Review: Wild Encounter by Nikki Logan

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Title: Wild Encounter

Author:  Nikki Logan

Publisher: Entangled

May Contain Spoilers

From Amazon:

A wildlife release mission in Africa turns deadly when the convoy is hijacked by smugglers, and veterinarian Clare Delaney is taken hostage. Terrified for her life and her animals, the intrepid Clare establishes a rapport with the man she believes is the criminals’ leader, and reluctantly finds herself under his protection…and falling hard for the enigmatic man.

Alpha-to-the-max Simon deVries sees right through his sexy captive’s attempt to seduce her way to freedom. So when their simmering attraction flares into true passion, it takes them both by surprise. Now he’s torn between completing his secret mission and letting her escape without telling her his true identity. He knows if he lets her go, he will be risking his career, his life…and his heart.


Review:

This is the first Dead Sexy title that I have read.  I am not normally a big romantic suspense fan, and I’m not sure why.  Maybe because the field is becoming so crowded that I have no clue where to begin?  Wild Encounter hit my radar because I recently enjoyed another Nikki Logan book, and because of these three words: African Wild Dogs.  Yup, that sealed the deal for me.  I think they are the coolest canines ever, with their mottled splashes of color and gigantic ears.  I was hoping that the dogs would have more than just a cameo appearance, and was delighted when they did.  The romance was even engaging, though Clare and Simon had a tough act to follow, sharing the limelight with the dogs (just kidding!).

Clare is in Zambia to release a pack of wild dogs, an important step in preserving the species in their native African habitat.  The convoy is hijacked by ruthless thugs, and Clare has to put aside her fear in order to survive her awful ordeal.  She is immediately drawn to the man she nicknames Alpha, and she puts her life in his hands.  As he protects her from the vicious men holding her captive, she finds herself falling in love with him.  A desperate bid for escape has her fleeing the farmhouse where she gave herself to Alpha, body and soul, and soon the ordeal is just a nightmare for her to work through.  On a return trip to reclaim the dogs and release them at the wilderness preserve they were originally destined for, she has to relive her worst nightmare.  Alpha is back, only now he’s in her camp, masquerading as her bodyguard!

The first half of the book details Clare’s kidnapping and  captivity, and there are many parts of her ordeal that I found disturbing.  Maybe this is why I don’t read much romantic suspense.  Clare is physically abused by her captors, kicked and hit with brutal force.  Only Alpha keeps her from being viciously raped.  All of this was a bit too intense for me, so it’s a good thing the whisper of those African wild dogs kept me turning the pages.  Clare relies on every bit of bravery that she possesses to outwit the smugglers and escape, but not before she finds herself desperately in love with Alpha. 

Back home, Clare has months of therapy to endure.  Does she love that guy, or was she suffering from the effects of Stockholm syndrome?  Does it really matter, because the odds of ever seeing him again are about nil.   Clare realizes that her infatuation with him is probably due to the nightmare she survived.  The suffocating fear just stirred up emotions for the one kidnapper who was nice to her. 

When her wild dogs are relocated, Clare is resigned that she will have to journey back to Africa and face her fears again to recapture and release the dogs as originally planned.  But when she sees Alpha, aka super spy Simon, in the field camp, she freaks out.  Justifiably.  This tsunami of terror was one of the most moving scenes in the book.  Clare thought she had put all of that behind her, only to find herself right back in the middle of danger.  It takes a lot of courage on her part to accept that Simon is who he says, and not a cold-blooded murderer sent to finish the job he botched back at the farmhouse.

I enjoyed the last half of the book more than the beginning, and I think it’s because I could actually breathe again.  I wasn’t as concerned that Clare was going to be victimized, though I knew that sooner or later the past would catch up with her.  Since she was aware that Simon was a good guy, she was able to start working through her messed up feelings for him again, to try to put them into perspective, knowing that he wasn’t going to try to kill her.  That awful week in the farmhouse also haunted Simon, and I liked that he was just as messed up about it as Clare was.  He is a strong person, but having to live with violent, murdering scum for his case scarred him, too. 

Wild Encounter was a nice introduction to Entangled’s Dead Sexy line.  While I don’t believe kidnapping stories will ever be a favorite of mine, I am  interested in reading more suspense titles.  Clare and Simon were both likeable characters, thrown together in frightening life and death situations.  I don’t know how Clare managed to keep from keeling over from a heart attack.  Really.  I think I had about 3 mini heart attacks for her!

 

If you are interested in learning more about African wild dogs, please visit this website.   You can also visit them at several zoos, including Battle Creek’s Binder Park Zoo.

