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How To Tame Beasts And Other Wild Things

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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 list, not to mention tragedy.
I was yanked out of a Paris-France life by my ass of a father, and thrown into a one year journey on a farm in Wisconsin. I’ve been assigned the impossible: Wife Catcher.
Simply put, until I replace myself I’m Mary Poppins, the beast tamer, ringmaster of the unruly, complete with twin toddlers and a beast of a man. Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to my three-ring circus.
“The Beast – Balthazar Cox – is repulsive…as in that sexy, I-just-died-and-went-to-heaven sort of repulsive. He walks the earth like he owns it, with his tatted trunk of a body and chiseled-rough, blazing good looks. The beastly Brit – did I mention that he’s English? – also happens to be my widowed brother-in-law, a man haunted by betrayal and abandonment, and for whom I’m on task to find a wife. If I succeed I’ll be rewarded with my juicy trust fund. And, yes, it will happen. You can keep your diamonds and designer clothes…. With my bag of loot, I plan on becoming the Patron Saint of Lost and Found Animals.
“When the past resurfaces more than once for both of us, all hell breaks loose. Can you be lost and found at once? In other words, sometimes lies can be cathartic. Some people heal us; some of us heal others.
“This is mostly a love story, an unlikely sexy romance with whiplash twists, boundaries that shouldn’t be crossed, and multiple risks of losing everything. It may have more heartache, and drama than some but in the end it’s about truth, discovery and forgiveness. Maybe it was wrong to fall for him. Or maybe the hole in his heart was always waiting for me to fill it. Now there’s a riddle for you.”

Tender, textured, suspenseful and triumphant. A mind blowing, fast paced, sexually-tense passion, that is an emotional ride of second chances, healing and redemption.

A full-length, standalone New Adult Contemporary Romance: Due to strong language and sexual content, and mature topics this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.

358 pages, Paperback

First published April 10, 2016

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A. Wilding Wells

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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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AWW's newest novel will release on April 11, 2016. How to Tame Beasts and Other Wild Things. 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
Tender, textured, suspenseful and triumphant. A mind blowing, fast paced, sexually-tense passion, that is an emotional ride of second chances, healing and redemption.

AWW's first novel, A Mess Of Reason, is now available. The sexy and compelling story of the brilliant and sassy Tess Harlow and her best friend, Scout Steele - country rock star. Friends since forever, they've never found "their time". Now she's about to marry Scout's nemesis. But not if Scout has anything to say about it. His best friend may soon become his best lover.

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Profile Image for Sybil aka Lala.
478 reviews195 followers
May 8, 2016
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, and I do mean everyone, is a hot mess. Taking the time to explain the level of quirk this book had would make this review about as long as the book itself so let me just say that everyone and everything inside it is crazy and be done with it. But all the crazy is conveyed in wonderfully surreal and almost poetic writing. I adored this book for many reasons – the first one being Balthazar.

He was gruff and rude and only very narrowly escapes being a complete and utter asshole. He’s totally set in his ways and has no time or need for yet another one of the Pearl woman to come along and overthrow the life he built for himself and his borderline feral set of twin boys. But once we scratch this rough exterior, it reveals a man with an extremely romantic soul. And here begins the swoon.

This tattooed overgrown beast of a mean can be brought to heal by a little lady who is as clumsy as she is quirky. They both feel an intense attraction for each other but each has a pretty big reason to never act on it which made the sexual tension and chemistry between them insanely hot. Even if they can decide to throw caution to the wind, they will still need to overcome the many crazy circumstances that arise and both of their perpetual foot in mouth disorder trying to keep them apart.

Apart from an impossibly sweet and hot romance, there are also moments of absolute hilarity. House trained donkeys, horny bees, foul mouthed parrots, chandeliered chicken coops and a possessed staircase all play a part in this crazy ride. I laughed about as hard as I swooned and I shed a tear about as many times as I had to fan myself. What an absolutely charmingly odd little gem of a book. Highly recommended!

(ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review)
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2,570 reviews191 followers
March 30, 2016
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 the start he is anything but. Yes, he and his adorable twin boys are perhaps a little wild and lacking in finesse but I didn't expect flowers on the table and throw cushions to aid ambience. They are written almost exactly how I could imagine a household without a woman's touch . Laugh out loud moments abound as the antics of the twin boys bring colour to the proceedings and yet Balthazar and Matilda take it all in their stride . This part of the book is dominated by the chemistry the couple share and it's pretty obvious that at some point one or both of them will combust!
Now I mentioned two halves and the latter part of the book brought far more emotion not to mention surprises. That chemistry? Boy have they started a fire and it felt as if the couple couldn't keep their hands off each other so expect numerous sexual encounters. Just so much is thrown in that I felt like I had whiplash! We learn about Balthazar's origins, the secret life Matilda had whilst living in Paris and even why she feels so estranged from her father. I will be frank and say I didn't fully buy into the odd relationship between Matilda and her father Everit but will say the author tried to flesh it out.
My final thoughts are at times it felt stilted and lacked a certain flow. It's written from both main characters point of view but that worked just fine for this reader. There are things that happen that had my jaw dropping but it's apparently loosely based on the authors own experience's so ok then. Matilda is written a little bit too cute and clumsy at times but I cannot fault her motives. Balthazar didn't feel British to me no matter how often it was mentioned and the twins Jinx and Jax steal every scene they are in. Essentially this was a feel good book about family, moving on and forgiveness. Oh and of course love!
I was gifted a copy of this through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review
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275 reviews151 followers
April 11, 2016
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!!
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163 reviews26 followers
September 10, 2016
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 feistiness that comes from Matilda is so perfect! (so reminded of me) true story lol.

The attraction they have for one another leap of the page you feel it even in the soft moments, it's hard wanting and loving someone you know is so wrong for you, but oh so right, A. Wilding Wells makes you drop all your inhibitions and root for this couple.

What made this book even more adorable was all the cute little riddles at the beginning of each chapter I was excited to figure them out.

How To Tame Wild Beasts And Other Things was a witty, adorable spit fire of a read, I adored all the chaos that was Balthazar and Matilda. BTW, I will never look at a Scottish man the same way again (so hot)
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678 reviews27 followers
March 9, 2016
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 cancer when she was young and Matilda was overshadowed by her mean sister (who was married to Balthazar). Her dad hates her and she could never do right by him. Living in Paris and getting over the death of her fiancé (who her dad knows nothing about), her dad sends her to the farm to find a nanny-wife for her sisters husband so she can get her trust fund when she turns 23.
Next we have Balthazar. He is a hot as hell British man - need I say more? He's also bitter, strong, fierce and protective - of his sons, those he cares about and his heart. He's as strong headed and stubborn as Matilda and they both are so charming. He is a widower - his wife (Matilda's sister) cheated on him and died in a car accident after she left him. She was not the easiest person to be around and was not a nice wife or mother to their two boys. Balthazar does not get along with his father-in-law and was told that he needed to find a wide or his home, the farm, would be taken away from him.
And in comes Matilda with her quirky ways turning Balthazars world upside down. There is so much angst and sexual tension and the chemistry between Matilda and Balthazar is so strong. This story was also written in a way that I was able to picture exactly what was going on. And that was awesome during the many sexy times that happened. That shower scene when Matilda gets drunk on the 4th of July was so damn hot.
Sometimes the dialogue felt a bit off and you could see how young Matilda is (she's only 22) and it also felt like Balthazar was a lot older. When he speaks for some strange reason I hear a man from back in the old days - I dunno, I'm strange like that hearing things.
I love the riddles, they bring a fun element to the story. And those baby boys!!! OMG. Jinx and Jax are just the cutest children ever and the things they say always have me smiling and laughing.
At the 75% mark it took a huge turn when Balthazar met his birth mom. I feel like mom and son just fell into place a little to quick when they haven't known each other for the 25 years of his life since she gave him away when he was born. It's a sweet concept but not realistic IMO.
At the 84% mark yet another speed bump was thrown into the mix (Matilda's fiancé in Paris had woken up from his coma when she was told he died in their accident all those years ago) I feel like these poor characters are pulling at strings to try and stay sane. If it's not one thing it's another thing tearing Matilda and Balthazar apart.
After more ups and downs they realize that they can't live without each other and want to be in each other's lives as a family with the boys and their animals.
Overall I enjoyed the story and I liked it even more when I read that it was inspired by the authors life. I loved it even more when I found out that the ejaculating ram part was also true and happened to her!!!
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201 reviews48 followers
April 7, 2016
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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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He's this "Beastly Brit" with a freaking heart of GOLD. He loves his boys and they are his whole entire world, until Matilda Shows up. She turns his whole world upside down. The things this man feels for her, with his big huge loving heart, the things he says, are just SWOON-TASTIC! I mean, I can literally feel my heart going pitter patter while reading.

