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How To Tame Beasts and Other Wild Things by A Wilding Wells by A Wilding Wells
Genres: Contemporary Romance
My name is Matilda Pearl. My life is a non-stop riddle I hope to one day solve.
I’ve learned to protect my heart; fate has dealt me more than a few shit cards in my twenty-two years. Invisibility tops my list, not to mention tragedy.
I was yanked out of a Paris-France life by my ass of a father, and thrown into a one year journey on a farm in Wisconsin. I’ve been assigned the impossible: Wife Catcher. Simply put, until I replace myself I’m Mary Poppins, the beast tamer, ringmaster of the unruly, complete with twin toddlers and a beast of a man. Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to my three-ring circus.
The Beast – Balthazar Cox – is repulsive…as in that sexy, I-just-died-and-went-toheaven sort of repulsive. He walks the earth like he owns it, with his tatted trunk of a body and chiseled-rough, blazing good looks. The beastly Brit – did I mention that he’s English? – also happens to be my widowed brother-in-law, a man haunted by betrayal and abandonment, and for whom I’m on task to find a wife. If I succeed I’ll be rewarded with my juicy trust fund. And, yes, it will happen. You can keep your diamonds and designer clothes…. With my bag of loot, I plan on becoming the Patron Saint of Lost and Found Animals.
When the past resurfaces more than once for both of us, all hell breaks loose. Can you be lost and found at once? In other words, sometimes lies can be cathartic. Some people heal us; some of us heal others.
This is mostly a love story, an unlikely sexy romance with whiplash twists, boundaries that shouldn’t be crossed, and multiple risks of losing everything. It may have more heartache, and drama than some but in the end it’s about truth, discovery and forgiveness. Maybe it was wrong to fall for him. Or maybe the hole in his heart was always waiting for me to fill it. Now there’s a riddle for you.
When free spirited Matilda comes to help her widowed brother in-law find a new wife/nanny neither of them will be the same again! Matlida was a wonderfully pleasant character. She has been done dirty by her family but it hasn’t changed how she is. She is still loving, giving, and her own person. While Balthazar, her brother in-law, is just what you would expect of a brooding widower. There is plenty of chemistry between these two not to mention the riddles and the banter.
It totally worked and kept me on my toes as I was reading. The scene stealing twins made this the most enjoyable book. They are funny and have you laughing anytime they are there. This was truly a wonderful book about family and moving on after the death of a loved one. No to mention love which just made it all the more real. The author has done an amazing job with the entire book. My only problem was with the relationship between Matilda and her father but I think it was more a personal issue for me.