Title: How to Tame Beasts and Other Wild Things
Author: A. Wilding Wells
Genre: Romantic Comedy
My name is Matilda Pearl. My life is a non-stop riddle I hope to one day solve.
I’ve learned to protect my heart; fate has dealt me more than a few shit cards in my twenty-two years. Invisibility tops my list, not to mention tragedy.
I was yanked out of a Paris-France life by my ass of a father, and thrown into a one year journey on a farm in Wisconsin. I’ve been assigned the impossible: Wife Catcher. Simply put, until I replace myself I’m Mary Poppins, the beast tamer, ringmaster of the unruly, complete with twin toddlers and a beast of a man. Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to my three-ring circus.
The Beast – Balthazar Cox – is repulsive…as in that sexy, I-just-died-and-went-toheaven sort of repulsive. He walks the earth like he owns it, with his tatted trunk of a body and chiseled-rough, blazing good looks. The beastly Brit – did I mention that he’s English? – also happens to be my widowed brother-in-law, a man haunted by betrayal and abandonment, and for whom I’m on task to find a wife. If I succeed I’ll be rewarded with my juicy trust fund. And, yes, it will happen. You can keep your diamonds and designer clothes…. With my bag of loot, I plan on becoming the Patron Saint of Lost and Found Animals.
When the past resurfaces more than once for both of us, all hell breaks loose. Can you be lost and found at once? In other words, sometimes lies can be cathartic. Some people heal us; some of us heal others.
This is mostly a love story, an unlikely sexy romance with whiplash twists, boundaries that shouldn’t be crossed, and multiple risks of losing everything. It may have more heartache, and drama than some but in the end it’s about truth, discovery and forgiveness. Maybe it was wrong to fall for him. Or maybe the hole in his heart was always waiting for me to fill it. Now there’s a riddle for you.
This was such a cute book. However, cute doesn’t do it justice because it was also hot as freaking hell. Balthazar, you could just close your eyes and hear his voice whispering those naughty little thoughts he had of Matilda in your ears. Matilda, not the little push over you would have expected coming from a family she obviously had to endure her whole life. The character development was there and the bonding of these two characters was so much fun to watch.
The situation Matilda finds herself is unique in that she and Balthazar (the Beast) find themselves attracted to each other almost immediately. She is there by Daddy’s orders to find him a nanny/wife to help the Beast raise the three year old twins of her late sister. Matilda did not have a good relationship with her family so this is the first time they are meeting. The marriage also wasn’t a perfect one and before her sister’s death their was a separation, well more like an abandonment of her family. Now the scene is set and what follows is a set of funny, naughty and at time frustrating situations. Seriously, at one point I put the book down and was too frustrated for them. I was like “IS THIS EVER GOING TO HAPPEN?”
Matilda’s mouth, quips and just down right individualism was such a delight. Balthazar was a perfect Beast, naughty mouthed alpha male, and romantic sweetheart. The twins are an added hysterical factor and those kids make the reader fall in love them immediately. It’s no surprise their Aunt Matilda does as well. Their speech impediment was spot on and added another element to the comedy in this book. “Dat Fuck!” will stay in my head for a while.
There are so many riddles in this book, I have to admit I still don’t know that I understood everyone of them, but they were fun to figure out. The only riddle I didn’t have to think about was how enjoyable this book was, and it really was.
Rating 4 Stars
Kink level 4 for the dirty talk, explicit sex, bare pussy and raging cock.
I’m a mother of four sons, a country dweller, a foodie, an animal and nature lover and an entrepreneur. I started my first company when I was twenty-three with my husband and partner, the lovely man I am still married to and work with twenty-four years later. Together we’ve always created. I’ve written several books in other genres under a different name. My first novel is A Mess of Reason. My second book, How To Tame Beasts And Other Wild Things, is out now!