Series: Old Town Country Romance #2
on April 13th, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Tucker Wilde joined the United States Army right out of high school and was injured in Iraq. But more than just his leg was shattered in the Middle East. The war also crushed his spirit and damaged his soul. When a strange couple arrives at his family's bar, Haymakers, Tucker can see signs of mental and emotional abuse and is immediately drawn to the lovely but fragile girl seated at his bar.
Gracie Parker has been a victim of abuse her entire life. When her boyfriend, Dex, beats her in the parking lot of Haymakers and abandons her, it's almost too much for the nineteen-year-old to bear. That is until Tucker appears like a warrior knight from the darkness to save her.
Tucker and Gracie are two broken people who are immediately drawn together. But their relationship and even their very lives are threatened by Dex who will stop at nothing to get Gracie back.
If you like your trucks loud, your beer cold and your men hot...you'll love THE WILDE ONE.
The Wilde One is the second book in Savannah YoungÔÇÖs Old Town Country Romance series. This story of finding the courage to trust another person, regardless of the past, and find self-worth in oneself is just what I hoped for and it did not disappoint at all.
The Wilde One is TuckerÔÇÖs story of accepting the past, letting go and finding his own happiness. We have met Tucker in the first installment of this series, CoopersÔÇÖ story, and learned that he just returned from Iraq after being injured and just barely escaping death. However, he not only comes back with an injured leg that leaves him with a slight limp, he also has mental scars and a bruised soul that might never heal. Yet, during the story, we get to know the real Tucker, not the scary persona he projects on the outside to keep people at bay, but the damaged person who has seen and experienced unbearable heartache unlike most, but still manages to hold onto his humanity and compassion. He has a big heart and therefore is unable to just standby and do nothing when he sees a young woman being abused by her boyfriend.
That woman is Gracie Parker, a nineteen year old girl who has never known anything but abuse in her life; be it neglect from her drug-addict mother, her fatherÔÇÖs use and abuse of her beauty or her physical abuse her boyfriend Dex put her through. She is unable to see her own beauty or self-worth and is convinced that she doesnÔÇÖt deserve better or happiness in her life. The development of GracieÔÇÖs character while reading the story is not only very thought-out and elaborate, but also very fascinating. With TuckerÔÇÖs help she is able to see her own worth as a human being and learns that there are people out there that will love her for her and not for the ways in which they can use her. It is great to see her fight for what she wants in the end and not capitulate just because it might be easier.
Tucker and Gracie not only find love with each other, but they also seem to complete each other, despite their issues, in a way that makes them whole.
I have to say, after reading two of Savannah YoungÔÇÖs novels IÔÇÖm a huge fan and will probably one-click her future novels without having to think about it. The only thing I have to lament is that the books are not longer. I love her writing and narrative style, the way she manages to draw out my emotions and is able to captivate my attention from the beginning.
~Review by Anja
(Previously posted on TBE)