Monday, December 19, 2011

Review: Wild Thing

Wild Thing (Domestic Gods Gone Wild - Book 1) by Robin Kaye

Publication Date: December 1, 2011
Publisher: Sourcebooks Inc.
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Pages: Paperback, 368pp
ISBN-13: 978-1402257278
ISBN: 1402257279

(Received for an honest review from Sourcebooks Casablanca)

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Excerpt from Wild Thing



Whitewater-rafting guide Hunter Kincaid is psyched to lead a group of fashion models into the Idaho wilderness for a photo shoot. But it's Toni, the feisty manager of Action Models, who creates enough sparks to start a forest fire...

When rugged outdoorsman meets the original city girl, worlds will definitely collide in Robin Kaye's fresh new series. 


Robin Kaye is at it again with a new series spin-off from The Domestic Gods series. Her latest book, Wild Thing, features the Kincaid family and is the first book in The Domestic Gods Gone Wild series. Kaye once again takes readers back to Idaho and into the wilderness in this book. She flexes her descriptive muscles, and provides readers with a perfect escape. Wild thing features a lot of fun and games, some sizzling moments and a barrel of laughs. Kaye's trademark humor is at it's best!

Robin Kaye's ability to create characters that are a-typical and highly entertaining is part of what makes her writing so fun and easy for readers to enjoy. Her characters are quirky, unique and definitely different. There is at least one character in each of her books that is unexpected, that's hard to categorize and very imaginative. In Wild Thing that character was Toni. A New York city Goth in the Idaho wilderness, who would have thunk-it? I thought it was a great idea and Kaye pulled it off with style. 

Toni is basically scared to death about the photo shoot she is managing for Action Models. It takes place in the wilderness, which has not been her friend in the past. When she was a child she was lost in the wilderness for three days and she has yet to face her fears. Toni spends the beginning part of the book worried, anxious and more than a little out of her element. For me she was a good heroine, but maybe the not the best in Kaye's stable. She is interesting to be sure, and had tons of potential, but I think the rest of the characters overshadowed her a bit. 

Hunter was absolutely fabulous, he looks like a young Charile Sheen or the actor who player Sylar on Heroes on the cover. Which immediately drew my attention. Kaye mentions the Kincaid brothers and their sister in previous books, but gives them their own stories in her newest series. I loved the story behind the names of the brothers and was really excited to see where Kaye would take Hunter in this one.  Hunter, Trapper, Fisher and Karma are just getting started in Wild Thing and I'm looking forward to all of their stories.

I loved the fact that Kaye made Hunter so attentive to Toni. He realizes that she has a problem and instead of ignoring it and focusing on the beautiful models around him, that have less baggage. He takes on a Goth girl, with emotional issues. I also liked the fact that once he sees the book on Toni's nightstand about finding the man you want to marry, he takes it upon himself to see exactly what she's looking for. Hunter is such a great character. He not only wants to help Toni face her fears but he isn't afraid of the differences between them. A great opposites attract scenario.

Kaye is really great at using comedy in her writing and that is evident in Wild Thing as well as her other titles. She writes with a sense of happiness that is great for reading a feel good story. It's not too complicated. It's perfect for escaping into the pages and getting your happy-ever-after on! The romance is tender and emotional. The sex is hot and steamy. The wilderness setting gives a kind of rugged and outdoorsy atmosphere. I really liked the combination of all those things. Kaye does a wonderful job balancing all of the elements necessary to make this book work. I enjoyed it very much and look forward to new installments in the series.

Wild Thing is available NOW from your favorite bookseller.

I'm giving this one 4 out of 5 apples from my book bag!

Robin Kaye was born in Brooklyn, New York, and grew up in the shadow of the Brooklyn Bridge next door to her Sicilian grandparents. Living with an extended family that's a cross between Gilligan's Island and The Sopranos, minus the desert isle and illegal activities, explains both her comedic timing and the cast of quirky characters in her books.

She's lived in half a dozen states, from Idaho to Florida, but the romance of Brooklyn has never left her heart. She currently resides in Maryland with her husband, three children, two dogs, and a three-legged cat with attitude.