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Wild Ones (The Lane #1)

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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
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Kindle Edition, 156 pages
Published January 13th 2014 by Carina Press
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Paula
Jan 17, 2014 rated it really liked it

Wild Ones is Kristine Wyllys' debut book... or novella? I’m not sure what to call it since it’s only 156 pages long. But what a jam-packed, drama-filled, sexy, and highly emotional 156 pages it was. Honestly, I was a bit hesitant to read this book at first. The ratings are all over the place and I think the problem is that the blurb is slightly deceiving; it doesn’t tell the reader what they’re truly getting themselves into. If I were to compare and that’s a big IF, I would say this couple falls
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Mandi Schreiner
Jan 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
I really liked this one. It's dark and intense. Violent. VERY sexy. Hero is an underground boxer who is massive and broody.

Heroine is cocky, sarcastic - kind of a bitch - but it works for her.

Sex is hot. I like the boxing aspect. Heroine works at a bar and I liked that atmosphere. It's gritty and edgy. Highly rec.
Megan Erickson
Mar 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya-new-adult
The prose of this book, in a nutshell, blew me away. I could not stop reading because the main character's voice was so strong and the writing so gorgeous.

An example:

There was me and there was him and we were more than the others somehow and it didn't make sense, yet I'd never been so sure of something in my life.

I mean, that's just one line among many. Her writing made me have so many deep feels, I had to take a breather.

Wild Ones isn't your typical romance and it isn't your typical NA. The he
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Jen
Jan 14, 2014 rated it it was ok
Bri and Luke
2.5 stars

Too much drama. Too much fighting and sex. Why were they together? I do like the fighting theme and the bar setting though.
Xan West
This is a whirlwind of a book, and it caught me up completely. I could not put it down. Devoured it fast. It got me to care about Bri immediately, so deeply wrapped up in her world and the intensity of the story. It gutted me in a glorious way, resonated at a frequency that felt exactly right, and just kept surprising me in the ways that it would turn.

The writing is gorgeous. It grips you and doesn't let you go. Beautiful metaphors. Tremendously strong voice.

This is not a light book; it's set
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Tabatha
Jan 03, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley
Wild... well that is one adjective to use to describe this couple, but I prefer the term insane. This wasn't your flowery type of romance at all, and trust me I don't always need that, but I honestly didn't feel like it ended any better than it began. These two are destructive, and I felt no connection to either one of them. Bri comes from a very troubled and dark past and I totally get that she is screwed up in the head. It still didn't excuse her actions and reactions to me. Bri took herself t ...more
Lia Riley
So I don't star books because it ain't my thang, but Holy Batman, this was one helluva read, folks. Kristen Ashley fans will find a lot to love here. Wyllys's prose has a ridiculously lovely lyricism that is tempered by a junkyard dog meanness, the combination of which is utterly compelling. After this read she rockets onto my auto-buy list, and I expect nothing but increasingly amazing work from her.

This is me doing an awkward sign-wave dance on the side of the road "AUTHOR TO WATCH PEOPLE!!"

W
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Vee Paige
Jan 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was an enjoyable read. Both Luke and Bri were entertaining characters. They fought a lot, but somehow I think that was just foreplay to some really raw steamy sex. In some ways, I'm thankful that this was a short book, because as much as I was engaged by the fiery exchanges between the two, I think I'd be exhausted if it went on for longer.

I think it also helped that Luke was OTT possessive and jealous. I was in the mood for cavemen tactics for tonight's read. The book is not a light read t
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Kami
Feb 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. Wow. I didn't think I would, because I only saw three and two star reviews. Now I'm like, why do I only see three and two star reviews?!! This was great, It was dysfunctional, pyscho, amazing, and wonderful!
Bri and Luke are both two messed up characters. We get full disclosure into Bri's past but Luke is still soft of a mystery. I'm hoping we get a sequel where we'll get to learn more about him.

"Yeah,” I repeated. “I’m better with you. Stronger. You know? You’re a damn mess a
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Nicole
Jan 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Review originally posted here: http://thebookpushers.com/2014/01/14/...

