the puzzle that is Greer gets the spotlight next, I have a feeling there is another Wilde I will fall for! I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
gromine49 More than 1 year ago
Holy cow! I have somehow missed reading this series and author(how I do not know). Shame on me--I have totally missed out on another great author. What is interesting is that you don't need to have read the previous 3 books to thoroughly enjoy this story. Vaughn is ex-Navy SEAL and his first and only thing is to find Lark, an ex-girlfriend on the run. Gripping and is a quick read. LOVED IT!
aprilrenee1976 More than 1 year ago
Hang on for a Wilde Ride... This is Vaughn Wilde’s story. He is an X- Navy Seal who encounters his ex-girlfriend who is also wanted for ID theft, Lark Warren. He loved her so much yet he can’t let her know how she feels . He is supposed to bring her back to DC to face the music so to speak-she is supposed to be brought to face charges for the identify theft. Lark Warren has been running to protect Vaughan and his family from her past=- a past that contains mafia figures that want her dead. Due to Vaughn looking for her and finding her, now they are closer than ever and since he found out, they cant be that far behind. Lark used to be known in a world years before as Sage and her life was such a sad little life and after getting involved with the wrong man and running for her life and then meeting the right man{Vaughn}, Lark had to run to protect the man she loved and his family. Now that he has found her again, they are on the run to make sure those mobsters can’t get to them until they can to a place of safety. There is action and suspense, there is angst and anger. Vaughn doesn’t know what to believe but all he knows is he still loves Lark. But can he forgive her for her lies and deception? There is so much emotion and passion, even with the anger. Vaughn was considered the moody and harsh Wilde brother but when it comes to Lark, she mellows him out . The love is there and yes, there is PASSION. I loved how we saw why she left and why she did what she did. Lark was a complex woman who wasn’t raised with a good home life yet she did what she thought was righ and though she did some pretty wrong things, she did a lot of it out of love for Vaughn. I totally understood why . Vaughn is a man who , when he finally fell in love, he fell hard and that’s why he did some of the things he did to Lark. I think, when reading this story, at times I was yelling at both of the MCs to wake up and go to each other and just get back together. When they finally woke up to what they had, it was terrific. The 2nd chance love story that they have was great and I hope that there are more Wilde books on the horizon. My rating: 4.5 stars **** ***A gifted copy was provided by the publisher for my honest review***
PennySparkles More than 1 year ago
This is my second book in the Wilde Security series. Running Wilde has a great balance between action and sexy times, suspense and romance-while-running-for-your-life. Vaughn (one of the twin Wilde brothers) has been obsessed with finding Lark since she pulled a disappearance act on him and one of his sister-in-laws. Since then he found out she’s been changing identities for some time now but he can’t quite work out who she was originally and where she is now. Lark now known as Sage has been running for her life for the last five years, she never wanted to stick around so much as when she met Vaughn, but the past has that pesky habit of catching up with you wherever you go, and she had no choice but to flee. Vaughn has been in a tailspin since Lark left, and now that he has a lead on her whereabouts he won’t let her out of his sights… but he has now caught the attention of those who look for Lark/Sage and together they’ll try to get back to DC… but getting there in one piece will not be as easy as they’d thought. While this can be read as a standalone (we do get a retelling of their time together throughout the series) you’ll get much more enjoyment knowing the story of all the other brothers and their women. Vaughn was a great H, former SEAL now PI, he is tough, alpha, bossy, hunky perfection; and though he tries to lie to himself as to the reason for his obsessive search for Lark we all know he found his girl and he’ll do anything to get her. I kind of had a love/hate relationship with Lark, at points her actions were really selfish and self-serving, and yes what she went through and how she grew up were not pretty and I really felt for her, but she still was thinking of herself and letting her fear drive her a lot of the time. Fortunately before the end she redeems herself, so I ended up liking her… it just took us some time to get there. I’m really enjoying this series and I can’t wait to get to read what’s happening with the eldest Wilde, which I’m assuming will be next book in the series. *I received a complimentary copy from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review*
grandmareads102 More than 1 year ago
Lark has been on the run for five years. If her enemies catch her, she'll be dead. She's tired but her fear keeps her moving. She has one regret and that is leaving Vaughn Wilde. He was her lover and friend. She cared for him and his family. She couldn't stay, not if she wanted to survive. Vaughn was deeply hurt by her actions. When he found the truth, he was angry. Lark was not her real name. She had many different identities. Why was she doing this? Lark is an interesting character. I understood why she did what she did, but there were times that I didn't like her. Vaughn was a tough and dangerous man. I liked that he was different with Lark. He was protective and loving. He risked his life to save her. I wasn't sure if they could get beyond their problems and find their HEA. This is an action packed story that has many twists and turns. It kept me on the edge of my seat. I loved seeing the Wilde Family. It's dangerous to tangle with them. They take care of their own. I enjoy Tonya Burrows writing. Her characters are intriguing and passionate. Her series, A Wilde Security, is a winner.
