08 Jul '13

A Vicky Review – Wilde Nights in Paradise by Tonya Burrows (4 Stars)

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He’ll guard her body all night long.

 

Former Marine Jude Wilde’s motto has always been “burn bridges and never look back,” so nobody is more surprised when Wilde Security is hired to protect assistant district attorney Libby Pruitt, the woman he loved and left. Although she makes it clear she wants nothing to do with Jude, they’re forced to fake a relationship for her safety. He can’t ignore the heat still simmering between them, and when her stalker’s threats escalate to attempted murder, he’s left with no choice but to whisk her away to a friend’s safe house in Key West, FL.

 

Cooped up in paradise together, Jude begins to chip away at Libby’s resolve to hate him. But even as she gives in to his proximity and her body’s demands for his, she refuses to fall for his charms again. Maybe a torrid affair in the sun is exactly what she needs to get him out of her system. But when her stalker tracks them down, can they escape the steamy Key West night without anyone getting hurt?

This was a requested review. I did not get paid for it, nor do I have a personal relationship with the author. Overall, I really did enjoy this book.
Jude is a sweetie and I felt sorry for him – I just wanted him to feel comfortable enough not to have to play the part he was always expected to be by other people. He has so much guilt over so many things – most of which were not his fault – but he hides behind a grin and lets his family think of him as the fuck up no matter how much it pains him. His actions after his break up with Libby showed to me the real person he was, not what he wanted everyone to think of him as.  He was a romantic at heart and just wanted to make Libby happy any way he could.
Libby really struggles with her feelings for Jude – which under the circumstances is totally understandable – but by spending so much time with him she comes to realise that she never really knew him at all before. She also realises that for the past 8 years she had retreated in to herself, shying away from any sort of a life, burying herself in her work. I was frustrated by how Libby jumped to conclusions without the facts, but with her history I would probably have done the same.
The history between Jude & Libby was difficult for them both and it becomes apparent that there is more to the story that broke them up 8 years previous than Libby realises. I was glad that there was more to it than just Jude being a cheater – I get that everyone makes mistakes but I think it would have tarnished the story for me if that had been the case.
A story about second chances with a sea of tension between Libby & Jude both because of their past and the threat they are faced with in the present. Wilde Nights in Paradise was a really enjoyable read and the fact that the threat to Libby remained a tangible part of the story throughout made it much more intense.


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