Wild on My Mind features a wonderful romance, some adorable newborn cougar cubs, and a matchmaking honey badger.
When Katie Underwood discovers a litter of abandoned newborn cougar cubs, she does the responsible thing and calls in someone more experienced to rescue the animals. The last person she expected to show up is Bowie Wilson, her former crush and eventual high school nemesis. After Bowie doesn’t recognize her and her mother offers Katie’s marketing skills to help out the zoo, Katie plans to get revenge against the man who made her life hell ten years ago. When Bowie remembers her soon after their initial meeting and sets out to make amends, Katie is determined to resist his charms.
Katie didn’t have a great experience socially growing up because of Bowie and as a result she has difficulty letting people into her life. Her dealings with Bowie ten years ago also really soured her opinions on love and she tries to protect herself from being hurt again at all costs, sometimes to the detriment of others. Her dream was always to leave her small town and get a job in a big city which isn’t something she’s managed in the ten years since high school.
Bowie didn’t have a stable home life as a kid and ended up in foster care for a large part of his time in high school. Due to his need to fit in and find somewhere he could belong, Bowie bullied Katie at his girlfriend Sawyer’s insistence. After Sawyer unexpectedly ended up pregnant and wanted nothing to do with a child, Bowie fought tooth and nail to gain custody of his daughter which turned his life around. Bowie’s relationship with Abby is wonderful and I loved how much he wanted to make sure she had a better life than him.
Katie and Bowie definitely had a lot to work through in order for their relationship to work, but it’s amazing once it does. Initially Katie has a hard time forgiving Bowie for his treatment of her, but after getting to know the man he is now she slowly begins to forgive him. I liked that Bowie and Katie had to work to reach a good place and that it didn’t come easy for them which I believe made their relationship stronger. Their physical relationship is incredibly hot and was at first the only type of relationship Katie thought to have with Bowie. I enjoyed watching them become more to each other and feel their journey as a couple in the present was perfect.
One of the best parts of this book was the setting of the zoo and the inclusion of the animals. All of the animals have such distinct personalities and I enjoyed watching the characters get to interact with them. The only thing I disliked about this book were the snippets from the honey badger Fluffy’s point of view. I think it’s neat how the author tried to include a point of view from the animal trying to play matchmaker for Katie and Bowie, but it just felt weird reading from an animal’s point of view in a contemporary romance.
Overall, Wild on My Mind was an absolute delight from start to finish and I can’t wait to read more books from this author in the future. I highly recommend this book if you’re in the mood for a great contemporary romance.