Jude works for the family business, Wilde Security, a company that provide personal protection. When their next job comes up the last thing Jude expects is for the assignment to be for the protection of his ex-fiance Elizabeth Pruitt whom he hurt badly when they broke up. But her father has contracted the security company for protection of his daughter after threats were made on Libby’s life. She is an assistant district attorney and it’s possible someone she helped prosecute is trying to hurt her. Since Libby’s father knows Jude would do anything to protect his daughter, he has specifically requested Jude be put on the assignment despite Jude and Libby’s history. When someone tries to run Jude and Libby down with a car, he takes her to a safe house in Key West to protect her until they can find out who is trying to hurt her. That of course requires close quarters and the couple are forced to face their romantic past.
Wilde Nights in Paradise is heavier on the romance than it is on the suspense. While romance is always a good thing in my book I expected a little more “protection” from Jude based on his military background and current occupation. I thought things might get a little more intense where along the lines of suspense, but most of his page time is spent with Libby, in the safe house with Key West. While I can appreciate a good hot steamy scene or five, I would have liked to see a little more action outside of the bedroom.
Libby wants nothing to do with Jude because he broke her heart in a pretty awful way. She hasn’t seen him in eight years and kind of hates herself a little bit for the way her body still reacts to him after all this time even though her brain says stay well away. But she gives in fairly quickly to her desires and the two of them spend their safe house time making love, getting to know each other again and tip toeing around Jude’s betrayal. Jude starts off playing the immature asshole, but it’s not long before he drops the act and Libby begins to see the man she fell in love with.
As far as chemistry goes, these two have it. I stumbled on “the betrayal” here and there, but the attraction and chemistry were there and eventually secrets are revealed and things make sense for Libby and Jude. Because of their chemistry and their past relationship in which they both have remained in love with each other for the eight years they’re apart, the romance worked for me.
Wilde Nights in Paradise is a little light on the action, heavier on the romance and overall a pretty good start to the series. There are more Wilde brothers who need a hot romance and I’m looking forward to their stories.
Wilde Nights in Paradise by Tonya Burrows
June 10th 2013 by Entangled: Brazen
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