Planning weddings is my dream job. As a single Mom, I live vicariously through my brides. From picking the dress to cutting the cake, I’m there every step of the way.
When I meet the best man at the latest wedding, sparks fly. Graham Frazier is more than I bargained for. The charismatic soccer club owner is disillusioned with marriage after his divorce, so it’s part of my job to make sure he won’t slip any sarcastic jokes in his best man’s speech.
It’s not part of my job to notice his washboard abs, or that he kisses like a dream. Graham’s touch is sizzling.
Before I know it, he bosses me into accepting gifts and spending the night at his house (his excuse is good: I can’t possibly drive after working a wedding, can I?)
I say yes to both. There are no two ways about it. I have the hots for this bossy man.
Since my divorce, weddings aren’t my favorite events. But when my best friends decide to tie the knot, I promise to throw them a party they won’t forget.
I was counting on sitting through long hours of preparations, but I didn’t count on meeting someone like Lori Connor.
I pursue her relentlessly, wanting those long legs wrapped around me and her smooth skin under my lips.
Then I meet her son, and that boy charms me even faster than his mother did. Before I know it, he has me wrapped around his little finger.
But are Lori and I ready for our lives to intertwine in ways we haven’t even imagined before?
Romance | New Adult | Contemporary
***Received an Advanced Readers Copy during a blog tour with InkSlingerPR in exchange for an honest review***
Let me start by saying I love all things Layla Hagen. There – I said it, I admitted it. I have been enjoyed this series since the beginning and I have adored Hagen’s writing style since the Bennett Series. I honestly think she has such a fun, entertaining yet sweet feel-good writing style that just makes my heart flutter. And even though I am not a big fan of the ‘let me make love to you‘ romances, this is definitely one I will be the first to say how much I enjoyed this series enough to get over my slight personal dislikes.
She just makes great, HEA feel good sweet romances that you just CANNOT, and should not be passing up!
But alas that is not all we are here for, am I right? So I am really enjoying the Conner Family Series. Landon definitely made me swoon like a schoolgirl but I have to give some kudos for Lori. I think I just preferred her overall presence more than most. She owns her own wedding planning company, she is smart, talented and above all a kickass single mother, one who doesn’t put up with anyone’s crap. Even in moments of just despair or drama, Lori really holds her head high and moves forward; I have to say I can always get on board with a strong female lead.
Graham on the other hand is a bit of a complexity to me as a reader. Normally I would say he swooned my panties right off, which at many times he did, but a lot of the novel I couldn’t pinpoint my reaction towards him. I liked him yet something irked me about him, I don’t know exactly why – if that makes sense. Like I liked his personality, he was definitely a closet sweetie with such an amazing charismatic output that I always favor seeing in an alpha-male, but something about his also made him somewhat indifferent. I don’t know if I can say without really spoiling something but honestly when drama started hitting the fan I expected the ‘ROAR – me Tarzan, you Jane’ complex but something about how he presented his gorilla warfare alpha-ness was just – no.
Even with that being said though, I really enjoyed Lori and Graham as a unit. They both were in past relationships that really left a sour taste in their mouth to find love again, yet they were open enough to experience an attraction together. They were passionate, intense and above all, they really liked one another. Plus Graham bonding with Milo was just – sound the ovary alarms! Sweetest, kindest aspects of this novel.
I will also admit that I enjoyed the drama dynamics between Lori and Graham. It presented as more believable situation, one where the reader could relate, actual imagine this could happen. Between the drama of miscommunications as well as ex-boyfriend drama, it wasn’t incredibly over the top shenanigans. I am not saying it wasn’t exaggerated, but it definitely flowed nicely for me to really invest in the romance and not roll my eyes, chuckle at the dynamic as I have done in the past.
As always I also have to mentioned that I adore the secondary characters. What Hagen does is she really connects, invests the entire family into the mix. Though at times there is a lot of heart to heart chats, it really just other entertaining and heartwarming for many of the scenes between Lori and the other Conner clan.
Bottom line, I enjoy Layla Hagen a great deal. She has a fun writing style that really allows the reader to connect with the characters. Wild With You was definitely a great addition to the family saga and I cannot wait to see where we go with this family. If you enjoy feel good, overly sweet and charming romances in the contemporary world, I could definitely not recommend this series, hell this author enough.
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About Layla Hagen
Layla Hagen is a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance.
She fell in love with books when she was nine years old, and her love affair with stories continues even now, many years later.
She writes steamy and romantic stories and can’t wait to share them with the world.
She is represented by fabulous Louise Fury (The Bent Agency)