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New Release Review! WILD RIDE by Cathryn Fox (A Playing for Keeps novella)

Wild Ride
by Cathryn Fox


A sexy category romance novella from Entangled’s Brazen imprint…

Good girl, meet bad cowboy…

Marketing Tycoon Tyler Mackenzie, a.k.a. Wildman Mac, has a knack for knowing what people want and, more importantly, what they need…so when he decides to show sweet and sexy yoga instructor Jess Gray that she’s the one for him, he puts a seductive campaign into motion.

When Mac defines the terms for the week and insists she do everything he says, Jess can’t help but be intrigued. Since this good girl wants to break free and do something naughty, she agrees to his terms and soon finds herself embarking on a sexual journey that knows no limits. For Jess this is one week of living out her fantasies, but Mac is determined to make this wild ride last forever.



Wild Ride is heavy on the “erotic”–light on the “romance”…not necessarily a bad thing, but it definitely could have been expanded and developed further to tell a more complete story and make the romance feel more realistic. Yes, they’re friends from way back, but we barely even see it. At times it almost felt as if I was missing something, Jess and Mac jumped so fast into, well, pretty much everything.

Since I was at work and without internet access when I read most of this (nice, quiet lunch break! Blissful…) it wasn’t until I got home and was able to log on to Goodreads that I figured out why this seemed so familiar, yet not at the same time. The premise (three friends, one working dude ranch, three women flown out for a mystery week) just sounded so darn familiar…hadn’t I read something like that? A while ago?

Aha! Cowboy’s Way, from back in 2013! (Which has since been expanded and re-released as Slow Ride, apparently.) I feel like there was more of an explanation in that book for why and how the three friends came to decide to bring the women to their ranch for the week, and I wish I’d made the connection earlier so I could have brought myself back up to speed by re-reading Coop and Julia’s story first (or reading the new version for the first time–darn you, Cathryn Fox! I see what you did there ;)) Wild Ride felt like it started a bit more in the middle of things than I remember the first book doing.

Overall, Wild Ride was enjoyable, if a bit disjointed. I can’t help but feel that it would benefit from being expanded into a longer story, but as is it offers a quick, steamy respite for an hour or two of your day.

Rating: 3 1/2 stars / C+

I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.

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