Torch: The Wildwood Series

Torch: The Wildwood Series

by Karen Erickson

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Tate Warren has never met a woman he couldn’t charm—until now.

Wren Gallagher won’t give him the time of day and it’s making him crazy.

But he won’t give up without a fight… because there’s one thing he knows for sure:

Enemies make the best lovers.

Most women swoon over Tate’s devilish grin and firefighter uniform. But Wren couldn’t be less impressed by his good looks and flirtatious banter—in fact, she seems to downright despise him. She thinks he’s a player, but his attraction to her is no game. Wren is unlike anyone he’s ever known and he isn’t about to let the feisty, gorgeous woman slip through his fingers. 

Wooing Wren would be so much easier if she didn’t hate him…

Or does she?

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ISBN-13: 9780062441232
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/04/2016
Series: Wildwood Series , #3
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 427,899
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.60(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

USA Today bestselling author Karen Erickson writes what she loves to read—sexy contemporary romance. Published since 2006, she’s a native Californian who lives in the foothills below Yosemite with her husband and three children. She also writes as New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Monica Murphy.

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Torch: The Wildwood Series 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
DebsIN More than 1 year ago
This is my first read by this author and I found it was a light hearted all around fun read. Wren, the protected little sister crushing on Tate, the sexy firefighter. He is also one of her older brothers' best friends. When these two finally get together, there will be more than her house that is "Torch"ed. What is there not to love in this hot YA romance that will keep you turning the pages. 4 Stars!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good story!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
“Torch” is the third book in Karen Erickson’s “Wildwood” series, and I really enjoyed it. Finally, we get to read about Wren, the little sister to the Gallagher Brothers, who lives in a small town and is not sure what to do with herself. And, we learn more about Tate, the handsome, single firefighter. If you have read the first two books in the series, then you have meet these two characters and have been anticipating this book, like me, from the beginning. Their chemistry is off the charts, and they are hot, sweet, and funny together. I loved the story, but I wanted more (not a complaint about Karen’s storytelling, I just wanted the story to go on). Plus, this story left us with the on-going question about who is setting the fires (I have my theories), so I NEED the next book to be published!!!! I would suggest that a reader start at the beginning of the series - it will make the storylines make more sense. *I was given an advanced copy of this story in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really hated Wren. I mean, in the previous books she was cute and vivacious. She was so whiney in this one. And mean-spirited. She needs to have a come to Jesus meeting with her brothers. This habit if not sharing information about her could be dangerous. She is 26 not 6. (Rant starting...) Another thing what is with all the making a high school boyfriend the end all be all? In the last book it was used as a reason for keeping people apart and here it is used as a silly way to add a conflict. Really, she was 16-17 years old. I did not even remember the last name of my Junior Prom date after that long. And I get it, small town, but still high school ends at 17-18 years old. I do not get why it is supposed to play such a big part in soooo many books. (Rant over.) So to sum up: Wren has changed into a pouty whiney baby who is upset her friends have paired up. She secretly likes Tate and, in a manner associated with the elementary school playground, acts like she hates him and offer verbal insults. Tate shows he is a sucker for punishment by thinking this makes her more desirable. There is some slight conflict thrown in for interest. Sex is lacking and frankly not what I expected from Tate. We still have not caught the arsonist. .. Roughly 188 pages on my Nook Galaxy 10.1 includes cover, contents and 28 pages of 2-3 page excerpts from other authors and ads for Avon Books. I did not receive a free copy for an honest review. I paid for the book. I will not be buying any more if this series.
Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars-- TORCH is the third installment in Karen Erickson’s contemporary adult WILDWOOD romantic suspense series focusing on the town of Wildwood, California but especially the Gallagher family of brothers, and their sister Wren. This is fire chief Tate Warren, and bookkeeper Wren Gallagher’s story line. TORCH can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty but for cohesion and backstory I recommend reading the series in order as there is a continuing plot throughout the series-an arsonist has set his/her sights on Wildwood, California and Wren is the next intended victim. Told from dual third person perspectives (Wren and Tate) TORCH focuses on the building relationship-an enemies to lovers romance- between Wren Gallagher and Tate Warren. Tate wants a relationship with Wren but for some reason Wren continues to treat Tate with vindictiveness and hatred whenever they are together. When Wren’s house is targeted and destroyed by Wildwood’s arsonist Tate offers up his place, if only temporarily in Wren’s mind. What ensues is the jump from enemies to friends to lovers that may be pushed to the side when Wren’s past comes looking for a second chance. The relationship between Wren and Tate is complicated. Wren’s acerbic personality and mean spirited verbal attacks against Tate are confusing when there has never been any reason for the vitriol and hatred that spews from her mouth. Tate’s attraction to Wren finds him verbally sparring with the feisty female that calls to his heart. The $ex scenes are intimate and seductive. All of the Gallagher brothers, as well as their significant others, play secondary and supporting roles. Each brother is a member of the fire fighting squad, and in their attempts to protect their younger sister, things don’t go according to plan when secrets are revealed and Wren takes her anger out on the man with whom she is falling in love. Hopefully Lane’s story is next and the arsonist’s identity is finally revealed. TORCH continues to focus on search for the arsonist bent on destroying the town of Wildwood. There are a no suspects but the introduction of a new characters is always considered a possible party. TORCH is a fast paced, exciting and sexy read. The premise is entertaining with humor, romance, suspense and heartbreak; the characters are colorful and animated; the romance is a push and pull towards a happily ever after-for now. There has been no proclamation of love or forever-the story line felt a little incomplete although the hunt for the arsonist is still on the books-nothing has yet to be resolved.
JennC2630 More than 1 year ago
Received an ARC for an honest review. This one made me so happy! Although we are no where close to finding out who the arsonist is, Tate and Wren's story was all kinds of adorable. There was a lot of "I find you very attractive, but I also kinda can't stand you" going on, which always makes for a great read. There was steam, but it wasn't about the love scenes. This book was all about the emotional foreplay between Tate and Wren...a relationship that's been teased since Ignite. We did get some cute moments with Harper and Delilah and their respective loves, but this was all about Tate and Wren, and Erickson putting the two of them together for an extended time was the perfect way to push all of that sexual tension into action. I still think I know who the arsonist...although I'm hoping it's not actually who I think it is, because they are starting to grow on me. Also? What is Holden's story? We need more Holden!!!!!!
ToshyBell2010 More than 1 year ago
Wren & Tate are on FIRE!!! Wren Gallagher has been going through a rough time. She is feeling alone. Her best friends are in love with her older brothers and she has to adjust to that. She is starting to feel like the town she loves has become her personal cage. She feels her dreams are unfulfilled and her heart is looking for more. Tate Warren. The fire chief and somewhat new to town. He loves Wildwood and the way of life. He has made friends and enjoys his job. The only thing that he is unsure of is the frustration he gets from Wren. She definitely isn't the only woman in town after him, but she seems to dislike him, and he wants to know why. Wren and Tate are thrown together because of their friends & family. This makes them both a bit uneasy. They feel like a third wheel. This puts them together and no matter how much they fight it, they feel a pull to each other. Tate is dedicated to his job and keeping the town safe. The arsonist continues to strike and cause problems. And it hits close to home. He becomes defensive and wants to take care of things. And this is what gets him closer to what he feels in his heart. This series gets better and better. West & Harper, Lane & Delilah, & Wren & Tate. Tate and Wren have the greatest obstacles to overcome but they are definitely going to be the strongest. Now the issue of the arsonist is still going on and I anxiously await the next book. And I am sure it will become even greater!
mrsdiddy More than 1 year ago
