Title: This is Wild
Series: This Is #2
Author: Natasha Madison
Publication Date: July 30, 2019
Source: Wildfire Marketing Solutions
Genre: Sports Romance
Rating: 5 ⭐️’s
My parents told me I skated before I walked. When I was eighteen I was drafted into the N.H.L third overall, playing in Los Angeles—the city of dreams. What more could I ask for? I played hard, but eventually, I partied even harder. Five years later I was traded a week after I entered rehab. There was no time for anything except my health and making sure I’d come out on top. I had to be better. There wasn’t another option.
One of the rules of recovery was ‘don’t fall in love’ and I made it a top priority. She was off limits in every single way.
Until it was too late
When you grow up surrounded by hockey players you know one thing for sure, I was never going to settle down with one. Heck, I didn’t even know what icing was. I was too busy climbing the corporate ladder, becoming one of the most successful realtors in New York City. I wasn’t interested in dating or anything that got in my way.
First, he was my client and then he became my friend.
One night, one decision, one act can derail everything.
When push comes to shove, I’m only certain that, This is Wild.
I’ve been with the Stone family since the beginning and I thought I knew what to expect when I went into This is Wild. And yet, I was absolutely wrong, and was instead completely blown away by a book that touched me deeply and left me breathless.
Viktor is a recovering addict, and struggling to push through the everyday and to get his life back on track. When Zoe’s brother, Matthew, takes a chance on him and accepts a trade for Viktor to play for New York, he’s given a second chance at his dreams, and he’s determined to make it work this time. Viktor’s story is so raw, and at times painful and albeit a bit sad, but I was pushing for him from the very first page. I wanted so badly for him to succeed at this second chance, and I wanted him to lean on Zoe to help him through.
We first met an adult Zoe in This is Crazy, but if you’ve read the Something So series then you’ll already be familiar with her character. Zoe is a successful real estate agent in New York, and Matthew gives her the job of finding Viktor a new place to live. What she doesn’t expect to find is a friend. And even though she’s forever sworn off hockey players, she can’t help but to find Viktor attractive, and though she continually tries to fight it off, love isn’t always that easy to brush aside.
I love Zoe, but in this case, I think I might just love Viktor a bit more. His story and his journey is so heartfelt and pulled at me in a way that not many other characters have. I related to his struggles and felt every emotion that Natasha Madison poured into the pages of this book. Honestly, if you haven’t read anything by Natasha yet then you’re missing out because she is one heck of a writer, and is definitely one of my favorites in the romance genre. She has made me fall head over heels in love with this family, and at this point I’d be fine reading about them sitting around eating bowls of cereal. As long as I was spending time with them.
This was an absolute five star read for me, and I know it’s one that I’ll go back to again and again!
Rating: 5 Stars!!
There is just something about the magic of the Stone family that draws me in every single time. I was texting with Emily as we read This is Wild, and we were so giddy with excitement to be back among some of our favorite characters. The shenanigans that go on in this family have me rolling laughing and they are a force to be reckoned with when it comes to standing by their own.
Now, it takes A LOT to make me cry, and this book had tears rolling down by cheeks at 2 in the morning because of the emotional depth Natasha brought with this one. I fell so hard and fast for Zoe and Viktor’s story that I had no idea until my heart was being crushed. Natasha did a brilliant job writing this story and bringing out the true emotion that comes with writing a character who is a recovering addict. This book was not as racy as some of her others, but it wasn’t needed with this one because there were more important elements to this story.
Viktor is one of my favorite heroes that I have read lately. Not because he is perfect, but because of his flaws and strengths together that make him who he is at the end of the book. I loved reading Viktor’s journey throughout this book and to see his struggles and victories among his first year of sobriety. Matthew gave him his second chance to thrive in a sport he loves with the support of people who only want to see him succeed. He thought no one could ever love him, but Zoe is there to prove his demons wrong.
I have watched Zoe grow up in the Something So books, and I was so happy for her to get her book. Zoe is the definition of stoic when she wants to put on a face for the world to hide the emotions inside. She is a tough cookie and strives to embody that in everything she does. She has a hard rule of not dating hockey players, but that was before she spends months getting to know Viktor. She isn’t prepared for someone to get past her guard, however, Viktor sneaks past before she even realizes it. Now, she just has to hold on for this wild ride with him.
This might be one of my favorite of the series. Job well done, Natasha. I am so excited to get more of this family! I am dying for Justin’s book!
Rating: 5 Stars!
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About the Author
When her nose isn’t buried in a book, or her fingers flying across a keyboard writing, she’s in the kitchen creating gourmet meals. You can find her, in four inch heels no less, in the car chauffeuring kids, or possibly with her husband scheduling his business trips. It’s a good thing her characters do what she says, because even her Labrador doesn’t listen to her…