I want to share this dang quote with you guys so bad, but I don't want to spoil anything... so all I will say is BOTTOM OF PAGE 147 ya'll. Squeal!

And next my heart was so totally stolen by this majestic beautiful girl, Matilda Pearl:
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My new book Bestie. :) She bakes, she giggles, she plays with the boys, catches toads and rescues animals, she does charity and finds beauty in all things. She's been shit on by her family her whole life but she still knows how to love in the very purest way. She's this kind loving soul but she's also got a little badass in her.

"Let me tell you something about my heart." I tap his chest with one finger as I bounce my knee. "It doesn't pretend. It reveals. I trust that it won't trick me. But what I don't trust its hat you won't"

These two beautiful people have found each other through the death of Matilda's sister, Balthazar's wife. And they have found not only comfort in each other... but a home.

You will absolutely NOT be disappointed in this beautiful book. It has every element that makes for an amazing read! Its Sweet & Funny, Its has Chemistry & Angst, and its Sexy as hell! I can't wait to read more from this wonderful author. New reader for life right here.
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18 reviews9 followers
February 1, 2017
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 Wisconsin with a bunch of quirky animals that you can't help but absolutely love!

The dynamic Balthazar and Matilda shared was out of this world. They had such hot, sexy, and cute banter that you wanted more from them. Add the twins (Jax and Jinx) and the farm animals and you have the perfect story.

A. Wilding Wells, thank you so much for providing me with this amazing ARC!!! Definitely a great read!!
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488 reviews38 followers
April 9, 2016
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 .. Which Id totally have trouble doing too if I had Balthazar there to catch me
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324 reviews48 followers
May 6, 2016
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 and Jax for that one
9 reviews27 followers
March 6, 2016
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 think someone who lives out loud, wouldn’t have trouble feeling invisible and that’s exactly how she felt her whole life. Most especially within her own family, her older sister loved to shine bright which casted a shadow over Matilda. The sister wasn’t a nice person, and I imagine the only good she did in her life was marry Balthazar Cox.

Balthazar Cox, what can I possibly say of this incredible specimen of a man that wasn’t said in the book. Here are a couple of quotes that will explain him better than I ever could.

“What man reads Keats and marks a date and an initial by it? What man reads poems to his three-year-old boys and sleeps on the floor alongside them? What man, day after day, week after week sends riddles back and forth to a woman who refuses to play the game?
Balthazar Cox—there is something about him. Something crazy and wild and wonderful that won’t ever be tamed. Something lovely and sweet and sad that will never be healed. Something rough and tumble and gritty that makes him the uniquely interesting man I’ve convinced myself I want to love.”

“Any man whose name ends in cock and looks like you is a pleasure to meet"

“British hot as stinkin’ hell God! Packed into a holy Mr. Universe body.”

I absolutely fell in love with him, and words can no describe what his words did to me. His history broke my heart, but the way he spoke of his love for Matilda pieced it back together.

“My heart is useless,” I bark, making sure she hears me. “It’s a shredded piece of nothing worth listening to. So, if I did, for one weak moment, pay attention to it, I’m clear—it was a very bad idea.”

“The sort of attention I got growing up was a nun taking a chair leg to my bare back in multiple thwacks.” I thread my fingers through hers as she cringes. “I thought love was an imaginary thing, a writer inventing a world. Fairytales and such. Then I met you…and the way I felt about you matched the words I’d known. I got scared, thought maybe I could have it. Still do, still am. Maybe I’m not good for you…or maybe I am. I know you’re good for me, if you’ll have me.”

