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Wylde Fire: Tennessee whiskey sweetened with notes of a fake-love trope and the fight for independence.

Arc received from publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

★ ★ ★ THREE STARS

WYLDEFIRE WHISKEY: ROBUST AND REFINED TENNESSEE WHISKEY WITH AN IRRESISTIBLY SWEET HINT OF HONEY.

This book came to me in the perfect moment during my week. After exams, assignments and mornings stuck on a train filled to the brim with annoyed commuters, this was the fun reprieve that I so desperately needed. If you’re looking for a sweet, steamy and all-round LOVABLE romance then this is for you. From high-school crushes (half-a-million middle-aged-years ago) to a steamy fake marriage of convenience, this was definitely a romance to enjoy while relaxing with a glass of vino!

HOLLY GLEN – SHE’S A GEM! WHO DOESN’T LOVE HARRPY POTTER? *LOOKS DISAPPOINTINGLY AT SAM*

CHARACTERS

HOLLY – Holly was my favourite character in Wylde Fire by far. With her bright hair, tattoos and kick-ass country outfits she fit the part of sassy, independent Southern gal. What endeared me to her was also the inherent kindness she felt toward others as well as her generosity (…and her love of Harry Potter. She’s a girl after my own heart!) Not many women would be willing to take on a fake marriage of convenience purely for their family’s sake, but for Holly it felt like there wasn’t any other option. She was sweet and good and sassy. Despite her kindness, Holly displayed a strong backbone in standing up for herself as well as confidence in her abilities. She was a character that I found myself whole-heartedly supporting!

SAM – As a member of the locally famous Wylde family, Sam’s entire life has been lived in the lense of a small-town spotlight. After a nasty break-up featuring his fiancé sleeping with his brother, Sam’s reputation has garnered nothing but pitying looks since that infamous event. Looking to overcome the stigma surrounding his name around town, Sam proposes a fake marriage of convenience with sassy and sweet Holly Glen. His responsible, considerate nature is soon shown in full force as he devotes his time to Wyldfire Whiskey and the slowly budding romance with Holly. What charmed me was the contradiction in Sam’s personality. While he was easily the most likeable of his siblings, he also displayed a snarky wit and playfulness that seemed to be noticeably apparent when around Holly. Not only was this charming, but it showcased a love match that actually brought out the best in both of them.

SIDE CHARACTERS – The most lovable side characters in Wylde Fire were Sam’s family members. I really enjoyed the rampant love and craziness that was abound in their lives. From nudist step-grandpas to supportive family chats, this family slowly drew me in and stole my heart. Noah, Sam’s irresponsible cousin, cracked me up with his ability to easily diffuse a situation. In opposition to this, Sam’s brother Sterling seemed like the perfect amount of brooding asshole to leach all of my attention. I’m an absolute SUCKER for the moody bad boy, so the prospect of reading his book next (PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE be next!) had me in a state of joyous anticipation! Tattoos, smirks and snarky remarks? Heck yeah!

The only aspect of Wylde Fire that I didn’t really enjoy was the ending. It felt too rushed. Everything up until the last 20% had been utterly believable and highly enjoyable. Their initial reasons for getting married seemed to disappear overnight and while this was convenient, it wasn’t necessarily believable or a likeable outcome. I would have preferred an ending that wasn’t so neatly tied in a bow. I’m fond of bitter sweet endings and while this had the potential for that, it did not feel like it was covered enough for the reader to become emotionally involved. This was a lost potential for an otherwise well written and interesting book.

// what book’s ending has annoyed you the most? are you a fan of bitter-sweet endings? //

Jen

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