December 26, 2013

'Wild Hearts' Release Day Launch - Review + GIVEAWAY

December 26, 2013

Wild Hearts is the second book in the Forever Wild series by Magan Vernon. A six-part series of which one book releases every three weeks. Wild Hearts went live early! It's original publication date was set for December 26, but to avoid retail issues over the holidays, it was available for purchase three days ago on December 23! Read a few teasers, an excerpt, my review, and enter the giveaway below!

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Title: Wild Hearts
Series: Forever Wild #2
Author: Magan Vernon
Publisher: Beautifully Broken Books
Publication Date: December 26, 2013
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Purchase Links: Amazon | B&N

Going back to Chicago with her accidental husband should have been torture for Valerie. But when Wes has her bent over the first class bathroom sink, torture is the last thing on her mind.

After landing back in Chicago reality sets in. So does the glaring eye of her roommate, and her former friends with benefits, Max, who seems to be a lot friendlier since Wes came in the picture.

After a meeting with a divorce lawyer, Valerie and Wes find out that they have thirty days for both of them to sign the papers, ending their quickie marriage.

But Valerie doesn’t know if she wants to move on or forever stay Mrs. Wild.

Wild Hearts is the second book in the Forever Wild series, so I know that I missed something big in the first book, One Wild Night. So, here's what I gathered of what I missed. Valerie and Wes had an impromptu drunken wedding in Vegas. They are flying back to Valerie's homestate to file for divorce. And she's falling for her stripper husband, but doesn't want to. Oh yeah, and they're kind of strangers. They met during her one-week stay in Vegas. So, Wild Hearts picks up where I presume One Wild Night left off, which is on a flight back to her house in Chicago.

Since this is a mini story in a series, the course of this book takes place in about a day. After they get off the plane and to Valerie's house, they get situated for sleeping arrangements and confirming the appointment with a divorce attorney for the next day. Come morning reality resumes for Valerie as she goes to work. Afterward, they meet with the lawyer to learn how to proceed to go with the divorce. In between those times Wes has managed to annoy Valerie's roommate Paige while getting on the good side of her estranged cat, show Max (who we learn is Valerie's friend with benefits) who Valerie belongs to, swoon and turn on Valerie at every glance, word and touch, cook breakfast and swoon receptionists. All the while Valerie manages to get to work on time, squeeze in coffee with Max, fall even more for her husband every time his charm sends her in a tizzy. A tizzy that makes her question whether she wants this marriage to work or not, if she would quit fighting it.

Wes is one hot cowboy fitted with the southern charm, completing the cliche southern gentleman package who knows how to whip up a homecooked meal. At first, considering that he's a stripper in Vegas and that he initiated sex in a first-class bathroom at the beginning of the story, I assumed that Wes would be a total douche. Boy, was I glad to be proven wrong. He, like Valerie, is protective -- or should I say possessive? -- of her. He wants this marriage to work just as Valerie does, but Valerie is constantly fighting that possibility because she can't see them working out as a couple. For that, she is trying to convince herself that a divorce is for the best. I can't help but feel bad for them, but for Wes mostly. He's not being irrational or cowardice about the marriage he so clearly wants. I only wish that Valerie could be the same way. How would she know if it'll work out between them if she doesn't give them a chance to try?

I wish it was longer! I'm cheering for them to stick it out in this marriage because clearly there is more than just sexual chemistry between them. They genuinely like each other, and seem to be falling for each other. I'm excited to see where this leads, and the next book The Wild One will be told in Wes's POV. I am dying to know what he's thinking through all of this.

I was generously provided a reviewer's copy in exchange of an honest review, however, it does not influence my review -- these opinions are my own.

Wes put his chin on my shoulder. “What the hell is that?”
I put my phone down and turned to face him. “Nothing that concerns you.”
“Are you seriously sexting another guy while I’m in your bed?”
“What?” I raised an eyebrow. “No. Who the hell even says that word? That’s reserved for political scandals.”
“I’m saying it because you were dirty texting another guy while you had me in bed with you? Are you also sending pics of your boobs too?”
My mouth gaped open. “What the hell? Do you just think I’m some kind of slut?”
He groaned, propping up on his elbow. “No. I just know how guys think. If some dude is texting you at 1 AM it’s not because he wants to go out for tea and cookies. He wants sex.”
“And I’m sure you haven’t done that millions of times.”
“I’m not an animal, Val. I have a little bit more respect for women than that.”
“Says the guy who married a girl he just met in Vegas.”
He grunted, grabbing my phone and putting it on the table beside us. “I could have done a lot worse.” He placed a quick kiss on my cheek but let his lips hover just above it. “And I don’t regret it one bit.”
“I’m sure that’s not true,” I whispered, barely able to get the words out. Truth was, I was starting not to regret it either.
He pushed a strand of hair behind my ear before his lips trailed back to my cheek and then down my neck, his stubble tickling my sensitive skin. “There’s nowhere else I’d rather be right now than here with you in this bed. I could lay here forever underneath these fake stars.”
I sucked in a breath, unsure of what to say next. But the moment didn’t really need words either. He breathed into my neck as if he was inhaling all of me. Trying to make a memory of my scent.

Magan Vernon is a Young Adult and New Adult writer who lives with her family in the insurance capital of the world. She is in a very serious, fake relationship with Adam Lambert and constantly asks her husband to wear guyliner. He still refuses. She also believes her husband is secretly an alien, disguised as a southern gentleman.

Her first book was independently published through an author cooperative in 2011; a YA Science Fiction book called How to Date an Alien that has consistently ranked int he top 100 in Amazon for Teen Science Fiction and Romance. Her first New Adult book, My Paper Heart, was published in 2012 and shot up the top of the Amazon best seller charts and surpassed expectations from all the people in 2009 that told her "A college aged character won't sell." Her next release is titled The Only Exception, coming in April of 2013. It's political, New Adult, and everything that makes a girl swoon.

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