on August 6, 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Friends to Lovers, Sports Romance
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For Lawrence “Viper” Finkle, hockey isn’t just a sport, it’s a way of life. Since the first time he stepped onto the ice at just eight years old, he knew what he was meant to do, and he does it well. When his career takes an unexpected hit, and his relationship is pushed to the breaking point, he’s left sidelined and wondering what his future holds.
Just when he’s sure things can’t get any worse…they do.
Can Viper pull himself together in time to save his career, his girl, and his sanity? Or will he be permanently benched?
“He got on the plane for that road trip as one man, but came back as someone totally different.”
Ahhh, I loved this book so much! First, I have to say that Cement Heart is absolutely one of my favorite sports romances ever. It’s a true hidden gem, who btw now has a brand new super gorgeous cover. Anyway, Wild Heart is the continuation of Cement Heart, so this is definitely not a standalone. Because this is not a standalone and because you have to read Cement Heart first, and Cement Heart is a little mysterious as to who Viper’s leading lady is; you will have to forgive me for being super vague since I don’t want to spoil anyone out of a great story! But trust me, this is a good one.
Lawrence Finkle aka Viper, hot hockey player extraordinaire for the Minnesota Wild and former manwhore, is one of my favorite heroes ever. He’s such a complex character, so loving but so brooding, so alpha but so sensitive. He’s an angst lover’s dream, hence why I love him so much. If you’ve read the Cranberry Inn books, which I also love, you know Viper as Brody’s teammate and good friend. So, if you’ve read Cement Heart, you know it’s a beautiful book and an amazing ride, and that the road to Viper’s and the heroine’s relationship was hard and totally unexpected. Wild Heart takes over around a year after Cement Heart ends.
So, what happens in Wild Heart? Oh, so much happens in Wild Heart, I wish I could tell you all about it! Wild Heart is another amazing emotional roller coaster ride, not going to lie, at times is totally infuriating and frustrating and you just want to shake Viper and wake him up from the daze he’s in. So, there’s heartbreaks and situations that force them apart and Viper lets his insecurities get the best of him. He messes up, badly. But then he redeems himself. In the best way. It’s so hard to explain. I experienced all sorts of emotions reading this one. But I trusted that Beth would do right by this couple, and she did. Her writing is flawless and gorgeous, the pacing of the book perfect. The heroine is also one of my favorites, if you’ve read Cement Heart you know she’s as strong as they come, she’s simply amazing. She’s perfect for Viper and I love them together so so much.
I know I have been super vague, but trust me it’s better this way. This is one book series you need to experience for yourself. Oh, and if you love Brody and Kacie, they’re very present here. The ending is beautiful and the epilogue is perfection. And you know how I love my epilogues! So, this is so worth it and I absolutely recommend this book and this entire series!!!
“Fate didn’t ask permission and she didn’t give you warnings, but she had a way of balancing your life when you didn’t even know it needed to be balanced, and calming even the wildest of hearts.”
**An ARC was generously provided in exchange for an honest review**