E: I liked the blurb when I was browsing for review books but noticed that MinnChica already had it scheduled for review. I mentioned I was looking forward to reading what she had to say and she convinced me to go ahead and do a joint review with her. I wasn’t sure what I thought I was going to read but what I got was very visceral, elemental, and brutal in more ways than one. Bri had a horrible home life and after one especi
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Beach Mama
I received this book as an ARC in exchange for a honest review.

I haven't given a book 5 stars in a while. And that's saying something!
My main holdup with giving this book 5 stars is the cover. This cover seems almost virginal and sweet. This book is anything but that!
Here's the cover I would use...read the book and you will agree :)

sexy couple photo: couple sexy.jpg

Bri's childhood has shaped her into a sharp edged, bitchy, reckless and passionate about what's hers, woman. She never hesitates to say what's on her mind and makes
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Suzanne (Lily)
Jan 13, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: boxer-fîghter
2.5 Stars

For a relatively short book, there were a lot of characters to get your head around. Normally that wouldn't worry me, but in this story, i found it a challenge.

Brie is a survivor, still working on staying that way and acknowledging those still fighting the fight. She's escaped a family life that she never wants to be a part of again. History has a way of repeating itself and the opportunity stares both her and her roommate in the face.

Luke is everything Bri abhors except for his char
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Rachel Webb
Dec 30, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley
With that opening chapter, I quickly realized that I had picked the wrong book for myself and the more and more I read, the more I didn't like it, but because I have never left a book behind, I had to finish. I don't think I was aptly prepared for the hardness of Bri based on the description of the book. Sure it says she likes her skirts too short, her heels too high, and trouble close at hand, but that suggests that she is more fun and flirty then completely messed up from childhood trauma. Her ...more
Candice Montgomery
This is the book that so many other books want to be. It's gritty and it's raw and it's not pretty but you still keep reading because all those things compel you.

I love how much of a drug the love between the main character and love interest was. I totally read it as an addiction. And I think that's the point.

Also: the humor. Oh my god, the humor. I think that's a K. Wyllys staple probably.

This book is very well done and a lot of the prose makes me sad I didn't write it myself. And this isn't so
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Nita
Jan 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
The hero and heroine are both extremely hot-headed. They fight and blow up at each other a lot. And that doesn't change at all throughout the entire book. But if you can get past that, then I definitely recommend this one. I like the way Wyllys writes, how she explains things. The story was mostly about how Bri sees herself, who she is, and if she can deal with or even want to be in a relationship with a guy who is a boxer. It's a rough story with rough characters.
Tabs
Jan 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: new-adult
This book gripped me so hard that I started it after dinner and read it straight through until I finished.

The heroine is a young yet tough-as-nails bar waitress who gets tangled up with a gruff underground boxer. She's got a lot of issues. Their relationship is volatile as hell. There is much hate sex and face slapping and name-calling but it totally worked for me.
Kristi
Jan 18, 2014 rated it it was ok
meh. it was okay. didn't connect to the characters at all. bri drove me nuts. she is hot and cold and doesn't know what the heck she wants. the sex was hot, but the relationship was about as unhealthy as you can get. didn't feel it.
E_bookpushers
Joint review originally posted here: http://thebookpushers.com/2014/01/14/...

Publisher: Carina Press
Publish Date: Out now
How we got this book: ARC from the publisher via Netgalley

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 r
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Andrea
First Impression... I haven't had the best luck with books about fighters lately. But, I do really like the cover, and at 156 pages, it's worth a shot.

The Story... After a tumultuous upbringing, Bri left her home and started a new life far away. With a job at a club and her friends, Bri has all she wants. She doesn't want a relationship, even when she meets the brooding and mysterious Luke. Luke, a boxer, doesn't especially want to start things up with the smart mouthed, tough Bri. This means, o
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MD
Jan 13, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: ebooks
I don't want my fiction to be preachy, and fantasy and "problematic" tropes are fine, but this... Towards the end of the book a friend tells a Bri "I feel like I will be picking your headstone next". And you know what - he will. I feel this book took something very serious - abuse against women and children - and normalized it in a way that is both subversive and frightening. I feel like screaming at the heroine "go read the Gift of Fear by Gavin de Becker! ASAP! And then think again about where ...more
Court
Dec 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
I reviewed this at MustReadBooksOrDie with my friend Shelley!

S: This was a nice surprise; it had been sitting on my Kindle for a while and I'd forgotten what it was about and, actually, the synopsis doesn't really do it justice. C: It was. Hello hot headed boxer, with an even more hot headed heroine. Yes, please!