I don’t very often give 5 stars. If I do, it’s because I feel the book is something special. I think Torch just had something different, special, good. If you have not read the previous two books in the series, you don’t have too, they are all stand alones. However, I highly recommend reading them. Then go and grab yourself a copy of this book. Briefly, Wren and Tate have a tenuous relationship. He loves to tease and flirt with her, make suggestive comments and drive her crazy. Wren gives as good as she gets and Tate does not get an inch with her. Wren’s two best friends are happily in love with Wren’s two older brothers. Her younger brother is in love. She is the only single on in the group…besides Tate. After a chance meeting at the local bar one night, Wren finds it hard to fight her attraction to Tate. So, here’s the thing. Wren is great. She is sassy, insecure, fun and she is one of the most realistic female characters I’ve read in a long time. She’s not perfect and she doesn’t try to be. Tate is almost too good to be true, but that’s okay, a book boyfriend is supposed to be near perfect. If you have read my reviews of the previous books in the series, you would have read my mention of this pesky arsonist who has terrible timing. Well, his (or her) timing in this book was impeccably perfect. That’s all I’m going to give you on that, because I refuse to spoil. Suffice it to say, the arsonist is still on the loose, but I am ninety percent positive I have figured out who it is. You hear me, Karen Erickson! :) Torch is my favorite of the the Wildwood series book. I love Tate and Wren. The story line is great and the writing is fantastic and real. I highly recommend Torch!
hyjean More than 1 year ago
teetee1968 More than 1 year ago
This third installment of Karen Erickson's Wildwood series brings us Wren Gallagher's book! The one sister amongst the Gallagher men gets her story , and her man! If you have read the first two in this series, surely you have wanted to know Tate Warren a bit more. Here you get an inside look at Tate, not to mention a wonderful outside description of his attributes. Circumstances bring Wren & Tate closer together, which is a story line I definitely enjoy! The serial arsonist is still on the loose, and I hope we are getting closer to identifying him or her. I am loving this series and I am assured there will be more connected books. Certainly to at least identify the bad guy! Can't wait!
MaryJoMI More than 1 year ago
Ah Wren, she will steal your heart as she struggles to find her place in a world dominated by overbearing men that just want to protect her. She’s always felt suffocated by her father and brothers so it shocks her when Tate appears at the firehouse and she is attracted to him. He is the last thing she wants in her life. Tate is blown away by Wren, her confidence and sass get him every time so he just has to push her buttons to rile her up. The problem, she sees him as a player, can he convince her that he wants something more? When Wren’s world is truly shaken, Tate is there without any judgement to help her pick up the pieces. Will she finally see the amazing man standing in front of her? The banter between Tate and Wren is fabulous as their chemistry just rolls off the page which drove me crazy as I devoured every page.
ljtljtljt More than 1 year ago
Torch is Karen Erickson's latest novel, and it is the third book in her Wildwood series. It is a quick-paced romance that can be enjoyed as a standalone. This book is about Wren Gallagher, a freelance bookkeeper and a financial partner in her best friend's dance studio. Wren is sometimes bothered by her very overprotective brothers, but she learns to live with it, especially since they are romantically involved with her two best friends. Wren wants to fall in love, but does not want to get hurt in the process. Through her brothers Wren meets Tate Warren, a fellow firefighter, and they develop a love/hate relationship. Tate is extremely handsome and a known player. With an arsonist on the lose, the firefighters in Wildwood have had their work cut out for them. When Wren's house burns to the ground, it is Tate who takes control of the situation and offers Wren a place to stay. Overtime, the sexual tension between them evolves into a full-blown relationship. I enjoyed this book. Once again Ms. Erickson pens an entertaining narrative about finding your true love. I liked the Gallagher family and how they stuck together through thick and thin. Wren and Tate share witty banter, hot sex, and a longing that cannot be denied. The secondary characters are interesting and crossover from the first two books in the series. Overall, this is a nicely written story and I am looking forward to finding out who the arsonist is. Complimentary copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
PennieM More than 1 year ago
This is the third installment in this series and focuses on Wren and Tate. Wren is the sister of West and Lane who were in the first two books and Tate is a firefighter who has gotten under her skin. They have a love/hate relationship that at times is rather childish on Wren's part with her snips because she doesn't get that his changing her name to different bird names is his way of trying to get her attention. When her cottage is the next target of the arsonist, Tate insists she comes home with him. This works to both their advantage since they have been circling each other for much too long and all that smoke between them has to ignite into something and eventually it does. They make a great couple when they call a truce and talk. I enjoyed this book much more than the others. **Received a copy of this from the publisher in exchange for an honest review**
