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To Love, Honor, and Protect

Detective Clay Blackthorne has his hands full when he promises to safeguard an old college pal’s sister without letting her know what he’s up to. He never imagines that lively Marisol Calderon will knock his socks off and put a ring on his finger - and all at his suggestion! Their marriage of convenience is meant to protect her and Clay doesn’t

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Kindle Edition, 166 pages
Published November 7th 2011 by Victoria Koch
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Anuradha
Just...no. There was a point in the book where the H told the h she walked "provocatively", and proceeded to imitate the same. While this particular element was probably added to up the humour content of the book, it just came off in bad taste. The instalove was too insta, and the chemistry was bullshit. I am so done with "noble intentions", mostly because any H who shows them ends up being kind of hypocritical anyway. Oh, and what is with the anti-abortion agenda in this one? Like the fact th ...more
Nikki
3.5 Stars --> Hmm... Where to start?

Ok, For the most part, I enjoyed this book. The plot was well written and the mystery stalker was actually a surprise! I hate when I know pretty much from the beginning of a book whodunnit, but with Wild for You I was enjoyably stumped! Throughout the book I had a few ideas of who it could be, the person it turned out to be was one of my 'persons of interest', but there was a twist I really didn't see coming. So that part I liked a whole lot.

As for the char
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Amanda
Nov 15, 2012 Amanda rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-12
I think the reason that I originally downloaded this book for Kindle is that it was on a "recommended" shelf (which makes me wonder how much amazon really knows about me) and it was only $.99. It had it's good points and it had it's bad points, but for me, the bad outweighed the good. Maybe it just wasn't my kind of book - I'm typically not the romance novel kind of girl.

Marisol was a very likable character. She was independent and sassy and driven... but then she just gets stupid (but more on t
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Tori Macallister
Feb 04, 2012 Tori Macallister rated it it was ok
Shelves: in-kindle, the-latest
I would have to give this novel 2.5 stars - there were few typos that made me wince ("relive" instead of relief and "mail clients" when the detective wanted a list of her male clients). While the heroine was bubbly, Marisol sadly had a few TSTL moments. Her stalker contacted her on the phone two separate times with Clay standing next to her and she STILL suspects him of being the culprit? I would readily believe she was a lot younger than her stated age, but she still had many endearing qualitie ...more
Hbeebti
Sep 20, 2012 Hbeebti rated it really liked it
Shelves: freebies
I thought his was pretty cute. Clay was so very yummy. My only complaint was that I wish the ending was a little longer. It kinda felt rushed at the end. Other than that I will be looking for other books by this author.
Nicole Smith
Mar 18, 2016 Nicole Smith rated it really liked it
This was a hot suspenseful read. I really liked the hero Clay, he was oh so yummy. I liked the heroine Marisol, she was a strong independent character. There is someone stalking Marisol and Clay has agreed to protect her for an old buddy unknown to Marisol. I loved their first meeting gave me a chuckle. As you read you can't help, but fall for Clay a little yourself though i did want to smack a few times. Will Clay realize he deserves love and a family before it's too late?
Siobhan Muir
Mar 27, 2012 Siobhan Muir rated it liked it
Wild for You was an intriguing story, a romantic suspense between a salon owner and a police detective requested by the salon owner's overprotective brother to protect her from a stalker. Ms. Knightly does tell an entertaining tale and this is a fairly light story, but there were a couple of things that bugged me (and this is just my opinion).

One of my pet peeves is head hopping and this story has several places where it happens. Sometimes we have one sentence in her POV and then it switches bac
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LaFleurBleue
That book had a promising start, with characters who had a little something to make them stand out. However outside of this effort in characterisation, the whole read really quickly went downhill. The plot was far-fetched, with too many "convenient" and cliched tropes thrown in, including the very bad unknown stalker and the expected to be miraculous marriage of convenience. This last I really hate in almost all contemporary romances. What disappointed me most was the fact that nothing was ever ...more
Jules
Apr 02, 2012 Jules rated it liked it
I had a hard time staying with this story. It was one of those where the main characters fall in love practically at first sight (gag!) and the woman is constantly throwing herself at him no matter what he does or says (double gag!). Then there are her many stupid mistakes when she's got a stalker after her! As one poster put it - TSTL!!! I have a hard time believing anybody would be as careless as she was in that situation.

