Wilde for Her (Wilde Security #2) by Tonya Burrows
Release Date: October 28, 2013
Publisher: Entangled Brazen
Friends with benefits just got hotter.
Former homicide detective Camden Wilde has been in love with his ex-partner, Eva Cardoso, for longer than he cares to admit. Not that it matters. She’s shoved him into the friend zone, and after living through the hell of his parents’ violent deaths, Cam’s unable to give her the idyllic life she secretly desires.
Eva’s never met a person who hasn’t let her down. Cam may be sex personified, but he’s the only man she can trust, and there’s no way she’ll risk their friendship on the off-chance they could be more. Especially not after the one scintillating night she’s trying—and failing—to forget.
When a murder-for-hire contract on his head lands Eva on his doorstep, Cam knows it’s time to put up or shut up. He’s done biding his time, and he’ll be damned if he lets the delectable detective ignore what’s between them, no matter the cost.
Wilde for Her is the second book in the Wilde Brothers Security series that focuses on five brothers who have started their own security company. Although I didn’t have the opportunity to read the first book, Wilde Nights in Paradise, I had no difficulty in reading this book as a stand alone. Burrows provides enough description of all five brothers and their backstories to help me get to know each character as an individual and to see the undeniable love and loyalty these siblings have for one another. While this story centers on Cameron Wilde’s blossoming romance with his former homicide partner, Eva, Burrows also sets up future storylines for the other brothers that are waiting to unfold. She gives just enough detail to nudge future story threads into the existing plot and pique my curiosity about what will happen in the next book, so this is a series I plan to continue.
The plot has a nicely balanced blend of romance, mystery, and suspense, with a bit more emphasis on the romance between Cam and Eva, who worked together for five years as detectives before Cam left the force to join his brothers in the security business. Now they are still best friends, even though deep down Cam has always wanted more with Eva. He’s always kept his feelings for her hidden because he knows she’s the type of woman who wants marriage and a family, and he doesn’t see that for himself.
Eva has been relationship-free for the last six months, and the heartbreak has left her insecure about her desirability and whether she can have the ideal family life she’s longed for all of her life after growing up with a single mother whose need for parties, drugs, and men hindered her from providing a stable environment. Although Eva’s very attracted to Cam and has fantasized about him for years, she won’t risk taking their friendship to a physical and romantic level for fear of losing the best friend she’s ever had.
The story is told from both Cam’s and Eva’s perspectives and their thoughts and interactions together really show how right they are for each other. Their personalities and interests mesh well, and they are so comfortable and easy around each other that it’s obvious they have a strong emotional connection that will provide a solid foundation for a loving, satisfying relationship if only they will push beyond their fears and take the risk.
I think it’s ironic, that these two strong-willed, independent, heroic characters won’t hesitate to risk their lives to protect others, but when it comes to matters of the heart, they both turn and run away. Yet, events throughout the story force these Cam and Eva to delve into the root of their fears, and I enjoyed watching them become more emotionally resilient as they moved out of their comfort zones.
Along with the romance, filled with steamy, passionate love scenes, Cam and his brothers must work together to find out who wants Cam dead. The danger escalates as Eva is brought into the drama because of a related homicide case, and, although it isn’t immediately clear who is the real antagonist is, it becomes more obvious as the plot builds toward a suspenseful climax.
Wilde for Her is an enjoyable read and I really hope Cam’s twin, Vaughn’s story is next.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher for an honest review.
Writing has always been my one true love. I wrote my first novel-length story in 8th grade and haven’t put down my pen since. I received a B.A. in creative writing from SUNY Oswego and I’m now working on a MFA in popular fiction at Seton Hill University.
When I’m not writing, I spend my time reading, painting (badly), exploring new places, and enjoying time with my family. Give me a good horror movie over a chick flick any day. (And, let’s be honest, I’ll take a bad horror movie too!) I’m a geek at heart and pledge my avid TV fandom to Supernatural and Doctor Who. I’m also a big fan of The Voice. What can I say? Guilty pleasure.
I share my life with two dogs and a ginormous cat. I’m from a small town in Western New York, but I suffer from a bad case of wanderlust and usually end up moving someplace new every few years. Luckily, my animals are all excellent travel buddies. (from Goodreads Profile)
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