I was going to do both Riding Wild and Wicked on Friday but really, each book deserves its own day, I think and as I’m a reader as much as an author, I love, love, love it when I can share great books.
And make no mistake, Jaci Burton’s Riding Wild is a great book. First of all, it’s a really fantastic, action packed, well plotted suspense book. Secondly, it’s a great romance – reunion stories, wheee! Lastly, guh, just guh to the fabulous sex in the book. I think Jaci Burton’s Riding Wild is my favorite Jaci Burton title, which says a lot since I love her writing.
The tension between Mac and Lily is already in place due to a parting ten years prior. But Burton doesn’t rely on the past to tell you about it, she feeds it to the reader in incremental bits, drawing it out, making it taut and very believable. Romantic and sexual tension is hard to create effectively and really hard to sustain. But in Riding Wild, she does it quite handily.
It’s that thread of emotional heat between Lily and Mac that I felt threads the entire book together so solidly. The sex is wildly hot of course, but the sexual tension is what makes the entire book so sexy. The external threat, the way Burton has crafted a great tale of suspense and weaved it around the romantic elements – this is the books’ strength.
I loved the little bits that make the story ring true – the wonderful smattering of biker life just made me smile. Oh and *wipes brow* the other Wild Riders she introduces? Yum. I loved their camaderie, it lent a nice bit of family to the story.
In all, honestly, I think Jaci has seriously outdone herself here and has set a really high bar for erotic romantic suspense, hell for single title erotics period.
You can pre-order Riding Wild now. It comes out in February and hello, it’s the first in a series so I’m SO on board for the next book.