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Wild at Heart

3.84  ·  Rating Details  ·  775 Ratings  ·  90 Reviews
This title has been removed from sale by Penguin Group, USA.
Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Published (first published January 1st 1997)
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Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession
3 All for Michael Stars

I loved the hero Michael. He was the best part of this book. For 75% of the book I wanting to throat punch the heroine Sydney. I felt she was spineless and cowardly. She let everyone walk on her and bully her into doing what they wanted like a doormat. She almost said yes to West's marriage proposal just because she was sick of him asking over and over. She didn't stand up for the hero when her aunt would treat him like shit. I felt she didn't deserve Michael. Towards the
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Stacia (the 2010 club)
I was hoping for more "wild man" than we got here, since I am always on the lookout for Tarzan/Jungle Book/Raised by Wolves/Unused to Society types of stories.

The first part of Wild at Heart sort of touched on Michael's transition from the wild, but it was less about Michael and more about how everyone else reacted to him. I would have liked to delved further into Michael's head for this (very brief) amount of time when he was not quite yet civilized.

But then, it was over way too soon and the s
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Julianna
Oct 14, 2010 Julianna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Unique Romances, Beta Heroes, Virgin Heroes
Reviewed for THC Reviews
"4.5 stars" Wild at Heart is a beautiful and unique book, perhaps not to literature in general, since it's overarching plot of a “lost man” being found in the wilderness apparently unable to speak is reminiscent of stories such as Tarzan or The Jungle Book. However, for the romance genre, it is definitely an unusual tale. Patricia Gaffney certainly appears to have done her homework, giving the reader authentic historical and scientific tidbits throughout the novel. The he
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Rachel Regina
Overall rating: 4 stars!

Triggers:
Cheating: (view spoiler)
Love triangle: (view spoiler)
Sex with om/ow: (view spoiler)

HEA: yes, but an epilogue would have been nice

My review:

Sydney has been a widow for about a year in a half now. She recently has moved back home after the tragic death of her husband and is trying to get her social life back on track. Her father, a scientist, has a new project that he is working on along with his assistan
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Linds
Jan 15, 2010 Linds rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Tarzan & Jane
I loved this book. Absolutely loved it. I stayed up way too late reading it and was tired at work today, but it was worth it. The premise is pretty out there but it was executed and written really well and you just go with it.

Michael is one of my favorite romantic heroes now. He was lost in the Canadian wilderness as a child and raised at first by Indians for a year and he lived among wolves. All this happens before the book starts.

He is found in his 20's and taken for some sociological experime
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Kim H
May 15, 2009 Kim H rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: keeper
I thought this story was darned near as good as it gets. It's very touching and funny, and has a unique storyline - my #1 criteria for an exceptional romance. The secondary characters were very lively and well written, the story vivid and highly evocative. Michael is the quintessential perfect hero; I loved everything about him, and will probably always regard him as one of my favorite romance heroes of all time. He's a man of strong character, convictions & courage, and even though he is co ...more
Kristiej
Jul 13, 2014 Kristiej rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of my most comforting of comfort reads. I adore this story of Michael MacNeil and his poignant return to civilization. I love the slow realization that Michael is an intelligent young man who was just lost in the wilderness for years. The growing love between Michael and the young widow Sydney Barrow is tender, funny, touching and all things that are good. I want to cry every time I read about Michael's loneliness. This book is easily one of my top 10 of all time reading. I wish they ...more
JLC
What I enjoyed about this books was that the H was so naïve & innocent, but at the same time so virile & masculine. He was void of any selfishness & rouge characteristics that most H's in stories possess. What a lucky h!
starsaga
Unique with a great cast of characters.
I loved this book, it took me to a place where only a good author can take a reader. I was truly satisfied reading this story, it was lively, sweet and just a little bit wild. I fell in love with Michael but he seemed almost too fragile for the world he was thrust into. It would have been amazing if he had not turned out to be some baron or nobleman, just a regular man who was lost as a child, but this is a historical and some title-dropping has to happen
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Jenny
Nov 26, 2014 Jenny rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Jennifer
The only thing I could possibly complain about is that it wasn't available as an e-book and I had to go hunt down a physical copy. (found one on a used book website) That I even went through the effort to get a physical copy, tells you just how much I wanted to read it. It didn't disappoint. :)
Lizzy
Oct 16, 2015 Lizzy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Belo e original
Estou feliz por começar o ano com leituras tão maravilhosas. Wild at Heart é um livro muito lindo e carregado de significados.

O herói Michael passou quase duas décadas da sua jovem existência longe da civilização, vivendo em território remoto e selvagem do Canadá. Ele tinha apenas seis anos de idade quando um acidente ocasionou esse ponto divisor em sua vida. Ele se tornou o "lost man".

Ele foi capturado, preso como um animal, e posteriormente objeto de estudo de um antropólogo,
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Arlene
Aug 20, 2009 Arlene rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2009, romance, adult
Wild at Heart by Patricia Gaffney was an enjoyable read for me. It moved along at a steady pace and kept me interested in the characters and the outcome pretty much the whole way through. The majority of the characters were weaved into the storyline perfectly. I cared for the outcome of Sydney and Michael and was hoping they would achieve a happy ending. What made this story so enjoyable for me was the main character Michael MacNeil. He was so sensitive and true to his feelings and emotions, tha ...more
Linda
Can you imagine what would happen if you were a child and civilization was lost to you? No one to take care of you. Teach you. Love you. WILD AT HEART is the story of a young boy who lost his parents. Add to his confusion and grief the fact that he now lives in a unknown land and comes upon both unsavory and well-meaning characters in the form of humans and animals. And for years, this is his life.

