Wanting Wilder

Michele Zurlo
Wanting Wilder
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Release Date
October 2012
Book 4 of Safe Word: Oasis
BDSM, Erotic Romance

Fate brought them together, but then it ripped them apart. Eight years later, Wilder is still wishing for more time with the dark-skinned beauty he held in his arms for a weekend, and Lydia is still searching for a man worthy of being called "Master."

At Oasis headquarters, they're in the business of making dreams come true. Any wish they agree to fulfill means making conditions perfect for soulmates to connect. So when their new wish coordinator is perfect in every way but one--she's never had her deepest desires fulfilled--the management at Oasis requires her to make a wish. Only Lydia doesn't want to risk her heart. So she makes a partial wish. She wants to serve a Dom without the complications of a romantic relationship.

Wilder Burke, son of the Oasis founders, is just the man for the job. Years of accumulated misunderstandings means he must settle for the little bit Lydia's willing to give. But when Lydia pushes him too far and he violates the terms of their agreement, he fears he's lost her for good.

Will Wilder fight for Lydia, or will he let fate tear them apart once more?

Book Review by Rho (reviewer)
Jan 16, 2013   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
248 people found the following review helpful
Who would think that you could meet your soul mate on your twenty-first birthday that you're celebrating at Spring Break in Ft. Lauderdale? Remembering my college days, it doesn't seem likely. But that's exactly what happened to Lydia in WANTING WILDER, and the course Lydia and Wilder's lives traveled from that moment on shaped them in ways neither one of them could have ever suspected.

I absolutely loved this book. From the first paragraph—first sentence actually—I was hooked. Lydia and Wilder met at a BDSM club eight years ago and had an instant connection that left them inseparable for two days. Wilder introduced Lydia to the BDSM lifestyle, one which she never would have suspected suited her. But something happened, and Wilder disappeared without a trace and Lydia was never the same. She had a hard time trusting anyone or really giving herself over to any other Dom.

But she was ready to try something different in her life, so she applied to be a wish maker at Oasis Wish Fulfillment agency—a business that caters to people who want a BDSM fantasy fulfilled. However, in order to be a part of the company, she's told that she has to have her own wish brought to fruition. And wouldn't you just know it, Wilder just happens to work there, too.

This story didn't have a ton of surprises in it as far as the plot went, but it was executed in such a way that even though I knew what was ultimately going to happen, I couldn't stop reading it. Michele Zurlo made the characters in WANTING WILDER so engaging that I was rooting hard for them to get their Happily Ever After. It's a bit embarrassing to say, but I really felt like I could really impact that outcome for the better as long as I just kept reading.

WANTING WILDER is the fourth book in the Safe Word: Oasis and I've enjoyed them all immensely. You can read each book as a standalone, and this one is no different. I think what's interesting about this one is this is the first time we're getting a good look at the people inside the Oasis Wish Fulfillment company. They are a quirky cast of characters, and I can't wait to learn more about them.

Please note that this is BDSM romance, so there are BDSM elements in this book. This one is more heavy that some of the other books with a lot of heavy bondage and impact play (caning, flogging, spanking—not for punishment but for sensation) so I would consider it more than BDSM-lite, but nowhere near extreme BDSM. If you've ever been curious about Rope Play or Shibari and still want a story heavy on romance, then I would say this book would be perfect for you.

WANTING WILDER is a definite hit for me. The story, the characters, and the romance struck the perfect chord and had me glued from beginning to end. Michele Zurlo has me addicted to these Safe Word: Oasis books, so I've got more books to look forward to!
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Book Review by BookAddict (reviewer)
Feb 04, 2013   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
240 people found the following review helpful
Oasis is a small family-owned company where people's jobs are to bring sexual fantasies to life. They even hire project managers to run the teams working on the details of the client's fantasy. Where do I send my resume? I'm a project manager who is also a switch in every sense of the word. To actually have a Dom or Domme boss and take me to task when I've been "bad" is a naughty dirty fantasy of mine.

In this story, Lydia from Michigan interviews for a position at the Vermont-based Oasis. Oasis is not only my dream company, it is her dream company. What she isn't prepared for is coming face to face with the one Dom she could never forget—Wilder.

Lydia and Wilder met on a spring break where they enjoyed a kinky whirlwind romance. Thinking they met their soul mate, they parted unexpectedly through unexplained circumstances. The reason behind the misunderstanding can be easily guessed by the reader at the beginning of the story. When the facts are revealed, it's not surprising but it is disappointing how easy it is to derail two people's life. What's more frustrating is a friend who really is no friend at all.

The story doesn't actually focus on the original breakup. Instead, it focuses on Wilder forcing Lydia to expose, experience and enjoy her BDSM fantasy. This erotic journey is well done by the talented Ms. Zurlo. It's a hot sexy time as Wilder shows Lydia exactly who is dominant and who is submissive. Lydia also shows she's no push over and this time around, she's more experienced and knowledgeable about the lifestyle.

Wilder is my kind of Dom. He's creative and very good with a flogger. His experience is a point in his favour. His memory of how Lydia melts under his domination is another added point for him. There is no way Lydia can resist this sexy Dom who loves her desperately and will do anything to win her.

Ms. Zurlo does an excellent job to show how impact play can be turned into sensual BDSM scenes. She also demonstrations a D/s relationship in a healthy way which is much appreciated. While the company fulfilling sexual fantasies is a bit of a stretch, the rest of it is more realistic as far as BDSM relationships go. It's also pleasant to read about characters sans sexual abuse or mental illness in their past.

This book is not only erotic, but it's a feel good book. It also hints at secondary characters finding their sexy mates. I can't wait to read about Micah's story. This sensual erotic story is highly recommended to kinky readers who enjoy a happily ever after.
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