*early review copy received from Harlequin and Netgalley*
4 stars/Grade A
Why aren’t more readers chasing after Meg Maguire’s (a/k/a Cara Mckenna) books? The books are funny, witty, sexy and real. Her books make me feel happy and I have a hard time not gulping them down. I feel as if Meg is writing for me. As if we met, she asked what I wanted in a book and shook my list and made it better, added in things she knew I wanted or would love in a book. I do tend to prefer books written under her other pen name of Cara McKenna, but the Maguire books are fun as well. This book is the third in the Wilinksi series. The first book was okay — it was fun, but just okay. The second book hit it right for me and this book, the third — improves on the first two. Readers need to read more of Meg Maguire/Cara Mckenna.
Romance novels aren’t really my thing but then I do enjoy certain romance novels. I am not looking for the perfect sweet romance or the unattainable Adonis of a man with wealth coming together for an explosion of passion, marriage and a baby. I like romances that are real, have some struggle, some working out to do and involve real people who make real life type decisions. Romance outside of the typical romance box — that is what gets me. Some authors do this really well, Cara McKenna, Suzanne Brockmann, Megan Hart, Ellen O’Connell, Karina Halle, Jordan Castillo Price, Tiffanie DeBartolo, Diana Gabaldon. Each of those authors write really different types of books, but they never fail to write intensely character driven novels; characters who make bad choices or who have less than perfect lives. This is what I want to read and more of it please.
Driving Her Wild centers on a female fighter, Steph, who is retiring and trying to move on to a more stable life. Steph grew up poor and working class. Her brothers are working class, the men she fought on the circuit are working class and she wants to move on. Steph is convinced that her failing in relationships has been to go for the type of men she grew up around and knows well — working class guys, but the problem is those are the type of men she clicks with:
“I just can’t resist a man with capable hands and steel-toed boots.”
“Damn, she knew that sex, too. Knew the exciting weight of a fun, fearless, sexy guy like Patrick tumbling across tangled covers with her. She knew that sex, punctuated with smiles and swears and dares and laughter. With playful, whapping pillows and the sort of deep resonant orgasms that only came when you felt free and happy with a guy, partners in that awesome silliness.”
But Steph is convinced that if she is going to move on to stability in life and not struggle day to day, she needs to go for a white collar professional guy:
“I don’t want to be poor.”
Driving Her Wild is not a complex analysis of social economic structure but it is nice to see some struggles going on. The guy that catches Steph’s eye and heart is fighting his way out of debt. Is it superficial for Steph to be so focused on money and social strata? Driving Her Wild pokes at these issues in a way that I found really satisfying. But it is still a book written for escape and entertainment and the book will entertain. There is witty sexy banter that Maguire is so good at, there are sexy steamy scenes,
“She could hear his excitement in the pitch of his breath and the rumble of his low, soft moans. Those sounds fit his body, that deep baritone echoing through his frame.”
Meg Maguire needs more exposure; if you read this book, let me know what you think. And make sure your ebook is fully charged before you dive in, this is a book that you don’t want to lose a charge during the middle of certain scenes — frustrating!
3. Driving Her Wild (Wilinski’s #3)
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