Time continues on until one day he is caught. Believed to be 'the lost man' he is poked and prodded
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Pixelinchen
Mar 11, 2013 Pixelinchen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Pixelinchen by: Smart Bitch Sarah
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Angela
Aug 10, 2009 Angela rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, ebooks
It is entirely the fault of the fine ladies at Smart Bitches Trashy Books that I picked up an ebook copy of Patricia Gaffney's Wild at Heart, which showed up on Smart Bitch Candy's list of books with Schlocky Premises But Good Executions. And let's face it, folks, "boy raised by wolves" is a pretty schlocky premise to start with. But yeah, Smart Bitch Candy is right. Gaffney pulled off a surprisingly charming little novel here.

It's 1893, and Sydney Darrow, after the death of her young husband, h
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Trin
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Abby
Feb 12, 2009 Abby rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, dnf
*Meh*. I started it, but really struggled with the dull language, wooden characterizations, and too much "telling" and not enough "showing."

It was also really hard to pinpoint exactly WHEN the story was taking place. There were moments when the characters referenced taking the train from the suburbs into downtown Chicago, but then other times when the behaviors and mores seemed early Victorian. I wasn't ever able to get an actual year and that bothered me. I think this is because as a reader of
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V.J. Chambers
Apr 20, 2014 V.J. Chambers rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
This was lovely. Just a very nice feel-good story. I read it to get in the mood for the story I'm writing now about a werewolf who can't remember how to be a man, and I think it influenced me well in that regard. But beyond that, it was quite touching and nice. I really liked it.
PT
Jul 05, 2009 PT rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found out about this little gem on Nalini Singh's blog (love her writing BTW).
The storyline is a little different take on the usual family taking in a stranger theme. I found it interesting the evolution of Michael as a "civilized" individual. He really is the heart of this story and I was always delighted by his thoughts and actions. Sydney was a bit passive as a heroine, but an interesting contrast to Michael's passion and joie de vivre. I didn't really care for Sydney's family, with the exc
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Wicked Incognito Now
Entirely lovely.

The storyline is one that Candy on the Smart Bitches, Trashy Books blog would call "schlocky." In 1893, a man who was left in the wild as a boy, presumed dead and grew up on his own with only animals for companions is found and being studied by heroine's professor father.

This is sort of Tarzan and Jane storyline. Sydney, the heroine, takes the hero (Michael) under her wing to introduce him to the human world and human way of doing things. There's such a sweetness and innocence ab
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Maddux
I went and bought an actual in-hand copy --with real pages-- of this book because I couldn't buy it on Kindle.

And I did not like it.

Maybe my palate for enjoying these kinds of books has changed, because this was such a depressing story.

The only thing I did like about this book was hero Michael MacNeil. His sweetness and innocence was wonderful. But the rest... Depressing.

I wanted to love it. I really did. But I can't even finish it. I got to the point where they found out where he came from and
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Princessjay
Jul 09, 2011 Princessjay rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
A slow-moving story, told in small details. The hero is the brave innocent, a Galahad from out of time and society, who sees people's intentions without regard to their social context or niceties. The heroine of course found his interest unsettling but is full of compassion for the beautiful man raised by apes. The first half of the book is very sweet.

The story then decends into the banal as ** spoiler! ** he is found, fortuitously, to be the long lost son of an aristocrat, and is therefore a mo
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Christy
I am honestly really tempted to give this one five stars. I thought it was lovely, charming, and moving. The emphasis on animals throughout really worked for me. I don't think I can quite do it, though. Basically, I'm torn between ranking it 5 stars as the best romance novel I've read (so far) and therefore at the top of its class and ranking it 4 stars because it doesn't match up to my all-time favorite novels in general. I just don't know. If the book sticks with me I might come back and re-st ...more
Mariachiara
Allevato dai lupi

Autore: Patricia Gaffney

Titolo originale: Wild at heart

Genere: storico

Editore: Euroclub

Trama: Lo chiamano l‘“uomo perduto”. È bello, selvaggio, ribelle; è stato allevato dai lupi, non comprende il linguaggio degli uomini, non conosce la civiltà. E ora che è prigioniero di un gruppo di scienziati che vogliono osservarlo, esaminarlo, studiarlo, tutti lo trattano molto più come un animale ch ecome un essere umano. Solo Sydney, la figlia di un rinomato antropologo, riesce a leggere
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Jacqueline
This turned out pretty good. I liked the plot although I had wondered earlier where the story was going after they discovered he wasn't really feral but could talk and read etc. A nice little book not deep but well written. Enough that I could give this author another try. She might never be a favorite but not one I never want to see again. The historical aspect seemed well done and there were no blatant anachronisms.
Tash
Jun 30, 2011 Tash rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cute! Michael is such a lovable character specially in the beginning. But I couldn't read this book till the end. It really bored me and I expected to see a little more wildness in Michael which I did not. But still it was enjoyable.
Kathy
This was just wonderful. The story. The writing style. The characters. I had moments of angst, fear, laughter, tears and joy. I just really, really, enjoyed this book.
Diana Green
Jan 18, 2015 Diana Green rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a sweetly written historical romance with some unusual elements. I was drawn in by the evocative descriptions and enjoyed the book, even though the plot became predictable. I found the heroine frustratingly passive, but the quality of writing made up for that. I did skim over a few chapters toward the end, because I knew exactly what was going to happen, and the pacing was a bit slow for me. Still, overall, this is a pleasant, good-hearted novel, with a classically happy ending. It make ...more
new_user
Mar 21, 2009 new_user marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
O.M.G. Tarzan in print? Heck yeah. LOL.
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Patricia Gaffney was born in Tampa, Florida, and grew up in Bethesda, Maryland, a suburb of Washington, D.C. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English and philosophy from Marymount College in Tarrytown, New York, and also studied literature at Royal Holloway College of the University of London, at George Washington University, and at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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