Too Wild to Tame (Romancing the Clarksons Series #2)

Too Wild to Tame (Romancing the Clarksons Series #2)

by Tessa Bailey

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Sometimes you just can't resist playing with fire . . .

By day, Aaron Clarkson suits up, shakes hands, and acts the perfect gentleman. But at night, behind bedroom doors, the tie comes off and the real Aaron comes out to play. Mixing business with pleasure got him fired, so Aaron knows that if he wants to work for the country's most powerful senator, he'll have to keep his eye on the prize. That's easier said than done when he meets the senator's daughter, who's wild, gorgeous, and 100 percent trouble.

Grace Pendleton is the black sheep of her conservative family. Yet while Aaron's presence reminds her of a past she'd rather forget, something in his eyes keeps drawing her in. Maybe it's the way his voice turns her molten. Or maybe it's because deep down inside, the ultra-smooth, polished Aaron Clarkson might be more than even Grace can handle . . .


The Romancing the Clarksons series
Book 1 - Too Hot to Handle (Rita and Jasper)
Book 2 - Too Wild to Tame (Aaron and Grace)
Book 3 - Too Hard to Forget (Peggy and Elliott)
Book 4 - Too Beautiful to Break (Belmont and Sage)

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ISBN-13: 9781455594146
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 09/06/2016
Series: Romancing the Clarksons Series , #2
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 40,858
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

Tessa Bailey is originally from Carlsbad, California. The day after high school graduation, she packed her yearbook, ripped jeans, and laptop, and drove cross-country to New York City in under four days. Her most valuable life experiences were learned thereafter while waitressing at K-Dees, a Manhattan pub owned by her uncle. Inside those four walls, she met her husband, best friend, and discovered the magic of classic rock, managing to put herself through Kingsborough Community College and the English program at Pace University at the same time. Several stunted attempts to enter the work force as a journalist followed, but romance writing continued to demand her attention.

She now lives in Long Island, New York with her husband and daughter. Although she is severely sleep-deprived, she is incredibly happy to be living her dream of writing about people falling in love.