Maria-Rose More than 1 year ago
What an exciting story! Action packed from the start, this is the story of Vaughn and his search for Lark (or Sage, or whatever name she's going by now), a woman he met earlier in the series but who has disappeared. (no worries, each story is standalone, so you can pick this one up as is without losing any of the backstory, as it's well explained here). She's on the run but it doesn't take long for him to catch up to her, despite her best efforts to remain hidden. What follows then is a bit of cat and mouse until she comes to the conclusion that staying with Vaughn will be safer for her in the long run. Because they have a bit of history it doesn't take long for them to end up in bed together in some very steamy scenes. I liked how the plot unfolded, it was fast paced and kept me entertained from beginning to end. Though at times it didn't seem possible, the foes are eventually vanquished (for now) and they get their happy ending. There are some great cameos from other characters in both the Wilde Security and the Hornet series as well. The story ends with a teaser for the next Wilde brother, Greer, who has gone missing. Looking forward to that one too! 4 stars.
mkendallauthorMK More than 1 year ago
The rollercoaster ride that is the Wilde Security series continues in this book and boy is the journey in this one a doozy. I knocked this book over in just a few hours it was just one of those books i couldn't out down. And so did not see the twist coming at all which is part of the reason i loved this book so hard. Lark and Vaughan's chemistry was off the charts and Ii totally love when a heroine give the hero a run for his money. I think I can safely say that this is my favourite in the series so far but only by a smidy bit because they are all so good.
Cheryl-S More than 1 year ago
Do you remember Lark and Vaughn? This is their story and it's fantastic. The attraction is still there but neither of them want it. In the beginning, all he thinks he wants is what she took from him when she skipped town. He doesn't want to want her. She left and broke his sister-in-laws heart. Lark's feelings run deep for Vaughn but her need to stay alive runs deeper. The HUGE plot twist really threw me. I love all the Wilde brothers and the women they have paired with but Sage/Lark really had me on the fence until the end. There's a lot of running, chasing, sexy...steamy scenes and some pretty amazing family moments. I am super excited to read the next book about Greer. Received a copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated for my review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed is my own.
