Hi my little shades of red,

It is with a little delay that I publish today my review of Wilde Fire, the third book of the series A Forever Wilde by Lucy Lennox. I loved Facing West, the first volume. I had a real crush on his sequel, Felix and the Prince. It was therefore with a lot of impatience and expectations that I was looking forward to this third Book. What did I think about this book? The “never 2 without 3” is true here? I tell you everything in the following lines.

Blurb:

Otto:

Seth Walker was my first love and I always swore he’d be my last. Even after he moved away our senior year in high school, we vowed to reunite after graduation. But when he suddenly broke things off without explanation and crushed my heart, it was my turn to run.

After a decade in the navy, I’ve finally come home ready to move on with my life as Hobie’s newest firefighter. Unfortunately, the minute I set eyes on the new sheriff in town, I know I’m screwed. Hobie’s top cop is none other than Seth Walker.

Turns out, he’s come home too. And hell if he doesn’t have a lot of explaining to do.

Walker:

I thought I was doing the right thing when I walked away from Otto Wilde ten years ago without an explanation. I was wrong. I also thought I could come back home without having to face my past mistakes. I was wrong about that too.

What I’m not wrong about: The fact that my heart catches fire every time I set eyes on the sexy man. The fact that I can’t imagine my life without him. The fact that things are still just as complicated now as they were then. And the fact that I have a lot of work ahead of me if I expect to win him back.

Just when things start heating up between us again, a serial arsonist strikes and suspicion falls close to home. I already lost Otto to a secret long ago but I’ll be damned if I let another threaten to send our future up in smoke.

Because Otto Wilde is mine, and I don’t plan on ever letting him go again.

My opinion :

I will not beat around the bush and I will directly tell the color and tone of this review, I just loved Wilde Fire. I finished reading it Sunday night on the train back from the Paris Book Fair, but I could not write my review immediately. I wanted to leave myself one or two days, in order to be certain to write a review a minimum objective. I tried to find flaws in the Book, I assure you, but nothing came to me. OK, there are some small things that I have a little less liked, other little things that I would have liked to see treated differently, but nothing that I can qualify as a defect. So if you prefer scathing reviews, you will have to go back.

Wilde Fire, it’s above all a love story. You’ll tell me, it’s normal, it’s a romance. In itself, you would not necessarily be wrong, only, I do not speak to you about the love that you can find in most contemporary romances which are the result of a physical attraction. No, I am talking about love with a big A, the one of soulmates, or the one of the people who despite rebirths and reincarnations always meet and always end up loving each other. Yes, it is this kind of love that has been connecting Ottawa Wilde and Seth Walker since their earliest years, when love, physical attraction, and sex still had no meaning or value for them.

Wilde Fire, its characters, some new and others that we see again with pleasure. Lucy Lennox has a real gift for creating series with characters all different and all endearing. I had fallen for West and Nico, I loved Felix and Lio and I totally succumbed to Otto and Seth. We are used to seeing the authors paint firefighters and sheriffs in their novels as alpha males, leaders that nothing frightened, but not here. Here, the author has endowed his heroes with a lot of sensitivity. They have feelings, they love, they are afraid, they cry and they assume. One might think that this gives them an effeminate side when it is quite the opposite. Otto and Seth retain their masculinity and prove that showing his feelings is not a weakness, but an act of courage.

Wilde Fire, it’s, of course, a story. It’s not just a romance where the whole story revolves around when and how the protagonists will get together. No, the second part of the book has a plot about criminal fires perpetuated in the Hobie Town where the Wilde family live. It is pretty well built. It highlights some aspects of Otto’s past, comes to enrich the stigma that some members of small communities can sport and especially has an end, astonishing and moving.

Wilde Fire, it’s a judicious division of its history. The book is thus composed of two distinct parts each with a different purpose. The first part is devoted to the reunion of the two men and all the stages that will lead them to finally be together. We will be in the front row when Otto discovers that Seth is married and the consequences for the two former lovers that it will bring. We are going to follow Seth’s divorce as well as what he will have to go through in order to be able again to be free to love his childhood love. The second part is devoted to the investigation of the arson attacks on the entourage of the new lovers, with all the evidence leading to think that Otto would be the arsonist. During the different chapters, we will witness the consequences of the secrets and the weight of the past. All this will test the emerging relationship of the two men and their trust in each other. I really appreciated the fact that both parties have very different tones. The first part is lighter and it is filled with hope and positive thoughts and the second is heavier. We suffer and stress a bit for Wilde and Walker. We even end up having doubts about the end of the book. I really wondered at one point if the author was not going to end, for a change, with “bad ending.” The reading was quite trying because Lucy really made me live the events.

Wilde Fire, it’s necessarily hot sex scenes written brilliantly. I had already said, I love the way Lucy write them and sometimes simply suggest. Too often we see books where sex scenes take over history, which ultimately makes them less intense, diminishes the interest of the book and spoils the reader’s experience. In Wilde Fire, the sex scenes bringing nothing to the story or would be repetitive are merely suggested in order to let all the light in the most important scenes in the story. And so, when there are sex scenes, the temperature rises by more than a notch. It’s hot. It’s even burning sometimes, but it’s still realistic. They do not last for hours. Some are even very short because of the intensity of their desire and their feelings. And it does not matter, because in real life, it happens. I liked the little touch of realism that it brings to the book and it allowed me to better identify myself with the characters and thus to go even further into the story. After, I must admit that I preferred the scenes of sex in Felix and the Prince and the way they were spread over several chapters. It was a highlight of the previous installment mainly due to the alternating viewpoints during these scenes.

Finally, Wilde Fire, it’s, of course, a high-quality editing work. The cover is again bluffing. I had already been blown away by the one of Felix and the Prince. But while discovering the cover of Wilde Fire I looked like Roger Rabbit with hearts in the eyes and tongue hanging. I also really liked the little letters that the author added at the beginning of each chapter. In addition to being original, they bring a real plus to the story by allowing us to know a little bit more about what Otto and Wilde went through and experienced during the 10 years that separated them. Finally, it is important for me to note the quality of the proofreading and correction work. It’s just perfect and added to the judicious choice of fonts and interlines, the reader has a reading experience close to perfection. And when we know that Lucy Lennox is a self-published author, we can only salute this work that surpasses even that of some publishing houses, while the resources are not at all the same.

Wilde Fire is one of my new favorites by Lucy Lennox and it’s only the beginning of the year. I loved it and I hope that this review will have managed to show it to you. I also hope that it will have made you want to read it and if it is not already done to discover the universe of the series Forever Wilde. The author has already announced the central character of the next Book and its release date and I am delighted and excited. Why ? First, because it will be the story of Hudson that I had been waiting for since the first volume and because it is planned to go out on May 1st, my birthday and if it’s not a fucking gift , I do not know what it is. It is on these last lines that I leave you, do not hesitate to share with me your opinion on this review or on Wilde Fire if you read it in the comments below.

Love ya all like fire babies!

Wilde Fire by Lucy Lennox
4.6 Rating
Story
Characters
Eroticism
Writing

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