Tessa Bailey returns with the second title in the Romancing the Clarksons series, again narrated by Greyson Ash. This is Aaron’s story, and we see opposites attract and combust in
Too Wild to Tame
First meeting Aaron in the fatal (for the car) road trip with Rita in Too Hot to Handle, he’s a bit of a loner and a planner, with a decided place for everything, and everything in its place. As with Rita, a passing childhood comment from a parent (in his case, father) has stuck with him, and he has lived his life as if those were words to live by. He’s a loner, taking risks large and small to get what he wants, and never relying on anyone else to reach his goals. So, he’s a loner with a touch of wild child hidden beneath, or perhaps not so hidden as an indiscretion got him fired from his last job. He’s itching to get this damnable road trip over with and return to his first love: politics. Most specifically working as a highly placed and relied upon aide to a senator set to make a run for the presidency.
Grace is the daughter of Aaron’s prospective new employer, and a woman born far out of her time and place. While her family is conservative, driven and straight-laced, Grace would have been the perfect fit in Haight-Ashbury, or at those wilder psychic fairs. Everything is a sign or omen, and while she’s not even close to wild, she is dreamy and appears unfocused, much to her family’s discontent. But, one thing has her attention: Aaron. Sure, she shouldn’t be interested in the driven and work-obsessed man, particularly as he works for her father, but, he’s interested too. And she just can’t stay away.
But, that’s all after they discover who each other is. Because Grace is the “hidden” daughter, her parents don’t rely on her for appearances, keep her on the outskirts, and her desires to make a difference in the world are vastly different from her father’s political machinations. And then we have Aaron, aware that he uses charm and his intelligence to manipulate situations to his advantage, heedless of the later costs. So, the instant attraction to Grace seemed like a good thing. Until it didn’t.
Fortunately, the pairing brings out the best in both of them: Grace softens Aaron’s quick-witted plow through to the end, and Aaron actually listens to her, and helps to build her confidence in her own instincts. Off the charts chemistry, a carefully plotted out reveal for each character gives Grace her voice and Aaron the ability and willingness to think about consequences and learning to rely on another person, while trying to choose decisions with best intentions. Add to their story, the continuing saga of the Clarkson siblings on their road trip, and the laughs, ridiculous moments and heartfelt revelations shine though.
Narrated again by Greyson Ash, she managed to add that ethereal space-cadet feeling to Grace, without making her come off as a total nutter. Her interactions and reactions as she dissects signs and clues, all narrated to great effect, clearly show her sweetness and juxtaposes neatly with the slightly oily overlay to the earlier interactions with Aaron that gently peel away as we get to know him. A wonderful listen, perfectly fitting into the series.
Stars: Overall 4 Narration 4 Story 4
Title: Too Wild to Tame
Author: Tessa Bailey
Series: Romancing the Clarksons #2
Also in this series: Too Hot to Handle, Too Beautiful to Break, Too Hard to Forget
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Narrator: Greyson Ash
Published by: Forever, Hachette Audio
Published on: 31 January 2017
Source: Hachette Audio
Audio Length: 9 Hours: 25 minutes
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Sometimes you just can't resist playing with fire . . .
By day, Aaron Clarkson suits up, shakes hands, and acts the perfect gentleman. But at night, behind bedroom doors, the tie comes off and the real Aaron comes out to play. Mixing business with pleasure got him fired, so Aaron knows that if he wants to work for the country's most powerful senator, he'll have to keep his eye on the prize. That's easier said than done when he meets the senator's daughter, who's wild, gorgeous, and 100 percent trouble.
Grace Pendleton is the black sheep of her conservative family. Yet while Aaron's presence reminds her of a past she'd rather forget, something in his eyes keeps drawing her in. Maybe it's the way his voice turns her molten. Or maybe it's because deep down inside, the ultra-smooth, polished Aaron Clarkson might be more than even Grace can handle . . .
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A copy of this title was provided via Hachette Audio for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.