ravenwolf_EPTX More than 1 year ago
✩ ✩ ✩ ✩ ✩ FIVE-STAR ✩ REVIEW ✩ ✩ ✩ ✩ ✩ ⭐ ⭐ Provided by Netgalley in Exchange for an Honest Review ⭐ ⭐ Judging a Book by it's Cover: Holy crap level hot cover model, subdued colors. Synopsis is intriguing and catches the attention. Looking Deeper: Third person POV. Vaughn and Lark already know each other when Running Wilde begins. While this is the 4th book to the series, there's enough backstory given to allow it to stand on it's own, but the reader would greatly benefit from reading the series in order to obtain the full stories as the male characters are all brothers that work together, their stories are all tightly woven together. *Mild cross-over with the HORNET boys present. Vaughn is a retired SEAL and twin to brother Cam. He and Lark, Libby's good friend, already have some history between them. While Vaughn's laid up in the hospital entertaining heartfelt, mushy feelings about Lark, Lark's past starts creeping up on her & she runs. Running Wilde picks up a few months after the explosion that laid Vaughn up and his continued quest to find Lark. He knows she's an identity thief, but does not know why. When he catches up to her, he seems to have a hard time keeping hold of her. Despite their explosive chemistry, she's running hard from something and he's determined to find out what. The dialogue is smart and witty, the interactions feel natural. The plot is exciting and entertaining. I'm amazed at the fluidity of the story. I felt like I'd just started the book and I was already nearing the end. It was incredible smooth and easy to read. The characters and plot were a pleasure to read. There were some conflicts and most were resolved in an efficient, mature manner although there were a few spots where I was not pleased with the heroine and her actions - but she earns points for not being a total helpless female. She's smart, resourceful and determined to survive, regardless the cost or sacrifice. I knew there was some kind of connection between her and [other party], but it wasn't until the reveal that I understood what that connection was. Other than that, predictability was nil. The conclusion is solid and was very appropriate. I am highly anticipating Greer's story, however I'm dreading it as it'll be the last of the Wilde boys. I look forward to it nonetheless. I do recommend this book, series, and author to any reader that is a fan of well-written Romantic Suspense featuring strong yet flawed alpha men that are not afraid to show their emotions to their loved ones and the smart and sassy women that complete them. ** Personal note: Holy Crap, I loved Vaughn! What a broody teddy bear! ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Rating: 4.5 [R] ~ Score: 4.5 ~ Stars: 4.5 - 5 -------------------------------------------------------------------------
Lori-Gonzo More than 1 year ago
A hot, very big alpha man who will do anything to protect you? How can you not love Vaughn?!? He was quite the warrior and protector. I loved how he pursued Lark, physically and emotionally. Their spark was so combustible. And the circumstances they found themselves in only made their connection stronger. Lark was a feisty woman in life only to survive. When I read her story, it just broke my heart. She was tough, afraid but would not give up. I loved her, her fierceness, her tenacity, her will to live and her penchant to love. They made such a great team and sexy couple. The last two chapters were beautifully written and.just spoke volumes to the strength of their character as well as their fierce need to sacrifice for the ones they loved most. This was a great addition to the series and makes me look forward even more to Greer's story. I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher.
CCarroll More than 1 year ago
This book was an attention grabber from the beginning. Who can resist a hot man chasing after a woman who has done him wrong, for whatever the reason? Lark is an issue for Vaughn and offers many steamy hot memories too. This book is loaded with sweet scenes of lust and hot dialogs that will make you sweat. They obviously have a past and that past become clear as the book progresses. But Vaughn has determined that he has found his woman, in more ways than one. Lark is the one that needs to get on board and trust. While this book should be read as part of the series, I really did not have too much issue following along. I just know that I missed a lot of the running theme but the author did a great job keeping the reader involved at all times. Loads of suspense and plenty of action keeps the reader engrossed. A unique story with a lovely HEA and plenty of surprises along the way too. This author knows how to tell a story that you will remember for a long time. Now I have to check out the other books in the series!