“Well, if I don’t…then at least I know I want to. You undress me, Matilda. You’ve ripped open my rib cage and carved soft lines of yourself into my heart. I might not be easy to love, but maybe you could…try…loving me. Because I have no choice about what I’m feeling, and if it’s not love, then I don’t know what it is.”

I’ll tell you one thing if I ever by the grace of God find me a man like Balthazar Cox, I would never let him go. He will have to be physically removed from my cold dead hands. Because, this man has everything I could possible ask for and what’s more he has such a away with words.

This story had twists, and turns which at times lost me a little and Matilda’s relationship with her father made me want to murder the man. There were also the twin boys Jinx, and Jax who I loved completely. They were freaking hilarious, and could just imagine 2 twin shocks of carrot topped her running by naked and up to something. This story was told in opposing POV’s, and I love stories like that. I always want to know what the other is thinking. My favorite part in romance novels are always the push, and pull of the relationships. When the characters ask themselves, can I really do this, do I want to this, can I really be happy with this person, and can I continue to live life without them. And, I can honestly say this book had everything I could possible ask for. The author created a world in which I totally got lost it in, but made it impossible for me to want to leave. I can’t wait to see what wonderful new worlds she will create for me to totally immerse myself in. A. Wilding Wells has quickly climbed her way to being one of my favorite authors.

My absolute favorite quote from the book which made me laugh out loud,

"In a flurry of commotion I land on my ass, with an ass on my lap."

When you read the book you’ll totally understand, and hopefully find it as hilarious as I did.

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116 reviews14 followers
October 31, 2016
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 brother in law. Well of course all brooding, men our hero Balthazar feel they don't help of anyone especially the in laws but really has no choice in order not to lose his home.
So what to do with a Beastly Brit and a quirky, clumsy, ever loving Matilda Pearl when these two collide with different views in life? Will they end up killing each other from the banters, stubbornness, and quick wit from one another or will they make it more complicated than it has to be?!?!

I truly love love this book!! I read it in one day. Engrossed to the story of all the characters!! Yes even Pussy, Dumb Fuck, and Aesop (Fable). Lmao.

You have to read it to find out who I'm talking about and you will not be disappointed!!! It's a line for the "circus" sort of say! The humor between Matilda and Balthazar was a die hard chemistry of laugh out loud.

What's a girl to do with a hot brother-in-law who is Beastly Brit. The hot and sexy and make her girl parts tingle?!?! Well you can only flirt so much and feel the sensual tension cut through a knife. They made me swoon, laugh out loud, and gave me goosebumps as I read it completely through. It made me tear ( not ugly cry) because there is and given a fact that there's always a light at the darkness at the end of the tunnel. And things are worth saving regardless of complications or consequences? Or not??

This is a one a kind romance novel to read!! Very different from what I read in long time. I fell in love with Balthazar!!

Balthazar: "Die without me,
Walk right through me, Never feel me,
Always watching, never speaking,
Always Lurking, never seen " What am I?

It's been a while since I had a 5 STARS from an author that I haven't had the chance to experience their talent. And I was blown away!! Thank you again A. Wilding Wells!! I love you!!! One of my faves of 2016!
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165 reviews12 followers
April 9, 2016
❤️ 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 understood that Matilda Independence Pearl was a quirky, enigmatic pocket rocket who has a real zest for life but at the same time she brings the right level of sass and fun to the family farm in Wisconsin her new home for the next twelve months. Oh and let's not forget her collection of Animals along the way

Cue the Beast: Balthazar Cox, Balthazar is all tough exterior and Gruff persona tied up in a HOT piece of ass. This tatted up English Bad Boy will have your girly bits singing from just his accent alone. Balthazar is a Widow who now lives on the farm with his twin 3 yr old boys Jinx and Jax. Now let me tell you these boys are 2 of the heroes of the book as they will have you in stitches from Start to Finish. I would have to say that one of my favourite lines was "Daddy, are you going to screw that hooker to the wall"

Matilda has been sent to the farm for a year to find her beastly brother in law a wife. Can these two get along and maybe find companionship along the way? I love that Matilda cares for those boys and that she is stubborn and also says what she thinks. She catches Frogs and Turtles with them and just let's them be boys. Can Matilda tame the Beast that is Balthazar or will there be fireworks???

I'm not going to lie, I shed a tear or two in this book, I also laughed at not only the boys and their words but the awkward situations that Matilda found herself in. (Yes the Bee sting) you won't want to miss that trust me.

You also won't want to miss the sex in this book, it's Hot, Hard and will leave you wanting more. Can a man who reads Keats see a woman who has felt invisible for most of her life? You'll need to read it to see!!!

I received an ARC for an honest Review, Thank you A. Wilding Wells.
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345 reviews30 followers
May 5, 2016
*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, but I must warn you expect the unexpected... Seriously.

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254 reviews2 followers
May 2, 2016
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 and his twin boys. Balthazar Cox is not going to be an easy one to find a wife because he is nothing but a big ole meany. No manners (well at least not to Matilda) but he loves his boys more than anything on this earth. He has sworn off women. He doesn't need that headache again. Matilda is not a graceful person and I loved this part. Both she and Balthazar remind me of people in real life and I would love to know these two complete people. Balthazar doesn't come from money but Matilda has but you really can't tell it.

I was laughing out loud so many times and crying out loud too. I called both characters names that I will not mention here but I could've smack both upside the head a few thousand times. I love unconditional love stories and this one will stick with me forever.
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807 reviews34 followers
March 5, 2016
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.
Always watching, never speaking.
Always lurking, never seen."
" Air "
"Yes, air. Thank you for being mine today."
A Beautiful added touch!!

I fell in love with Jax & Jinx, Balthazar 3 Year old twin boys, loved how they were the most important part of Their Family & we're Absolutely Hilarious to boot.

This book will take you on a rollercoaster of a ride !!!!! Some may find it over the top but I personally want that in a story to get lost in other lives.
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65 reviews18 followers
April 10, 2016
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 ridiculous, cooky, & funny moments too. It was such a fun read for me. And I loved the riddles at the beginning of each chapter. I love when authors do little unique things like that. I will definitely be reading more from A. Wilding Wells
3.75-4ish stars

*received an ARC for an honest review *
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642 reviews344 followers
August 2, 2016
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 the structuring of the book felt a little off . The story kinda felt all over the place where weird things were happening at a break neck speed . Also the characters seemed mildly bipolar in nature . The way they would swing from one mood to another gave me some hot flashes!

And did I say this book was crazy ?! Like hello cuckoo land !
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Author 3 books65 followers
March 27, 2016
**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! You're my world!" in one breath and then their uncertainty about staying together/making the relationship work in the next breath became tiresome. Also a few weird, maybe not necessary scenes threw me a bit (eg the bee sting)
But overall, a beautiful, well written love story!
March 20, 2016
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.
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947 reviews71 followers
June 21, 2017

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.
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115 reviews19 followers
October 15, 2016
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
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59 reviews7 followers
May 25, 2016

"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, hard headed, male alpha. He is a great father.

"I've never had a woman make me feel so weak and so powerful when she looks at me."

Matilda Pearl is one lucky woman! I loved her tremendously, what a beautiful lady, both inside and out. She embraced little Jax and Jinx immediately. They stole my heart when they said Cock Porn

Those little cock-blockers are throwing me off my game.

Thank you so much A. Wilding Wells for giving us the incredible and heart warming love journey of Balthazar and Matilda. I will never forget this experience.

"I don't love you. I so-many-things you."
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151 reviews22 followers
March 13, 2016
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. I also loved how the twists slowly and smoothly unfolded without being overly dramatic, uniquely humorous even. 4.5 stars for one of a kind characters that linger and an intense love story with quirks that will make you want to laugh and cry at the same time! This book made my heart go wild and tamed it again and again! Definitely headed to my to re-read list! ❤️
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569 reviews67 followers
May 5, 2016

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 deter me in the slightest.

