Series: Wildwood #2
on January 10st 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Newly divorced, Avery Hart returns home to Wildwood eager to take on her dream opportunity and transform her family’s dive bar into her own bakery. The contractor for hire isn’t just a master with his hands—he’s big, built, and wears a tool belt like nobody’s business. Despite being an ex-con, Trace Hutton is irresistible. Too bad he’d never go for someone as inexperienced as Avery.
Trace needs to focus on the job at hand, not daydream about smearing icing all over the sexy baker…and licking it off. This job is the key to getting his construction company back on its feet after his time in prison. Besides, no one deserves a fresh start more than Avery, and she certainly won’t get that with him.
After a delectable night of passion (and pie), Trace craves something more. But he’ll be damned if he’ll let his checkered past crush her dreams. And as Avery starts to realize how Trace fulfills more than just her physical needs, she struggles with whether to let her history decide her future, or explore the wild new possibilities of forever…
It is always a joy to return to a small town that lives in the imagination of an author you love. This was what made me jump at the chance read Wild Kisses by Skye Jordan. I loved her town of Wildwood in Forbidden Fling, so I was excited to go there for a while.
When we left Wildwood, the middle Hart sister, Avery, had just returned after getting divorced and trying to get her bakery of the ground. Her business is going to be in their family’s old bar, and to make sure it’s perfect; Avery has hired former inmate and current contractor Trace Hutton.
This is a sweet romance between two very different people, who at their core share the most basic human values of friendships and family. But they also share their inner struggle of not being good enough, especially Trace struggles with his past and therefore his belief that Avery is so far out of his league. Avery, on the other hand, sees something special in Trace and she tries so hard to help him see himself in another light. But what really makes this book a joy is how they argued to try and cover up their feelings and how the fighting turns into something more between them. I really liked how at the center of this story, there are family and the responsibility that comes with that. Trace and Avery both feel that and I especially love how Trace has stepped up to the responsibility for both his father and grandmother. He is certainly a hero with his heart in the right place.
This is a cute read that leaves this reader wanting more. I give this book 4 stars and I will try and patiently wait for the announcement of book 3, the final story that will center around the elusive Zoe, we have yet to meet, but have heard so much about already.