Arts1 More than 1 year ago
Let me tell you, when you start a Tonya Burrows series, don’t ever think that the first book is the best or the second or the third is the best. Because this woman writes nothing but the best. Each book in the series is better than the previous one. And that holds true for Running Wilde too. Vaughn may just be my favorite Wilde brother, but I have a feeling Tonya is going to change that with the eldest Wilde brother, Greer (don’t tell Reece. He still believes he is my favorite. Don’t worry Reece, I still love you). The protagonists of this novel, Vaughn Wilde and Lark Warren are characters we have met already. Vaughn being part of the ever-naughty twin duo Cam-Vaughn and Lark as Libby’s best friend in Wilde For Her. In Wilde for Her, Lark and Vaughn hook up and have a short-lived, intense relationship before Lark disappears. This book starts with Vaughn finding her. While Vaughn and Lark’s story starts in Wilde For Her, there is enough back story in Running Wilde that one can read it as a stand-alone. But to exploit the book to its optimum, it’s better to read the whole series. There are certain nuances that you miss out on otherwise. Vaughn Wilde has been looking for Lark Warren for months now. After an explosion nearly killed him, Lark disappeared. While they had a good thing going, Vaughn can’t figure out why she would leave without any news. But as he starts to search for her, he realizes that there is a lot more of Lark than a hot body and a sarcastic sense of humor. That woman has secrets a mile long. Lark Warren has been running for five years. Every few months, she picks a new place and a new name. The horrors of her past can’t be farther enough. She never stays in one place for too long, never forms any everlasting relationships. After all it’s only going to hurt once she leaves without a word. And she always leaves. Except with Vaughn Wilde, she forgets her rules and falls head over heels in lust and maybe even a little bit in love with him. But the moment she thinks, she can be happy, her fears and her past drive her away from him. Vaughn is determined to find Lark and surrender her to the authorities for identity theft. Except he can’t forget the three amazing weeks he spent with her before her disappearance. Not to the mention the ever-present palpable chemistry between them. But Vaughn has also brought with him the very people Lark is running from. She is determined to run away, he is determined to keep her close. There was nothing predictable about this book. Which is one of the things that I love about Tonya Burrows. Till the end I couldn’t figure out who Lark was or what her past was like. But it unravels slowly and steadily through the novel. Lark and Vaughn had a love-hate relationship going with sarcastic banter thrown in. I just loved it. Vaughn and Lark and right up there with Shelby and Reece as my favorite couples. They had great chemistry and their back and forth was too much fun. I really felt for both Lark and Vaughn. Lark’s past really was a horrible one and I could understand why she did what she did. But I did get a little annoyed when she just plain refused to trust Vaughn and share her problems with him. No matter how understanding Vaughn was. That man went all out for her. He would have given her the world and then some. There was such passion and longing inside Vaughn. He may have had a hard exterior, but the man was just a sweet little teddy bear. He really was a sweetheart. He is the kind of
mrsdiddy More than 1 year ago
I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Holy hotness, people! Vaughn is all kinds of yummy, sexy goodness. Wilde Security is a wild (pun intended) ride. In this installment of the Wilde Security series, Vaughan comes home from the SEALs and starts working with his brothers in their security firm. He can’t get the girl from his past, Lark, out of his head even after all these years. Lark can’t away from her past either. Vaughn searches for her and when he finally finds her they play a game of cat and mouse. They want each other. They need each other. But they need to trust each other to come out of this alive. This fast-paced, gritty, sexy novel will keep you up turning pages long into the night.
Splashesintobooks1 More than 1 year ago
Rating 4.5/5 Action packed enthralling read! Sometimes the best laid plans, made with the most honourable of intentions, can have unforeseen, detrimental consequences . . . that’s what happens when grumpy, irritated, Vaughn Wilde seeks his ex-girlfriend and identity stealer, Lark Warren. He doesn’t know why she’s running or what she’s running from, pretending he doesn’t care, but she’s scared and adamant that his finding her puts her life in imminent danger and he knows she’s telling the truth. This is a romance where underworld scheming by mafia type families threaten everyone helping Lark/Sage. Ex Navy SEAL Vaughn certainly wasn’t expecting to himself and his family involved in such situations, despite her warnings. You’ll just have to read it yourself to discover what the story is behind all this! The characters are well developed, the action fast paced and the plot has plenty of twists and turns to keep readers enthralled and page turning. It is a well written, riveting addition to the series, though it also works well as a stand alone novel in its own right. Whilst this story does finish, there are enough clues and hints to ensure readers like me really want to know what has happened to their elder brother, Greer – I can’t wait to find out! Needless to say, a great story that I have no hesitation in highly recommending to anyone who enjoys action packed thriller romances involving a close family. Thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley, too, for letting me read an ARC of this book in exchange for this, an honest review.
