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Thursday, May 5, 2016

InkSlinger PR Presents: How to Tame Beasts and Other Wild Things by A. Wilding Wells; #BlogTour

Rating:  5 Stars
Told in the first person.

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received this book for review from InkSlinger PR and from the author. I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am posting this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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 tomention 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.
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My Thoughts:
Matilda Pearl seems to have her hands full but she’s stubborn when it comes to asking for help.  Balthazar Cox also has his hands full and this is where Matilda comes in.  They need to be in each other’s space for a while and it’s going to be an interesting time.

If you’re in need of something funny to read, then this is the book you’ll have to check out.  You’ve got to believe either this author is very creative or has an excellent sense of humor – or maybe even a little bit of both.  But this is a book that should have come with a warning.  It will be very hard not to laugh out loud and because of that you have to be aware of others around you.  If you don’t, you may get a little uncomfortable trying to explain the scene you just read.

Maybe you’re looking to see who the scene-stealer is going to be.  I’m afraid it’s not one but two little boys.  Because of their age, they have some interesting word choices.  Something else I enjoyed was that the author started each chapter with a riddle.  I’m terrible at guessing riddles so I was glad to see that she also gave us the answer.  But if you like to solve them then this will be a disappointment.  And riddles even find their way into the ending.  This is one of those books that I can see myself reading it more than once.

A Wilding Wells Bio:
I’m a mother of four sons, a country dweller, a foodie, an animal and nature lover and an entrepreneur. I started my first company when I was twenty-three with my husband and partner, the lovely man I am still married to and work with twenty-four years later. Together we’ve always created. I’ve written several books in other genres under a different name. My first novel is A Mess of Reason.  My second book, How To Tame Beasts And Other Wild Things, is out now!

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