I was delighted when I caught wind of The Brothers Wilde series from Jinsey Reese and Victoria Green.
What is The Brothers Wilde series? It’s a collection of four different stories, told through episodic novellas, kind of similar to watching an episode of your favorite show on television. In fact, Jinsey did an excellent blog post about the series that explains more here.
But the quick and dirty of it is that there are several Wilde children that we get to meet. In fact, here’s the list (pictures courtesy of Jinsey Reese and Victoria Green) of each book series in The Brothers Wilde collection. Today, I’ll be reviewing Untamed.
I’ll admit, the Untamed series sounded fantastic. And sexy. And like something I’d really enjoy reading. But what I didn’t know was how much I’d really love it. Because I loved it… a lot.
What I love about this series is that we don’t just get to fall in love with one Wilde family member. We get to meet all of them through the series of episodic novellas. It’s fun to meet the whole family. In fact, I wish more novels / novellas out there would do things this way.
In the first novella titled Untamed, we meet Dare (insert swoony sigh here). Here is what it’s about.
Rich, beautiful, and wild, Reagan McKinley has everything she needs…but nothing that she wants. That is, until she spends one hot night in the arms of sexy, unbridled Dare Wilde.
She’s a girl trapped in a rigid world she desperately wants to escape, and he’s an untamed artist with an attitude, hell-bent on freeing her—body, mind, and soul. But Reagan’s life is not her own, and Dare is not welcome in it. She can’t include him in her carefully-controlled, extremely public lifestyle…and yet she cannot give him up.
Will a shared passion for art—and, increasingly, each other—be enough to keep them together? Or will it be the thing that ultimately tears them apart?
What I Thought About Untamed
Untamed is a sexy, smart read that will make you laugh, blush, and desperately want more.
Hands down, Untamed is the best novella I have ever read. The pacing was excellent, the dialogue was smart and witty, and Dare Wilde melted my panties off within five seconds of meeting him.
The characters are multi-dimensional and yes, though it is a romance, it’s so much more than that. It’s not like the normal romance novels I’ve read where I want to gouge my eyes out halfway through. There is no stupid dialogue. It is not unrealistic. It is quality all the way around.
I love that the main character is rich, but not satisfied. I loved that Dare was in control but not creepy controlling (like SO many other romance novels out there). I loved their dynamic, especially contrasted with their families. In fact, the Wilde household reminded me a little of my family, with the teasing and bickering. It’s exceptionally well-written. I can’t express that enough.
I love that Jinsey and Victoria put a lot of thought into the themes of this novella, as I loved the arty themes floating through this book and the foreshadowing pieces they expertly placed throughout the pages. I love that these characters don’t settle. I love that they are flawed.
The authors, Jinsey Reese and Victoria Green have stated that this episodic series should be like an episode of a television show, giving you a snippet into the world of the Wildes, while leading you towards a bigger story line. Though it was book one, I felt like someone who’d just watching a HUGE season finale of her favorite show. I groveled and complained for days to anyone that would listen about how I needed more. NOW. (In fact, I still need more so ladies, can you please indulge me? )
As for the romance scenes, they are HOT! I recommend reading this with a strawberry milkshake, so you know, you can cool down afterwards. I love how they mixed some of their racy scenes, with some fades to black, etc. It kept it interesting and fresh.
The bad: I do have one complaint and it is this: I WANT ALL THE NOVELLAS NOW. The fact that I can’t have them all right this second is killing me. I loved this novella. I must know what happens. If they published the next five for $500 bucks a pop, I would pay that. Actually, I’d pay more. No joke.
Hats off to Jinsey and Victoria for blowing their first novella in the Wilde Brothers series completely out of the water. Congratulations to them for raising the bar in romance, dialogue, setting, plot, and writing in general. And HUGE thank you for writing such an edgy, entertaining, sexy, and well-rounded series. You did it ladies. I’m hooked!
Don’t mind me. I’ll be over here, pacing around for book two.
So will you be reading The Brothers Wilde collection?
What do you think of Untamed? Have you read it?
Let me know in the comments below.