You can learn more at:
Twitter @mstessabailey

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Too Wild to Tame 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
## Did Tessa actually write this? I have serious doubts. This was just AWFUL. The "hero" is no hero and the heroine is plain crazy. Neither are likeable, nor do they have any chemistry. At all. He's a homewrecker and a cheat who cares about no one and she's a thief. She steals people's hard earned money right at the beginning of the book. This story was so confusing and incredibly awkward. What was with her crazy hair? I still don't get the attraction. Half the time I didn't know what the hell Tessa was trying to say. I still can't believe how bizarre this was. I own every one of her books and have read them many times over. But this? This was just BAD.
gaele More than 1 year ago
AudioBook Review: Stars: Overall 4 Narration 4 Story 4 First meeting Aaron in the fatal (for the car) road trip with Rita in Too Hot to Handle, he’s a bit of a loner and a planner, with a decided place for everything, and everything in its place. As with Rita, a passing childhood comment from a parent (in his case, father) has stuck with him, and he has lived his life as if those were words to live by. He’s a loner, taking risks large and small to get what he wants, and never relying on anyone else to reach his goals. So, he’s a loner with a touch of wild child hidden beneath, or perhaps not so hidden as an indiscretion got him fired from his last job. He’s itching to get this damnable road trip over with and return to his first love: politics. Most specifically working as a highly placed and relied upon aide to a senator set to make a run for the presidency. Grace is the daughter of Aaron’s prospective new employer, and a woman born far out of her time and place. While her family is conservative, driven and straight-laced, Grace would have been the perfect fit in Haight-Ashbury, or at those wilder psychic fairs. Everything is a sign or omen, and while she’s not even close to wild, she is dreamy and appears unfocused, much to her family’s discontent. But, one thing has her attention: Aaron. Sure, she shouldn’t be interested in the driven and work-obsessed man, particularly as he works for her father, but, he’s interested too. And she just can’t stay away. But, that’s all after they discover who each other is. Because Grace is the “hidden” daughter, her parents don’t rely on her for appearances, keep her on the outskirts, and her desires to make a difference in the world are vastly different from her father’s political machinations. And then we have Aaron, aware that he uses charm and his intelligence to manipulate situations to his advantage, heedless of the later costs. So, the instant attraction to Grace seemed like a good thing. Until it didn’t. Fortunately, the pairing brings out the best in both of them: Grace softens Aaron’s quick-witted plow through to the end, and Aaron actually listens to her, and helps to build her confidence in her own instincts. Off the charts chemistry, a carefully plotted out reveal for each character gives Grace her voice and Aaron the ability and willingness to think about consequences and learning to rely on another person, while trying to choose decisions with best intentions. Add to their story, the continuing saga of the Clarkson siblings on their road trip, and the laughs, ridiculous moments and heartfelt revelations shine though. Narrated again by Greyson Ash, she managed to add that ethereal space-cadet feeling to Grace, without making her come off as a total nutter. Her interactions and reactions as she dissects signs and clues, all narrated to great effect, clearly show her sweetness and juxtaposes neatly with the slightly oily overlay to the earlier interactions with Aaron that gently peel away as we get to know him. A wonderful listen, perfectly fitting into the series. I received an Audiobook copy of the title from Hachette Audio for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the clarkson family. They are an interesting bunch.
TheLustyLiterate More than 1 year ago
An Unputdownable Wonder From Start To Finish! 4.5 Stars | Hot Steam When I read the first Romancing the Clarksons novel, TOO HOT TO HANDLE, I felt zings of excitement with every page turn. I treasured Rita and Jasper and knew in my romance-loving soul that this spectacular family and their keeper-shelf stories were going to be unlike any others Tessa Bailey had written to date. And holy fantastic perfection! Forget zings. TOO WILD TO TAME electrified me into steamy submission with its brilliance. :) I mean it. This astonishing book delivered unputdownable wonder from start to finish. The wealth of emotion, urgency, immediacy, passion, and power of Grace and Aaron’s journey blew me away! I was spellbound...and anxious! Each time the percentage crept closer to 100% on my e-reader I would plead for it not to be over. Not yet! I needed more! More smiles, more tears, more swoons! I downright worshipped Grace and Aaron. Their connection was an entirely new level of glorious. First we are given glacier cold and painfully wound up alpha-male-extraordinaire, Aaron. He’s blindingly handsome, razor sharp, brave, commanding, hard working, and so very sexy. Next we stumble upon free-spirited, ice-melting, and ethereal Grace. She’s one-of-a-kind special—impossibly lovely, strong, kind, unpredictable, open, compassionate, vulnerable, sensual, and completely at odds with who you would assume to fit with a man like Aaron. But they do fit, sublimely so. And I hung on their every word and moment together. Grace rattles him, centers him, inspires him, unravels him, and helps him revive his humanity. And even though Aaron doesn’t think he deserves Grace, he can’t help but cherish her, support her, celebrate her, and love her unconditionally. He’s mad with fiery love for her. Simply devoted. They both are to each other. It’s beyond beautiful. And the heat level in this novel? A rarefied inferno. Leave it to Tessa Bailey to write sex scenes so singular, uncannily fresh, intense, molten hot, and criminally naughty. She is the Queen! When this series concludes we’ll all need to jump in the Atlantic along with the Clarksons to cool off. TOO WILD TO TAME is a must read! Complimentary copy provided in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love all of Tessa Bailey's books so far but almost didn't read this one because of how horrible the previous reviewer made these characters and writing sound. I couldnt disagree more with that reviewer and am so glad I read this book. I wasnt sure if I would like Aaron after a glimpse of him in Jasper and Rita's story,and then that bad review, but I did. I really did. He's flawed but knows it and owns it, and from the very start was so protective of Grace. How could anyone not like that??? I really liked both Aaron and Grace and found their journey together quite enjoyable. And I loved the continued glimpses of the other siblings. I can't wait forBelmont's story!!!! I love him and sage already!