If you’ve been following the blog for awhile, I don’t think I have to mention that I’m a fan of Kendall Ryan’s books. The Hot Jocks series has been a lot of fun (Playing for Keeps, All the Way, Trying to Score, Crossing the Line & Down and Dirty). Wild for You is the next book in the series and released yesterday. Today I want to tell you what I thought of this book!
A big thanks to the author for providing me with an ARC to read and review.
He’s growly. Grumpy. Stubborn.
And now, my new roommate.
Walking away from my disastrous last relationship was an easy decision, but moving in with a friend-of-a-friend hockey star who’s rarely home? Not quite as simple, because Grant makes me feel things even I don’t understand.
One thing’s for certain, though. I definitely shouldn’t have crawled into his bed that night.
There’s a brightness to her eyes I can’t seem to look away from.
She’s beautiful. Smart. Tempting.
And a little fragile.
I’ve never been anyone’s knight in shining armor, but when Ana needed a place to stay, it was easy to move her in with me.
Not so simple, though, is keeping my hands—or my mouth—to myself. And the night she crawls into my bed and shares her body with me has me conjuring up all kinds of ideas about our future.
Until a big surprise I never saw coming changes everything.
If you like sexy, confident men who know how to handle a stick (on and off the ice), and smart women who are strong enough to keep all those big egos in check, this series of athlete romances is perfect for you!
(Books can be enjoyed in any order.)
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Before I start my review of Wild for You, I would like to take a second and mention the fact that there is domestic abuse in this book. Only at the beginning, but it is there and I know this could be hard for some readers!
Wild for You is by far the most serious book in the Hot Jocks series. Like I said above, this book deals with domestic violence and is definitely intense the first few chapters. I think the author dealt with this well, but it’s possibly also a reason I didn’t love this one as much as the others. Don’t get me wrong I really loved Grant (I didn’t connect with Ana as much), but the whole romance aspect felt a bit fast even if it is slowburn in many ways.
Grant is my favorite when it comes to the male characters in this series so far. He is mostly to himself, but as captain he really cares for his team. And he doesn’t think twice when Ana needs his help. Grant feels the need to protect Ana and even loves doing this. I think he likes to feel needed and actually enjoyed having someone around to care for. A relationship was the last thing on his mind, but I guess you can’t help what you feel? Grant had me smiling while reading, because he was just so sweet and I loved how that came so naturally.
Ana has had enough in her abusive relationship and luckily is able to get out. She needs to process everything and learn to stand on her own two feet. I’m going to be honest and say that I didn’t really connect with Ana at all. There were moments that made me like her and enjoy her story, but certain things she did kind of annoyed me. Ana definitely was a strong character and it was good to see her able to take care of herself and take control back over her life.
The romance was still steamy and fun in Wild for You, but the tension and build up to everything was different in this story. Seeing the events before everything starts, I completely understand that, but the author definietly had me laughing less while reading. Sometimes it even felt off, but in the end I do like how things ended and come together! When I read the last page, I did have a smile on my face.
Also, what I love about these books connecting in one way or another, I got to see all of the characters I’ve come to love. This is an amazing group and definitely a team that’s become family. I loved how the friendships were developed in Wild for You and reminds me why I love sports romances so much. I’m really excited to read Jordie’s story next!
About Kendall Ryan
A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of more than three dozen titles, Kendall Ryan has sold over 3 million books and her books have been translated into several languages in countries around the world.
Her books have also appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists more than 100 times. Ryan has been featured in such publications as USA Today, Newsweek, and InTouch Magazine.
She lives in Texas with her husband and two sons.
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Wild for You was another fun addition to the Hot Jocks series. This was such a fast read! I can’t wait to read the next installment. Sports romances are so much fun! Let me know your favorites in the comments!