I really enjoyed this book. It's got some new people, different from Wild On My Mind, the 1st book in this series, and a new love story. Kerr seems to interweave the reality of life and fiction well. As the first book touched on bullying, this one included Alzheimer's in the storyline. Having dealt with that in my family, the character and her symptoms were well written. I again loved the animals, especially those rascally honey badgers and Sorcha. The older I get, the less I like blood, guts, gore and loose ends.. By the end, this book was wrapped up in a pretty bow! No loose ends! And no blood, guts, or gore! This is a nice, enjoyable read. And I will be anxiously waiting on the 3rd one!
Sweet Wild of Mine is a very cute read. I love the energy that June brings to the pages. She sure knows how to heal the grumpy Scot Magnus. She is sweet and caring and I love her connection with not only the animals but her grandma as well. Magnus is a little rough around the edges but you get it when you find out more about him. His bound when it comes to the animals at the zoo is amazing. I love Magnus even in his grumpy ways. You can't help but smile as June and her grandma break down Magnus's walls. Lets not forget the Honey badgers that are still up to thier mischiefs ways. This book is full of love, cute animals, some giggles, family and healing. I love what Laurel Kerr brings with this one. Go read this one today.
Oh how I love this series!!! Definitely one of my favorites. I love that it's set at the zoo. You feel like you get to know each one of the animals involved personally, and one of them even gets their own POV. I can't wait for the next one!!!
I am blown away by the wonderful writing, descriptions and dialogue, not to mention the amazing insight into zoo animal husbandry and the particular and interesting personalities of the zoo’s resident honey badgers, all found within the pages of Sweet Wild of Mine.
The author provided exceptional respect, care and consideration to a topic I have no knowledge of – speech dysfluency. There’s a naturally organic plot involving rejecting and accepting, hiding and being open to possibilities, fear and courage, with love and healing woven throughout. Ms. Kerr captured the heart of romance, the perfect balance of hopes and dreams among the landmines of traumatic pasts. In their own ways, both Magnus and June have broken pieces inside of them and they’ve dealt with them by means of various coping mechanisms, some positive and some stifling. The thing they have in common is not being complete, that something is missing but have no idea what it is or how to identify it. They’re pretty much clueless. Their first meeting was inflammatory and yet, it started something bigger and more profound than anything they could have imagined. My heart, emotions and feelings, were all engaged in this delightful and truly marvelous journey of love, forgiveness and discovery. I feel fortunate to have read this because it’s simply beautiful, fun, entertaining and charming.
Another strong element is the theme of family. Not all of it is good, especially on Magnus’s side, but most of it is, and it’s as real as it gets. I read so many scenes that I could relate to. June’s Nana reminds me of my aunt because they both are suffering the same kind of condition. What June is going through touched me deeply because my own family is starting that emotional journey, making those same heartrending decisions. It’s not easy or without pain and I could relate to June’s position on a more intimate level. The thing that touched me the most is how Ms. Kerr made sure that a reader felt the unconditional love June had for her Nana.
Magnus’s family situation is not only sad but when he revealed the truth to June, it was horrifying. The reveal was powerful, and June wasn’t the only person reeling from the enormity of what the hero lived through. I was also tremendously relieved that the hero experienced some level of reconciliation but I won’t reveal how, when or with whom. I’m just happy the author shared that with me.
The only advice I have to give about reading this novel is to have on hand a glossary of Scottish slang. I used the one from Wiktionary. The author was clever in her usage by having her characters utilize them naturally in conversation. I could guess on the meaning and more often than not I got it right. But there were some colorful ones I wanted to be sure of so I could enjoy all the nuances. I actually had fun learning some of them and found them so fascinating, I’m thinking of adopting a few into my own vocabulary.
I could go on and on about all the awesomeness that can be found in Sweet Wild of Mine, from the adorable polar bear cub, the camels, the secondary characters, and the sensual exploration between the sheets showcasing the physical side of Magnus and June’s love. Sometimes it was hot, other times sensual but at all times perfectly well placed and well written.
Romance readers are in for a solid treat, a memorable story and a remarkable and amazing romance between two characters easy to fall in love with. I enthusiastically recommend reading Sweet Wild of Mine for yourself.
I loved the first book in this series, and this one is as good if not better. The zoo setting is absolutely not just window dressing in this series which is one reason I love it so much. Between the Sorcha, the polar cub foster, Frida, the old grizzly who "adopts" her, Sylvia, the capybara who is a substitute mother to all of the orphans, the honey badger antics, and more on Lulubelle the lovelorn camel (you'll have to read the first book for that), there's plenty of animal action.
The heroine is June, the best friend of the heroine in book 1. June is a statuesque, put-together blonde bombshell who single handedly runs her beloved nana's English tea shop in the small town of Sagebrush Flats, invents and markets amazing jams, and is also dealing with her nan's mental deterioration from unknown causes. June is used to managing everyone and everything around her. She's a friendly force of nature who refuses to take "no" for an answer and is sure that she knows best for everyone (often because she does).
The hero of this book is Magnus, a reclusive, grumpy, Scottish author who wrote 2 amazing books, one about his childhood on an isolated croft in the Orkneys, the second about his "adoption" of 2 polar bear cubs while working as a roughneck on a North Sea oil rig. He then moved to London, got snarky and sarcastic and his writing career fell apart, so at his agent's suggestion, he's volunteering at the zoo at Sagebrush Flats to help raise a polar bear cub that they've gotten a grant to foster. His father was abusive and he has a strong stutter that he was never treated for, so he hardly talks and pushes everyone away.
June's nana spent the war years on the island next to where Magnus grew up so June is desperate to get him to talk to with her nan although he hates remembering his childhood. They also get off totally on the wrong foot when June tries to introduce herself at the local bar while Magnus just wants to be left in peace on his first night in town. Slowly, as June starts helping Magnus manage his stutter (both she and her brother also stuttered) and Magnus agrees in return to spend time with her nana, their best sides are revealed to each.
Under the grumpy exterior, Magnus was such a caring person who'd had very little love and affection in his life and was starved for it. June was a person who honestly wanted the best for everyone, but just didn't understand when to step back and let them solve their own problems. I think that some readers are going to have real problems with June, but I thought she was wonderful. Did she sometimes push things too far? Yes, but she did it out of genuine love and caring. Watching Magnus slowly blossom and come alive under her unstinting affection was sweet and beautiful. I hope there will be more books in this series (and lots more animal adventures at the zoo) and I can't wait to get my hands on them.
I received this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.