Even though I hated this particular story, I wouldn't hesitate to read
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Lori Connors
Apr 06, 2016 Lori Connors rated it really liked it
Nice book

This is a nice book to read if you can get past the illogical parts. So unbelievable that in less than 8 hours you meet and then have that stranger spending the night to "protect" you. Story line is pretty predictable but a nice, easy read.
Erica
This is a sweet romance. It's short, I read it in a few hours, and it's a cute stalker story where the bodyguard falls in love with the woman that he is protecting and she with him. It's set in Miami which is the best thing about it...I love all the Latin references that make Miami so unique. However, the sex scenes aren't terribly hot (more kissing than anything else), there's not a lot of character development, there could have been more depth to the story, and really, the ending was disappoin ...more
Linda Andrews
Dec 02, 2011 Linda Andrews rated it really liked it
Someone is stalking Marisol Calderon and Detective Clay Blackthorne is determined to get to the bottom of it. Even if it means breaking his vow never to get married to protect her. Marisol is full of sass and spunk and won't be so easily controlled by Clay no matter how good his intentions.

Marisol is easy to like. She's kind, vivacious and talented. Best of all she creatively uses some hair products to get her way. Clay is strong and lethal, making him the perfect alpha hero. The combination of
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Desiree
Quick and enjoyable read with some fun and comedic dialogue.

I must say though that this general trend in romance novels of falling in love within two days to a week and then pledging everlasting love a week after are a bit much. I mean, it's fiction but really? Has that always been the trend or have I not been paying attention?

And speaking of implausible plots, how is it that Marisol can suddenly trust Mr. Detective Hottie McScottie so easily seeing as she knows absolutely nothing about him an
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Catalina
Sep 26, 2012 Catalina rated it did not like it
I'm more than halfway done with the book and I can't seem to get into it at all. I've had to put it down a few times because I have school stuff to do but at no point am I in a hurry to coming back and reading it like some other books that I just can't seem to put down. They're whole entire relationship is silly and ridiculous. Who gets married after two days of meeting a person and gets that comfortable? It's just all wrong. IDK maybe it's just not for me but I seriously would consider other th ...more
Sarah
May 20, 2016 Sarah rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
DNF at 22%

I've had this on my kindle for a couple years and decided to finally give it a go.

*Sigh*

The idea behind the plot is solid. There's just something about the interactions between the H&h, add to the at the way the author writes. Loosley quoted "when she broke up with her fiance and moved to Napa with her brother, she knew that she had to move"... this is either a double redundant or the author needs to add in a few more words to tie in the second part of that sentence with her secon
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MoHurley
Jun 20, 2015 MoHurley rated it it was ok
Wild For You is a cheesy formulaic romantic suspense story set in Florida. I liked the setting, and the basic storyline. That's about it. A good escape read if you don't demand too much from a book, and have a lot of time to kill--as you'll be rereading sections to figure out what's going on.

The story begins well but the plot's convoluted. The premise that the main characters get married to dissuade a stalker--is just too weird and contrived. Add a quickie novella ending, and silly didactic dial
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Adriana Buiuca
Feb 12, 2014 Adriana Buiuca rated it liked it
Shelves: not-so-great
This book was nice, but not great :(
Short story: we have a pretty latin girl with a stalker, big brother has a best friend a detective. He is hired by the brother to protect her and they fall in love at some point. When she finds out who he really is they fight and she leaves. The stalker gets her and in 2 sec she is saved. They swear eternal love. The end.
Really, that's it!
The book is superficial, is missing feelings , details ... i don't even know what to say is missing to be honest. When t
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HJ
Oct 12, 2012 HJ rated it liked it
For 95% of this book, I was pleasantly surprised. A somewhat predictable, but fairly smooth flowing romantic suspense.

