Wild At Heart is the first book in the new Wild Love series by Stacy Gold. I was drawn to this book on Netgalley because I love a good nature story especially when there is a touch of romance. This also sounded like a bit of a comedy. I was excited to dive in and meet Jules and Evan.
Before Jules leaves on her hiking trip, she makes a vow of celibacy. The past year has taken its toll on her and she has become very guarded because of it. The hiking trip was a way for her to reset without distraction. That is until she stumbles upon fellow hiker Evan in the middle of the night. Or should I say, he stumbles into her.
Evan is a business man by trade. Or at least that is what he has been set up to be. Looking for a reset he decides to go into the woods. When he was younger he was a boy scout so he thought that he could handle nature without a problem. That is proven to be very untrue when he is caught in a nighttime rain storm with a haphazardly put together tent.
Jules and Evan are hilarious together. I loved the fact that the female main character was stronger as a hiker. Evan is honestly so helpless when it comes to being in nature. He is an adorable man though and is immediately drawn to Jules strength. He is an unexpected surprise that is oh so tempting for Jules. And when it is finally allowed to happen, their chemistry is hot enough to spark a fire.
For me, this story started out strong but then slowly started to feel repetitive. The characters both went through some growth but there were several times when they drove me crazy. This especially occurred when Evan left the woods and had to return to the city where all his insecurities lived. He had no problem looking like a fool in front of Jules but, he did not want to look like a fool in front or the people who he is trying to impress. During this time when the characters could have been yearning for each other, I found myself not fully falling for it whenever it happened.
The nature aspect of Wild At Heart is beautiful and so well written. I think this is honestly what kept me reading. Yes the romance was sweet and spicy but I was always looking to what was going to happen on the trail next. Admittedly, I would love to revisit this scenery and see how everyone is doing. I hope that is what the next book in the Wild Love series has in store for all of us.
Rating: 3 Stars
*I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.**