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New Release Review! WILD CARD by Tara Wyatt (Dallas Longhorns #2)

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What happens in Vegas…

Dallas Longhorns slugger Hunter Blake is wild. He gambles, he parties, and lives in the fast lane. Impulse control isn’t his strong suit, and while he’d originally set out to distance himself from his All-Star father’s pristine reputation, walking on the wild side has become a habit. So when he’s suspended and loses his spot on the All-Star team, he heads to Vegas for a few days of fun with country singer Marlowe Story, his casual fling—who he has more than casual feelings for. When they wake up married after a night of fun, all bets are off.

…isn’t staying there…

Marlowe Story might sing about love and fairytales, but she doesn’t believe in them, and she especially doesn’t believe in happily ever after when it comes to someone as wild as Hunter. She knows better than to give him her heart. But when they decide to stay married for the good publicity it’s bringing both of their careers, she can’t help but fall for Hunter, who has a passionate, sensitive side he keeps hidden from the world.

But old habits die hard, and when the past resurfaces, Hunter and Marlowe will need more than luck on their side. They’ll need love.

This is a super steamy standalone marriage of convenience romance with a guaranteed HEA and no cliffhanger. Happy reading!

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Oh, goodness, I LOVED this one!

Marlowe and Hunter’s story was even better than I hoped it’d be (from the teensy bit of a hint of it that we got from book one, Stealing Home ). Honestly, I didn’t even read the blurb before picking it up, so you should have heard the it’s a drunken Vegas wedding! YESSSSSSSS! squeal I gave when Marlowe woke up the next morning and I realized just before she did what had happened. (I’m pretty sure my son won’t forget it. He thought there was something wrong 😉 When will he learn that sometimes when mom reads she makes noises?)


I really, really, really liked Marlowe and Hunter. We got to see Hunter in book one, where it was pretty clear that the guy was his own worst enemy, which–yikes–was really hard to watch at times. (Did I want to slap him or hug him? Sometimes both at the same time!) Even though Marlowe had plenty of her own issues, by the time we get to their relationship black moment, it really was all him–realistically him, but definitely him. I kinda felt like I was right there with Marlowe, eating ice cream and drinking wine and attempting to get over the big (gorgeous, darn him) lug…

I honestly wasn’t sure if Ms Wyatt was going to be able to bring these two crazy kids together in the end, but she did and she did it in a way that was both 100% realistic and absolutely perfect for this couple. And along the way she gave us hints at (two?) future books (Abby and Jake for sure, fingers crossed that Javi and Aerin are coming too… :)) that I am going to be so here for–I may not be a baseball fan IRL, but with this series? Bring them on!

Wild Card is the second book in the series, but it would work just fine as a standalone. Do yourself a favor, though, and read both books–you won’t be sorry!

Rating: 4 1/2 stars / A

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

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