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Wild Man | [Kristen Ashley]

Wild Man

While filling the display case in her bakery, the bell over the door sounds and Tessa O'Hara looks up to see the man of her dreams. Within thirty seconds he asks her out for a beer. But after four months of dating, she discovers he's an undercover DEA agent-and he's investigating her possible role in her ex-husband's drug business. For Tess, this means their relationship is over.
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Publisher's Summary

She's about to walk on the wild side...

While filling the display case in her bakery, the bell over the door sounds and Tessa O'Hara looks up to see the man of her dreams. Within 30 seconds he asks her out for a beer. But after four months of dating, she discovers he's an undercover DEA agent - and he's investigating her possible role in her ex-husband's drug business. For Tess, this means their relationship is over.

Brock disagrees. He's committed to his anti-drug mission, but he's fallen in love with the beautiful woman who's as sweet as her cupcakes - and he'll do anything to win her back. Standing between Tess and Brock are their own exes, one of them a drug lord who's determined to get what he wants. Now as danger threatens, can Brock break the rules he's lived by and let loose his wild side to protect the woman he loves?(Dream Man Series, Book 2)

©2013 Kristen Ashley (P)2013 Hachette Audio

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    Katheryne MD, United States 11-26-13
    Katheryne MD, United States 11-26-13 Member Since 2015

    Busy mom who loves to read but doesn't always have the time. I enjoy YA, Romance and the occasional Best Seller.

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    "The Dream Man Series is Irresistible"

    This was another great listen from Kristen Ashley’s Dream Man series. Although it started out a little slow, the overall story was fantastic. I loved the fact that both characters were a little bit older (in their 40’s) and more mature. They didn’t fight over stupid things and always managed to work things out by talking about their problems. Despite all the drama from ex-spouses, kids, etc. they had each other’s backs and were completely committed to one another. I could really relate to this couple.

    Kristen Ashley is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. I love her unique writing style and Kate Russell’s narration is spot on.

    Another 5 star listen!

    20 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    Jordy 10-30-13
    Jordy 10-30-13 Member Since 2015

    I'm proud to be a bookaholic...addicted, obsessed, passionate!!! My favorite way to relax & escape reality....

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    "This book began with a bang...literally ;)"

    One moment Tessa is having hot sex with 'Jake' the man she's been dating for the past 4 months & the next she discovers 'Jake' is actually an undercover cop whose been investigating her. (Brock Lucas is a DEA agent that we originally met in book 1, Mystery Man.) During her interrogation we learn that Tessa O'Hara has had a rough past. For 10 years she was married to Damian Heller, whom turned out to be a drug criminal. The Denver Police Department thought she was involved in her ex's activities but instead hear a heartbreaking confession about the life she endured in the hands of her ex-husband. And of course, while the questioning was taking place, Brock was listening in and discovers the horrible dark secret she voices out loud. This was not the confession the cops expected & ultimately she is found innocent. Tess feels betrayed when she realizes that Jake/Brock was using her. She's so hurt because she finally had allowed herself to open up & trust a man again. Three months later, after giving her space to heal, Brock shows up and in his typical, no-bullshit, we-will-deal-with-this-properly attitude, demands she listen to him and hear his side of the story. The combination of her being reasonable and him not playing games and being completely honest about things leads them into a beautiful relationship. The sexual chemistry between Brock & Tess was smoking HOT!! Brock may have been rough around the edges but he was also very protective & he took great care of Tess, which was something she always needed. Tess's character made this book shine. She was simply fabulous! I admired her straightforwardness and simple honesty. She didn't play games with Brock either. She told him exactly what she felt, thought, and wanted. She was open, honest, and caring. Her character was a breath of fresh air and I adored her. Tess and Brock together are a fantastic couple. Their banter is hilarious. Plus, Tessa instantly & whole-heartedly accepted Brock's boys into her life. Even when her ex-husband and his crazy ex-wife attempt to cause lots of drama, they both refuse to ever let anything come between them. In fact, most of the time things just end up bringing them closer together as a family unit. Overall, I truly enjoyed and loved this story. It was different than book 1, less action-packed, more focused on relationship development, and family drama. Plus, its filled with yummy, hot, swoon/drool-worthy alpha men, strong heroines, and an engaging plot line. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series.

    31 of 34 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer Riverdale, GA 03-04-14
    Kindle Customer Riverdale, GA 03-04-14 Member Since 2009

    I have been happily married for 17 years, I have 3 children (12, 14, & 16), and 2 dogs. I am currently working on a 2nd degree. Life is chaotic and stressful, but I wouldn't change it. I am blessed and enjoying my life.

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    "Wow Hot!!!!!"

    Okay the book is Fantastic!!! All that and a bag of chips! Yes, this is wonderful book. Wonderful love affair. Wonderful relationship. Again......my house didn't get clean and the dinner didn't get cooked. And No I didn't care! But can I just say Elvira is a freakin' HOOT!!! Totally loved this chick in the first book and loved her again in this book. :) And no I am not finished with this book yet ....... but I have the biggest grin on my face just because it is just that kind of feel good book. It took me forever to get to this second book. But I can't wait to listen to the 3rd one.

    KA and KR, ya'll are a totally awesome combination! Wow Slims voice and words just made me melt.

    It was worth my credit and I think it will be worth yours too!

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Cyndi DFW, TX, United States 01-23-15
    Cyndi DFW, TX, United States 01-23-15 Member Since 2015
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    "I love the story..."
    What did you love best about Wild Man?