A wild and refreshing read, one I recommend to anyone looking for something a little different and a little steamy. ^_^
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338 reviews21 followers
March 9, 2016
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.
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1,216 reviews
May 8, 2017
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 leading lady who can dish out sass and trouble with the best of them? Meet Matilda, who's come to the farm to get her brother-in-law properly settled down. Looking for some brooding and tension and plenty of steam? Check and double check. Enjoy sweet and silly secondary characters of the two-legged and four-legged variety? Got those in spades here!

I absolutely, completely, and without hesitation recommend this book. It is everything you're looking for and unlike anything you've ever read (if you're new to AWW).
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962 reviews37 followers
May 30, 2016

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 heaven and kill my fucking demons. More than anything, I want that kiss to answer her prayers.

I AM BLOWN AWAY!!!!!! It's not everyday that I find a book that hooks me and gets me all twisted and wishing to be a part of it.
When I started reading, I had low expectations. Come on, it was weird and I didn't think it would do it for me, but hell I was wrong. Once I got over my shock, I fell in love.
This book ain't for everyone. You should be willing to crack a smile every single page. You won't be reading only, you'd be begging your mind to work so you could solve all of the fun mysteries and riddles.
Riddles? In a book? That's how unique it's!

One woman, two arms… She’ll be either my salvation or my ruin.

Can a man fall in love all over again? Can a man suffer the possible heart break again and let go one more time?
I think love is never easy, but the more you fight it, the more it hits you in the face, and that's what happened.
We saw how two polar opposites, rocked each other's worlds, at an expected time in an unpredictable way.
Love hit them hard. And they gave it all they have, and believe me we suffered with them :')

And, oh, what a riddle she is. Is she solvable?

Matilda is a total klutz. She is so clumsy and it doesn't bother her. She surprised me every step of the way!! Her actions and reactions were done beautifully, that it left you speechless.
She had this air around her and her vibe was imperfect. She was colourful, vibrant and full of life.
Living was Matilda is like a train wreck that you enjoy, and a rollercoaster that you don't want to leave.
I admired her and how she fought at the end for Balthazar. I hated when she was stubborn or acted as a child, but she jumped back up, strong as ever and even more stubborn!
She made me laugh and made me angry, but I loved her character!

“You,” he says softly, brushing my tears with his fingertips. “With your pretty smile and glittering eyes. Tear-tracked cheeks and soft curves. You, with your thousand-lives-lived soul and stitched-up heart. You’re it. The only one I want. The only one I need. Please come back to me. Forgive me. I know we’ve been through this a couple of times. I might be hardheaded. Might not be perfect. But fucking hell, Matilda. I miss you. I’ll do anything. You name it—anything.”

The two twins were everything. The future troublemakers. What I loved the most was how Matilda wanted them anyways and never got mad. I felt like she had special powers when it came to them :').
These two devils need books of their own!

“I’m not asking you to fix or save me. But do you think you could simply love me? And show me how to love you?”

Balthazar will rock your world. He is not normal. A pirate in disguise. I thought I'd suffer with him and he'd be that beast of a man, but once again I was shocked.
When he did let go, he turned into someone else! I loved him. He came across as an asshole sometimes and I just wanted to shake him up!
I loved how he turned into a total romantic when it came to Matilda and how he accepted her, no questions asked! Now that's a man to hang on to.

I knew all along that, if the two of us ever got to this point, we’d be a cyclone. A full immersion of passion meets lust wrapped in a magnitude of infinite emotion.

There was these unexpected situations and characters that appeared out of nowhere, and it made the story even more fun.
This book had the whole family package. It made me feel comfortable and all warm on the inside. I smiled and squeezed my brain to solve the riddles on my own, but I failed.
I got furious and exhausted when it came to the characters. At some point I wanted throw the phone across the wall, but I moved on. And I am happy that I got the chance to read this book and finish it. I consider myself lucky and I already love the author and want to read more by her.