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Grace was just too weird. It was almost uncomfortable the way she acted. Stealing (illegal!) and all the strange things she did - almost don't blame her family. In one way they were protecting her from media. Just strange. what was with all the stupid hair bows! Aaron made up for her weirdness, but he can only carry so much of the book. Love most of all TBs books - but not this one. Illegal and thought she was always right.
Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
3.25 stars---TOO WILD TO TAME is the second installment in Tessa Bailey’s contemporary, adult ROMANCING THE CLARKSONS erotic, romance series focusing on the four Clarkson siblings. This is twenty six year old political advisor Aaron Clarkson, and senator’s daughter twenty three year old Grace Pendleton’s story line. TOO WILD TO TAME can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty although I recommend reading the series in order for cohesion and backstory. The story line advances the series but a few days and picks up immediately upon the events of book one. SOME BACKGROUND: One year earlier Miriam Clarkson passed away but not before leaving her now four grown adult children (Rita, Aaron, Peggy and Belmont) a journal of her most intimate thoughts and dreams. Miriam’s final wishes were for her children to seek out what is important in their lives and thusly a cross country trek began wherein each sibling will find his or her own happily ever after as they venture their way to New York City ending with a New Year’s Eve celebration. Rita found the love of her life in book one –Too Hot To Handle. Told from dual third person perspectives (Aaron and Grace) TOO WILD TO TAME focuses on the building relationship between political advisor Aaron Clarkson-the all-American pretty boy who screwed up his career and finds himself lost without a purpose in life, and Grace Pendleton, the presidential candidate’s daughter and a woman whose own life has been spiraling out of control. What ensues is the back and forth, push and pull of attraction as Grace tries to venture out on her own in spite of her father’s over controlling and protective nature. Aaron does not want a repeat of his last political disaster but Grace is a woman in need of some direction in her life. The relationship between Grace and Aaron begins accidentally as our heroine is caught running from a crime of her own making. Their attraction to one another is immediate and undeniable. As Aaron struggles with his attraction to the feisty, independent, eccentric and troubled young woman, he is also determined to become part of the senator’s political campaign quite possibly at the expense of the woman with whom he is falling in love. Grace is a bit of a wild child with a past mired in a dark and troubling secret, and it is this secret that continues to push at our heroine’s emotions. The senator and his family have chosen to ‘hide’ their youngest daughter from the media and the public eye, and in this Grace is determined to make her own mark-one way or another. Aaron likes to talk dirty in bed. The secondary and supporting characters include Aaron’s siblings Peggy and Belmont, and the woman that controls Belmont’s demons-Sage. We are also introduced to Grace’s father- a man determined to protect his daughter from the past but a past that he also hopes to use on the race to the White House. The world building continues to focus on the dysfunctional family dynamics of the Clarkson family. We are up close and personal into the mind of the family matriarch as each sibling will ‘seek out’ their mother’s journal and the message she has revealed and left for each of her children. I am hoping Belmont’s story will reveal the true demons that control his life. I did struggle with the believability of one particular aspect of this story line as it pertained to Grace’s actions in the initial stages of the story-there would have been some major backlash and a police investigation but the autho
micharch More than 1 year ago
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SiobhanDavisAuthor More than 1 year ago
Another fiery, funny, heart-warming story of family, friendship, and love that has all the feels. The Clarkson's beloved mother has passed on and she left a journal/letter asking them to go on a road trip to honor her memory. Except, it's much more than that. Miriam realized her children were all struggling in their own ways, that they were distant from one another, and they desperately needed an excuse to bond and find their path in life. So, she's stepped in from the grave. Gotta love a ghostly meddling mother! In the first book in this great series, Rita finds her path and her soulmate, so in this instalment, we have three Clarksons remaining - Aaron, Belmont, and Peggy. Peggy's friend Sage (and somewhat love interest for Belmont) is still along for the ride. I was really excited to read this book after enjoying book one and already harboring a secret crush on Aaron. Aaron is the blunt, emotionless, practical organizer of the bunch. He enjoys playing that role but feels unfulfilled. He is trying to get his political career back on track so he asks his siblings to detour to Iowa so he can try and wangle a new position with a presidential candidate. This is how he ends up crossing paths with Grace Pendleton - said candidate's vivacious and spunky daughter. Grace has a hidden past, and her parents manipulate her, deliberately keeping her in the background, and trying to force her to comply by deploying devious underhanded methods. It made me sick how her father was prepared to throw her to the wolves to further his own political career. Aaron and Grace are kindred spirits and they quickly form a bond, helped