Taming The Wyld by Lucie Archer

Taming The Wyld by Lucie Archer
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (101 pgs)
Other: M/M, Anal Play
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Fern

The Witness Protection Program dumps JD Smith practically at the ends of the earth—in Two Pines, Alaska—to protect him until he can testify against a dangerous gang. He tries to stick to his story and keep his head down, but it’s impossible to ignore bush pilot Jake Wylder, a sexy loner with quite a reputation around the small town.

Flying medical supplies around Alaska suits Jake’s wild streak and love of freedom. He’s perfectly content to keep his romantic encounters casual—at least until he meets JD. Something about the nurse makes Jake think settling down might not be such a hardship. Now he just needs to convince JD he’s serious—which won’t be easy, given his past.

For a relationship to stand a chance, JD must testify so he can return to Two Pines as the man he really is—and Jake must grow into the man JD needs him to be.

Jake owns two bush planes and his company – Wyld Freight and Transport – delivers medical supplies to small towns in the Alaskan wilderness. On one of their supply runs, Jake meets JD. JD was hiding out in Alaska and had no plans to stick around longer than necessary. But can Jake make JD change his mind?

I found this a fun and light-hearted story. Jake was a total player – a bit of a good-natured hound dog really – and while sometimes those kinds of characters really irritate me I have to admit I loved Jake. While he was a bit free and easy with his bed-partners, he was good natured about it and genuinely didn’t mean anything bad by all those one night stands. JD, in contrast, has secrets and despite his attraction to Jake has no intention of starting a relationship when so much of JDs life is a complete mess right now.

I really enjoyed the characters, both Jake and JD were layered and I found them extremely interesting. There were also plenty of very strong secondary characters who I thought helped make the story really great. While much of the plot revolved around JD and Jake circling each other, disagreeing with each other and fighting their attraction, there was a decent sub-plot around JD’s secrets that I found really interesting.

Best of all I loved how Jake and JD didn’t just jump into bed, or fall at each other’s feet and instantly have sex. I loved the build-up of their attraction, the chemistry that sparked and grew until neither one could deny it, even if they did butt heads plenty. I thought this was a well-paced, realistic love story with a great plot and all that wrapped up together made this a deeply satisfying read for me.

With great characters, interesting plot and some steamy sex I feel this is a fantastic book and one I would happily recommend to friends.

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