But then, when the villain was revealed, it turned sour for me. How over-the-top cartoonish the villain was just annoyed the crapola out of me, and then the 'faster than the speed of light,' ending didn't help. WTH?!

Maybe it was just me. I don't think so.
Kjen
Feb 05, 2012 Kjen rated it it was ok
This was just ok. Popped up as an inexpensive Kindle recommendation on Amazon. I've found this a good way to try out new authors. The characters were fairly easy to like, although some of their motivations weren't believable. Was billed as a "hot" read and the sexual tension was pretty well done, but the love scene/s (can't remember if there was more than one) didn't deliver.
Emily
Jan 24, 2014 Emily rated it did not like it
This clearly originated as a personal fantasy that did not translate well onto the page, or at least into a novella. Awkward characterization and rushed plotting made Clay seem like a creep. Like Clay's professional trust-building strategy ("there's a stalker on the loose so I, a complete stranger who tells you nothing about himself, should force my way into your apartment and then berate you later for not being more emphatic when saying 'no' to me"), the prose had little finesse. Marisol's blat ...more
Milena
Jan 15, 2014 Milena rated it did not like it
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Angie Klug
Just okay. I liked the characters...but something was missing. The storyline just seemed to fall flat. The drama seemed anti-clamatic and I wished it would have been more descriptive. I'm glad it was a freebie, I doubt I'll continue the series.
Elle
Jan 05, 2014 Elle rated it liked it
3.5
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Joan
Jul 31, 2014 Joan rated it really liked it
Wild for You by Sophia Knightly is a romance with a touch of mystery and suspense. For me, it was an entertaining and fast paced story. Marisol has bult a successful hair salon and a good life for herself surrounded by friends and family. Clay is a typical strong and determined alpha male cop who has burned by a previous marriage and doesn't plan on ever being involved again. His best friend Marcos, Marisol's brother, has asked him to guard her from a stalker. Clay's idea for Marisol's safety is ...more
D.B. Reynolds
Jun 25, 2015 D.B. Reynolds rated it liked it
There was really no reason for this couple to get married! An improbable plot, but characters that were, for the most part, likable. Especially hero Clay.
Kaffi
Apr 03, 2014 Kaffi rated it really liked it
Nice romance with an HEA ending

Nice romance with an HEA ending

When strong willed Marisol has a stalker sending her notes and flowers and refuses help from her big brother, in steps Clay, a detective that is friends with the older brother. Clay decides that a marriage of convenience is the best way to protect Marisol and, of course, a little romance ensues.
I enjoyed this story very much until the end. Although it does have a nice HEA ending, it felt rushed and a little anticlimactic. The characte
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Mio
Jan 08, 2012 Mio rated it did not like it
Worst book I read in a long time, no depths to the characters and the story was way way cliche, really disappointing
Natasha Gill
Apr 04, 2016 Natasha Gill rated it it was ok
I nearly put this book down so many times.... It's very cliched, and I lost count of how many times the author raved about his calloused hands, how big and manly he was, and how petite she was. Oh and let's not forget countless mentions of how well her body "fit" against his body.

Told in the 3rd person for each character you can't really connect to the love element and it's all abit silly that they meet, after a couple of days get married, sleep together on a fake honeymoon and whaddyaknow - it'
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AH
Sep 14, 2012 AH marked it as to-read
Kindle free download 9/12/12.
Conny
Feb 25, 2014 Conny rated it liked it
I got this book as a free download and I liked it. Like some other reviewers I had a little trouble getting into the book, normally I have a hard time putting any book down, but I ended up reading some other books in between this one. I am not sure why it did not speak to me, I liked the premise and the characters but somehow it just took such a long time to get to the climax of the book and then ended to abruptly. Overall I liked it enough to finish it and I certainly would not rule out any oth ...more
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