along by the explosive chemistry they share. They just get each other and I loved watching their relationship develop. It's quite angsty and dramatic and involves lots of toing and froing, but that's one of my fav relationship tropes. Although this is a light-hearted read, there are some powerful messages in the story all the same. One of the things that really resonated with me, is how one off-hand comment from a parent can shape a child's life. Aaron is fixated on something his dad said to him one time, and it is how he has measured himself his whole life. It's damaged his relationship with his siblings, most notably Belmont, and has sabotaged any chance of finding true love. As a parent, that has really made me stop and think long and hard about the level of responsibility I have towards my own children in that regard. How every little thing I say, whether it seems flippant or irrelevant, may be construed by my children. It makes me want to be more cautious of what I say and how I say it, because if I was Aaron's dad and I knew how that one remark, that one situation, would derail his future, I'd want a time machine to go back and do it all over completely differently. I like books that make me think introspectively, and this one gets extra bonus points for that. The writing is fab, pace is perfect, and the character development was great. Overall this was a great read. I love the premise of this series and I look forward to reading Peggy's story next. I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
Alyssa75 More than 1 year ago
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** Too Wild to Tame by Tessa Bailey Book Two of the Romancing the Clarksons series Publisher: Forever Publication Date: September 6, 2016 Rating: 3 stars Source: eARC from NetGalley ***Warning: this is an adult book, and for the eyes of mature readers*** Summary (from Goodreads): Sometimes you just can't resist playing with fire . . . By day, Aaron Clarkson suits up, shakes hands, and acts the perfect gentleman. But at night, behind bedroom doors, the tie comes off and the real Aaron comes out to play. Mixing business with pleasure got him fired, so Aaron knows that if he wants to work for the country's most powerful senator, he'll have to keep his eye on the prize. That's easier said than done when he meets the senator's daughter, who's wild, gorgeous, and 100 percent trouble. Grace Pendleton is the black sheep of her conservative family. Yet while Aaron's presence reminds her of a past she'd rather forget, something in his eyes keeps drawing her in. Maybe it's the way his voice turns her molten. Or maybe it's because deep down inside, the ultra-smooth, polished Aaron Clarkson might be more than even Grace can handle . . . What I Liked: I feel like the latest Tessa Bailey books have put me in a difficult position, in terms of how I should rate them. On the one hand, there are major things I've disliked about each book. On the other hand, there are other major things that have, in a way, made up for those "bad" major things. So I end up with the three-star rating. I hate certain things about the book, I like other things, and I find myself meeting in the middle to rate and review. Most of her books that I've read have received between three and four stars, which is positive. But I haven't experienced a real "wow" factor book (like my all-time favorite Bailey book, Officer Off Limits). Aaron Clarkson is headed to Iowa with his little sister Peggy and older brother Belmont. They're road-tripping to the East Coast as per their mother's dying wishes, but Aaron is stopping in Iowa to try and restart his political career. He'll do so by trying to get a job with a senator running for president. Little does he know that the president's eccentric daughter is going to take him by storm. This book felt like it was entirely Aaron's, which I was okay with. I liked Aaron; he's a player, a one-night-stand guy, a no-feelings, no-conscious smooth-talking politician. But there is so much emotional and mental weight behind those eyes. He thinks everyone thinks he's a manipulator, like most politicians. He thinks his brother hates him. Honestly Aaron doesn't have a high opinion of himself, even if he seems a little arrogant. This book was about how he began to change his view of himself, and how he healed his relationship with his brother (and family in general). And, of course, how he fell in love with Grace and practically regrew emotions. Grace is... bizarre. Eccentric is the closest word I can come up with to describe her. She's so wild, and needs so much space. Her family doesn't allow her to come to her father's speeches and meetings and debates and such, because she's liable to do something crazy or embarrassing or illegal. I'm sorry, but Grace is a little crazy. To be honest, I didn't love her. Read the rest of my review on my blog, The Eater of Books! - eaterofbooks DOT blogspot DOT com :)
V-Rundell More than 1 year ago
Sweet and sexy odd couple romance. Aaron Clarkson took off for a road trip with his three adult siblings, Rita, Belmont and Peggy, from California to NYC. It’s a trip inspired by the journal of their recently-deceased mother, Miriam. Along the way, Rita found a sexy man who made her feel. They left her in New Mexico with the promise that she’d join them for the New Year’s Day jump into the Atlantic; the vision quest/journey they agreed to take. At 26 years old, Aaron’s made a big name for himself as a political campaign wizard, and a less-than-stellar reputation with women. He was recently fired for an inappropriate relationship. His next-best chance for professional redemption, is to align himself with Senator Pendleton of Iowa, a presidential hopeful. He gets important help from a mischievous girl lurking outside the site of a pancake breakfast fundraiser. Grace is unlike any woman Aaron’s even found an interest in, yet her carefree appearance and hippie-style ideals are charming. And dangerous, because it’s not long before Grace is the senator’s youngest, troubled, art-student daughter. She’s been kept out of the spotlight ever since she was nearly killed in a hostage situation as a teen. Grace is tired of being a cast-off. She wants to make a difference in the world, and redeem a debt to friends who died so many years ago. Aaron seems to see the real Grace, but he’s standoffish, proclaiming himself to be a bad man, one who’d only hurt