Wilde at Heart (Wilde Security Series #3)

Wilde at Heart (Wilde Security Series #3)

by Tonya Burrows

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ISBN-13: 9781633754034
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 09/07/2015
Series: Wilde Security Series , #3
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 326
Sales rank: 86,829
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Writing has always been Tonya Burrows's one true love. She wrote her first novel-length story in eighth grade and hasn't put down her pen since. She received a B.A. in creative writing from SUNY Oswego and is now working on a MFA in popular fiction at Seton Hill University.
She shares her life with two dogs and a ginormous cat in a small town in New York, but she suffers from a bad case of wanderlust and usually ends up moving someplace new every couple years. Luckily, her animals are all excellent travel buddies. When she's not writing, Tonya spends her time reading, painting, exploring new places, and enjoying time with her family.

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Wilde at Heart

A Wilde Security Novel


By Tonya Burrows, Heather Howland

Entangled Publishing, LLC

Copyright © 2015 Tonya Burrows
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-63375-403-4


CHAPTER 1

He shouldn't be here.

Scratch that. He abso-fucking-lutely should not be here.

Even as the thought tracked through Reece Wilde's head, he pushed open The Bean Gallery's front door. 9:00 p.m. on New Year's Eve, and the coffeehouse was dead silent. Its tables, each depicting a different famous painting, sat empty of the usual eclectic crowd of patrons. No college students cramming for exams. No hipsters philosophizing over lattes. And certainly no businessmen stopping for a convenient caffeine fix before their next meeting.

That was how he'd discovered this place. Just a quick stop between back-to-back morning meetings to re-caffeinate before back-to-back afternoon meetings.

And this was where he first saw Shelby Bremer, the woman who held a starring role in his every sexual fantasy for the past several months. The woman who was so fucking far off-limits, she might as well have the words "access denied" tattooed on her forehead.

When they first met, she'd been a patron here, eating breakfast over in the corner at the table painted like Van Gogh's Starry Night. Reece glanced over at that table now. Someone had stacked the chairs on top of it in preparation for closing time, but he could still see her sitting there so clearly, the image of her short skirt and combat boots seared into his mind like a brand. Normally, he wouldn't have given a woman with pink-streaked blond hair, tattoo sleeves, and an eyebrow ring a second glance, but there was something about her that fascinated him. As he'd waited in line for his coffee, he hadn't been able to take his eyes off her. When she noticed him staring and blew him a kiss with her middle finger, a switch had flipped inside his head, and his viciously repressed sex drive roared to life. Everything in him demanded he take her, dominate her, bend her over that badly painted table and leave his handprint on her ass for that saucy gesture of defiance. The need had been so instant, so intense, it scared the ever-loving hell out of him, and he'd scrammed as soon as he had his coffee in hand.

But he'd come back. Day after day. She was always at the same table, and she'd started watching for him, a spark of interest and heat in her blue eyes. Although they had never said a word to each other, he'd all but given in to the inevitability of the two of them fucking sooner or later. And for the first time in a very long time, that idea didn't make him want to run in the opposite direction.

Then he'd found out she was his brother's fiancée's sister.

Which was exactly why he shouldn't be here.

Shelby worked at The Bean Gallery now, and she had the closing shift tonight.

Not that he was stalking her or anything like that. Just keeping tabs at the request of his brother. Eva — his soon-to-be sister-in-law — constantly worried her half sister's impulsive nature would lead to Shelby hurting herself or burning down the house, and whatever Eva worried about worried Cam. So Cam had recruited his brothers to covertly keep an eye on Shelby.

And this visit was just Reece's brotherly duty. Just like all the others.

Right.

His fantasies hadn't ended just because Cam had asked him to keep tabs on Eva's little sister. Hell, if anything, the request had only revved him up because now, not only was Shelby something exciting and exotic, but she was forbidden. The hacker in him loved the forbidden. He couldn't look at the woman without wanting to strip her naked and taste every tattoo on her body, and Cam sure as hell wouldn't consider that a brotherly duty.

Voices floated out of the back room, and Reece stopped short, caught by his own indecision halfway between the door and counter.

He should leave.

Yeah. Leaving would be a good plan, because he had no logical reason to be standing here other than the fact he couldn't stay away. And if he didn't leave now, he wasn't going to until he got a taste of Shelby and put this goddamn uncharacteristic infatuation with her to rest.

He didn't move.

One of the other baristas appeared first, a middle-aged woman with gray-streaked brown hair and brown skin baked to cracking. Reece vaguely recalled her name was something like Jane or Jenna, but he'd never exchanged more than a few pleasantries with her. The second to emerge was Stephanie, a sweet, bubbly college student who worked at the coffeehouse part time. She was ready for a New Year's party in a glittery dress that covered about as much skin as a Band-Aid. Sky-high shoes dangled from her fingers. She was young, but she had class in spades. Give her five years and she'd grow into the kind of woman Reece should be interested in, the kind of woman his ultra-conservative business associates would approve of. Instead, all of his focus zeroed in on the woman trailing Stephanie through the door.