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
Loved this one! Tate is just so yummy and the way he teases Wren just made me laugh. All outward appearances would point to Wren hating Tate but there is a thin line between love and hate. When Tate decides enough is enough and decides to really pursue Wren she is definitely pushed over the line. All his cute names for her drives her crazy but Dove seems to do something funny to her heart. Will she continue to resist him or will she finally give in to what her heart really wants? You definitely want to read this one and find out. I highly recommend it.
featherlight97 More than 1 year ago
Torch by Karen Erickson This is the 3rd book in The Wildwood series. You get pieces of Wren and Tate's banter in the precious book and I couldn't wait to read their story. Wren Gallagher and Tate Warren definitely have to love/hate relationship down. Tate's great looks and charm (and firefighter uniform) usually go far with the ladies, but Wren won't give him the time of day. She seems to despise him because he's a total player and she wants a real relationship not a fling. But one lonely night at the local bar, Tate runs into Wren and ends up driving her home after she's had one too drinks. Tate can't seem to get her off his mind and when her ex shows up in town, Tate decides he might just want her as his own. But can he convince her that he really wants more when she seems to hate him? There's something different about Wren and he can't let this sassy, beautiful woman get away without a fight. Of course then arsonist is at it again and when the culprit hits closer to home Tate and the Gallagher brothers work harder to close the case. This was a sweet, sexy read that ends with a HEA. I can't wait for more in this series! I received an early copy from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.
iheartyabooks More than 1 year ago
For all who have fallen in love with Karen Erickson's Wildwood series and have been waiting and wanting feisty baby sister, Gallagher (Wren's story) with cocky, womanizer Tate, it's here and the wait was well worth it for these two. In the first two books, which were West and Lane's story, the romance was building between Wren and Tate. Yes, we love seeing these two taunt each other with their bickering, trying to best the other. But we also knew Wren and Tate’s feelings were going to explode, and from all that sexual tension was going to come a beautiful, soul-deep love between them. Wren and Tate's hate-turned-love romance is a swoon-your-heart love affair, but will also have you laughing hysterically. Ever since Tate Warren moved to Wildwood, Wren Gallagher has had it out for him. All the other women in town are falling at his feet, but Wren's fiery sarcasm keeps Tate—the womanizer—under her feet where the player needs to stay. Wren has no intentions of becoming another notch on Tate's bedpost, no matter how impossibly sexy she finds him. Men like Tate are players, like her father, and she has watched her mother all her life become a doormat and look the other way to her father's infidelity. Tate has no idea what he has done to deserve Wren's fiery attitude, but he has to admit it's a turn on for him. Tate loves giving the only woman he wants but can't have a hard time. Tate has even named the game they play: How fast can I get Wren mad? Tate knows Wren’s first impression of him wasn't a great one, but that little scandalous incident that Wren caught him in also convinced him that he wants to be more for Wren. Well, it made him a little more discreet, but if he’s truthful with himself, he only wants to be discreet with Wren, if she will give him a chance to prove himself to her. Torch is definitely the right title for Wren and Tate's scorching hot romance. These two are an insane roller coast ride of raging, out-of-control sexual tension, circling each other like hissing cats. Wren, who unleashes her inner vixen on the womanizing playboy, and Tate, who wants to become Wren's knight in shining, well more like a tarnish armor to win her heart. And this is just the foreplay between Wren and Tate. Definitely a must read.
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
Karen Erickson outdid herself with Torch. The title the characters and the whodunit are great assets to this saucy series. Wren puts on a brave face but is really a lost soul searching for her own place. She yearns for a chance to find her happiness, even if it takes her away from the people and places she loves. Tate, is everything she wants but is scared to take a chance on. The flashy personality, his risky career and the turbulent attraction that she craves to let loose. An impressionable home life has left both Tate and Wren with feelings of inadequacy and fear of the unknown. Can they overcome the pain of their pasts, in order to find a future together? The chemistry was combustible between Tate and Wren. It was so obvious that they had a special connection. What I loved most is that despite the animosity Wren showed, Tate was there whenever she needed someone to vent to or just to look after her. I adore these two together.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago