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A Field Guide To Catching Crickets

4.32  ·  Rating details ·  263 ratings  ·  125 reviews
The soul is not where it lives, but where it loves.

A countryside ranch, naughty notes and a neighbor boy. Kissing in silos and skinny dipping under a full moon. Ten years gone. An ocean, a tragedy...secrets and buried things. Letting go and hanging on. Remembering to forget.

My reality became his nightmare, but then my nightmare became reality.

Hawke Slater was not onl
Kindle Edition, 242 pages
Published June 7th 2016 by HYP NOTIC PRESS
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Rebecca Woodward
May 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: finished
Wow!! What an emotional story. I love this story. The characters were well developed. I can tell the Author has a personal attachment to them. That is why the story explodes with hungry emotions. I laughed and cried through some chapters. What an experience these characters go through. I can not imagine the heartbreak they had to endure. This Author blows my mind again with this story. Excellent job!
Jun 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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ARC Provided in Exchange for an Honest Review. :)

This is the second book I've read by the wonderful A. Wilding Wells, and I can say without any doubt or hesitation, I am a reader for LIFE! Some books you read, some books you devour, and some books you FEEL to the core of your being. I felt this book, with every beat of my heart. I cried with Sloan, I laughed with Hawke, and I just felt hope, so much hope that they could over come time, and history, and years past. To mend what had been broke
May 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
“We’re stained by each other and our combined past. Both of us seek the ink of our future, no doubt wondering what sorts of stories will unfold after tonight”

When I received and ARC by the author, I was so curious and when it got banned by Amazon, I felt like a total badass for reading it.

Now, at first I felt the story had such a slow pace. I had a hard time keeping my attention to it since I like it more when stories get to the point fast #impatient but about 45% in, I finally got into the st
Melissa (Corrupted BY Smut)
** Recieved an ARC of this book from the author for an honest review**

4.5 amazing stars!!!! A. Wilding Wells rocks my world!!! She has such a way with her characters and developing their personalities and their traits that makes them so relateable and down to earth that you instantly form a connection with them!! And A Field Guide to Catching Crickets was no exception!! This book captivated me from start to finish, from constantly wanting to know what the HECK Sloan was keeping from Hawke, to LO
Paperback Princess
I was so lucky to get an ARC of this beautiful book..I'm so in love with this book I can't even put it into words. This is my third book from A Wilding Wells and at this point I'll read her damn grocery list if she published it lol!! This is the story of two kids Sloan and Hawke who fell in love with each other early on but when Sloan is 15 and Hawke is 18 she suddenly has to move to Amsterdam with her grandmother leaving a broken hearted Hawke behind. 10 years pass before she comes back home fo ...more
Ace Gray
Jun 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful on every level

Everything about this book had me hook, line and sinker. I could feel the world of Hawke and Sloane, not just because of the thick and utterly beautiful emotion but because of the magic language A Wilding Wells used to paint a vivid world I desperately want in on. Hawke was the delicious and full hearted man I dreamt of since I knew how to dream of boys. Sloane was beautiful, particularly broken, and will forever remind me to forgive, particularly myself. This book has ma
May 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received this ARC for an honest review. If I could give it more than 5 stars I would. It was a hands down 5+++ stars for me.
I love the authors writing style and how she was able to make everything relatable and engaging. The words were like a hand that reached into my heart and squeezed it. I couldn't put it down and didn't want to. I was completely sucked into their world.
I was swooning all over the place with this husband even told me if he heard me sigh out loud one more time he
Habiba Hasabo
May 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc-reads


I think I lose sense of everything surrounding me while reading A. Wilding Wells's books. I get sucked right in. I get invested in the characters and I turn into a puppy following them everywhere waiting for them to unravel and uncover their deepest darkest secrets. And believe me , they always have that one hell of a secret that turns tables.

This book was nothing less than frustrating. Yes, it frustrated me and made me angry. Thats why I loved it.
May 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
I was fortunate enough to receive an ARC for this beautiful book from the Author and I way beyond excited becuse this was my first ARC ever and also the first book by A. Wilding Wells. Thank you so much for trusting and sharing your work with me.

I don't think my words will do the justice to explain how this book made me feel.
From the beginning I was pulled in and  captivated.  With most books it takes some time for the story to develope and make me feel connected to the characters within it. 
Jun 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Oh, I'm quickly becoming one of this authors biggest fans!!! She writes the sexiest country stories with the sexiest alpha males, I can't get enough !

From the very first line, I fell in love! I felt like every line was beautiful, deeply poetic. The author just has a way of writing beautiful words.

I enjoyed Sloan & Hawke's second chance love story. Their childhood crush turns into a life long love affair. In the story, 10 years separates them. And when they are reunited they pick up right where
Book Obsessions  (Amber)
I am really starting to love this author who is new to me! This book was the story of two childhood sweethearts who are separated for 10 years and when they are finally reunited they both have secrets and a past. Hawke is/was my dream boyfriend...sweet, loyal, and hot as hell. Sloane...oh Sloane...I felt for the girl and all she went through...just heartbreaking. It wasn't all tears though because these 2 definitely brought the heat! Throughout the book Sloane's past is a mystery and it really m ...more
May 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

4.5 Stars!

My feelings were trampled on…just when I thought this would be an easy breezy book…

Sloan Mcqueen, you are one exquisite remarkable soul! A survivor with undeniable courage. Yes, Hawke Slater was easily stealing the show because of his free spirited vibe and charming personality, but you my darlin’ swallowed me whole, crushed my heart and mended it. At first I wanted her to just shake it off and open her heart to Hawke once again (stop torturing the man), but I realized her actions were
Zuray yaruz7
I call dibs on Hawke freaking Slater so back off :D
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*I received this book as an ARC in exchange for an honest review*

This book was so much more than I thought it would be. The story went above and beyond with some twists and turns I wasn't expecting. But I love every minute of it. It didn't lack humor, the quirky banter and hot scenes that we love but when shit got real I got all the FEELS. My heart hurt for everything Hawke & Sloan's love and life went trough. But thankfully their love was
Sat here in floods of tears in the aftermath that is finishing this book!! Where do I start.... Well first of all bravo awildingwells you have succeeded in making this hard faced cow full on ugly cry and I tell you that is no mean feat!
Sloan and Hawkes story is just beautiful and the way the secrets of the book are revealed is just perfect, allowing just the right amount of frustration and suspense!
Trying to describe this book without giving any spoilers is hard so I'll just say this..... If y
MJ Symmonds
Jun 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I know that all authors & books need reviews to help promote them. All this book needs is for you to read it & be absolutely blown away by the intensity, angsty, gut wrenching beauty that is A Field Guide to Catching Crickets.

I will say this book frustrated me. I just wanted it to get to the point. I wanted to know all the deep down secrets and I felt I deserved the right to know it all right away, like NOW!!! But then when it all comes out, I'm practically screaming at the author to take it ba
Page Turning Book Junkie
*ARC kindly provided by author for honest review*
For your next fix -->

4.5 our of 5 Magic between the Pages, Passion-laced Stars!!!
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" How the hell does a fifteen-year-old girl fall in love with an eighteen-year-old boy? I hardly fell. It was the opposite of that. A soar. A hurdle. A breakthrough to a new place in my heart."

Well, butter my biscuit and call me Sally!! I continue to be surprised and flabbergasted when I stumble upon such amazing
Melanie S
May 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, 2018
There is a cliche that begins "There are two kinds of people in this world..." I would argue that there are actually two worlds: the normal, safe, sane one most of us live in, and a shadow world. It is the shadow world which has two kinds of people: the malignant deviants (terrorists, rapists, killers, abusers, etc.), and their victims. Every victim dreams of escape, but not all do, or not right away. Those who do escape find themselves forev
May 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
This is my second book from this author and I really enjoyed this love story. The main characters meet as childhood friends turned lovers and are separated for 10 years due to some things that happened in their teens. This was a very emotional journey for both characters and they way they deal with old demons and uncovering a truth that could have changed their entire relationship. It's just goes to show how true love can conquer all. This author has such a unique writing style and way of storyt ...more
Inked Belle’s Book Blog
Books like this make you wish you could give more stars. Ms. Wells has, once again, blown me away! Cricket made me want to strangle her at times, but when you realize the reason for her actions your heart shatters for her. I spent several chapters sobbing with her. What a wonderfully strong woman to rise above and find her happiness. An amazing book from start to finish, I highly recommend you read this the first chance you get!

