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Published by Forever on September 6th 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Sometimes you just can't resist playing with fire . . .
By day, Aaron Clarkson suits up, shakes hands, and acts the perfect gentleman. But at night, behind bedroom doors, the tie comes off and the real Aaron comes out to play. Mixing business with pleasure got him fired, so Aaron knows that if he wants to work for the country's most powerful senator, he'll have to keep his eye on the prize. That's easier said than done when he meets the senator's daughter, who's wild, gorgeous, and 100 percent trouble.
Grace Pendleton is the black sheep of her conservative family. Yet while Aaron's presence reminds her of a past she'd rather forget, something in his eyes keeps drawing her in. Maybe it's the way his voice turns her molten. Or maybe it's because deep down inside, the ultra-smooth, polished Aaron Clarkson might be more than even Grace can handle . . .
Too Wild to Tame (Romancing the Clarksons #2)
By Tessa Bailey
Think before you speak.
First off…how freaky is this? I finished the first book in this series on Mother’s Day and Too Wild to Tame on Father’s Day. I didn’t even plan it and I only realised when I went to check out what I’d said about the first book in the series. FREAKY!!
Anyways…I really enjoyed Too Wild to Tame and to be honest, it was better than I thought it would be. The main thing that resonated with me was the realisation that a passing comment made by a parent to a child can have a lasting effect. In this case, Aaron’s father told him he would be a loner, do whatever it took (good or bad) and didn’t need anyone else to succeed. Aaron believed him. He lived his life with a single-minded focus on succeeding. Aaron believed that he wasn’t capable of love and pushed away anyone who tried to get close to him. Too Wild to Tame tells the story of Aaron coming face to face with the one person who could crack the shell around his heart.
Aaron, Belmont and Peggy are still on their journey to New York to fulfil their mother’s dying wish. Sage is still with them and keeping Belmont sane. Belmont is his quiet, hulking self, needing Sage as his anchor. Peggy is giving the outward appearance that everything is OK… and great…and happy, happy, joy, joy…BUT…you can sort of tell it’s all for show. Then there’s Aaron and his faithful new canine pal, Old Man.
Aaron is the family’s organiser. It’s his job to make sure that the accommodation, car and route are planned. His aim has been to get to Iowa to try and get back on the Presidential Campaign trail. Aaron’s original plans got a little derailed in California when he was sacked from his position. His name and reputation are on the line after making a monumentally bad decision.
In Iowa, he plans to sneak into one of the candidate’s campaign breakfasts and try and talk him into giving himself a chance. Aaron looks like he should be in front of a camera. He’s smart and uses that intelligence to manipulate people and things to work in his favour. Aaron says it’s just the way he is and the fallout of his manipulations don’t affect him. Luckily, we see through his thoughts that he does care and have regrets. If only he could get past the security…
Grace Pendleton is the daughter of a Presidential candidate…but she’s the hidden daughter. Grace is a quirky character with a big heart. Her family, lead by her controlling father, treat her like she’s “special” and try to hide her away from the spotlight. This makes Grace feel like an outsider. Grace wants to make a difference in the world. She doesn’t like the way her father uses politics to make his version of a better world. Her methods in obtaining a better world see her making a deal…with the devil…or maybe he’s the love of her life.
When Aaron and Grace meet, it’s under unusual circumstances. Neither of them know each other or expect that their unusual meeting will lead to an unexpected partnership. The more they get to know each other the closer they get. The attraction and chemistry between Aaron and Grace jumped off the pages and at times it was sizzling. Grace needs Aaron to tell her what he’s thinking. Aaron needs to believe that he deserves someone as wonderful as Grace.
Grace and Aaron bring out the best in each other. I loved seeing their relationship grow. I hated seeing their vulnerable sides getting taken advantage of. Too Wild to Tame brought a tear to my eye a number of times but it also made me bust a gut laughing as well. The Clarkson family took this voyage of discovery not knowing that they would be looking not just at the road ahead, but at themselves too. Each new relationship seems to have a little magic in it. It’s definitely got a touch of insta-love, but to me, that little bit of magic can produce a happy ever after equal to a slow building love.
I’m happy with the way Too Wild to Tame concluded and I’m definitely a fan of Tessa Bailey’s style of love story. Words have the power to hurt but they also have the power to express love. Looking forward to seeing how Peggy makes a man from her past’s, life a living hell.