Book Tour Review: Wild About You by Kerrelyn Sparks

Wild About You by Kerrelyn Sparks
Series:  Love At Stake (# 13)
Release Date:  November 27, 2012
Publisher:  Avon
Page Count:  384 pages
Source:  Edelweiss

Handsome Howard . . .
Hunky Howard . . .
Hot Howard . . .

It’s not every day that Elsa Bjornberg feels delicate, not when she hosts a home renovation show where she can effortlessly demolish a kitchen. But from the moment she meets Howard Barr, this bear of a man makes her feel like a woman. And the way he looks at her, as if she were a pot of honey he’d like to lick . . .

Howard is not like most men. For one thing, he’s a shapeshifter. And he always thought his celebrity crush would never amount to anything more than drooling at Elsa on TV. When his meddling vampire employer gets involved, the star is suddenly within his grasp—and within a hair of her life. For an ancient curse forbids their newfound love, and Howard is suddenly torn between his desire for her and his desire to keep her alive.

 

Review:  I am absolutely wild about Wild About You by Kerrelyn Sparks!!  This book is hot, humorous and impossible to put down!

First of all, I have to comment on the cover:  love love love it!  It is eye-catching, hot, steamy and portrays the story perfectly.  Howard’s eyes beckon, call and ache for you to pick up the book and indulge within the sinfully delicious tale within.  You will not be disappointed!

Wild About You is the 13th book in the “Love At Stake” series.  These books, however, can be read in any order at any time.  I can say this with absolute certainty because I have yet to read them all.  The first book by Ms. Sparks that I ever read was Eat Prey Love (#9 in the series)  and I never felt as though I was missing out on an important chunk of the story line.  Wild About You is no different.  Each book centers on a specific character and tells their story.  Previous characters do make appearances throughout, but you do not need to know their back story to get the full effect of the story.

With that in mind, Wild About You is Howard’s story.  Howard is a were-bear with a few dark demons in his closet.  He works as head of security at the top-secret school, Dragon Nest Academy and has always led a solitary life.  Howard is kind, intelligent, loyal and smokin hot.  Howard also has to deal with a long standing curse cast upon his heritage long ago – a curse that he does not believe in until it is thrust right in his face.

Elsa is the star of a popular home improvement/renovation series called International Home Wreckers.  Elsa also has had to learn to live with her larger-than-ordinary size (she thinks of herself in this way:  Yes, I’m freakishly large.  I’m so tall I occasionally suffer from altitude sickness.).  Born with a wicked birthmark upon her shoulder, shaped like a bear claw, Elsa has also been warned of a curse that has long effected her family.  A curse that could mean her death and a curse that Elsa believes to be nonsense – that is until it is thrust right in front of her face.

A connection?  Oh yes.  When a delightful matchmaker brings Harold and Elsa together, Elsa feels the burn – literally, and the heat of chemistry and an unnerving and undeniable pull springs forth the moment their eyes meet.  There is, of course the self-denial and the “try to resist” routine, however they are written in a delightful and provocative way that had me glued to the pages.

Full of heated romance, well-developed and vivid characters, Wild About You had me hooked from the first chapter.  I don’t know if it was the flow of the story, the characters, the story line, plot or a combination of all of those things that had me zipping through the pages and unable to put the book down.   Harold is amazing.  He is so incredibly sweet, kind, considerate, hot, sizzling, loyal, alpha and just male perfection rolled into a nifty and smoking package that would make any woman swoon.  Howard suffers from the loss of many loved ones and “regret” seems to be a constant in his life.  This will definitely bring out the nurturing side of the reader.  Elsa is a kind, strong, ambitious and likable character that will leave the reader yearning for her to find happiness.  These are a few of the things that I found myself feeling as I read.  I also found myself sighing in romantic bliss, giggling at the humor, tearing at the pain and joyful at the happiness.  Yes, tons of emotions but for me this is what makes a great read.  I loved being drawn so tightly into Harold and Elsa’s story and I cannot wait to see what character gets their own story next.  I also look forward to visiting these two characters in future stories to see how they are getting along.

Kerrelyn Sparks is such a magnificent paranormal author.  She has the talent to spin tales of romance and supernatural with characters that are real and connectable, as well as adding liberal doses of suspense and/or life altering problems to overcome.  Her stories remain in my mind and heart long after I have finished reading them and leave me anxious for more.  For lovers of paranormal, shape shifting, romance and just plain excellent stories, I highly recommend Wild About You by Kerrelyn Sparks!  It is definitely one that has been added to my “keeper” shelf and one that I will recommend to all!

Quote:  Good Lord.  Her heart stilled.  He had the most beautiful rump in the word.  No, the universe.  Poetry should be written and songs dedicated to it.

Her eyes widened as she took in the his entire form from the back.  Huge, hunky Harold.

 








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