- Release Date
- January 2011
- Book 3 of Wild Ride to Love Series
Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance
Shying away from commitment, Jenna Fallon has only one rule in life: to ignore the rules. So when her car breaks down en route to Vancouver and she's forced to hitch a ride with a sexy stranger, she's thrilled to discover they share the same no-holds-barred views...
As a globe-trotting marine biologist, Mark Chambers is used to changing locations - and women. Yet as he and Jenna make their way up the Pacific coast, camping, skinny dipping, and having scorching hot sex, Mark's not so sure he wants to say goodbye. But is Jenna brave enough to meet the challenge of a man who may be perfect for her?
Jan 25, 2011 [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
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I'm a long-time fan of Susan Fox's books (she also writes under Susan Lyons), and HIS, UNEXPECTEDLY just solidified that position! She brings us yet again into an intensely emotional journey of a young woman who finds her way back to her real self and to love, with the help of that one special guy. Ms Fox is truly a master at character development and characterization, and her characters in this Wild Ride to Love series are all different and unique. She even makes the mundane sound interesting. Once you start reading, her fluid writing style and master storytelling just sucks you in and draws you along for the ride.
Jenna is the third sister in the Fallon family (we've met Theresa in SEX DRIVE and Kat in LOVE, UNEXPECTEDLY). She's the free spirit, the one who goes from moment to moment, guy to guy and doesn't want to be tied down. Life changes when she has to go back home in time for little sister's wedding, and she hitches a ride with Dr. Mark Chambers, a marine biologist.
Mark is a bit like Jenna in that he doesn't hold conventional ideas on certain things, but in other ways, he's this serious, responsible guy who's passionate about the environment, especially the ocean. He doesn't really "approve" of Jenna's lifestyle, as his childhood had taught him the importance of security and structures. However, when he finds himself falling for Jenna, he had to wonder if things would work out between them, and would Jenna be able to love him and be willing to settle for just one man in her life?
I have to admit that I didn't like Jenna at first, both from the previous books as based on her sisters' descriptions of her and when this book started. I think I didn't like her at first because I couldn't relate to her. She's so different from me and from the people I know. Still, I was intrigued enough to read Jenna's story, because I wanted to know about her, what makes her tick. And the more I read, the more I get to know her, the more I sympathize with her. She's a free spirit, because life and circumstances made her so. She hides a deep secret, one that makes her ache even now. Her parents and sisters "always judged", that when something bad happened to her, her "teenage self hadn't had a safe place to confess my mistakes and share my deepest sorrows". That was so sad, and surprisingly, it resonated, because I've been there. And that made me realize there's depth to Jenna, and I couldn't wait to know more.
Mark is a geek, a HOT geek, and very serious, as in jokes and sexual innuendoes fly right over his head. But would you believe that it only makes him so sexy it was all I could do not to fight Jenna for him. He's totally adorable and sweet, and like Jenna, I would've loved learning from him. The guy's a veritable font of information. I really loved loved LOVED Damien (the hero in SEX DRIVE), but Mark sure could give him some serious competition.
As I said earlier, Ms Fox has an amazing talent for character development. I like the way my perceptions of Mark and Jenna changed and changed and changed yet again as I read onward. Not only that but both characters did change and grow over the course of the book, depicting how we are influenced by the people we meet, if we are open to them.
The romantic development between Jenna and Mark was just right, in line with how they open their souls up to one another. I like how they complement one another, how Jenna taught Mark to play and have fun, even as he pointed out the benefit of planning ahead, of having a goal and purpose in life. I like that they became better persons, more well-rounded, due to the other's influence, and I especially like how they became not only lovers, but friends as well. The sex between them was explosive, super hot, and I swear I reached for ice a lot of times to cool down. Ms Fox sure does know how to write good sex scenes and although there were a few of them, each one of them moved the plot along and heightened the growing intimacy between Jenna and Mark.
Oh, and need I say I love the title? It's just perfect for this story!
A book in this series wouldn't be complete without updates in the lives of the other sisters, and I really loved knowing more about the progress in the other couples' relationships and from a different point of view.
If you don't mind a little spice in your books, this series is a must read for the great characters, sweet romance, explosive passion and thought-provoking view on life.
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