Shelby.

His pulse kicked up despite reminding himself she was related to Eva. For fuck's sake, she was practically family. In a few short days, when Cam and Eva tied the knot, she would be.

And just like all the other times, the reminder did nothing to douse the firestorm of lust burning through him.

Her outfit tonight was relatively tame for her — black cropped jacket over a black tank top and a ruffled purple plaid skirt — and still, he wanted to see what was underneath. Hell, she could be dressed in a burlap bag and he'd want to see underneath. Her hair spilled over her shoulders in a shock of turquoise and purple, and he noticed a new piercing, a small turquoise gem glinting from her nose.

That shouldn't be sexy.

Goddamn, but it was.

"Are you sure you don't want to join us, Shel?" Stephanie was saying. "It's going to be the party of the year!"

"No, my sister would kill me." Shelby's voice carried a permanent sensual rasp, the kind of voice that brought to mind twisted sheets and writhing bodies, and it worked on him like a drug, making him jones to hear her speak again.

Jane-slash-Jenna finally noticed him standing there and skidded to a halt. "Sorry, we're closed. You'll have to come back after the holiday."

Shelby glanced over at him, at first uninterested, but then she did a double take and grinned. "It's okay, Jana. Hey, Suit and Tie." Jana. Right. That was her name.

The older woman scowled. "You know him?"

"Yeah, and if I had to guess, he's my babysitter for the night." Shelby sighed and met his gaze. "Did Eva send you?"

Fuck, no. Eva would castrate him — slowly — if she knew he was here, but he wasn't about to lay it all out on the line in front of an audience. "She thought someone should give you a ride."

Shelby lifted a brow and he realized a half second too late how sexual that had sounded. He added, "Home. A ride home."

"Of course she did."

Stephanie made a face. "I don't know why you let your sister boss you around like this. You're a grown-ass woman."

"I owe it to her," was all Shelby said in reply, then shooed the two women toward the door. "Go on. I'll see you girls in a few days. Happy New Year."

"Same to you," Jana said and left, still scowling at Reece as she passed.

"Happy New Year," Stephanie chirped, but then paused halfway out the door. "Don't forget I start student teaching on the fourth, so my availability's going to change."

"I've already left a note about it in the office so I'll remember when I start the next schedule."

"Thanks. You're the best." With a flirty wave at Reece, she followed Jana out. Shelby crossed to the door and waved as she clicked the lock into place then flipped the sign from open to closed.

"So," Reece said, searching for a way to break the awkward silence. "They made you a supervisor?"

"Don't sound so surprised." She moved from window to window, drawing down blinds over the glass. As soon as the last window was covered, she whirled to face him, hands on her hips. "Are you stalking me, Rolo?"

He made a concerted effort to relax his jaw before he broke his teeth. "My name is Reece."

"It's all candy to me." She lifted a shoulder and breezed past him. "Do you honestly think I haven't noticed all the drive-bys? And, c'mon, you used to be a one-coffee-a-day guy. Now you're here at least three times a day."

"Maybe I need the extra caffeine."

Her nose crinkled. "You do look exhausted all the time, but I doubt caffeine will help with that. You should go on a vacation."

"I don't take vacations."

"Humph. You really should. You need to pull that stick out of your ass before it does permanent internal damage."

He closed the distance between them. "You have no fucking clue what I need."

She paused on her way back to the register and glanced over one shoulder, eyebrow raised. Her piercing glinted in the overhead light with the movement. "Wow. That sounded like a threat. Or ... was it a promise?"

Dial it back, he told himself. He stopped, still a good five feet away from her, and released a pent-up breath. "I'm only here to give you a lift home."

"Uh-huh." She opened the register with a key and took out the cash-filled tray. "Well, I have some things to do first, so make yourself comfortable."

She took the tray and credit card receipts into the back room. He waited a handful of moments and debated his own intelligence before he finally followed. Of course he was going to follow. He couldn't seem to not follow this woman. As if he were a dog and she were his mistress in control of his leash.

And, okay, that thought should not have lit him up like a damn light bulb.

Jesus, he was a sick fuck.

He found her at a desk in the office behind the kitchen area, counting out the day's bank deposit. Her tongue poked out of the corner of her mouth in concentration, and the sight of the pink tip peeking from between her purple-painted lips was somehow both adorable and insanely erotic. For a second, he could only stand there and fantasize about all the things that tongue could do to him, and the room grew uncomfortably warm. He loosened his tie, tried to find a train of thought that was less ... explosive.

"Uh, you seem to have settled into the life of a responsible adult."