“Death can change people, make them realize things like nothing else. Death and love are both game changers in life”

It all started with an agreement. Some issues when it came to a trust fund, a widowed man and a farm of animals with two naked devils running around.
Matilda wanted it all, but she got more than she agreed to.
She never recieved instructions on how to tame beasts or other wild things.
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340 reviews9 followers
March 26, 2016
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 a funny, sexy story that will still tug on the feels then pick this one up! That all you need to know, because that alone is enough to buy this book. A. Wilding Wells crafts a story that MUST be read. If not then it’s your lose, you won’t be able to share in the beauty that is this novel, nor will you share in the laughs and stubborn headed sexy Britt in a kilt… oh yea I said a Britt in a kilt.

Balthazar and Matilda are just the cutest couple to have graced my Kindle. Alone they are just adorable on their own ways, Balthazar is so manly, and stubborn, and sexy, and a hot headed Britt; while Matilda is quirky, and creative, and sweet, and caring. I love how they had such a rocky start that led to a sweet friendship which led to a beautiful relationship. In many book the relationship blooms so quickly, however the slow and steady pace that just sucks you in from the minute that you start it.

The only thing cuter than these two are Balthazar’s adorable twin boys, those little curly red headed boys running around half naked and swearing like little champs had me rolling for most of the book. Every time their three year old mind would mix up the letters of innocent words like Dump Truck to Dumb Fuck I just lost it. I was in love with these boys the moment I met them.

Along with such lovable characters, the writing is just beautiful. I can’t find a fault in this work of art. The story truly just flows with ease. There is something for anyone in this book to love. Each person has depth without digging too deep, has a specific personality without being generic, and is relatable. There is a part of everyone in that book that I was able to connect with it, and this just made me want to get to know each and every one of them even better.

So to wrap it up, spunky blonde, adorable twins, witty dialog, drama and did I mention Balthazar? Because let’s be honest he is worth the risk, he is a great choice if you are in the market for a new book boyfriend. Each of these two people have had hardships in their past, both felt so broken alone and yet by being together they are fixed good a new. I loved, loving this novel and I hope that after reading it you will love it just as much as I did.
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516 reviews5 followers
May 1, 2016
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 Balthazar with her nephews, who she loves very much. As much as each of them fight their attraction to each other - after all, Matilda's father is very much an ass who gets what he wants -they begin to realize that it is too hard of a battle to fight.

I love, love, LOVED this book. Not the typical romance - but very much a romance. I highlighted so many lines that were said by each character that I found sexy and romantic. The book very much combines the wonderfully romantic with the spectacularly naughty.

The writing is exquisite, the characters are lovable and fun, the supporting characters add to the story (Matilda's father? UGH! You will really want to strangle him) so well. There was nothing I did not enjoy about this book.

How was it different? Maybe it was the quirkiness of Matilda and Balthazar (look at their names, for instance). Maybe the clumsiness of Matilda. The strong emotions of Balthazar. I can't quit put my finger on it, other that I simply adored them, this book, and now this author.

Highly recommend.

ARC received for honest review.
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1,742 reviews
April 11, 2016
From the first few pages I was glued to this book.
Matilda Pearl is a free spirit who has been sent to sort out her brother-in-law's love life..sounds easy enough right?
Balthazar was not expecting Matilda to come barrelling into his life with her beauty and quirky ways, she had grown up living in he's big sisters shadow and even though their chemistry was obvious very early on, Balthazar keeps her at arms length.
I loved the fact that the whole story was inspired by the authors life... the wonderful, cheeky twins who made me laugh out loud with their shenanigans, the array of animals Balthazar and Matilda take into the farm and also her travels.
I also loved the fact that there was so many sides to Balthazar, the way he was so hard working but also had time to read Keats, the gentleness he shows the twins, he was so romantic and had a wonderful way with words, and the riddles that they send back and forth on paper made this story unique.
I especially liked the bee scene...I could feel the sexual tension between Matilda and Balthazar and was practically willing him to take things further....extremely well written with laugh out loud moments, the supporting characters were all wonderful..this book was not what i was expecting, it had the perfect mix of steam, romance and comedy. No cliffhanger with a fabulous ending. I look forward to reading more from this author - thank you A.Wilding for sharing Balthazar and Matilda with us.
5 sold stars!!
I was very kindly gifted a copy of this book by the lovely author in return for an honest review.
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