I received this book for free from Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Running Wilde by Tonya Burrows
Series: Wilde Security,
Published by Entangled: Ignite on January 4th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Source: Entangled Publishing
Reading Challenges: COYER Back to Basics
Buy on: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks
All's fair in lust and seduction...
Lark Warren can never stay one person for too long, so when her past starts to catch up to her, she hops the first bus out of DC, steals a new name, and goes deep into hiding in New Orleans. Unfortunately, all it takes is the wrong set of eyes to blow her cover. Enter Vaughn—the man she once let get too close to her real self.
Ex-Navy SEAL Vaughn Wilde has one objective: drive Lark back to DC to face charges for identity theft—which would be easier if he could forget the three lust-filled weeks he shared with her before she disappeared. With each passing mile, he can’t ignore the heat still sparking between them…or the fact he has led her enemies right to her.
Lark can’t stay with Vaughn, not when it will put him in the crosshairs of the dangerous man she’s spent the last five years running from. But Vaughn is determined to keep her safe—even if it means she’ll run off with his heart all over again.
Running Wilde is the first Wilde Security novel I’ve read, and it immediately hooked me. Author Tonya Burrows writes a fast-paced, gritty, action, suspense yarn about Vaughn Wilde and “the one that got away,” Lark. Even though I haven’t (yet) read the first three books in the series, Burrows’ writing never left me feeling confused or lost in the backstory. Her characters are complex, and their motivations are fascinating enough to make me want to read more of this series.
Each book in the series focuses on one of the Wilde brothers. They’re all ex-military, and have since returned home to open their own private investigations firm. In this novel, Vaughn, former Navy SEAL, and all around hard case is on the tail of his ex-lover. I guess in a previous novel, Lark stole something from Vaughn and he wants it back. Or so he claims. The truth is, Lark had gotten under his skin, and he can’t stop thinking about her. Even though these two met in a previous novel, and I missed a lot of the development of their relationship, I still felt invested in them as a couple. Vaughn and Lark have strong chemistry, and I immediately connected with them as characters.
Since I haven’t read the previous novels, I’m not sure how much of Lark readers were supposed to know about before Running Wilde, but I gather she was mysterious. In this novel, the mystery surrounding her and her actions is solved, and Burrows nicely sets up the fifth novel. After finishing the book I immediately bought the first three so I can learn more about Vaughn’s brothers in preparation for the fifth novel. With this in mind, I recommend new readers to the series begin at the beginning. While you can jump in like I did, I think the story flows better if read chronologically as it was meant to be read.
I recommend this novel to fans of contemporary romance who like more action. As important as the romance between Vaughn and Lark is to the plot, there’s more that happens to keep readers invested. In fact, this series somewhat reminds me of Laura Kaye’s Hard Ink series. The boys of Wilde Security are hot, protective, and very swoon worthy, and the sex scenes are as smokin’ as the men. If you are looking for something to curl up on the couch with and read one lazy afternoon, then you can’t go wrong with Running Wilde.