Series: Rough Riders #4
Published by Self Published Genres: Contemporary
Tate Donovan is happy that his teammates are finding love but it is no longer on the cards for him. He gave up looking for the one when he found out his ex-wife was using their bed for more than sleeping while he was on the ice. The last thing he wants to do is start dating again but when he’s at his friend’s engagement party he meets Olivia who fascinates him more than he thought was possible. He wants to spend time with her and get to know her but he knows she has no plans on staying in town. Will Tate be able to change her mind and give them a chance?
Olivia Essex is home from France to help her family’s catering company get back in the black. She didn’t really plan to work while she is home but they need the help and besides it’s only for a few weeks before she leaves to go back to France to attend culinary school. The last thing this free spirit is looking for is love but she is up for a good time while she is there. The time she spends with Tate is amazing but then she finds out he’s been keeping a secret that breaks her heart and forces her to realize she cares more about him than she thought she would. With school coming up she has a hard decision to make, she just hopes she makes the right one.
Wild Zone was another winner by Skye Jordan and I absolutely loved Tate and Olivia together. In the previous book, Dirty Score, I didn’t care for Tate and his big brotherly tendencies. He came off as a real jerk so many times so I was glad to see that he could redeem himself in Wild Zone. Olivia’s trust issues revolve around her family keeping secrets so I think I understood why keeping secrets was a big deal breaker for her. After all how you can you actually trust someone after that? While Tate and Olivia might be as different as night and day they came together beautifully and really started to open up to one another.
One thing that really bothered me about Wild Zone was all the family drama that was centered around Olivia and then later Tate. I’m not sure if it’s because I’m used to reading close families in romance novels or that this was just a little overdone. I could see it happening once but it was a constant thing throughout the entire story.
The Rough Riders series continues to grow on me with the humor, love and of course the hot hockey players. Ms. Jordan gives her readers realistic situations and a HEA that is always swoon worthy. I hope Wild Zone isn’t the end of the Rough Riders series and there will be more to come later this year.