christokes More than 1 year ago
Running Wilde is a story of intensity, a book that takes the reader on a high speed read that will twist and turn till the very end. The story focuses mainly on Vaughn and Lark, two characters that had a bit of history before this book even began. Lark is on the run from her past and Vaughn is chasing her, presumably to take her into custody for identity theft. This story starts at high intensity and stays there throughout the book. Vaughn has been lost in life and he feels the way to get Lark out of his head is to find her and bring her to justice. It has nothing to do with his attraction or hurt feelings and pride after her disappearing act, at least that is what he tries so hard to project to others and believe himself. The chemistry between these two headstrong characters is hot. Both Vaughn and Lark have been tested in fire. Life has not been kind to them and they have learned to solider on through the darkness. Their histories are different but they have come out as strong people on the other side. That is something I loved about this book. They were able to fight through that darkness and land them in the place they are today, fighting for what they want and striving for what is right. If you have read the series, you will know a bit about Lark. The beginnings of this romance are alluded to and I assume that they meet and fall for each other in the previous story of the Wilde Security Series. This is the first in the series I have read (proving you can read each book as a standalone) and you go into the book knowing that Lark is running but not from what. Her strength is waning and Vaughn realizes his hope is to help her where she lacks. The romance is passionate, showing the reader that this is a second chance for these two, one they long to see through. They grow stronger together, allowing them to see that they can win this fight together. One of my favorite parts about this book is that it is full of adrenaline. There is not a moment of rest. Even when the danger takes a break we see the heat level rise between these two main characters. This book is a fast moving story that does not let up until the very end. You see the love of a family and the passion of lovers. There is a lot happening in this book and Tonya does a good job of keeping everything flowing well. This high action packed story will leave you reeling and smiling at the love of Lark and Vaughn’s story!
Angelized_1st More than 1 year ago
Running Wilde is the first Wilde Security novel I’ve read, and it immediately hooked me. Author Tonya Burrows writes a fast-paced, gritty, action, suspense yarn about Vaughn Wilde and “the one that got away,” Lark. Even though I haven’t (yet) read the first three books in the series, Burrows’ writing never left me feeling confused or lost in the backstory. Her characters are complex, and their motivations are fascinating enough to make me want to read more of this series. Each book in the series focuses on one of the Wilde brothers. They’re all ex-military, and have since returned home to open their own private investigations firm. In this novel, Vaughn, former Navy SEAL, and all around hard case is on the tail of his ex-lover. I guess in a previous novel, Lark stole something from Vaughn and he wants it back. Or so he claims. The truth is, Lark had gotten under his skin, and he can’t stop thinking about her. Even though these two met in a previous novel, and I missed a lot of the development of their relationship, I still felt invested in them as a couple. Vaughn and Lark have strong chemistry, and I immediately connected with them as characters. Since I haven’t read the previous novels, I’m not sure how much of Lark readers were supposed to know about before Running Wilde, but I gather she was mysterious. In this novel, the mystery surrounding her and her actions is solved, and Burrows nicely sets up the fifth novel. After finishing the book I immediately bought the first three so I can learn more about Vaughn’s brothers in preparation for the fifth novel. With this in mind, I recommend new readers to the series begin at the beginning. While you can jump in like I did, I think the story flows better if read chronologically as it was meant to be read. I recommend this novel to fans of contemporary romance who like more action. As important as the romance between Vaughn and Lark is to the plot, there’s more that happens to keep readers invested. In fact, this series somewhat reminds me of Laura Kaye’s Hard Ink series. The boys of Wilde Security are hot, protective, and very swoon worthy, and the sex scenes are as smokin’ as the men. If you are looking for something to curl up on the couch with and read one lazy afternoon, then you can’t go wrong with Running Wilde. I received this book for free from Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Nicolerko More than 1 year ago
Completely hooked on this book. It sucked me right in and I couldn't put it down. This is the 4th book in the series. I loved Vaughn . He puts a lot on his shoulders regarding his family. He's been very restless taking risks that could cost him life. Plus his hell bent mission to find Lark. Maybe fate is finally on his side when she is spotted. That's where the adventure begins. I really liked the interaction between Vaughn and Lark. Lark is on the run changing her name quite often, but her past is about to catch up with her. The one thing that's so hard for her is trust. She feels like she can't trust anyone, but her biggest test comes when she needs to ask herself can she trust Vaughn? Things get very hot Vaughn and Lark. This book has everything love, passion, adventure, suspense, and twists you don't see coming.
