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Facing West

(Forever Wilde #1)

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  7,294 ratings  ·  727 reviews
The first book in a new series by Lucy Lennox!


I left my family and tiny Texas hometown fifteen years ago to escape small-town gossips and to give my mom and sister the chance at a better life. But when a phone call from an attorney back home informs me that my sister passed away, leaving me custody of her newborn baby, I’m shocked out of the steady life I’ve built
Kindle Edition, 312 pages
Published August 20th 2017 (first published August 19th 2017)
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~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~

I. Liked. This. Book.

Which, seriously, is like WHOA, baby.

Because I did not have good things to say about Lennox's Made Marian series.

But Facing West was really cute. And sexy.

Also, sexy.

Did I mention SEXY?

I even liked the baby, and I'm not usually one for kids in books.

The pervy old ladies in the Made Marian series were grossly inappropriate. But the grandpas in this book were just funny; yes, they threw out TMI about their sex life, but they didn't cross the sexual hara
☆ Todd
May 25, 2018 rated it really liked it

Loved Nico. Loved West. Loved Grandpa, Doc and the entire Wilde family.

But this 328 pager felt *way* longer than it needed to be. By like 100 pages.

One of my favorite things about stories like this, where someone overcomes great adversity and builds a new life all their own (like Nico did after running away from home at age 15), are the *details* of the challenges they faced along the way and how they ended up thriving.

In this story, we got only a few paragraphs, instead of many actual details,
Aug 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Lucy Lennox, the author that gave us the Marian brothers, has a new set of brothers for us! This is the Wilde family and the first book focuses on hot doctor Weston Wilde.

If you've read the books in the Made Marian series, you know that they are all basically the same book with different character names and different professions. Not to take anything away with how soothing that can be for a reader that knows and gets EXACTLY what they want. I do recommend this book. West and Nico are great toge
Lyn❤Loves❤Listening #AUDIOBOOKADDICT
Audio - 5 stars
Story - 3.75 stars

Finally!! Finally!! A Lucy Lennox series I can see myself enjoying. I'm so excited!!!

I don't know if I'm being oversensitive, but the only thing stopping this book from being 5 stars for me was the way the situation with Pippa was handled. The back and forth on what should be done with her made no sense to me. I could understand Nico's hesitation, but why the heck West didn't want her from the get go was kind of cold. He claimed to love her and was going to miss
* A Reader Obsessed *
3.5 Stars

What I like about Lennox and in extension, narrator Michael Pauley, is their ability to bring the fun and funny interspersed with over the top lust and horniness but then really grounding it in some angsty feels and always with some great familial love and dynamics. I had thoroughly enjoyed myself with Borrowing Blue and Taming Teddy from the Made Marian series but for me it had gradually veered from its expected formula which I’ve said is not necessarily a bad thing…. however, I felt t
Aug 28, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mm, hurt-comfort
I did not like this. I severely dislike angry people in my books (and in RL). And boy, were these guy angry (without good reason).

I immediately started to dislike this book when West acted like a complete ass to Nico simply because Nico left town when he was 15. As if a 15 year old boy just leaves his family because he feels like it. West remained angry about this throughout the book while also developing feelings for Nico. I hate that. I mean, talk things out before you fall in love! Not fall i
Shile (Hazard's Version) RL sucks on semi hiatus
4.5 stars

I loved this book a lot.

Well! Well! That was hot, a little heartbreaking and sweet. I laughed, I was sad at times, I swooned and awwwwwed at baby Pippa.

There is something about Lucy Lennox’s books that just sucks me in, I guess maybe it’s the way she writes about family.

I loved Michael Pauley’s narration too. These two are a match made in book heaven.

West- I loved him, he came from a supporting big family, and I enjoyed their interactions. He was supportive, patient and loving. I loved
Jul 15, 2021 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
dnf @ 9%.

sigh. i generally try not to rate books i don’t finish, but oh, man, this one pissed me off so it’s getting one star.

look, i know a majority of m/m romance is not written by or for gay men - that’s just a fact - and truthfully? that’s not usually an issue for me. i don’t believe you have to be queer to write queer stories; in fact, i’ve read a lot of wonderful m/m stories written by women and nonbinary authors. what i do think, however, is that when writing about marginalized groups of
~Mindy Lynn~
4 Stars!

