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How To Tame Beasts And Other Wild Things

(The Wild Things #1)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  342 ratings  ·  154 reviews
An artsy young woman, given the impossible task by her estranged father to score her widowed brother-in-law a wife, instead finds love, self-discovery and redemption.

“My name is Matilda Pearl. My life is a non-stop riddle I hope to one day solve.
I’ve learned to protect my heart; fate has dealt me more than a few shit cards in my twenty-two years. Invisibility tops my l
Paperback, Advance Reading Copy, 358 pages
Published April 11th 2016 by HYP NOTIC PRESS (first published April 10th 2016)
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Sybil aka Lala
WTF did I just read?

This is the kind of book where I had to reread certain pages just to make sure I actually read what I think I just read. It’s the kind of book where I went to check reviews halfway through to see if anyone would call attention to all the crazy. The kind of book where I had many moments of thinking: LOL, did that really just happen? The kind of book that had me going: Oh for the love of god, WHAT NOW?! This book is the reason we can’t have nice things.

Everyone is this book, an
Marta Cox
Mar 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, my-reviews
Quirky, funny, seriously sexy and jaw droppingly crazy are all words that I could use to describe this book but perhaps the unusual cover should have tipped me off ? I'm not sure what I expected but it certainly both surprised and entertained me.
It's almost a book of two halves as we meet artistic and slightly kooky Matilda who has been persuaded by her autocratic father to go help her widowed brother in law keep house whilst finding him a wife! Now Balthazar is described as beastly but from th
Rebecca Woodward
Apr 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: finished
Amazing story!!! I was so eager to start this read and I finished in one day!! I am so in love with Balthazar and Matilda's journey. I give this read a ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ plus more if I could. This was so funny, loving and hot!!! The twins are so so cute!!! I just adore there characters. This makes me want to move to a farm and live as they do. Such a magical life to have. Thank you For giving us your story. This is an absolute must read!! Fabulous!! ...more
Mar 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Matilda comes back to her childhood country home at the request of her father to keep an eye and help out her sister's widowed husband Balthazar Cox raise his two children and tend to the family farm, in hopes of finding him a new wife, but Balthazar will not be having any of that he doesn't need or want her help he's been doing a great job all on his own and let's Matilda know it!

Right off the bat the fire between Balthazar and Matilda is hella hot!!! Their banter/ sarcasm is golden, The feisti
Mar 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Finished this little gem just before going to bed and I went to bed with a smile on my face.

What a cute and wonderful book this was, the characters were so fresh and cute! Jax and Jinx obviously made this book for me. The humour in this book had me chuckling and laughing my ass off.

Balthazar Cox ,that man let me just say he's sexy, witty and so lovable it will make your heart burst!

Matilda Pearl is smart, sassy and headstrong she's as honest and good as they come,her LOL moments will have you c
Mar 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this ARC for an honest review so here it goes.
This was a fun and quirky story. The characters made it so enjoyable to read.
First you have Matilda. She was very special and brought such life to this story. She was strong and stubborn, feisty and determined, good hearted and clumsy. The things that happen to her made me crack up (i.e. The ram ejaculating on her after she rubbed his back - and there's a TON more). She was kind and caring and loved with all her heart. Her mom died of canc
Apr 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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This beautiful books stole my heart from the very first chapter. It just oozes warmth, love, comfort and hope. I am a huge fan of dark romance, and have read several darker (but brilliant) books back to back, and then to open up this little slice of sunshine, it was just such a refreshing fun loving journey and I just ate it up cover to cover.

First I had my heart stolen by this beautiful beast of a man, BALTHAZAR COX:
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Mar 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Let me start out by saying WOW!!! This book has absolutely stolen my heart.

Balthazar Cox is definitely one Hot Sexy Sweet Beastly Brit!! You can't help but fall in love with him right from the beginning. He was strong, sweet, caring hot farmer--and British (Drool), the absolute total package!! I loved loved Matilda Pearls' strong personality. Such an amazing heroine; she was funny, sexy, silly, and oh so loving. Oh, and here clumsiness was down right hilarious! Set in the farm lands of Wisconsi
Apr 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars .. Going with the 5 because I think it's more deserving than the 4 star option.