She held up a finger in a classic hang on gesture and finished counting, then wrote down the amount and stuffed the bills into a plastic deposit bag. She dragged her tongue over the flap and sealed it closed, then smirked up at him. "Word of advice, Hershey. Insulting me is not the best way to get into my skirt."

"It's Reece. And what makes you think I want into your skirt?"

Her gaze dropped pointedly to the front of his trousers. "That boner you've been rocking since you walked in wasn't enough of a clue? Unless you're just really turned on by coffee. In that case, weird. But to each his own."

Reece shifted on his feet and, as unobtrusively as possible, folded his hands together in front of his body. At that moment, he kind of wished he'd melt into the floor, because the heat burning across the back of his neck almost surely meant he was blushing. And he didn't blush. Goddammit. "It's not ... uh, I-I'm not ..."

"Oh, you mostly certainly are, sweetie." Standing, she gathered the deposit bag and turned to the wall safe behind the desk. Once the money was closed inside, she propped herself on the edge of the desk and studied him, amusement dancing in her eyes. "You're cute when you're flustered. I like that about you."

"I don't get flustered."

She raised a sculpted brow and the hoop there glinted in the overhead lights. Her expression said it all — the hell you don't — and frustration roared through him, chasing away the embarrassment. Nothing ever went smoothly when Shelby was involved. Nothing was ever easy, and if he had any goddamn sense left in his head, he'd bail out now.

Instead, he dropped his hands to his sides and stalked forward, not entirely sure what he planned to do until he caged her against the desk with an arm on either side of her body and crushed his lips to hers. He just couldn't stand not knowing if her kiss was as spicy as her attitude. And, holy fuck, she ignited in his arms as if he'd set a match to her. Fingers raked through his hair, nails dug half-moons into his scalp. Even though he was the one who had her caged, he suddenly felt trapped, captured.

Never breaking contact with his mouth, she pulled herself up to sit on the desk and used his tie to drag him into the spread vee of her legs. His mind scrambled through all the reasons they shouldn't be doing this.

She was Eva's little sister.

Cam would kill him.

They were in her boss's office ...

And his body was saying who the fuck cared? He needed her out of his system. He needed to be able to think straight again and not like a teenager with his first crush. Most of all, he needed her to scream his name. His real name, not the stupid candy-themed nicknames.

He broke away from her lips and went to his knees in front of her, trailing his hands from her hips to her knees and then back up her inner thighs.

She wasn't wearing panties. Why did that not surprise him? And she was all slick and soft and she moaned when he parted her, slipped a finger inside. Her inner muscles clenched, and he liked the tremble that shook through her body. He added a second finger, watched her head fall back and her nipples bead against the fabric of her tank top. He smiled before adding his mouth to the action, tasting her, circling her clit with his tongue until she finally cried out something that might have been his name. He couldn't tell with the roaring inside his head and his own body about to combust —

Shit. What was he doing?

He jerked away from her and, panting, stumbled several steps back.

"Reece?" His name came out on a surprised gasp. "What's wrong?"

Jesus. What wasn't? This was all wrong. His attraction to her and ... everything. "I should ... leave. Yeah. I'll go."

She was leaning back on the desk with her thighs parted, eyes heavy, cheeks flushed, but at his words, she bolted upright. "What?"

He still tasted her on his lips, and it took far more willpower than he imagined to walk the six feet to the office door. "Go home, Shelby. This never happened."

"What?" she said again.

"This. Never. Happened. And it won't happen again." He couldn't look at her as he stepped into the kitchen. Ran trembling hands through his hair. Took a moment to gather himself ...

And only then did he notice the smoke, stinging his nose with a strange burned coffee scent. Thick and black, it billowed along the ceiling, poured in from the front dining area, where he saw the dance of fast-moving yellow flames.

Jesus, no wonder he was dripping sweat. He hadn't heated up. The room had.

"Fire!" He whirled to grab Shelby from the office, but she was already behind him. Fear chased away her indignant expression, and her complexion drained of color, leaving her so pale her faded purple lipstick stood out in stark contrast.

She raised a hand to her mouth. "Oh my God."

"Where's the nearest exit?"

She pointed across the kitchen to a spot on the far wall. Where the smoke was heaviest, naturally.

"Yeah, of course it'd be there." He stripped off his suit coat and wrapped it in a makeshift bandana around her face, tying the arms behind her head.

"Wha — what about you?" she sputtered.

He untucked his button-down shirt and lifted the front to cover his mouth and nose. "All right?"

She shot a glance at the thickening smoke and firmed up her shoulders. Nodded. Her show of bravado would have been convincing if he didn't feel her trembling when he closed his hand around hers.

"Stay low. We'll be out of here in no time."