mamalovestoread22 More than 1 year ago
Lark Warren is on the run from a dangerous man who she mistakenly gave her heart to, thinking he felt the same, but to her surprise he didn't and she wound up getting hurt and ultimately had to flee from him for her own safety. She has been on the run for a while and has had to assume several identities to maintain her anonymity, which she is sure will eventually catch up to her, but she doesn't have any other choice.. Along her travels she meets a man that could possibly be the one to convince her to stop running, but her fear of being hurt again takes over and her instincts kick in and she is on the run again, she just can't put his life at risk too. Her travels take her to New Orleans, where she feels like she is finally starting to find her bearings, and could possibly finally have a place to call home, but that feeling is quickly shattered when the handsome stranger she met and left behind waltzes through the door, and is ready to haul her back to DC to face identity theft charges... Vaughn Wilde has been in search of the beautiful woman who walked into his life and turned it upside after only three very heated nights together. There is something about her that he just can't let go of, he thought they had the start of something truly special and then she just walks away, and he is left crushed and confused. He is left with the deepest desire to find her, but while searching for her he finds out she isn't quite who he thought she was and she is wanted on identity charges, so he sees this as the perfect excuse to hunt her down and bring her to justice. But once he sets sights on her again those feelings of bringing her to justice are pushed aside for the feelings he's had buried for her since she walked into his life... Once again Ms. Burrows has managed to provide me with one very spectacular reading escape, and reaffirmed my belief that she is a very gifted story teller. I truly enjoyed reading Lark and Vaughn's story, it had me on the edge of my seat the whole way through! Truly an entertaining read filled with lots of romance, mystery, and heated intensity!! If you haven't acquainted yourself with the Wilde Brothers yet, I must first tell you that you are missing out on some exceptional reading and also the opportunity to meet some very memorable characters that are sure to leave you with a smile and a happy heart!! ARC requested through NetGalley, and kindly provided by Entangled Publishing in exchange for a honest and unbiased review.
Blsfan68 More than 1 year ago
This story is full of mystery, danger and surprises but there are also some funny moments. It is well written, holds the reader's attention and flows very nicely. Both Vaughn and Lark are determined and stubborn which leads to much conflict and great banter. I am really enjoying this series and can't wait to finally find out where the mysterious Greer has been hiding. ARC received from Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review.
MELHUTCHINSON More than 1 year ago
This book was so good. I have not read the other books in the series but I was not lost so don't worry about it if this is the first one for you. I definitely want to go back and read the others now but that is the only complaint I have for this book, and I wouldn't consider that a complaint really. This one was so well written and kept you wondering what was going to happen. I wanted to finish this one as soon as I could to find out how things ended for Lark and Vaughn, but then I was sad because I had finished the book. Lark is a lady that has had a rough past and is trying to hide from those that she really doesn't want to see again, but Vaughn doesn't know that at first. He thinks that Lark is running from her scams that she is pulling. When Vaughn catches up to Lark again, he has no idea that he has lead her enemies straight to her, but he is willing to help her out in any way that he can once he realizes what he has done. Lark is not a woman that looks to others for help or protection. She has been able to take care of herself pretty well up until now. Lark's funds are running low and when she leaves them in the car that she and Vaughn were traveling in, she has no choice but to stay with him until she can get somewhere to get back on her feet. Vaughn and Lark had a run in before now and the sparks flew then between them. Little has changed since their last meeting since sparks begin to ignite again almost immediately. There is plenty of romance in this story to keep you going along with the suspense and action that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Will Vaughn and Lark be able to overcome her enemies and get past her past to make a relationship for themselves? You need to read this one to find out. You will not be disappointed in this read!!