    I love the story and the characters...especially the way it's building into a circle of friends...


    What didn’t you like about Kate Russell’s performance?

    I have listened to this entire series and am completely baffled as to why the voices...set in Denver...are normal in the first book and somehow in the following books everyone ends up sounding like they are in New York. Especially when you've heard the character in the previous book and now he suddenly sounds like he is from Brooklyn or something. It's very distracting when you listen to books all the time and especially when you like the books so much and WANT to like the narration.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Sherical 04-23-14
    Sherical 04-23-14
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    "Absolutely loved it!!"

    This book is a definite keeper and reread for me. The relationship between Brock and Tess felt very real and not forced or rushed. It was extremely refreshing that misunderstandings were immediately cleared up and there was no prolonged, unnecessary drama due to assumptions by either party. The tone of this book is a bit different from Mystery Man, no covert operative missions and secret lair but your average family man/woman with normal problems. It's no less as good and entertaining than the first in the series. Strongly recommend it and worth a credit!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Eran Oakley, CA, United States 02-21-14
    Eran Oakley, CA, United States 02-21-14 Member Since 2015

    Will do anything for books!

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    "Another good one!"

    2nd book in the series of 4, very good! More realistic than the first. I like this couple, they are totally honest, once things get going. They are older, in their 40's which is somewhat new but not bad. I love the drama and I LOVE a guy who knows what he wants and goes after it. He totally chases her and I love that. There is a lot of stuff in this one, great story.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Candateshia Pafford Fort Meade 10-30-13
    Candateshia Pafford Fort Meade 10-30-13 Member Since 2015

    I really enjoy the world of books! Narration just add layers to that world... don't u think? :)

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    "umm... Not as wild as I expected"

    After listen/reading mystery man, by Kristen Ashley... well I just expected more. I liked it.. but this was extremely calm by nature compared to other KA books. The action was extremely down played by the drama of Brock's ex-wife... Man that chick was crazy...

    Brock, although undercover, in mystery man was way way way more bad ass hot guy. In this, ironically he was kinda mild, even though the title is Wild Man. I really didn't get the Wild feeling from him. Brock has a temper, yes.. but seriously... Olivia stole the show... Olivia being Brock's ex wife.

    Tess was sweet, and remained kinda dense throughout the whole book...but it worked for Brock..

    There was nothing per say wrong with the story... but I think my expectations of this book... had me on pins and needles for the crazy action to start...but it never did...so I was disappointed.

    Where was the smex too... I mean it was there...but eh... it was just... eh...

    I think this book sadly got a dose of "2nd book syndrome"... I really, really hope Mitch Lawson's book (book 3) is better.. Mitch was introduced along with Brock and Tack in book one... so my expectation, yet again... are set pretty high for Mitch's book. Maybe some redemption can be done for the disappointment of this book.

    Again.. the book (this one) is not bad..well worth the listen/read, as any KA book is... but definitely, this book has a calmer feel to it compared to the other KA books on audible.

    Use a credit on this... don't buy... This is worth the wait for the credit too, if by chance you don't have one handy dandy...

    Narration was great... no issues there...

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    L.W. 11-26-13
    L.W. 11-26-13

    Say something about yourself!

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    "An Author to Follow...."

    I enjoyed Wild Man..it went in a different direction than I thought it was going. Mystery Man is still my fav due to the balance between the characters, the action+suspense....Wild Man was a good book but from the manner "Skull" behaved in Mystery Man...this book was mainly dialog...yes there was some tension and lives were in danger with her previous husband. It was worth the credit and I wouldn't miss it. I just didn't find it memorable. This is a really good author and narrator. I will look for them both in the future.

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    Karen Victoria, TX, United States 09-15-14
    Karen Victoria, TX, United States 09-15-14 Member Since 2014
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    "bad narrator"

    Kate Russell is good with womens voices, but all men sound like fast talking screaming banchies, really ruined the book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy Danville, CA, United States 02-24-14
    Nancy Danville, CA, United States 02-24-14 Member Since 2011
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    "A Missed Opportunity"

    The publisher's summary leads one to believe this is a story about an undercover DEA agent falling in love with his innocent mark. Au contraire! That's just the short prologue. The reader gets to check in after all the good stuff has happened. We check in at the point where she's brought in for questioning, forgives him, then decides to give the relationship a try. The story is really all about how two people make a relationship work when they both have crazy ex-spouses bent on mayhem, meddlesome family and friends with tons of baggage, and their own terrible life experiences to contend with. I think the story would have been way more interesting if we got to be there from the get-go, right when the deception started. We didn't even get glimpses of their early relationship via flashbacks. I felt gypped! I also felt the f-bomb was extremely over-used. I'm not against the f-bomb when it fleshes out a character and makes sense within the context of the story, however; this was just f-bomb ridiculous! And f-bomb distracting! Plus, I found the sex scenes boring. I made good use of my fast forward button. Finally, the narrator decided a lot of the characters needed to have Joey the Thug, I hang out with Snookie on the Jersey shore accents even though we're in Colorado and nobody was an east coast transplant--another distraction. 2 stars seems a little harsh, and I almost gave it a 3 star rating, or an average rating. After all, I finished it without having to force myself. The characters were likeable and I did want to see them get their HEA. I'd say this one fell just a pinch short of average for the genre.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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