Title: Gone Wild
Author: Dakota Madison
Published: May 15, 2016
Genre: Romantic Comedy
~ Synopsis ~
Go BACK TO BOOKMAN with USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR Dakota Madison’s new #LoveinMidlife #ComingofMiddleAge romantic comedy series.
Tenured English professor Bly Daniels believes the short walk from her campus office to the university library is too much exposure to the harsh elements of the outdoors. She would prefer to spend her days (and nights) comfortably seated indoors reading classic literature.
When Bly is arrested for reading one of the great books while driving home, a judge sentences her to thirty days of community service with The Wild Way, a therapeutic wilderness program for troubled teens.
There she meets Turner Wild, the owner and operate of the wilderness program. Turner is everything Bly despises: rugged, unrefined and outdoorsy. For Bly a trip to hell sounds more desirable than spending an entire month with Turner and his band of hooligans as they traverse the woods of rural northwest New Jersey communing with nature.
Bly certainly never expects to form a bond with the troubled teens she’s been assigned to mentor and forge an unlikely relationship with their fearless leader, Turner Wild.
~ Book Review~
An older heroine in a romantic comedy? I couldn’t get my hands on this book fast enough. And I wasn’t disappointed. I could totally relate to Bly. The love of books, even that new book smell; I fell in love with her. She was completely out of touch with reality and somewhat of a witch (go ahead and substitute a b for that w there), but she had her reasons. Bly grew as a character in this quick read. The growth sometimes felt rushed, but then again, she was completely out of her element and it was literally sink or swim time.
I liked Turner as well. He was a bit of a jerk at the start, but I can only imagine his eye roll when he was forced to take on Bly as part of her community service. The kids in the camp were awesome, too. I nearly had to stop myself from signing up to volunteer at a camp for troubled teens (which would have been a complete disaster). The love story between Turner and Bly was well-paced and believable despite the insta-love element (I am biased here, though, because I love stories with insta-love.)
I like to think that I laugh more than the average person, but I didn’t find this romantic comedy funny. Cute? Definitely. But funny? Not really.
Overall, a fun quick read that I would recommend
~ About the Author ~
USA TODAY Bestselling author Dakota Madison is known for writing new adult, love in midlife, and contemporary romance with a little spice and lots of heart. Dakota is a winner of the prestigious RONE Award for Excellence in the Indie and Small Publishing Industry. When she’s not at her computer creating spicy stories Dakota likes to spend time with her husband and their bloodhounds. Dakota also writes under the pen names SAVANNAH YOUNG, SIERRA AVALON and REN MONTERREY.