Robin Bielman’s Secret Wishes series is so much fun–and her latest is no exception!
Wild About Her Wingman
By Robin Bielman
Tagline:Playing it safe never felt so risky.
Erin Watters is her small town’s resident wild child—she doesn’t do boring, and after having her heart annihilated, she definitely doesn’t do relationships. Her friends have other ideas, though, and when they throw down a matchmaking challenge, impulsive Erin can’t ignore it. Even when the annoyingly hot Troy Strieber accepts the matchmaker role…
As a rescue paramedic, Troy’s used to watching out for people. Never mind the bet he made with his buddy to play Erin’s wingman. But the more time he spends with the sexy, charismatic woman, the more he discovers a side of her she doesn’t let many see. Soon what started as an innocent game of matchmaking has them both thinking about the person right under their nose. But Troy’s a play-it-safe guy, and he won’t let a woman who lives for risk ever steal his heart.
There’s so much room for fun when you’ve got a guy and a girl trying to play matchmaker for each other! You end up with scenes like this one, which occurs during the first date Troy sets up for Erin:
“I should probably let you two have dinner alone,” Troy said. He started to stand.
Without thinking, Erin pressed her hand to his thigh to keep him right where he was. “Don’t be silly. You drove all this way, you should stay and eat, too.”“I should?” Surprise and indecision were etched around his eyes.
“Please,” she said, not lifting her hand. Bryce seemed nice enough, but there were no sparks. No flutters. She’d give him a chance, but would rather have Troy at her side when she did it.
“Uh, well, they do serve a mean fettucine Bolognese.”
“I love fettucine Bolognese.” She glanced up at the waitress. “I’ll have that, too, please. Bryce?”
Bryce looked a little flummoxed. “The eggplant Parmesan.”
Troy leaned over so his breath tickled the side of her neck. “He’s a vegetarian,” he whispered.
Erin lifted her shoulder to her ear.
“And while my leg is quite happy to hold your hand, I got the message.”
She discreetly pulled her arm back and hoped her cheeks weren’t turning red. Troy made her forget herself. He scattered her brain cells in a most uninvited way.
It was time to focus her attention on her date, Bryan. Bryce. She meant Bryce.
It was nice finally seeing Erin have a HEA–she spent the first two books sitting on the sidelines, cheering on her two closest friends as they find love. Sela and Kagan are both back in book three, helping Erin to get a clue this time. (Because, really. Having a hot, single paramedic be your wingman? Please. Such a waste. Obviously you should be giving the guy a different job!)
Troy is a fantastic hero. Not only does he have a drool-worthy uniform, but he’s got an absolutely adorable relationship with his four-year-old niece. Who doesn’t love to see that? He tries to find Erin a date, really he does–and not just because doing so will get him out of grocery duty for two months. He’s genuinely a nice guy who wants to help people, all people, whenever he can.
Too bad he’s also pretty clueless. I mean seriously, dude–when you can’t stop gazing into her eyes and getting distracted by thoughts of what you want to do to her? You’re probably not going to be terribly successful finding her someone else. Or be terribly satisfied with the result if you actually do find her someone else.
Luckily for Troy, he has a (slightly) older (twin) sister to help set him straight on that score. 😉
I loved that Erin–the daredevil extraordinaire–is afraid of her own blood. It made for some cute scenes where she needed to be “rescued” (not that she’s a damsel in need of rescuing, of course not!) by a hot paramedic. And his trusty four-year-old sidekick, in one instance. Did I mention, absolutely adorable?
And speaking of adorable–the scene where Troy convinces Erin that they should be together is sigh-worthy. And it doesn’t hurt that her older brother Luke (yep–he’s back too!) has a behind-the-scenes hand in it as well.
Robin Bielman’s got plenty of room for more books in this series–yay! The youngest Watters sibling, Teague, suffers a romantic disaster in this one and so obviously needs her own happy ending. Troy’s work buddy Oliver (the lucky guy who ends up not having to suffer undue ogling at the grocery store for two months) clearly could use a HEA as well. It would be nice to see Bree, Troy’s widowed sister find love a second time, and…. See? Plenty of chances to revisit Cascade in the future. And I’ll be there for them all, believe me.
Want to come along? 🙂
Rating: 4 stars/ B
I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
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Robin Bielman lives in Southern California with her high school sweetheart husband, two sons, and crazy-cute mini Labradoodle, Harry. When not attached to her laptop, she can almost always be found with her nose in a book. She also likes to run, hike, and dip her toes in the ocean. Filled with wanderlust, she longs to visit many different places and fulfill her curiosity. She wouldn’t mind indulging her sweet tooth in every location either. She’s a lover of sticky notes, cable television shows and café mochas. Writing is a dream come true, and she still pinches herself to be sure it’s real.
Her Secret Wishes series includes Kissing the Maid of Honor and Her Accidental Boyfriend. Her other novels include Worth the Risk, Risky Surrender and Yours At Midnight. She loves to connect with readers. Learn more and sign up for her newsletter on her website at http://robinbielman.com.
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