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Born to be Wild by Lynne Connolly
Series: Nightstar #6
Published by Ellora's Cave Genres: Contemporary
Reviewed by Jo
Riku Shiraishi is one of the members of the world famous rock band, Murder City Ravens. They hit it big during this world tour, and they just hit the last stop on the tour—his home town of New York. Riku is ready to begin the next album, along with the other members, but he has something pulling him to a certain shop in Manhattan today…the woman with whom he had a long term affair while they were both in music school and who disappeared without a word. Riku has located her and now just needs to work up the nerve to walk into through front door. But fate might have answered his inner questions for him.
Cyn Woodley, okay, it really is Cynthia but don’t call her that if you want to stay on her good side, has become an up and coming jewelry designer after giving up her dreams of becoming an opera singer and exploring her love and possibly having a life with Riku. Cyn is very surprised one afternoon when she literally bumps into Riku after over eight years passing since they’d last seen each other. Once they go into her shop, things turn crazy fast as Riku is recognized, and her shop is suddenly filled with fans. Another thing that surprises Cyn is how fast the feelings and passion between her and Riku come back.
Riku has never known why Cyn left the school they both attended or why she didn’t fulfill her promise to join him in Paris. Cyn knew that Riku didn’t have the best childhood and part of his current reputation and personality was his way of taking control, but even she had not figured out exactly what drove him. While their past passion seemed as if it never went away, these years apart have made them different people than they were as teenagers. Riku and Cyn figure out pretty fast that their feelings for each other are hot as ever, yet something seems to be getting in the way of building on that passion and fulfilling the promise of a life long journey together. It will take emotional circumstances and soul opening discussions before Riku and Cyn can overcome what seems to be the huge hole between them and to be together like it seems they have always reached for. The questions are, have they waited too long for this discussion and are their lives too different to be combined now?
Two teenagers who once had a passionate life together rediscover each other as adults in Born to be Wild. Many things have happened to both Riku and Cyn during the time they have been apart—things that made them the adults they are today. I was very happy to see that Riku was going to get his happy ever after like this band mates did and that it was with a woman he loved once before. I personally felt after learning all that happened to both Riku and Cyn while they were apart, that those differences made them more compatible now than if they had stayed together the entire time. I loved how they both had a sense of the outlandishness and yet how it affected both of them in different ways. I also enjoyed seeing how Cyn and Riku both pumped each other up and completed each other. Born to be Wild brings two strong willed personalities together with a combination of passion and compassion all rolled together with a bedrock of friendship, which makes for one great journey to love.
Now that all of the members of the Murder City Ravens have found their partners in life, I can see that I will need to begin at the beginning and read them back to back.