Newly divorced, Avery Hart returns home to Wildwood eager to take on her dream opportunity and transform her family’s dive bar into her own bakery. The contractor for hire isn’t just a master with his hands—he’s big, built, and wears a tool belt like nobody’s business. Despite being an ex-con, Trace Hutton is irresistible. Too bad he’d never go for someone as inexperienced as Avery.
Trace needs to focus on the job at hand, not daydream about smearing icing all over the sexy baker…and licking it off. This job is the key to getting his construction company back on its feet after his time in prison. Besides, no one deserves a fresh start more than Avery, and she certainly won’t get that with him.
After a delectable night of passion (and pie), Trace craves something more. But he’ll be damned if he’ll let his checkered past crush her dreams. And as Avery starts to realize how Trace fulfills more than just her physical needs, she struggles with whether to let her history decide her future, or explore the wild new possibilities of forever…
I am a HUGE Skye Jordan fan! Her Renegades series is great stuff, and I recently reviewed Forbidden Fling, the first title in her new Wildwood series. Wild Kisses is the next book, and it is about Delaney’s sister, Avery. In many ways, Avery, a recently divorced business owner and Trace, her general contractor with a checkered past, are more alike than they appear on paper. Both are looking for fresh starts in a town with a long memory, and both have a tendency to sacrifice what they want when it comes to the expectations of others. There is an obvious attraction between them, but neither one wants to rock the boat regarding their professional relationship or give the town gossips something to talk about.
Their chemistry comes to a head and Avery and Trace connect in a powerful way – and in typical Skye Jordan romance: it is hotter than hot. They dive in with both feet and then take turns retreating until they find themselves on the same page. They have their share of obstacles: a nosy sister, construction deadlines, an aging Dad, a convict out on parole… and the vulnerability that comes with self doubt and putting hearts on the line. Another favorite feature of mine in Skye Jordan’s books is her main character’s work ethic and perseverance. They are grown adults balancing careers, families, and other responsibilities while their personal happiness takes a back seat. Same goes for Avery and Trace, and it is evident they care deeply for others and each other. They show their affection through kind acts and hard work. Allowing themselves to be together is difficult in the face of everything else on their plates – but you root for them to make room for the love they feel for each other.