I completely adored this cute love story . The story takes place on a farm in Wisconsin. I absolutely loved the farm life setting and fell in love with the characters.
Balthazar and Matilda together are ... Sighs .. Perfect for each other. He's a stubborn, hard headed, male alpha.. Who totally had my knickers soaked! She's original and beautiful. Also, a tiny bit clumsy , has trouble staying on her feet .. W
May 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
This charming story was so refreshing and different than anything I have ever read before. I love how the author wrote humor into every scene - I was grinning the entire time. Life on the farm was chaotic and one gigantic mess and I found myself caught up in the storm. I literally wanted to move in! The twins captured my damn heart ❤️ they were so freaking adorable!! I just wanted to squish their chubby cheeks. Seriously tho I will forever find myself saying "pass the cock porn" thank you Jinx a ...more
Mar 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love quirky characters, and Matilda Independence Pearl is as quirky as it gets. A girl with violet eyes, and her thousand-lives lived soul and stitched-up heart. I love the fact that she wants to use her trust to care for a menagerie of animals! She also sews her own clothes, I imagine her look is very bohemian chic simple and beautiful. Our first introduction to Matilda is when she’s trying to wrestle a hay bale out of the store, the scene I was imagining had me laughing out loud! Now you thi ...more
Wow!!! Thank you to the author to giving me an ARC of this phenomenal story! A. Wilding Wells you ROCK!!

I went into this book blind! Haven't read the blurb or anything. And let me tell you this book gave me the light when I thought I was feeling complicated and angst.

Our heroine is name Matilda Pearl who is a free spirited, independent and loving to a fault. She lost her sister due to a car accident. She was sent to her old home to help care for her nephews while finding a wife/nanny for broth
Brenda Travers
Mar 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
❤️ Beauty and The Beast ❤️
From the moment I started reading "How to Tame Beasts & Other Wild Things" I fell in love with it, like a Kindred Spirit if you like.

This book is cleverly written from Dual perspectives, it was engaging, funny and jam packed full of Emotion. This is a ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ read from A. Wilding Wells. It was interesting to read the back of the book and see exactly how much life immatate's art. I also thought the Riddles through this book were the perfect touch too.

I quickly unders
Zuray yaruz7
Mar 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: funny-books, arc
*ARC provided by the author in exchange of an honest review*

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This book came to me when I needed it the most it help me get out of a big book hangover it was so funny, hot, quirky and good. The chemistry between Balthazar & Matilda was off the chart from the very beginning. I honestly don't know who made me laugh more Martilda's mishaps or the twins vocabulary anywho they were both hilarious. So really if you need something funny, hot and good give this book a chance you won't be disappointed,
May 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book I want to keep reading over and over again. If you can recall your Disney Movies such as Beauty and the Beast and it's one of my all time favorites and I think besides the way the author writes this beautiful tale , it does remind me of an everyday beauty with a beast.

Matilda Pear has been invisible since she was born due to her older sister always getting the attention. Well now that her sister is gone, it is Matilda's job to get her sister's widower a wife to help take care of him an
Mar 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Balthazar Cox is a rugged Hot Brit (just how I like my man). Matilda Pearl is a Loving, Sweet but Fiercely Independent woman.

Circumstances bring these two unlikely souls together. Opposites attract in an Explosive & Passionate way, With a Beastly Brit, Clumsy Sweet woman, Two Adorable twin boys & a farm/circus of animals.
The riddles added to the already fun banter between them, but the riddles! ( swoon worthy ) .........
"Die without me, never thank me.
Walk right through me, never feel me.
Mar 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this sweet, funny, quirky, and at times, crazy story. I love a beastly brit and Balthazar fit the bill. Totally sweet, swoony, & sexy as hell, he was yummy. Matilda, such a free spirit with the biggest heart, I enjoyed her as well. And Balthazar's twins, how incredibly funny those two were, loved them. There were a few crazy turns throughout the story that left me asking myself, "What the hell?", " What?? did that seriously just happen??" but , honestly, I kind of liked those ri ...more
Jul 31, 2016 rated it liked it
Lawd talk about crazy ! This book had a very interesting concept but it completely tanked when it came to the structuring and pacing ... Matilda Pearl comes to her hometown to help her widowed brother in law find a nanny-wife for him and his 3 year old twins on request from her dad . Little does Matilda that Balthazar Cox is a different force of nature that she may not be able to tame that easily .

Like I said before , this would've been a very interesting read had it not felt super fast . Also
R.K. Ryde
Mar 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
**I received an advanced reader copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.**
For the first half of this book I was sitting at three stars. But the second half was five stars all the way. Averaging it out with a solid four stars!
I loved Matilda and her unique, quirky ways. She gave the story life with her bubbly, fun personality. Balthazar was hot too and together they made some sweet, steamy loving! I did find though, that their "I love you! I'll do anything for you! You're my everything
Mar 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc-books
What a sweet , funny , romantic story with a twist. Balthazar Cox manly brit rough around the edges but the man can be sexy and oh so hot. Matilda such an out going all around sweet girl. I enjoyed all the characters in this book. Great read.