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
Oh my gosh, Vaughn Wilde. Just the perfect grumpy, intense, oh-so-so protective yet somehow all squishy on the inside hero... He fell hard for Lark Warren earlier in the series, and when she disappeared and he found out that "Lark Warren" was just one in a long list of aliases she'd used--and that she'd taken his SEAL pin with her when she ran--he's been determined to find her and drag her back to D.C. ever since. To be prosecuted for identity theft of course. And to get his pin back. No other reason. Riiiiight. Vaughn's twin Cam (hero of Wilde for Her) has been worried about his brother--ever since nearly being blown up, which coincidentally happened just before Lark took off--he's been taking one unnecessary risk after another. Not to mention his unhealthy obsession with finding Lark again. But before Cam can stage an intervention, one of their buddies in the HORNET group spots the woman-formerly-known-as-Lark in a bar in New Orleans, and Vaughn is hot on her trail... Running Wilde was an intense thrill ride of a book. The guys Lark's on the run from are truly scary, and Vaughn's determination to find her, gain her trust, and keep her safe kept me turning the pages. Their chemistry together was off the charts, and their banter--especially when Lark was doing her best to escape his custody and resist his charms, not that he was trying to be charming at the time--was fantastic. I loved the scenes when it was just the two of them together, but the parts where they were back with Vaughn's family were great too. I've still only read the book before this one in the series (but just downloaded books 1 and 2 onto my iPod--I *will* be ready when Greer's story comes out!) but still enjoyed seeing the dynamic between the brothers and their significant others. If you've read all the previous books, you'll love seeing them all back together here. Plus, there's a slight crossover with the HORNET series, which was also so much fun. And oh, what Vaughn does to save those he cares about in the end? SO. GOOD. I seriously love this guy. The only reason I'm going to be able to wait patiently for Greer's book is because it'll give me time to get caught up on the rest of the series...but please don't take too long, Ms. Burrows! ;) Rating: 4 stars / A- I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
Awesome read! Vaughn Wilde is intense, brooding, and damn sexy. Feeling a little lost after leaving the SEAL's and coming back to work with his brothers, he can't get the woman who disappeared on him out of his head. Lark got under his skin and when she left she took something important to him. He's been looking for her ever since. Now's he found her and intends to bring her back to face what she's done. They start off on a road trip from hell and find themselves really getting to know the other. The more she gets to know Vaughn the more she knows she needs to get away from him...to keep him safe. Vaughn is determined not to let that happen. Definitely a book you want to read. I highly recommend it.
Linda__ More than 1 year ago
Great addition to the Wilde Security series. This has Lark running away and Vaughn searching for her. He has no idea why she's running and suspects she's a criminal guilty of identity theft and running just ahead of the law. The truth is so much worse then he can even imagine. Despite this, he can't escape his feelings for her and searches desperately for her. What follows is very sexy and fast moving as they try to keep ahead of the monsters propelling her forward. If you enjoy romantic suspense, you will love this book. Hot SEAL and tragic heroine....what could be better? This is a must read for fans of the genre.
bouncyberthaCR More than 1 year ago
3 - "Who do you want to be?" Stars. Tonya Burrows picks up the pace again in the fourth book of the Wilde Security series. Thankfully, after being left more than disappointed with its predecessor Wilde at Heart; Vaughn and Lark’s story was a more welcome addition to what is overall still a pretty good series. This one had a bit of a ’Road-Trip’ theme running through it, as well as a healthy dose of ’Cat & Mouse’ to keep the plot moving. Lark has been on the run for longer than she cares to remember, and Vaughn is the first man to have ever caught up with her until now that is. ”You’re cute I’ll give you that.” Both are dealing with separate issues as their reconnection grows, Vaughn has unwittingly put himself in the cross-hairs of the local mob boss, who is looking to ’Make him an offer he can’t refuse’, and Larks reasons for being on the run and changing her identity on a regular basis are also revealed. The banter between the Wilde brothers is stellar as usual, and I liked the slight cross-over between this one and the HORNET series. I did struggle a little with the actual connection between Lark and Vaughn for most of the book, but as is to be expected Tonya delivers with the sexy-times. The elusive and for the most part unknown, Greer Wilde is due to have his story told next, and bearing in mind he had played almost no part in the series so far, I am interested to see what adventure Tonya takes us on with his story. ARC generously provided in exchange for the above honest review.