Erryn reviews the audiobook ‘Wilde Fire’ (Forever Wilde Book 3) by Lucy Lennox. The ebook was published March 20, 2018, 312 pages. The audiobook was published April 14, 2018. It was narrated by Michael Pauley and is 8 hours and 40 minutes. A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.
Why I read this book: I loved the two Wilde books and had to grab the this one.
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.
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 review for the book can be found here: Review
I usually wait for books to come out on audio because I can listen at those times when sitting and reading a book isn’t possible. With Lucy Lennox’s ‘Forever Wilde’ series, I haven’t been able to wait for audio and have therefore snapped up and devoured the books. ‘Wilde Fire’ was one I read and reviewed previously and although I had one little annoyance, I loved the book.
Well, now that I’ve listened to it with Michael Pauley narrating, I am even more in love. I didn’t cry this time, but that’s only because I knew what to expect. I’m not suggesting waterworks, but sniffles are possible, so having a tissue nearby helps.
Seth Walker and Otto Wilde were best friends from the age of eight and were inseparable. Although they were older when they acknowledged their depth of feeling for each other, even from a young age, they knew they would be together forever and there would be no girls. Or course, ten years ago, gay marriage wasn’t legal, but the concept of being apart was unfathomable to the two teenagers.
And then the worst happened.
The Walker clan left Hobie, Texas, and moved to Minnesota. Not only was it a temperature shock for Seth, it was a culture shock as well. Throw heartbreak into the mix and the letters between the two teenagers became increasingly desperate.
Then, one day, silence.
Seth stopped replying to Otto’s letters, and eventually, Otto opted to join the navy with his brother, Saint. Even being surrounded by men all the time didn’t help lessen the pain and loneliness.
Back in Minnesota, Seth was enduring his own family tragedy, unable to turn to Otto, despite the desperate desire to do so. He was surrounded by family and his co-workers, but was desperately unhappy.
Then circumstances conspired to bring both men back to Hobie – Seth as the sheriff and Otto as a fireman. There are still huge barriers to their happiness, but I had tremendous optimism. Both men have matured, are no longer idealistic teenagers. They have lived challenging lives and are finally ready to face each other. But things are never that simple. While Otto is free and clear to get involved, Seth still has a situation from which he has to extract himself.
10 years is a long time, but once the men are able to be free and admit their feelings for each other, it should have been simple, right?
Sometimes love is not enough. Wanting to protect the one we love from pain is a pretty strong impulse. It is admirable, if not, on occasion, foolhardy.
In the end, the painful truth is revealed and prideful men get their happy ending.
Michael Pauley is a wonderful narrator, bringing different voices to Otto and Seth while keeping those soft Texas twangs. He was able to evince empathy in me for both men. Truthfully, I loved them both.
Michael is one of my favourite narrators, deftly giving life to Ms. Lennox’s stories.
I was hoping Saint’s book would be next, but I’ll happily settle for Hudson, and I can’t wait.
10/10 Points of Gold (100% Recommended) – Compares to 5/5 Stars
Lucy Lennox is finally putting good use to that English Lit degree earned way back in the 1900s.
She enjoys naps, pizza, and procrastinating. She has some snarky kids and is married to someone who is better at math than romance but who makes her laugh every single day and is the best dancer in the history of ever.
She stays up way too late each night reading M/M romance because that stuff is hot.