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Wilde Blue by Susan Hayes

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Wilde Brothers, 4

Dani Moore barely escaped her abusive marriage. Six years later, she just wants to raise her little girl in peace. When she learns that her ex-husband is out on early parole, she goes into hiding, adopting a new name and starting a new life far away from the man who tried to kill her. 

Detective David Wilde learned the hard way that romance and police work don’t mix, at least not for him. Since his divorce, he’s kept his heart closed off and his focus on the job. For Dave, being a cop isn’t only a career, it’s a way of life that defines every choice he makes…until he meets Dani. 

Hired as the new cook at his family’s bar and grill, Dani’s a sweet and sexy package that brings light and color back into Dave’s life. When that light is threatened by Dani’s past, Dave will do whatever it takes to protect what’s his. 

Can two battle-scarred hearts find the strength to love again, or will an act of revenge destroy their future before they’ve even begun? 

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Excerpt:

Dave had stopped pretending that he didn’t desire her. There wasn’t any point in continuing to deny it. Refusing to admit something was true didn’t make it any less real, and it was past the time he faced the truth. He wanted Dani.

Now came the hard part, remembering how the hell to open himself up to another human being. Being alone was easier, but from the moment he’d felt the warmth of her touch being alone stopped being an option. At least, it stopped being one he would accept. He’d never failed to achieve a goal once he’d set his mind to it. He wanted Dani and her little girl in his life, so he’d find a way to make it happen.

He cleared the table, then wandered into the kitchen, earning himself the evil eye from the cook for entering her domain. He knew the look well. It was the same one his mother directed at anyone who dared to set foot in her kitchen when she was cooking.

“I know, I’m in the way.” He threw up his hands and grinned at her as he took a step backward. “Could you point me in the direction of the silverware drawer?”

Her eyes widened and she stared at him in bemused silence for a moment before pointing to a drawer to his left. “In there.”

He retrieved cutlery for them both and went to lay the table, only to find her still staring at him. “Something wrong?”

“I’m just not used to anyone offering help. I swear my brother Thomas doesn’t know where the cutlery drawer is in my parents’ house.”

He shrugged and went back to the task at hand. “Mom was determined to instill manners in all of her boys. Since I’m the oldest, I had the strictest upbringing. It sucked, but at least I learned a few useful things, like how to set the table for someone kind enough to cook me dinner.”

“Remind me to thank your mom next time I see her and to find out how she did it. Casey protests every time I try to get her to do something to help around here. Like the dishes all weigh five hundred pounds and she’s physically incapable of putting her shoes away.”

Dave laughed. “I said she was determined. I didn’t say she was entirely successful. Tag’s a total slob, and Benji can’t do laundry to save his life. I’m not much of a cook, and Nicky…let’s just say he’s had some interesting career choices and is probably the main reason Mom’s hair turned gray. At least, that’s the story I’m going with.”

Dani was smiling as she came around the counter, carrying two plates laden with bacon and a perfectly folded omelet. “So that’s why you’ve been around Leo’s so much? You’ve been avoiding cooking for yourself.”

He pulled out her chair for her, summoning up manners he hadn’t used in years. “That’s part of it, yes. Can you blame me? You’re a hell of a chef, Dani.”

He waited for her to sit, then leaned over so that his mouth brushed the shell of her ear and he was breathing in her delicate scent as he finally made his confession. “But then I got to know you and Casey better, and that changed. I’ve been coming to Leo’s to see you, sunshine. It just took me awhile to admit it.”

He hadn’t intended to say anything yet. He certainly hadn’t planned on kissing her, but when Dani turned her head toward him, instinct took over. He claimed her mouth with his, savoring the silken warmth of her lips. He shifted to the side of her chair, cupping her cheek with one hand as he drew her in closer, craving more of her touch.

Her lips parted beneath his and a low moan vibrated against his mouth as she kissed him back. She reached up and twisted her fingers into the collar of his shirt, pulling him even closer. And with that small action, she broke the last of his control. It had been too long since he’d held a woman. Too many nights spent alone. The walls he’d built to keep the world at bay came crashing down, only to be washed away in a flood of carnal need.

He stood, drawing her up with him until he could pull her into his arms and hold her properly, their bodies crushed together and her soft curves molded against him. He kissed her again, slipping his tongue into her mouth to dance with hers. She reached up with her free hand to touch his face, stroking her fingers through his hair.

They clung to each other for one immeasurable moment with their mouths mated and their bodies intertwined. This was heaven, or as close to it as he’d ever been. Her scent surrounded him and her taste was in his mouth, branding his senses. She was as lost to their attraction as he was, her kisses as demanding, her hands moving over him as she explored his body.

By the time he lifted his head, his cock was throbbing in time to his pounding heart. He didn’t move far, just enough to put a few inches of space between their lips. When he looked down at her, she was staring back with eyes still dark with passion.

He opened his mouth to say something. To apologize for kissing her without permission, but before he could say anything, her kiss-swollen lips parted into a smile.

“And here I’d finally convinced myself that you weren’t interested in me,” she murmured, still smiling up at him.

“Surprise,” he said, then grinned back at her. She was so damned beautiful it took his breath away. She was also strong, smart, and brave. Hell, yeah, he was interested. Only a fool wouldn’t be.

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  1. Exquisite Reviews 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 24th Nov 2015

    Loved this book and I am mad at myself for not knowing about this series sooner… Author Susan Hayes knows how to write real characters…
    Dani and her daughter Casey are on the run from her ex- husband who is hell bent on destroying her no matter who gets in the way.

