Friday, August 12, 2016

[Review] Wild Heart by Beth Ehemann

Wild Heart 
Viper's Heart, Book 2
by Beth Ehemann

For Lawrence “Viper” Finkle, hockey isn’t just a sport, it’s a way of life. Since the first time he stepped onto the ice at just eight years old, he knew what he was meant to do, and he does it well. When his career takes an unexpected hit, and his relationship is pushed to the breaking point, he’s left sidelined and wondering what his future holds.
Just when he’s sure things can’t get any worse…they do.
Can Viper pull himself together in time to save his career, his girl, and his sanity? Or will he be permanently benched?

***4.5 Stars***

Read book 1, Cement Heart, prior to reading Wild Heart. This is a continuation of Viper and Michelle's story.

Viper and Michelle’s story has to be one of my favorites. Nothing about their story is conventional. To how they fell in love to how they re-fall in love. The journey that these two have to take to finally get their happily ever after is one of my favorites.

Viper. I don’t even know where to start with him. Having never given a thought to a life or a family with someone he loves, the journey with Michelle has him on top of the world, until an accident that could rattle his future forever. I love Viper, but man, I wanted to junk punch him a few times during this book. The man is his own enemy at times but in the end, he redeems himself you continue to fall in love with him and all the measures he takes to get what is his back. His pot found its lid, now he has to prove to her that she is everything he wants and more.

Michelle. This woman deserves an award; hands down she is one of my favorite female characters to date. The tragedy in book one has you hurting for you and then loving the new road life has happen for her. Then BOOM Viper has to be a jerk and you hurt for her. I wanted to climb into my Kindle, hug her and smack him. Michelle is tough! She protects what is hers and that is her family. Loving Viper wasn’t going to be an easy ride, which she knew, she just didn’t know how stubborn he could be or the battle it would be to stay his forever. But, she was his lid; Viper just needed to prove how she was meant for him.

These two. I love them and their story. It’s a story of healing and the journey of how to get there. I can’t wait to read more about them in Andy’s book!

About Beth Ehemann

Beth Ehemann lives in the northern suburbs of Chicago with her husband and four children. When she's not sitting in front of her computer writing, or on Pinterest, she loves reading, photography, martinis and all things Chicago Cubs. She's represented by Jessica Watterson of the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency.


Lucy, Piper, Matthew, and Emma ate fast and scampered off to play Ping-Pong in the basement while Grace and Maura toddled around the family room, chewing on everything they could get their hands on. 

“Want a glass of wine?” Kacie asked as she put the last of the pizza in the fridge. 

“Um . . . nah. I’ve been fighting a headache all day and that would just make it worse.” 

Kacie nodded and filled her wine glass with Riesling. She grabbed a water bottle from the fridge and balanced the drinks carefully in her hands as she stepped over our makeshift baby gate of pillows and an ottoman. 

“Thanks.” I took the bottle from her, ready to relax and watch our boys play. The second period was just starting and the Wild were already up 2—0. 

I didn’t think the day could get much better. 

Kacie plopped down roughly, giggling when she spilled a little wine down the front of her shirt. “Oh well.” She shrugged and took another sip. 

“Thanks for tonight, Kacie. You have no idea how much I needed this.” 

“Oh my goodness, don’t mention it. It’s been so fun. I think this should be our new road trip tradition.” 

“I’ll drink to that,” I said as I held my water up in the air. She grinned and immediately leaned over, touching her glass with my bottle. 

We relaxed back into her oversized couch happily, while our babies played and boys kicked ass on TV. 

Just before the second period was ending, there was a breakaway play and Viper was all alone, dribbling the puck down the ice toward the goal. Kacie and I both sat forward in our seats, praying for another Wild goal. He skated along the boards, nearing the goalie, when out of nowhere Ricky Young from the St. Louis Blues barreled into him, sending him crashing into the glass. 

“Holy shit!” I jumped up and covered my mouth. 

Hard hits were nothing new in hockey, but that one was brutal, and it was obvious by the way his body flew that Viper had no idea Ricky was even near him.

“He’s okay. He’s totally fine,” Kacie tried to reassure me, taking a step closer as she put her hand on my arm. 

But . . . he wasn’t okay. 

Within a couple of seconds, the station cut to a commercial break and fear exploded inside of my chest.

Not again. Oh God, please not again.

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