“Everything about you is written in stone...”
*Said in the booming manner of a circus ring mistress’s voice*
Come one, come all and take a seat as we jump back to the world of the dysfunctional family Clarkson where once having meaningful conversations, or any sort of conversation or contact as the case may be, were met with unease and expressing one’s feelings anathema. But, now, as the siblings continue on their road trip at the request of their deceased mother, they are finding that maybe these things aren’t as scary as they once believed…*Shrugs* I couldn’t help myself because a circus is an apt description the Clarksons and the journey they are all on, but it’s one that I can’t help but get sucked into and want to see how it all turns out and this time it was definitely a bumpy yet fun, sexy, quirky and sweet ride.
Aaron sees himself as a cold, manipulative bastard who doesn’t need or want anyone. He’s wrapped his heart in kevlar after the two people he looked up to the most turned away from him and though he is no angel, he’s not as much of a devil as he thinks he is. I really liked Aaron in this book, from start to finish. There were times when he was a major asshat, no doubt, but the little things he did like taking in Old Man (the dog) and making sure his siblings and Sage were settled, those weren’t things a man who had no heart would do. And as things progressed that cold shell started to melt and the real Aaron ended up being a heart melting (and panty melting) man with a good heart and wickedly quick mind.
To say Grace is the black sheep in her family is an understatement. She doesn’t fit the mold of what a Presidential hopeful would want the general public to associate with him. She sees life as moments to be seized and cherished, especially when then are unexpected moments of joy, and to say what you are thinking without hesitation. But she isn’t crazy, despite what her outward appearance and actions may suggest, she just sees the world a little differently than others and is more than comfortable with who she is, even if it means she’s kept hidden away. I loved Grace and the way she viewed things. Everything she did had a purpose, they may not have been done in a manner that others would deem appropriate, but the intent was always good. And despite a very traumatic experience that happened to her as teen, she hasn’t shut herself away, and is a lot stronger than she realizes. Her heart is a little bruised, but still has hope for happiness, not only for herself, but others.
Grace and Aaron’s relationship does not start off with what anyone would deem normal and has a strong punch to the gut of insta-lust, but soon turns into more as they find that they can’t stop thinking about each other and find themselves constantly in each other’s orbit. This constant contact has them getting to know each other and, despite a certain person’s best effort *cough* Aaron *cough*, they both start to get under each other’s skins and find that they actually see and know each other to their very core and that only intensifies the heat between them even as it rips down the walls they’ve constructed around themselves. There is a good dose of angsty drama that goes on between them and they both unwittingly hurt the other a time or two, but I really liked how they ended up bringing out the best in each other and how well they fit together.
I really enjoyed Too Wild To Tame and though there was a moment or two in the beginning where it dragged a little for me, it was short lived and I couldn’t wait to see what would happen next. I loved the progress that was made in the relationships between Aaron, Belmont, Peggy and Sage and while I would have liked an update on Rite and Jasper, I also understand that the time between the ending of Too Hot to Handle and the beginning of Too Wild to Tame is only a matter of days, so there really isn’t all that much to report. The little teaser excerpt of Too Hard to Forget, Peggy’s book, definitely has my interest peaked and I can’t wait to see she has up her sleeves!
~ ARC received from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review ~
Sometimes you just can't resist playing with fire . . .
By day, Aaron Clarkson suits up, shakes hands, and acts the perfect gentleman. But at night, behind bedroom doors, the tie comes off and the real Aaron comes out to play. Mixing business with pleasure got him fired, so Aaron knows that if he wants to work for the country's most powerful senator, he'll have to keep his eye on the prize. That's easier said than done when he meets the senator's daughter, who's wild, gorgeous, and 100 percent trouble.
Grace Pendleton is the black sheep of her conservative family. Yet while Aaron's presence reminds her of a past she'd rather forget, something in his eyes keeps drawing her in. Maybe it's the way his voice turns her molten. Or maybe it's because deep down inside, the ultra-smooth, polished Aaron Clarkson might be more than even Grace can handle . .
Tessa Bailey is originally from Carlsbad, California. The day after high school graduation, she packed her yearbook, ripped jeans and laptop, driving cross-country to New York City in under four days.
Her most valuable life experiences were learned thereafter while waitressing at K-Dees, a Manhattan pub owned by her uncle. Inside those four walls, she met her husband, best friend and discovered the magic of classic rock, managing to put herself through Kingsborough Community College and the English program at Pace University at the same time. Several stunted attempts to enter the work force as a journalist followed, but romance writing continued to demand her attention.
She now lives in Long Island, New York with her husband of eight years and four-year-old daughter. Although she is severely sleep-deprived, she is incredibly happy to be living her dream of writing about people falling in love.