her. Still, when the opportunity comes for him to do just that, Aaron’s charisma is enough to turn Grace’s embarrassing situation into a fantastic PR opportunity for the senator. In the meantime, Aaron and Grace are fast becoming very attracted to each other. Is Grace worth yet another professional blunder? Is Aaron really a heartless manipulator, or is that a persona that enable Aaron to keep everyone–even his siblings–at arm’s length? I really liked Grace and Aaron. As with the first book, the plunge into connection is rapid and sexy. Both Aaron and Grace have suffered deep isolation from the people who should know then best: their families. Grace is wracked with grief, still, seven years after her ordeal and has trouble relating to others as a result. Aaron has lost too many connections to feel worthy of being loved, yet Grace continues to reach out for him. Plus, his sense of her vulnerability compels Aaron to give true consideration to all of Grace’s seemingly flighty plans. And, while it both pleases Grace and helps the senator’s polling, it doesn’t completely wash away years of Aaron’s self-loathing. In total, Aaron and Grace provide sounding boards for each other, and experience the strongest connection they have ever experienced. It leads to several grand gestures–on both their parts–and an HEA that soars. Also, expect Aaron to reconnect with Belmont and Peggy. The next book in the series will feature Peggy fishing for The One That Got Away. I received a review copy via NetGalley.
etoile1996 More than 1 year ago
the second book in the romancing the clarksons series, too wild to tame picks up the siblings' road trip just after they've left rita behind in hurley, new mexico. their next stop is iowa, where aaron plans to somehow get his political career back on track. it took me a while to get through too hot to handle, but i did end up breezing through too wild to tame. i think it's probably because i liked the leads just a little bit more. aaron is kind of a jerk, but he's got this soft gooey core and you can't help but feel for him because he's the guy who everyone else shut out. so of course he has his guard up. of course he keeps people at arm's length. and then he meets grace pendelton. the daughter of the man who's acceptance is key for aaron's plans. meeting grace in the unlikeliest of circumstances--her air of fragility draws aaron's attention, but her strength of spirit captivates him. once they meet, they can't keep away from each other. the chemistry between aaron and grace is so hot. like too hot to handle there is plenty of baggage these characters are carrying. but it felt less overwhelming in this story, i think because both aaron and grace had such a strong sense of self whereas both jasper and rita were so lost that it didn't feel like they even knew what they wanted until the very end. but it's pretty clear that aaron and grace are it for each other. and yes, there are obstacles, real and imagined. but for the most part they fall head over heels for each other and being together heals the holes in their souls. it was also nice to see belmont and aaron's relationship improve in this book. you could see there was so much love between these two characters and so much hurt. having that pain ease, it freed up the characters, but i also think it helped free the story. the deeper story this series is telling is about family and the bonds of brotherhood and sisterhood. so yes, this is a sexy love story. but it's also an emotional story about how family can be the ones to break your heart and help you put it back together. i definitely want to keep reading this series, if only to get to the last book and finally see how belmont and sage get together. it's a slow burn with those two. i kind of love it. **too wild to tame will publish on september 6, 2016. i received an advance reader copy courtesy of netgalley/forever/grand central publishing in exchange for my honest review.
AmyBosica More than 1 year ago
“My name is Grace.” “And I know better than to say never.” Too Wild To Tame was a quick and easy read. Tessa Bailey has once again provided us with a smokin’ hot and entertaining read. Too Wild To Tame follows the story of Aaron and Grace. On the surface, Aaron is put together, a true gentleman and politician. But, at night, the real Aaron comes out to play and he is anything but a gentleman. Soon, Aaron will see that keeping his eye on the prize is anything but easy, especially once Grace enters the picture…..Grace has always been the outcast in her family and she is anything but conservative. When she meets Aaron, she knows she should walk away, but finds that is just easier said than done. The pull she feels for Aaron is too strong and before Grace knows it, Aaron is going to turn her world upside down. Overall, I really enjoyed this book. Tessa Bailey does not disappoint with her sexy alpha males and entertaining story-lines. I liked both Grace and Aaron right away. Aaron is frustrating, alpha and sexy as hell. He knows he’s not a great guy and always has his eyes on the prize. Grace is the outcast in her family. She’s one of a kind and not afraid to speak her mind. When these two meet, the sparks between them are undeniable. They make one hot and sexy couple. Too Wild To Tame is the second book in the Romancing The Clarkson’s Series, but can totally be read as a stand-alone. This story is well written and pulls you in from the very first page. Too Wild To Tame had just the right mix of romance, drama and sexy good times. There was never a dull moment and the chemistry between Aaron and Grace will keep you begging for more.
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
Aaron Clarkson is the man with a plan. His ambitious nature and smooth demeanor have landed him right in the middle of the action. His road to politics does not include getting distracted. One wrong move could incur another scandal. Enter Grace. A woman who is not afraid to dance to the beat of her heart. When she cares about something, she gives it her all and nothing stands in her way of doing what is right. So why is she drawn to the bad bad boy of politics? Why does Grace make Aaron want to become a better man? Too Wild to Tame is full of surprising twists, searing heat and the most important lesson of all: It's okay to be you. The Clarksons are an unconventional family but behind the tragedies, scandals and arguments there is love.