CHAPTER 2

The walk to the fire exit seemed endless, each step taking them deeper into the blackness, until Reece shoved open the fire exit and pushed her out ahead of him. Shelby's eyes and lungs burned, scoured raw by the smoke that rolled from the door behind them, thick and black. It seemed to reach out and wrap itself around them as if it planned to drag them back inside to their deaths.

Her heart was trying its damnedest to swan-dive out of her chest. When she saw those first dark tendrils creeping across the ceiling, she had never been more frightened in her life. Which was saying something, since she'd landed herself in some pretty scary situations over the years.


(Continues...)

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Wilde at Heart 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful ending to a series. This book took me through so many emotions.
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BooksAndSpoons More than 1 year ago
This story is one wild run, pun intended. There's so much happening here, I don't even know where to start.. The brothers seem to have an odd dysfunctional relationship between them. Reece is operating on guilt, feeling like it is his responsibility to save all his brothers and take care of them. Even though it is understood, those brothers are well capable to take care of themselves. Eva and Shelby don't have much healthier relationship between them. Eva is rude, condescending, arrogant, judgmental... Just a very unlikable character all together. Her short lived redemption towards the end wasn't enough to save her. I liked Shelby. Despite the cards she was dealt with in life, she is a survivor, smart, strong, and genuinely seems to care for others around her. Unlike many other characters in the story. People constantly judge and undermine Shelby, and that started to annoy me early on. The connection between Reece and Shelby is hot, sexual attraction between them is hot and somewhat out of control. They constantly make poor decisions because of the lust they have for each other. The feelings they have for each other grow deeper with time. The whirlwind of their life putting them in danger constantly, the worry for each other turns in caring and love. The secrets, crimes, fires, they all pile up in the story. There are so many suspects, all seems to have a great motive, and even the opportunity, no one is to be trusted. I felt like there was too much going on, and nothing is under control. It was scattered, and so many subplots going on at the same time, the story nearly drowns into them. Especially the things happening with the brothers, didn't seem like they had anything to do with the plot, more like setting the stage for the series, a bit odd in a book three. The story is like a tornado going through the Wilde brothers' lives, leaving nothing as it was before. I guess the future installments of the series will tell if this development was a positive step, or the beginning of a road to destruction ~ Three Spoons
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Can't wait for the next book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved all three Wilde brothers and their loves! Can't wait until the next book!
Cheryl-S More than 1 year ago
Reese Wilde wanted his sister-in-law's sister, Shelby Bremer. They are complete opposites in every way but there's just something about her. She's a trouble magnet. Wherever Shelby is, trouble is sure to find her. And sure enough, when she starts to fool round with Reese Wilde, things start happening. First it was the blackmail. They thought marriage would be the best way to thwart the blackmail but you know what they say about good intentions and that was just the beginning. Reese is the nerdy reclusive one of the Wilde brothers. He's no slouch in the looks and body department but he's always been more interested in making sure his brothers are financially stable. Shelby is trouble with the T! I really feel sorry for her because everyone paints her as a huge screwup that nobody wants to be around. She does have reasons for most the stuff she does even though she can't tell anyone. I can't wait to read more of the series. 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.
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PennySparkles More than 1 year ago
3.5 Stars This was an action packed, suspenseful story. Reece is a geek at heart but feels he needs to present a serious, proper persona to be in business so he can financially support his brothers’ security agency. Shelby is pretty much the opposite. From her out of the ordinary clothing style, to her ever changing multicolored hair and copious amounts of ink, she’s made some bad choices in her life and has tried to learn from her mistakes. But sometimes the consequences of your actions follow you around, for years. Reece and Shelby are more than hot for each other and an inappropriate encounter between them gets caught on tape. When someone starts blackmailing Reece just before a very important deal to a conservative investor, and Shelby’s place of business gets burned to the ground, they come up with a plan that’ll benefit them both: they’ll get married. If only life followed one’s plans. Soon they find themselves falling for each other, but both of them are keeping secrets. Between a blackmailer and a pyromaniac will they be able to survive, let alone fall in love? Now, Wilde at Heart is the third book on the Wilde Security series. And while I’m used to picking up reads on and ongoing series and this is a standalone story, I must confess that at times I found myself a little bit lost without the back story. I assume what I didn’t get were things that took place in the previous two books: like Shelby’s history, the situation with both Vaughn and Greer… Where I’m going with this is, while I did enjoy this story, I think it would be better if read in its proper order. *I received a complimentary copy from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review*
BuckeyeAngel More than 1 year ago