P. S. Amazons current ban is Absofuckinglutely ridiculous! Support i
May 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
**ARC provided by author for an honest review**

I just finished reading the book, and to say I’m a huge jumble of emotions is the least of it. What this author can do with words, sweet baby Jesus she slays me. I love to highlight my favorite passages, or sayings that make me swoon. So to say that almost half of this book was highlighted is just a testament to A. Wilding Wells writing ability. As I’m writing this review, the book is currently being banned from Amazon due to the graphic nature, and
Hawke became an unofficial part of Sloan's family since he started playing with her and her brothers when he was ten and she was seven. At first, he treated her just like her brothers, but as they grew up, feelings started to change. Sloan and Hawke spent most of their childhood playing on the family farm, skinny dipping in the lake, and learning the art of flirting with each other. One way Hawke flirts is by leaving dirty notes for Sloan in very unexpected places. One day she'd find a note in h ...more
Isa LaCroqueuseDeLivres

***ARC kindly provided by the author, in exchange for an honest review***


ALTERNATIVE TITLE: How To Draw Beauty From The Darkest Places

It’s official: A. Wilding Wells is now one of my favorite authors.

What can I add to the reviews that have been posted for this story?...
I am still finding my words to describe what I felt yesterday when I closed the book.

I’ll try to avoid spoilers, and focus on why I LOVED the Sloan and Hawkes’ love story.

The thing is A. Wilding Wells has an undeniable tal
May 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
** arc received in exchange for a honest review**

A Field Guide to Catching Crickets is a book full of heartache, love, redemption and forgives. Chuck in a sexy ass man named Hawke (will gladly sit on his face) and a beautiful and strong heroine named Slone and you have a book of gold. They both will make you fall in love with them and the story straight away

I'm not going to spoil anything about the storyline because everyone needs to read it themselves. Yes, it might be a hard limit for some but
May 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First off, thank you a million times over to A. Wilding Wells, for the ARC copy of this story. I couldn't wait to get my paws on this beauty!

Oh my goodness, this book! What an emotional journey! I'm used to people having secrets and skeletons in the closet, but Sloane and Hawke really had to battle for a decade (or more, technically) to maintain a relationship that would have torn most couples apart.

Hawke and Sloane have been together since they were tykes. That's just the way it was from the
T. Rosado
May 13, 2016 rated it really liked it

4.25 STARS!

Whew! This was one of those books that you just have to keep reading and pray for the best possible outcome, knowing that the author will be faithful and give it to you. That's exactly what I did. I started and finished within 24 hours, only stopping for some much needed sleep.

I won't get into details with character arcs, etc, because it's better to go into this one trusting and a bit blind to their story. Simply put, "Crickets" focuses on Hawke and Sloane - two childhood friends turn
May 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was gifted an ARC In exchange of an honest review:

My Review:

A. Wilding Wells writing never ceases to amaze me she always ropes me in hook, line and sinker I get lost in all her magical wildly naughty words she paints pictures so vividly that I get upset when I have to leave the world she's written.

A Field Guide To Catching Crickets was no exception she painted the leading lady's Sloan's Mc Queen's dark pass with such feeling my heart instantaneously broke for this poor girl/woman no one shoul
Jun 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A. Wilding Wells' A Field Guide To Catching Crickets is what I read for. What can I say? I was wowed and surprised and on the edge of my seat as I followed Sloane McQueen's sweet but complicated second chance romance. As Sloane pursued her own desire—a drive to confess about the traumatic experiences which have shaped her life away from her sweetheart Hawke—I found myself simultaneously desiring to understand her, and the secrets that shroud her relocation from the United States to Amsterdam at ...more
Jeanne Low
May 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a story of two children Sloan and Hawke falling in love with each other at early stage but have to separated at the age of 15 and 18.

10 years pass before Sloan comes back for her brother’s wedding and is nervous to meet Hawke again after all this while cutting contacts with him . However , you can feel the love Hawke still has for Sloane and how much he missed her. I fell for Hawke as he’s so sweet, kind , loving and caring.

About 80% of the book is a mystery of Sloane’s past and this ma
May 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a beautiful story. I was captured from beginning to end. The love between Hawk and Sloan was inspiring. Their paths crossed at an early age and their connection was immediate. When Sloan is forced to leave to go to Amsterdam, they are both completely heartbroken. But fate and destiny play a hand in bringing them face to face once again after being separated for 10 years. Will their chemistry be the same?

Hawk was hotness personified! That man had me wanting his website to be for real! He was
May 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was an amazing read! It was intense, sexy, heartbreaking, funny and healing. This is a book about second chance love. And so much more. Hawke and Sloan are childhood sweethearts. They live an ideal life on a farm in California. Until one day when they were teenagers Sloan tells Hawke she is leaving him to go live overseas. Fast forward 10 years and Sloan is back. Things hasn't gone quite as Sloan and Hawke bought it would go. It's obvious Sloan has been through some things and Hawke is succ ...more
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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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