S: Bri is one of those rare heroines who is rough around the edges, makes no apologies about it, and really never loses that rough quality; I liked her..a lot. She's abrasive and opini
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Brianna (The Book Vixen)
Jan 06, 2014 rated it liked it
Recommended to Brianna by: Nicole
Shelves: read-in-2014
Review copy provided via NetGalley

3 stars

Why I Read this Book: I saw Nicole recommend this book and from how she described it – “dark and gritty” – it caught my interest.

What I Liked: It’s a good thing I had an idea of what to expect ahead of time. If I had not seen Wild Ones described as “dark” and “gritty”, I may not have been able to enjoy the story as much as I did. It was very much dark and gritty. It’s not a ‘lovey dovey’ type romance at all. Bri had an abusive childhood, not only physical
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I received this book from Netgalley for an honest review.

While it’s undeniable how talented the author is and how this main character doesn’t fall into the usual cliché in the genre, I’m not that head over heel with this novel.

As soon as I started reading this book I saw that there was a real voice quite potent even, so much so that some dialogues were too much for my taste. I had a feeling if being trapped in some kind of movie at
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Christina Racich
Dec 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
I am not going to lie, I was uninterested in this book until I hit 12% and then I was hooked. Although it started out slow for me personally, the storms that are Brianna and Luke hit me full force! Brianna is a troubled soul after the physical abuse she endured as a kid, and the emotional and mental battles she faces to try to not become her mother. For years she kept anyone that reminded her of her father as far from her life as possible, and worked hard to survive the best she could. To say B ...more
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Kitty‘s review posted on Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

Review copy provided for an honest review

4 STARS

Wild Ones is the debut novel by author Kristine Wyllys. A nice start by a new author. Intriguing with some surprises and content that may be a little raw for some readers. I enjoyed the book – it drew me in – but I will warn you that there is some sexual and physical abuse alluded to. And, I give Ms. Wyllys credit for tackling these subject matters.

Bri and Luke seem to be meant for each other. B
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Julia
May 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult, romance
I fell down that damned rabbit whole again. I was like I'm done reading this book, what should I read next? Oh look at all these amazing books I have available to me. You know what I want though? A guaranteed romance in there. Oh look, let me just fall down the romance black whole again. WHY???? I was trying to detox. To fall back in love with YA again. And here I am picking up books I know will have the romance, but do little to scratch my other itches. Why must I be so itchy for romance? WHY?! ...more
Naomi
Dec 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
I am a sucker for these books where the girl falls for a bad boy fighter, so it’s not surprising that I enjoyed this story too. I was initially attracted to the book for its cover, and snapped it up because of the blurb. It sounded like it was going to be a fun read, but there was a serious storyline behind it, which we discover right from the beginning.

Bri took off from home when things became too much for her and she has managed on her own with the few friends she has. She has a place to live,
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Nicola
Feb 12, 2014 rated it it was ok
I read this book over to cover (so to speak since I read it on kindle) without a break, it took me around 4 hours to finish it (its not very long) and after taking a few hours to digest what I just read I don't think I like it all that much.

The characters are a rough bunch and more than a few are involved in borderline - if not outright - illegal activities. There is so much chest beating from the characters and posturing - especially from Bri and Luke - that you quickly get fed up and want to p
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Stacy Sabala
Feb 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
Book Review- Wild Ones by Kristine Wyllys

Brianna Martin had a hard childhood, but she is taking care of herself by working in a bar and rooming with her best friend Jax. She is volatile and a mess emotionally but she is tough. Jax is the only person she can stand long enough to have as a friend.
However, things change one night at work when a group of mean looking men walk in when she is working. Bri is instantly drawn to them, especially the biggest one. It turns out that Luke Turner is just as
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Shannon
Jan 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
The Characters

Bri Martin:A crazy girl with a troubled past. She aptly describes herself in the book as:"...a crazy girl with baggage and demons and a thirst for things both dangerous and unhealthy,... Most heroines I identify with on a scale of would I be friends with them or not and while I can say 100% that Bri and I couldn't not be friends, we are just too different, I still like her. I respect her. She is strong and though she doesn't have life all figured out you just know that she is one
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