Shelby was Eva's sister. Cam was engaged to Eva. Reece Wilde was Cam's brother. Reece wanted Shelby and the feeling was mutual. Reece went through so many changes and ups and downs. For him, it was an extremely enjoyable trip to take with his character. He finally becomes a whole new man. Shelby never had much love in her life. She also went through many ups and downs. I cheered her on through it all. She was stronger than she knew. I loved the plot, the overall story and the characters. I absolutely recommend. **I received an ARC of this story in exchange for an honest review**
grandmareads102 More than 1 year ago
Reece Wilde is always the responsible one. He's looking after his brothers and struggling to make sure that their business, Wilde Security, survives. His life is devoid of excitement and color until he becomes involved with Shelby Bremer. They are complete opposites. She's the bad girl and he the man who never breaks the rules. Or is he? When they are together, sparks fly and they can't keep their hands off each other. Suddenly they are in danger and they are being blackmailed. Reece won't let anything happen to Shelby. This story is filled with passion, danger and deception. The Wilde men are aptly named. When they are around, there is plenty of action and excitement. Shelby has a lot of baggage. She wants to turn her life around and I wanted her to be successful. I couldn't stop reading. I wanted to know what would happen next. Tonya Burrows kept me on the edge of my seat. What a wild ride!
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Samantha_H1 More than 1 year ago
*Copy provided for honest review* This book is amazing and Wendy never stops amazing me with her amazing story lines and strong characters. Reece is quiet, sensible and happens to be the better of the brothers. That is until Shelby comes crashing into his life. I laughed a little too loud and found my self reaching for the tissues feeling the pain myself. Love this novel and can't wait for more.
My_Peace More than 1 year ago
I loved the fast pace of Wilde at Heart, the unexpected pieces of the plot, the forbidden romance, and the great mix of characters. Shelby is a heroine who is definitely not given enough credit in her life. She's insecure but hides it very well behind a veil of sassiness. Shelby has not had an easy time in life, but she perseveres and does her best to move forward from a past filled with more secrets than she is willing to share. She's impulsive and she is hopeful, but my heart goes out to that hidden side of her that feels like no one can love her. Reece is the responsible, put everyone else first Wilde brother. Looking out for his brother's soon to be sister in law Shelby soon turns into a lot more than he anticipated. From the chemistry between them to the danger they find themselves in, soon Reese and Shelby are connected in many ways. They tell each other it's only temporary, but even as danger lurks closer and secrets stay safe, they each find themselves feeling way more than they expected to. Trying to stay safe and finding out who is responsible for the threats and danger stalking them is one thing, but keeping their hearts safe is another thing. Can they do it? And if they can will Shelby's secrets be the undoing of what's only just begun? I liked both of these main characters. I liked how they felt together and how they boosted each other up without even trying to. I really felt hopeful for them, but at the same time I was nervous about the secrets Shelby was keeping. Tonya reveals just enough at just the right times, and the suspense, mystery and romance are a great mix in Wilde at Heart. I was intrigued and couldn't wait to find everything out, and find out what would happen. I liked how Tonya worked the plot, how the characters had to work for what they really wanted, and how Shelby and Reese unwittingly helped each other do this. I saw a lot of growth in these two characters through Wilde at Heart, it was really sweet to see. I didn't really care for Shelby's sister Eva who is a significant secondary characters, but this only added more realism to the feelings that Tonya manages to evoke in Wilde at Heart. I liked the Wilde brothers, their interactions, and the background that brought them to where they are today and where they are headed. Full of surprises, intrigue, heat, and suspense, I'd recommend Wilde at Heart to any romantic suspense reader.
aprilrenee1976 More than 1 year ago
WILDE FOR ROMANCE Reese is the most responsible of the Wilde brothers, if not the nerdy ones. He is quiet and a bit shy but very handsome in that typical Wilde way. He works all the time to make sure the family is financially stable but deep down his true passion is to his own software company rather than the family's security business. In order to help out the family business, he has to get investors to keep his business stay afloat; His only hope is this really rich investor who may help him out with his company BUT he has to show him that he is beyond reproach at least until the deal is signed, Enter Shelby into his world –she is feisty, she is such an unpredictable woman- her reputation is not a good one but Shelby is not what her reputation is. She had a bad childhood; she pulled herself up, made some mistakes but still kept going to keep her life on the right path. Suddenly her life puts her in the path of Reese , being that she is now his little brother’s sister in law but one night of the best night of her life but their moment together was , which was so explicitly hot, was caught on camera and now Reese is now being blackmailed for their time together. Shelby has always had a crush on him but she knows there is no hope for them- her secrets are too many and too great--someone has power over her and this person, they so aren't willing to let her walk away from her old life completely. And there is Reese—he wants to change Shelby, wants to make her better for his set of friends. If you love somebody, then you should be able to love them as they are, not for how they act or what they can do for you – It was good to see how Shelby got that point across to Reese and how Shelby got that Reese to unbend, and to unwind. Their relationship, which started off rocky , ended up on a pretty high note. This is fantastic romance with a fair amount of mystery and suspense—this shows how family stick together during rough times and we get to see the previous Wilde couples nad play catch up which is my favorite thing to do. There is a great amount of HEA which is why I enjoy reading this author and if you are looking for romantic suspense then I recommend this book to you . **A gifted copy was provided by the publisher for my honest review** My rating: 4.5 stars ****
