Erryn reviews ‘Flirt’ (Forever Wilde Book 4.5) by Lucy Lennox. The ebook was published September 13, 2018, 134 pages.The audiobook was narrated by Michael Pauley. It was released on September 27, 2018 and is 3hrs and 37mins long.
Why I read this book:
Erryn: I admit it, I am a WILDE addict. When the ebook was released, there was some debate whether or not this short book would be made into an audio. I said I would buy it the day it was released. I did.
Sassy-mouthed Stevie Devore has always had a crush on the local fire chief. Gorgeous silver fox, Evan Paige, is way out of Stevie’s league, however, not to mention the chief has always been a ladies’ man, but when Stevie turns twenty-one, he decides he’s tired of only daydreaming about Evan. He wants a real taste of that sugar daddy, even if it means turning the flirt factor up a notch or ten to make it happen.
This 36k word novella has pee-in-your-pants humor, peel-the-paint-off-the-walls steam, and a smidgie-poo of hand-on-chest swooning. It makes the most sense to read it after Hudson’s Luck, but it can also stand on its own.
Stevie, Stevie, Stevie. My god I love you. You make me laugh and you make me cry. You give me hope and you make me pull my hair out with your antics. I remember you from all the previous Wilde books set in Hobie, Texas. You’re a fixture at Sugar Britches as well as in the lives of the Wildes. Don’t think I haven’t forgotten how you accidentally let Granpa and Doc’s hound dog near Charlie’s prize Mama and how she got knocked up. Have you found homes for all those beautiful cross breed mutts? And how about dining with Charlie? Did that make Hudson jealous enough? You’re a flirt, and you love that reputation. But that’s not all you are, and it takes Fire Chief Evan Page to see the real you.
After they first make love, Evan seeks clarification of something weird you’ve said:
“No, I love you too, Butt.”
I blinked again. This was going to take some getting used to.
“Evan,” he said softly, “I’m so fucking happy. I get stupid when I’m happy. Forgive me? Well, maybe instead of forgiving me you could just…I don’t know…get used to it. The weirdness, I mean, because it doesn’t really end, it’s kind of permanently attached to my personality.”
My heart burst and broke at the same time. Burst because you’ve finally found someone who loves you and broke because of all the times you’ve been misunderstood by others. You’re a precious soul who has gone through life appearing to be confident, meanwhile hiding some big self-doubts. Only your friend Sassy Wilde has ever seen the true you – until Evan comes along. And despite your flirty reputation, Evan wants to get to know you on a deeper level. Imagine his surprise when he discovers the true generous spirit you are. This May/December romance works so well because despite everything, you have an odd maturity. Due to your family circumstances, you’ve had to grow up fast, taking on far more responsibility than anyone your age should. You’re hesitant to share your burden, but I’m glad the chief is there for you. I love when you say he’s the “solo coin in my spank bank.” Cheeky. And so you.
To say I love your book would be an understatement. I’ve listened to the audio twice and I loved it even more the second time. Michael Pauley gives you just the right amount of sass while performing Evan as the strong yet compassionate man he is. All in all, I’m so glad I got to enjoy your story. And there are more Wilde books in the series and something tells me I haven’t see the last of you.
10/10 Pots 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.