Grade:  B

Review copy provided by publisher

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More about the book:

A wildlife release mission in Africa turns deadly when the convoy is hijacked by smugglers, and veterinarian Clare Delaney is taken hostage. Terrified for her life and her animals, the intrepid Clare establishes a rapport with the man she believes is the criminals’ leader, and reluctantly finds herself under his protection…and falling hard for the enigmatic man.
Alpha-to-the-max Simon deVries sees right through his sexy captive’s attempt to seduce her way to freedom. So when their simmering attraction flares into true passion, it takes them both by surprise. Now he’s torn between completing his secret mission and letting her escape without telling her his true identity. He knows if he lets her go, he will be risking his career, his life…and his heart.

 

More about Nikki:

Nikki Logan lives amongst a string of wetlands in Western Australia with her long-suffering partner and a menagerie of furred, feathered and scaly mates.

She studied film and theatre at university, and worked for years in advertising and film distribution before finally settling down in the wildlife industry.

Her romance with nature goes way back, and she considers her life charmed, given that she works with wildlife by day and writes fiction by night–the perfect way to combine her two loves.

Nikki believes that the passion and risk of falling in love are perfectly mirrored in the danger and beauty of wild places. Every romance she writes contains an element of nature, and if readers catch a waft of rich earth or the spray of wild ocean between the pages she knows her job is done.

Author Website: http://www.nikkilogan.com.au

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/NikkiLoganAuthor

Twitter: @ReadNikkiLogan

GoodReads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3211596.Nikki_Logan

 

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Excerpt–Stolen by Shiloh Walker

Here’s an excerpt from Shiloh Walker’s Stolen, which hits stores 10/30. 

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This thrilling and super sexy novel from bestselling romantic suspense author Shiloh Walker will appeal to fans of Allison Brennan and Linda Howard.

Shay Morgan has stayed hidden for a long time. Living a reclusive life in Earth’s End, Alaska, she’s as far away as she can get from the trauma of her childhood and the man who hurt her long ago. But terror takes over Shay’s life yet again when an unknown stalker steals away the fragile peace she’s built for herself—targeting not only her but the one man who’s ever managed to get past the walls she’s built around herself.
Elliot Winter has lived through being falsely accused before—it ruined his military career. Now it’s happening all over again. And this time, his accuser is a twisted impostor who’s targeting his ex-girlfriend, Shay. Despite a fierce mutual attraction, Shay and Elliot broke up because Shay couldn’t let her guard down, couldn’t let Elliot in. But now they both need to trust each other to confront a psycho who seems to know all their secrets.

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This Week’s New and Notable Releases–October 22

Light week!  What’s on your must buy list?

 

The Buckhorn Legacy (Hqn) by Lori Foster (Oct 23, 2012)

The General’s Mistress by Jo Graham (Oct 23, 2012)

Million Dollar Mistake: Million Dollar Men, Book 1 by Meg Lacey (Oct 23, 2012)

 

Three Schemes and a Scandal by Maya Rodale (Oct 23, 2012)

Twelfth Night Secrets by Jane Feather (Oct 23, 2012)

City of Refuge by Kenzo Kitakata (Oct 23, 2012) 

Moonlight & Mechanicals by Cindy Spencer Pape (Oct 22, 2012)

Blood by Moonlight Anthology

My Kind of Christmas by Robyn Carr

Interview with Jane Goodger, Author of The Mad Lord’s Daughter and Giveaway!

 

Romance author Jane Goodger dropped by the virtual offices to chat about her new release, The Mad Lord’s Daughter.  And she brought along a copy of When A Duke Says I Do for one of you to win!

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.

[Jane Goodger] An incessantly cheerful, incurable romantic who loves the idea of creating a world where love is true and forever.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about The Mad Lord’s Daughter?

[Jane Goodger] The Mad Lord’s Daughter is about a forbidden love that isn’t really forbidden but must maintain the façade of being forbidden to protect the heroine. It’s not as complex as it seems! Merideth is the illegitimate adopted daughter of the Earl of Braddock’s reclusive brother. When the brother dies, the Earl goes to great lengths to protect his niece’s parentage so she can marry well—even though she is not related by blood to his family. He enlists the help of John, his loyal and trustworthy son, to help Merideth navigate her first season and find her a suitable husband. To maintain the façade that Merideth and John are first cousins, they, of course, cannot marry. Which is truly tragic, because the two fall madly in love with each other.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?

[Jane Goodger] Through my research on illegitimacy, I found that society in the 1800s was extremely intolerant of illegitimacy—far more than most romance novels depict. Most of my stories begin with the hero, but this book started with my heroine. I thought, “What if a young woman had been completely isolated from society, and then was thrust into her first season totally unprepared?” Merideth at first was a fleeting thought in When A Duke Says I Do. She was simply a means to bring two characters from that first book in the series together, but then she became the focus of The Mad Lord’s Daughter. I’m so glad she did, because she is one of my favorite heroines!

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words best describe Melissa?