Maria-Rose More than 1 year ago
This was a wonderful opposites attract story with a healthy dose of action, humour and sex to round out the tale. It's the third in the Wilde Security series featuring 5 brothers, this one being about Reece, the uptight controlling one, trying to keep his brothers' security company and his own company DMV solvent. He's undeniably attracted to Shelby, his brother's wife's sister, but she's a wild card of her own, flighty, marching to the beat of her own drum. A marriage of convenience between them seems to be the answer to both their problems - hers a money one (or so she says) and his, the person trying to blackmail him with compromising pictures of him and Shelby when he's trying to get a local businessman to invest in his company, one who wouldn't like his sexual shenanigans. If their relationship is legit, the blackmail threat will be meaningless. But as things get serious between them, so do the threats to their lives because Shelby is keeping secrets too - something's got to give, and it's only a matter of time before Reece will have to choose between business or love. I really enjoyed both of these characters. Reece is a calm, controlled workaholic but Shelby just gets under his skin and the sexual attraction between them leads to some steamy scenes, right from the start of the story. Shelby on the other hand is known for being not always that smart, making bad choices (usually emotional ones) and not looking before she leaps. She's the tatooed, hair dyed bohemian and she's got secrets and reasons for doing the things she does, but can't risk sharing them with Reece and putting him in danger (though it's already too late for that). Between blackmail, arson and family disagreements, the action moves along at a swift pace as does the romance. There were some surprising twists and turns that I didn't see coming and it's always fun to be caught off guard with some eyebrow raising scenes. Reece's brothers are a key part of the story, the relationships between them all complex and interesting (and quite humourous most of the time). There are some great teasers to two more of the brother's stories, just enough to want them at the top of your to-read list. The whole thing worked for me. 4 stars.
TangledUpInBooks More than 1 year ago
Originally posted on my blog: Tangled Up In Books I received a copy of this book, from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review. In no way did this sway either my review or my rating! Even after taking a couple days to soak it all in, I'm still feeling just as "meh" as I did when I finished. I mean, there was plenty of stuff about Wilde at Heart that I absolutely loved, but along with that, there were just as many things that I didn't care for. The first book in this series, Wilde Nights in Paradise, was a huge hit for me. I absolutely loved it and I fell in love with the Wilde brothers and their different personalities and the really fun vibe and family dynamic that they shared. I couldn't wait to get to know the other four brothers better. While this one was just okay, I feel like the first book was so much better. Reece and the oldest Wilde brother Greer were the two brothers I was drawn to the most. So this was one of the books in the series that I was looking forward to the most. Both guys seemed like very responsible, workaholic and driven guys. I love characters like that. The ones that are wound up tight, don't allow themselves to let loose and be playful or have fun. Because you know the moment they do let that side of themselves out, even just a little bit, it's going to be so much fun. That's exactly how Reece was. I absolutely adored him and he surprised me so much in this series. Especially his little secret that had me completely lose my heart to him. I loved Shelby to pieces. She is the exact opposite to Reece in every way possible. She's tattoos and colorful hair, she's bold and pretty wild, she was just a whole lot of fun. She's also made a whole lot of mistakes in her life and it always seems like she's letting those close to her down. My heart went out to her so many times. It was like a tornado of crap just followed her everywhere and wouldn't let up. I think that's what made this so difficult to get through at times. A situation would go from bad to worse to holy crap when will this end and then still the stuff would just keep piling up on top of it all. There were times when I felt like it was all just too much. I like obstacles, I like angst and drama. But the things that went wrong weren't just a bunch of little things here and there. These were huge, intense and crazy things. I guess I just constantly felt defeated like there was no way things could get better...ever. Even the good moments between Reece and Shelby were tainted because of her own personal demons and secrets. So even when I'd feel moments where my heart wanted to soar for these two I'd think about how bad things where going to be when truths would come out and it would mar everything and leave a dark spot where the lightness had been. This story was definitely not lacking in the suspense department. Don't get me wrong, I loved the storyline. Truly. It is a romantic suspense after all so that's not what I'm complaining about. I guess I wish there had been more straws of hope for me to grasp for. I really, really did love Reece and Shelby together though. There was a sweetness to their relationship mixed in with all the intensity. They had a very strong connection and it was so much fun seeing the things they brought out in each other. Opposite as they were, they were each exactly what the other one needed in their lives. Overall it was a fun read, but not everything I had hoped it would be. I'm just kind of right down the middle
