Release Date: May 25, 2021
Series: Forever Adirondacks
Heat Level: Hot
Publisher: Penguin Group
Wild Love is the first book in the Forever Adirondacks series by Lauren Accardo. The story takes place in the small town of Pine Ridge, located in the Adirondack Mountains of Upstate New York.
Sydney Walsh flees New York City after catching her fiancé in bed with another woman. The only safe person she can think to run to is her mom who lives in the small-town Pine Ridge in upstate New York. On her first night in town, she stops at a local hangout to get takeout food. She meets a few locals, one of whom, Sam Kirkland, she backs into.
While in town, she decides to be useful and help her mom run her small bookstore. Sydney tries to make sense of the bills and while going through papers she finds that her mother, who was never a good businesswoman, is about to end up in bankruptcy. Since she feels she has no life back in New York City she decides to embark on a plan to get her mother’s quirky bookstore back in the black. Concurrently, Sam is drawn to Sydney but has challenges in his life which keep him from acting on his attraction.
This story starts out as a simple one of girl catches boyfriend cheating, runs away, finds someone new, and lives happily ever after. However, this story’s characters and situations are far more complex. They each have issues to overcome, and it makes the story much more compelling.
I really enjoyed reading about people overcoming difficulties in life. The author handled these situations with authentic feelings from the characters. They did not always react in the “perfect” way and that made them more relatable. I enjoyed the character’s senses of humor and funny situations they sometimes found themselves in. I think the author built a solid cast of supporting characters in this book, too. I think the follow up books in this series will be great if she continues to involve these people.
I highly recommend this book. It is truly a great story. There is great chemistry between the main characters, and they do burn it up in the sheets. The love scenes are not overly plentiful but are fairly graphic.