Review: This Is Wild by Natasha Madison (This Is #2)


Note: An advanced reader copy (ARC) was provided by the author via Wildfire Marketing Solutions.

Damn! This book was even better than I was expecting it to be, and that's a big thing considering I loved the first This Is novel and my expectations were high for this second one. This Is Wild is the story of Viktor Petrov and Zoe Stone, both twenty-three. This works well as a standalone, but if you really want to get the whole Family Stone slash Grant experience, you may want to check out the Something So series, particularly the first three novels--Something So Right, Something So Perfect, and Something So Irresistible--plus the This Is series starter, This Is Crazy, before diving into this one or you could simply play catch up if your curiosity is piqued by the recurring cast.

Viktor Petrov nearly derailed his rising pro hockey career when the firm handle he thought he had on his cocaine addiction proved to be more wishful thinking than anything else. Traded to the New York Stingers while in rehab, Viktor knows he has a lot to prove, both on and off the ice. He wants to repay the trust Stingers management and his new teammates has put in him, knowing this second chance is one he can't afford to squander. He's focused on being the best hockey player possible and his recovery needs to take top priority, with every prescribed step serving as his guide. So, falling for his realtor turned friend who also happens to be his boss's sister and teammates' sister-in-law, is a no-no because Zoe Stone is one temptation Vik could very much become addicted to.

If there's one thing I'm quite sure of, it's my addiction to Natasha Madison's This Is series, and book two is one of my absolute favorites from the author to date. Viktor and Zoe's story was a slow burn romance that was, at its core, a story about recovery, redemption, and the healing power of love and friendship. Vik's journey was inspiring and it most certainly was not smooth sailing, but there we no denying how dedicated he was to remaining drug-free. With one of the steps being not becoming involved with anyone during the first year of recovery, the complication is clear, but does recovery have to trump true love--and yes, it isn't just lust here, not even in the beginning. There was a heavier tone because of Viktor's post-addiction journey, but there's also humor, thanks in large part to Zoe's over-protective but truly loving and lovable family. I loved, loved, LOVED This Is Wild! Five stars. ♥

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Read my reviews for the This Is series:


This Is Crazy (book one) - five stars - My Review

This Is Wild (book two) - five stars - My Review (posted above)

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Release Date: 30 July 2019

Date Read: 28 July 2019

Learn more about Natasha Madison.

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