Lori-Gonzo More than 1 year ago
The chemistry between Reece and Shelby is insane. They are full of sparks each time they see or are near each other. And that is just with them not even knowing each other. Once they do get to know each other is when the magic really happens. Shelby and Reece are opposites but truly complemented each other. She helped him learn to live and he helped her have roots. Their relationship although rocky in the beginning lead to a beautiful one in the end. I thoroughly enjoyed the camaraderie between the brothers, the way they messed with each other and still supported each other. Greer was the best, simply all knowing. I cannot wait for the mystery of both his and Vaughn's books. These brothers are big physically and emotionally. And the women who love them...full of patience (as needed with these guys) along with a little badass take charge to them. I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher.
In_My_Humble_OpinionDA More than 1 year ago
Opposites attract in this exciting new book from Tonya Burrows. Reece Wilde is running two businesses and is a total workaholic. Shelby Bremer is Eve’s younger sister and a bit of a wild child. She shouldn’t get to Reece but she does. With her tattoo’s and colored hair she isn’t likely to be an asset to him at work but she is exciting to a man who lives for the job. There is more to Shelby than meets the eye. Yes she has made some questionable choices in the past but she has been cleaning up her act. Not that anybody looks past her looks. These two end up married in Vegas to protect Reese from a blackmailer who has incriminating pictures of them together. The longer they are together the closer they become. Can the pretend marriage become real? I am a fan of this author and thoroughly enjoyed this read. Shelby and Reece felt real even when they are put in over the top situations. There is so much to enjoy in this book. Hunky brothers, suspense, mystery and love.
TheSassyBookster More than 1 year ago
Their parents' death twenty years earlier forced fifteen year old Reece Wilde and his elder brother to step up and take on the task of providing for and raising their younger brothers to avoid them going into foster care. Reece has remained stuck in that role all these years and on the verge of securing a lucrative partnership, he cannot afford even a whiff of scandal. Which is exactly what Shelby Bremer would bring to his life. Shelby is his sister-in-law's younger sister but she's also a trouble magnet with her wild ways and unconventional style and the very opposite of the kind of woman he needs, but Reece can't stay away from her to save his life. When potentially damaging video and pictures of them in compromising positions surface, Reece faces the choice of giving into blackmail or losing everything he's worked for. Shelby's impulsive nature means that she hasn't always made the best decisions but she's determined to show that she's matured beyond all of that. However, she can't seem to shake off her past and finding herself in a tough spot, she decides a quickie marriage to Reece would be the solution to both their problems. Reece knows that Shelby has a lot of secrets that may be damaging to him, but he can't stop himself from coming to her rescue, even if it means marrying her to keep her safe. The only thing is that their marriage may have created more problems than it solved because trouble seems to be closing in on them from all sides and with so many possible suspects, it's hard to figure out who the bad guys are. Their intense physical attraction to each other as well as Shelby's secrets and the danger they face have them teetering on the edge of disaster. Reece is exactly what I imagined. The nerd in a family of rambunctious boys, everything he's done has been with the goal of taking care of his family. So much so that he neglected even his personal and social life to focus on that goal. For the first time in his life, he meets a woman who tempts him away from what has driven his all choices but knowing that she's in his life temporarily, can he take that chance? Shelby's childhood wasn't exactly an ideal one and she made her fair share of mistakes growing up but she turned it all around with hard work and determination. While she and Reece are opposites in every way that counts, they are very perfect for each other. Shelby brings color and lightness into Reece's life and makes him sit up and enjoy it and Reece grounds her, accepts her and her colorful style (although not initially) and encourages her to be herself. They have become my favorite couple in the series so far. One reason why I love this series is the bond the brothers share and the fact that they are always there for each other when needed, no questions asked. WILDE AT HEART was worth the wait! Ms. Burrows blends passion, intrigue, danger and suspense into a fast paced, thrilling and absolutely enjoyable read. I had so much fun reading this. Reece and Shelby made me laugh and cringe at their funny and embarrassing moments and I am looking forward to the rest of the series, just please don't take so long to get the next book out! Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
mkendallauthorMK More than 1 year ago
I'll admit i've been with the Wilde boys from the start. so i leapt at the chance of getting my hands on the latest book. and i'm so glad i did Reece and Shelby's book was the perfect combination suspense that just keeps you turning the pages and romance that burns them up. This was definitely an excellent read and i cannot wait for Vaughan's book.
bouncyberthaCR More than 1 year ago
