Review: Wanted: Wild Thing by Jessica Sims (Midnight Liaisons #4)


Wanted: Wild Thing by Jessica Sims // VBC ReviewWanted: Wild Thing (Midnight Liaisons #4)
Jessica Sims
Published: Aug. 26, 2014 (Pocket Books)
Purchase: Book Depository or Amazon
Review source: purchased

Reviewed by: Amanda

Rating (out of 5): 3.5 stars

Ryder’s spent most of her life hiding in plain sight. She passes for human, and for her, that’s a Very Good Thing, because she’s not. Human, that is. Ryder’s a changeling, and she’s coming up on her 25th birthday. Most male touch aggravates her changeling side, making it hard to date.

When a fae prince shows up and claims her as his property, she’s appalled. She’s even more appalled when he leaves a bodyguard named Hugh with her to keep her chaste until she turns 25. See, the prince has plans for her, and not one of them involves losing her virginity before her birthday. But Ryder’s determined to, because if she doesn’t, she’ll remain an ugly beast forever. Hugh’s not a bad looking guy, and when he starts showing signs of wanting to do more than protect her from danger, Ryder’s determined to have her way.

Wanted: Wild Thing has its good points and meh points. Ryder’s a perpetually perky girly girl that would annoy the crap out of me if it weren’t for her very well timed snark attacks. Hugh, a primordial, has been stuck in a pocket realm and doesn’t realize how much time has passed in the normal world. Watching him adjust and learn about the new world he’s forced to inhabit was often hilarious. Also, I’ll never look at a pizza delivery boy the same again.

In a lot of ways, Wanted is a lot sweeter than its predecessors. Ryder and Hugh have both gone a lifetime without a lot of simple human touches, like the comfort of a hug, or being able to hold someone’s hand. That side of their developing relationship tugged a little at the heartstrings, and I actually liked it better than the sexual side of it.

I felt their chemistry wasn’t all that hot. These two are sweet together, but not exactly memorable. The plot was a bit thin, as well, focused as it was on Ryder determined to lose her virginity before her birthday and Hugh determined that she keep her virginity intact. The pace was slow in spots and for a while the story fell into a repeat cycle: Ryder tries to seduce Hugh, he refuses, she feels guilty, she tries again, and it didn’t do anything to move the story forward.

What surprised me the most was the addition of Savannah into the mix. You remember her, right? The were-cougar that ended up pregnant after she was kidnapped by the Anderson wolf pack? She’s taken over Marie’s job at the agency, which means she gets a decent amount of page time. It only makes me more eager for a resolution to her relationship with Connor.

If the official blurb is to be believed, though, Wanted: Wild Thing is the last in the Midnight Liaisons series (Sims’ website says she plans to write Connor and Savannah’s story, as well as a couple of others). As a series end, it’s a bit on the bland side. Enjoyable, a fun way to spend a few hours, and satisfies my curiosity about Ryder. I just wish itd had a bit moresomething.

Sexual content: graphic sex

4 Responses to “Review: Wanted: Wild Thing by Jessica Sims (Midnight Liaisons #4)”

  1. I really like this series. I finished up WHITE WOLF FEMALE, one of the novellas last night. I was so excited when I received a copy of this one a couple of weeks ago. After I read two more of the short stories I have on my Nook I’m going to crack this puppy open.

  2. Danni says:

    I totally agree with your review. The romance between Hugh and Ryder was much more sweet than the other stories, but the ending was very abrupt in my opinion. What happened to the other primordials??? Epecially if this was the last book.

    You should also read the novellas. Characters in scenes of the previous novels are the main characters in these short stories.

    Mmmmmm … pizza boys. 🙂

    • Amanda says:

      I’m really hoping Sims isn’t lying when she says this isn’t the last book. And I’m definitely going back and reading the novellas. I’ve got a bunch on my Kindle, just have to find the time to read them 🙂

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