    While living under an assumed name in Chicago she meets the introverted, goal oriented, and favorite son to his mother Dave.

    I enjoyed this story so much and was glad that it gave us an authentic feel without rushing the romance between Dani and Dave. Casey was my favorite character in this book because she reminds me of my 9 yr old brother. Always inquisitive and an old soul.

    I wished the book would have had a little bit more on the characters that kept being mentioned like, her parents and her ex’s parents.
    Everyone knows I don’t give spoiler but I will say I give this book 4 diamonds and now will go back to read some of the funny stories from the rest of the Wilde brothers.


  2. The Romance Reviews 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 24th Oct 2015

    Dani's worse nightmare has become a reality. The man she and her daughter barely survived an encounter with has been released. Worse yet, the authorities failed to give her a heads up. Can she do what is necessary to protect her daughter? Will they be able to disappear and leave the pain behind? WILDE BLUE by Susan Hayes is fourth in the Wilde Brothers Series. I hadn't read prior books in this series but that fact did not hinder my enjoyment of this story. I loved Dani. She is a survivor. Her ex nearly killed not only her but also her daughter. So when he tries to remove her daughter from school upon his release from jail, Dani knows that drastic measures must be taken. She is strong enough to do what is necessary even if the results are painful. She has a wonderful support system and we see that that is a necessary component of her success. I adored the Wilde family. They were supportive and real. I would thoroughly enjoy sitting at their pub and shooting the shit with them. The entire family felt authentic. And even as David fought his family' good intentions, he found himself taken by the new person amidst the family. I loved how it was a child's innocence that began thawing the ice around this alpha male's heart. Ms. Hayes does a wonderful job of drawing me into not only this story but this family. I laughed at the antics, applauded their loyalty and wished fervently that I could be a part of their world. And for a short time, Ms. Hayes allowed me to become an honorary member of the Wilde family. I can't wait to see where it all began but I can honestly say you will not be disappointed with this story. - See more at: http://erotic.theromancereviews.com/viewbooksreview.php?bookid=19576#sthash.Mcxq8eMP.dpuf


  3. Four Stars 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 8th Oct 2015

    Just love this story


  4. Keep em' coming 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 3rd Oct 2015

    Just found the Wilde boys and I am so happy to go on their wild ride. True to life characters make up a cop family (with the always loveable black sheep) of five boys where the men are falling like dominoes to sass, smart, and strong women that prove love is stronger than Kevlar.


  5. Four Stars 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 28th Sep 2015

    Great read! Dave has decided that his career is everything and then he meets Dania and her daughter and he realizes that life can be so much more for him. Dania is on the run with her daughter from her crazy ex.


  6. Four Stars 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 28th Sep 2015

    Dani Moore and her daughter Casey are survivors of domestic abuse and remain safe as long as her ex-husband is in prison. That safety comes to an abrupt end when he shows up at Casey's school attempting to remove her. Luckily Dani has trained Casey for such a contingency and the attempted kidnapping is averted.

    Finding out her ex has been released early, Dani initiates the safety plan she's had in place. Relocation and new identities in a new city: Chicago.

    Detective David Wilde, eldest son of the Wilde family, plans to be the best uncle he can but has no plans to remarry and/or produce offspring himself until he gets a look at the new cook at his brother's bar and grill. That she has a daughter is icing on the cake. Getting close to her may be a problem though as it's apparent she's hiding secrets. With his family having security and police connections, whatever it is must be big but will it be enough to stop him from making her his....

    * * *

    The tease and blurb for this book doesn't do justice to the actual storyline. The core IS a mainstream romance between a police detective and a mother who has survived domestic abuse and is now in hiding. However, it brings to the cold hard reality of an abusive ex-husband who has total disdain for the legal system because HE decides things aren't over and what's his will always be his. My emotions were all over the place as the legal process failed Dani multiple times yet she didn't judge the entire legal system because of it. She still had hope. Hope that appeared in the form of David Wilde.

    The circumstances surrounding Dani & Daniel meeting were highly charged emotional powder kegs but they didn't let that stop them. Sure this story had a fairy tale fantasy feel but for me that was totally appreciated. If anyone needed a fairy godmother it was Casey & Dani. I was also happy that the race card had no prominent mention. Black, white, red, brown, green, purple, are all just colors and that's the way it should be. The heart chooses who the heart chooses and so too should the justice system.

    As for the adult content. Definitely had a realism and sensual feel though I love stories that factor in the reality of sex when the main characters are parents. Forget spontaneous and go for the moment scenes. With a child is in the house, sex is much more challenging. lol.

    As for the white elephant in the room. The author didn't allow the stalking ex to become anything more than a background filler for the story. And rightly so. The threat was there for sure but never having it become more than that really hammered in the fact that life should go on for survivors though they need to remain vigilant and safe until it's resolved. That's how asswipes like Robert should be treated in stories such as this. One vague comment. I did figure out from the start how Robert was able to keep in the game of finding Dani. Just sayin. :)

    Though there were many positives and many more high five moments in this story for me it did have several issues that I can't really get into as they would be spoiler info topics. I also will admit that the price for this e-book gave me pause.

    This is a contemporary romantic suspense story that has quite the emotional punch for readers who look for books that feature our men in blue and their love interests. It includes steamy adult content scenes that had me grabbing my imaginary cigarette afterwards. The bottom line though is that this story features a mainstream couple who could be your neighbor, friend, local hangout acquaintance, etc., not a standout power couple scenario story.


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