Review: To Have a Wilde

to have a wildeReviewed by Shelly

I really wanted to enjoy this story because I’ve read a few of Terry’s stories and even though I’ve always been kinda…meh..about them I was hoping this would be the one that would stand out. This one didn’t stand out for me. This is the third story in the “Wilde” series and I didn’t read either Book 1 or 2 so I can’t even say how this relates to those. K’anou ‘Key’ Kealoha is a rancher who’s Hawaiian. He and his family are part of a reality show about ranchers in Hawaii and the person in charge of the reality show is Sonia Braden. Sonia and Key are very attracted to each other but they’re both holding off on expressing that attraction until now.

I’m not sure if it’s the format I’m reading (.prc file) but I had trouble following as the text is really jumbled. I found myself having to re-read especially when there’s dialogue because I couldn’t decipher who was speaking. Another part I wasn’t sure about – in the book blurb, the main character is named K’anou but in the story his name is Keanu and of course all I could picture is the actor. He’s so not who I wanted to picture in my head. Also, there’s a lot of repetitive information – to me that always comes across as if the word count wasn’t high enough and the easiest thing is just to start repeating things as if the audience isn’t going to notice.

The entirety of the first 6 chapters is internal musings on how Sonia and Key feel and their perception of the other. There’s more dialogue between Sonia and the staff of the reality show than there is between her and Key. I keep making this claim that I’ll continue to stick to it – I don’t like to be continuously told what happened between characters, especially the main two. I want to know what’s happening now and I like to for that to happen via dialogue. Who enjoys reading paragraphs that come across as summaries? I like to be part of the action and the most effective way is through dialogue. The majority of Sonia’s and Key’s relationship was told in flashback. And even worse, they would start a conversation and the other person would reminisce right in the middle of that conversation. Argh! Seriously?!

Overall the flow of the story felt disjointed and choppy (probably due to the plethora of flashbacks). By the time the romance between Sonia and Key started I was completely over it and I was just ready to be done. I think the story itself could have been good but it was just meh for me.

Happy Reading Folks!

Rating: C

*Book provided by Harlequin Kimani via NetGalley.

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To Have a Wilde
by Kimberly Kaye Terry
Release Date: July 1, 2013
Publisher: Harlequin Kimani Romance

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