5 whole hours is all it took for me to fall in love with Balthazar Cox the rugged farm man! Thank you to the author for providing me an ARC in exchange of an honest review.
Author: A.Wilding Wells
Release Date: April 11th 2016
Publisher: Hyp Notic Press
An artsy young woman, given the impossible task by her estranged father to score her widowed brother-in-law a wife, instead finds love, self-discovery and redemption.
“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-to-heaven 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.”
Tender, textured, suspenseful and triumphant. A mind blowing, fast paced, sexually-tense passion, that is an emotional ride of second chances, healing and redemption.
Matilda comes back to her childhood country home at the request of her father to keep an eye and help out her sister's widowed husband Balthazar Cox raises his two children and tend to the family farm,With the hopes of finding him a new wife also, but Balthazar will not be having any of that he doesn't need or want her help he's been doing a great job all on his own and let's Matilda know it!
Right off the bat the fire between Balthazar and Matilda is hella hot!!! Their banter/ sarcasm is golden, The feistiness that comes from Matilda is so perfect! (so reminded of me) true story lol.
The attraction they have for one another leap of the page you feel it even in the soft moments, it's hard wanting and loving someone you know is so wrong for you, but oh so right, A. Wilding Wells makes you drop all your inhibitions and root for this couple.
What made this book even more adorable was all the cute little riddles at the beginning of each chapter I was excited to figure them out.
How To Tame Beasts And Other Wild Things was a witty, adorable spit fire of a read, I adored all the chaos that was Balthazar and Matilda. BTW, I will never look at a Scottish man the same way again (so hot).