Thursday, September 22, 2016

Review:Wilder by Rebecca Yarros

He’s Paxton Wilder.

Twenty-two-year-old, tattooed, smoking-hot leader of the Renegades.

Five time X Games medalist.

The world is his playground—especially this year—and for the next nine months I’m stuck as his tutor on the Study at Sea program.

He’s too busy staging worldwide stunts for his documentary to get to class.

But if I can’t get him to take academics seriously, I’ll lose my scholarship…if I don’t lose my heart first.

Six unlikely friends on a nine-month cruise with the Study at Sea program will learn that chemistry is more than a subject and the best lessons aren’t taught in the classroom…but in the heart.

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What I thought about Wilder

I really liked this story about Paxton Wilder, one of the original Renegades.  He's a daredevil, looking for a new thrill when he meets Leah.  She's his tutor on a nine month cruise around the world.  There's a bit of an instant spark between these two, and a definite rough start, but I really did enjoy their falling in love.  This is a storyline that Rebecca Yarros does best -- I just love how hard Paxton falls for her.

There's some intrigue from a mysterious perpetrator who sabatogues their rigs which provided some nice tension and provided the needed breaks from the romance.  I have to admit, I sometimes found Pax too good to be true, and his continued use of the word "exquisite" got on my nerves a bit.  I also liked that Leah was a lot stronger than she thought she was, and really came through when she needed to and got angry in the right spots too.

Overall, Rebecca Yarros does a nice job with this NA romance.  The characters don't come off as too young or too seasoned and I found the backdrop of the cruise and the Renegades fresh. I did have a few problems in spots that had to do with pacing.  The middle was a bit slow, and the ending seemed rushed.  It would have been nice to have some balance there. These are the reasons I'm giving this four stars.  

Looking forward to rest of The Renegades!

ARC provided for review.

About the Author

Rebecca Yarros is a hopeless romantic and lover of all things chocolate, coffee, and Paleo. In addition to being a mom, military wife, and blogger, she can never choose between Young Adult and New Adult fiction, so she writes both. She's a graduate of Troy University, where she studied European history and English, but still holds out hope for an acceptance letter to Hogwarts. Her blog, The Only Girl Among Boys, has been voted the Top Military Mom Blog the last two years, and celebrates the complex issues surrounding the military life she adores.
When she's not writing, she's tying on hockey skates for her kids, or sneaking in some guitar time. She is madly in love with her army-aviator husband of eleven years. They finally can call Colorado home along with their gaggle of rambunctious kiddos and snoring English Bulldog.

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