1 - "Word of advice, stay away from the poker tables. A blind man could read your tells." Star. DNF @ 75% It pains me to write this sum up. Wilde at Heart has been a long anticipated book on my TBR, so starting it was meant to be my weekend highlight. It may be a case of 'it's not you, it's me but something felt seriously off for me with this book from the beginning. "You can't tarnish something that was never polished to begin with." I struggled with both Reece and Shelby as people, and if I am being honest the chemistry between them, felt pretty non-existent, even during their hot and heavy moments. Changing who you are to please someone else never works." There is so much going on in this book it is hard at points to work out what is meant to be the focal point and who is actually relevant to the situation. The are a few sub-plots going on as well, and it all just felt overly busy. Personally one of the problems they were dealing with would have been enough, but you have all the added drama of the rest of the Wilde family included in this one, it felt like it was much, much more than the previous books, and too much for most of this one. My other issue, is the way everyone treated each other in this book, Eva in particular (Shelby''s sister, now married to Cam Wilde) if my sister spoke to me, and disrespected me the way she did to Shelby, irrespective of it being true or not, we would not be talking, and punches would likely have been thrown in the route to this. I just found everyone so judgmental in this book. I am sure I will be in the minority with my feelings, and I hate that I didn't love this book. I feel like I have been waiting forever for it, and I have hope that this is just a blip in the Wilde Security series overall, as I have a huge soft spot for the Wilde brothers. ARC generously provided via Netgalley, I am sorry I cannot offer a more positive review on this occasion.
ravenwolf_EPTX More than 1 year ago
A smart and sexy Romantic Suspense. ** Provided by Publisher in Exchange for an Honest Review ** -- MY THOUGHTS > Judging a Book by it's Cover: A well-dressed man, looking as though the weight of the world rests on his shoulders. Stormy and turbulent background could be an indicator to the mood of the overall setting. Looking Deeper: Third-person POV. Although this is the third Wilde book in the series, it can be read on it's own. However, it is my opinion that WILDE AT HEART would be more rewarding to read if read in order - since the characters are so tightly connected. Reece: Second oldest Wilde brother. Computer Geek, non-athletic. Odd-man out, even in his own family. Disciplined, controlled, focused. Determined to do what it takes to make sure he and his brothers never have to struggle again. Shelby: Labeled a trouble-maker, a jinx, irresponsible, a wild child. No one knows the dark secrets she hides. Even when she means well, things tend to run amok. She's sacrificed more than anyone knows and she hides her soul-shattering heartache behind her aloof and colorful persona. Each have past demons, but when the past threatens their future, wedding bells present the perfect solution. Sort of. Both leads are perfectly flawed individuals that make an entertaining couple. The secondary characters mostly consisted of the brothers and past characters, and some minor cross-over with HORNET. The dialogue is fresh, fun, smart, sassy and believable. The plot is well-layered and dynamic, with an even and smooth blend of suspense and romance. There are a few conflicts that are met in an efficient manner, but more often than not, their ways of dealing with conflicts were less than ideal. Predictability was moderate. I pegged her bad guy early on, but a secondary bad guy facing Reece was not foreseen. The conclusion of this story is solid, but leaves plenty of openings for Vaughn and Greer to begin their books. Overall, I was pleased with the book and thought it made a great addition to the Wilde brothers' books. I look forward to learning what's happening with Greer and discovering what'll happen when Vaughn finds Lark, which we all know will be inevitable. ** Side note: I love Poe and really wish he had the chance to shine more. This was truly his opportunity to prove himself to be something amazing, especially with how smart the breed is. ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Heat Level: 4.25/ [R] ~ Score: 4.3 ~ Stars: 4 -------------------------------------------------------------------------
mamalovestoread22 More than 1 year ago
Reece Wilder is a self-proclaimed workaholic, he spends every spare minute he has either working at his own company or helping out with his brothers' struggling security company. After losing their parents he felt the need to step up and look-out for his siblings, and has put everything in his life on hold, which has lead him to have a fairly non-existent social life. Part of his family duties include looking after his soon to be sister in laws little sister, she tends to be a magnet for trouble and so the Wilde men have taken it upon themselves to watch out for her and try and keep her safe. Reece however has taken a special interest in her, the kind that could get this straight-laced business man in a heap of trouble!! Shelby Bremer has the worst luck, she can't seem to shake trouble no matter what she does, it's as if she is a trouble magnet. She craves a normal life like her sister has, but no matter how much she tries, it never seems like it will be obtainable for her, which leaves her feeling like a eternal failure. The Wilde men have taken her under their protective wing, and are trying their best to look out for her and keep her safe, but trouble is still lurking at every corner. She notices that Reece has been paying extra special attention to her, and she is more than willing to let him. But just as soon as she thinks they could possibly amount to something her past comes back to haunt her, and puts her and Reece in danger.and destroys her hope of having something normal in her life... This was my first book by this author, and I have to admit that I thoroughly enjoyed it, so much so, I am planning to revisit this series and get a up close and personal view of the other Wilde men. This story pulled me in almost immediately and had me burning right through the pages, it was so addictive!! If you like steamy romance with a touch of thrilling mystery, this is the perfect read for you!! Definitely one of the best books I have read recently!! ARC requested through NetGalley, and kindly provided by Entangled Publishing in exchange for a honest and unbiased review.