[Jane Goodger] Naïve, kind, cheerful.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are three things Melissa would never have in her boudoir?

[Jane Goodger] A cat, mendacity, or a man other than John.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] If John had a theme song, what would it be?

[Jane Goodger] “She’s Got a Way” by Billy Joel

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is John’s most prized possession?

[Jane Goodger] His relationship with his father.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are your greatest creative influences?

[Jane Goodger] That’s a tough one. I really don’t know where all this stuff comes from! Maybe genes passed on from my Mom?

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things do you need in order to write?

[Jane Goodger] Time. Coffee. That’s it!

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is the last book that you read that knocked your socks off?

[Jane Goodger] To Love a Thief by Julie Ann Long.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?

[Jane Goodger] The Secret Garden was the book I read as a kid that introduced me to the excitement of the written word. I loved the idea of being transported to another world and another time. My mother found the book—an American first edition—left behind in a house she moved into as a little girl. She found it magical and shared it with me when I was old enough to read it. I thought it was just as magical.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?

[Jane Goodger] I’m extremely busy. I have a part-time job and an editing business, plus three kids, a husband, a cat and a dog. If I can squeeze in a half hour for myself, I grab my Kindle Fire and read.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?

[Jane Goodger] My website is best: www.janegoodger.com. I’m also on Face book, but don’t spend too much time there. I don’t know how people find the time for all that updating!

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!

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Naughty & Nice Blog Hop! Win Awesome Reads from Romance at Random!

Romance at Random is hosting a blog hop starting October 22!  You can win some awesome prizes just for visiting a few blogs.  Look at all of the cool stuff you can win!

 

Prizes – R@R is giving away (must be 18 or older to participate):

·  15 Net Galley Preview copy winners of Naughty & Nice +

·  5 ABOUT LAST NIGHT paper giveaways (US only) +

·  Grand Prize of $15 Gift Certificate to eRetailer of choice!!

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Cover Shot! The Silvered by Tanya Huff

Cover Shot! is a regular feature here at the Café. I love discovering new covers, and when I find them, I like to share. More than anything else, I am consumed with the mystery that each new discovery represents. There is an allure to a beautiful cover. Will the story contained under the pages live up to promise of the gorgeous cover art?

I haven’t read a book by Tanya Huff in a long, long time, but The Silvered caught my attention.  I love the subtle hues and the intense expressions on both the woman and especially the wolf.  I loved were stories, so I have added this to my wish list.  It hits stores November 6, so I don’t have long to wait.

 

The Empire has declared war on the small, were-ruled kingdom of Aydori, capturing five women of the Mage-Pack, including the wife of the were Pack-leader. With the Pack off defending the border, it falls to Mirian Maylin and Tomas Hagen—she a low-level mage, he younger brother to the Pack-leader—to save them. Together the two set out on the kidnappers’ trail, racing into the heart of enemy territory. With every step the odds against them surviving and succeeding soar…

The Sunday Post and Stacking the Shelves–October 21st Edition

The Sunday Post is hosted by Kimba of The Caffeinated Book Reviewer. This is a weekly meme where we can share news of the week and highlight new books received.

My return to reality has been rough!  It was a very busy week at work, catching up on everything from my vacation.  The highlight of my week was when a remote location co-worker dropped by for a visit.  She’s in town helping her brother move, and it was wonderful to see her in person for a change.  We had a fun lunch at Mirchi, a local Indian restaurant, and I was able to cuddle with her doggie.  Shannon, I wish you lived closer!  You are always so cheerful and fun to hang out with! 

Check out my current contests! See the Contest Widget on the Sidebar to enter!

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews to share new additions to our library. Click here to learn more about it.

New Arrivals at the Café:  (This is two weeks of mail)

Falling Out of Place by M G Higgins (I loved this book!)

Unremembered by Jessica Brody

Level 2 by Lenore Applhans     (Thank you, thank you, thank you, Erin!!!  Thanks for the awesome swag, too!!)

Yalu and the Puppy Room by Brian T Yates

Ask the Passengers by A S King

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer (Yay!)

GTO: The Early Years Vol 14 by Toru Fujisawa

GTO: The Early Years Vol 15 by Toru Fujisawa

The Steam Mole by Dave Freer (I wonder what kind of trouble Tim and Clara will get into this time!)

Furious by Jill Wolfson

Fairy Tales From the Brothers Grimm by Philip Pullman (This retells 50 of the Brothers Grimm fairy tales.)

Juicy Central: The Fake Date by Ayshia Monroe

Lockwood Lions: Yell Out and Do You by Stephanie Perry Moore and Derrick Moore

Lockwood Lions: Settle Down and Be Real by Stephanie Perry Moore and Derrick Moore

The Boss’s Fake Fiancée by Inara Scott

A great big thanks to the publishers for their continued support!

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