God, your late teens/early twenties. How weird were those years? The weirdest, right? You’re trying to figure it out. Who you are, what you’re doing, where you’re going. There’s new expectations placed on you, new responsibilities, and you’re balancing all that with work and/or school, and your social and love lives.
But, at the same time, you’re free. Probably freer than you’ve ever been up until that point. Maybe freer than you’ll ever be again. You don’t have your parents down the hall, and you’re largely in charge of yourself, your future, who you are and who you’ll be. And you can buy a drink legally, which was probably my favorite thing back then. Might still be my favorite thing, come to think of it.
There’s a certain magic in those wild, hazy, sometimes overwhelming years and I love that we have a shelf now full of books dedicated to it. I love that I get to add to that shelf, and my Lane gets to become a place there you can go to buy a drink from a scrappy, pretty waitress who may or may not get into a brawl before the night is over. And maybe on your way out of the bar, you’ll be approached by a shady looking guy who mumbles an invite to an underground fight later. Just be careful if you accept. Accidents have been known to happen down dark alleys. Bring a friend. Preferably someone who’s not afraid to walk the line of legal.
Bri Martin likes her skirts too short, her heels too high, and trouble close at hand. So when big, brooding underground boxer Luke Turner comes into the bar where she works and starts a fight before she brings his first drink, she can’t help being intrigued. Luke is everything she never wanted and everything she can’t resist.
Soon, Luke is showing up everywhere Bri is, and she can’t break free of his hold on her, nor does she want to. When her best friend turns on her, it’s Luke who is there. When Luke’s opponent comes after her to send Luke a message, it’s he who comes to her rescue.
Before Bri knows it, she’s caught in the midst of a rivalry between her boyfriend and her boss, both of whom are not content to settle their scores inside the ring. She swore she’d never live this life, so like the one she once ran from. But only by confronting her past can she decide where her future lies…and whether Luke can be a part of it.
You can find Wild Ones over this way.
Giveaway: I’ve got a $15 gift card to the retailer of your choice for a random commenter. Tell me your favorite drink. Your favorite memory from your own wild years. Or just say hey. That works too.
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Kristine Wyllys is a hopeless romantic with crazy hair, big lips, and bigger sunglasses. She lives in a town too tiny to be called one where she plays pretend and dances around a dusty kitchen with a baby on each hip. You can find her everywhere on the web, because she’s a shameless social media junkie.