Thanks to A.WILDING WELLS for providing me with an ARC.
Jun 20, 2017 rated it really liked it

It's a fun rom read that'll leave you laughing but at times a little fed up with Matilda but overall you'll love the characters especially the beast Brit.
Fairy Hassan
Oct 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
My very first A. Wilding Wells book and I loved it. Crazy version of beauty and the beast. Funny, sweet and sexy too. Read this book makes me want to stay in their farm. And the twins, Jinx and Jax, adorably cute. And the bee? Seriously?! LOL
May 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing

"You give answers to my questions, light to my darkness. You give my thoughts a voice. You give my love a home.

This book stole my heart from the first chapter! I just knew I was going to fall hard for Wes! What a talented young lady!She did a wonderful job capturing all the emotions that you only hope to feel when you read the perfect book! And it was PERFECT!

Balthazar: Been thinking a lot about that.
Me: That you love me?
Balthazar: Pussy.
Me: Screw you!

Balthazar Cox What a man.He's a stubborn, h
Mar 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Yin and Yang - Balthazar is a brute at the beginning but surprisingly took me with his no preamble sweetness and passion for the love that he never expected while I saw Matilda as an old soul, the sun that warms and grounds their relationship and all the insanity that went along with it. I enjoyed the sexy intelligent banters between these two and oh the steamy scenes that admittedly melted my insides -goodness Balthazar! Cheers to A. Wilding Wells for bringing out a creative feel to the setting ...more
Stacey (Sassy Book Lovers)
May 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: blog-tours, arc

The name and cover were the first things to grab my eye on this book and reading the synopsis, well that just intrigued me more. This is my first story by A. Wilding Wells, and it has opened my eyes to definitely read more of her work. I love finding new authors to add on my watch (stalker) list lol.

It has an alluring storyline with fun and wacky characters. From the first page I was caught up and didn't want it to end. I did find it slowed in some places but that didn't dete
Melissa Ann
Mar 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book all throughout is quirky and it was cute. I loved Matilda and her love for animals and how she took in the boys. I loved her and Balthazars interactions throughout book.
May 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You Ought to Read This Book

If you've read Wells' work before, you know what kind of magic lies within so dive right in. Don't skip the notes at the end of the book.

If you haven't read Wells' work before, then you need to remedy that and this is an excellent place to start. Like dirty-talking alphas with good hearts and big muscles? Meet Balthazar, a burly Brit working an eclectic farm in Wisconsin. He'll make you swoon with quotes from Yates *and* his sexy talk. Want a quirky and headstrong lead
Habiba Hasabo
Apr 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-reads

Welcome to CRAZY LAND!

This book should come with instructions :

Never be surprised. This is Matilda and Balthazar's world and it's not normal. It's all upside down , full of turn and twists.
They created their own lalala land. Yes, it exists!
And you should love animals. All kinds of animals...

That’s the problem. I want to kiss her like we’re inventing the idea. I want the sort of kiss that would be rude to do in front of others. I want a kiss that’ll find my
Mackenzie Bibliophile
Mar 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A Freaking Amazing!!! FIVE Big Bright Shiny Stars to How To Tame Beasts And Other Wild Things!!!! I was obsessed with this novel. From the very first page I was drawn into the characters. I just loved this book! It as a brand new author for me which can be a little scary and exciting. Going into the unknown without any preface about how they write and if I would even like it; I was over the mood by how much I adored this story. I can’t get over it! I just want more and more form her, if you want ...more
Christy Wilson
Apr 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just a wonderfully different romance.

How to Tame Wild Beasts & Other Things is the story of Matilda, whose father uses the promise of allowing her trust funds early to leave Paris and return home to Wisconsin to assist her deceased sister's husband, Balthazar, find a suitable wife. It is also the story of Balthazar, widower, father of toddler twin sons, who is learning to deal with life as a single father, who also doesn't think he needs Matilda's help.

Soon, Matilda is the one assisting Balthaz
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A. Wilding Wells is an author, storyteller and creative visionary that writes provocative adult contemporary romance novels. She describes herself as a passionately-obsessive, balance-seeking, oxymoron-living, modern-day dirty-minded woman. She lives on a ranch on the west coast with her husband, four boys and about enough animals to sink an ark.

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