This was sweet with just a bit of angst thrown in. I really liked both characters and was happy the way their relationship developed.

Doc and Grandpa were pretty awesome and I thought how they interacted with each other was super sweet and cute. I loved their inappropriateness just as much as I did the older ladies in her other series. Though the men a bit more tamer than the ladies were.

West was a bit judgy of Nico in the beginning which threw me off of him a bit. I thought with the big
Heather the Queen of (Smut)Books
Following the authors style it's insta-love/lust, crazy family, and hot sex. Though instead of OTT pervy Granny's we get sweet, slightly subdued OTT pervy Grandpa's? Definitely an improvement.

Slight niggle.... when the MC's first meet back up West takes one look at Nico's tattoos and piercings and makes snap judgements and assumptions about him because of them. He was hurt, angry and grieving but he has a tendency to lash out and say some pretty mean shit. They were sweet together though once t
After leaving home at 15 for the sake of his mother and sister, Nico has been lonely. He has friends and his own tattoo shop but something is missing. He's built walls around his heart. When he receives a call he never expected, he returns home to find he has custody of his sister's daughter. Her best friend, Dr. West Wilde, is having no part of it. He thinks Nico is a multi-colored hair, tattooed no good punk who left his family. Boy is he in for a surprise.

Well this was a nice little surprise.
4.5 stars. I really loved this. I needed something sweet and heart-melting and this delivered. Though it took a little for me to get past West being an utter asshole in the beginning. I mean, I got why but really, I kind of wanted to throat-punch him. As you get to know him, he's the sweetest guy ever, so I got over it.

You could say that for both West and Nico. Their character development was excellent and the romance was all the swoon I could want. 🥰 And lets not forget the sexy because it was
Feb 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is book one if Lucy’s new series about the Wilde family. Let’s just say that I have no doubt they will be wild, wacky and fun to get to know. We first met Nico, Griffin Marion’s best friend, in the Made Marion series.

At the beginning of this book, Nico’s life is upended and he’s forced to return to the small town he left when he learns of the death of his sister and that he is listed as her baby’s legal guardian. When he returns to town he meets up with West Wilde, a small town boy, turned
**2.5 stars**
Nothing wrong in overall. It just didn’t work for me. It started well but then my interest started to fade.

First, I couldn’t get a read on the MCs. That’s all on me, it happens sometimes and it sure did here. And when I arrived at the first sex scene, I didn’t find it hot (the “caveman” attitude felt so out of place at this stage for me it ruined it).

Then there were too many little twists in the story for my tastes, so many that I focused more on the inconsistencies than on the st
Aug 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a great intro to Lucy's new series

This book is comforting and familiar, like a warm snuggly blanket in front of a roaring fire. It has all the elements I'd expect to find in a Lucy Lennox romance and it just made me go awww a lot while reading it.

I like the idea of another giant family where it's not a big deal to be LGBTQ+ and there's acres of support in a loving household filled with people who pass no judgement.

Doc and Grandpa were ace, as was the rest of West's family and I loved tha
*J* Too Many Books Too Little Time
Jun 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: male-action
I decided to go back through some of LLs back-log.

I liked this one.

I liked West, I liked Nico.

The baby didn't bother me.

There was good angst, not the annoying angst.

Good connection between the MCs, good steam.

Overall a solid read.
3 Stars

Overall Opinion: This was alright. I liked the premise and I love stories with children in them, though I would’ve liked more interactions with the baby if I’m being honest. I also liked West and his crazy family. But come on, really? West is gay, at least 4 of his brothers are gay, a few of his cousins are gay, his aunt is gay, and his grandfather is gay...what’s in that water? I found it bizarre but it also provided some humor most of the time. I didn’t like how the conflict was resol
4 Stars

As a spin-off from the wonderfully fun and romantic Made Marian series, Facing West was a great start to Lucy Lennox's new Forever Wilde series, featuring another big, boisterous, and loving family, trading the old (never-endingly annoying) grannies for some sweet as pie grandpas.

What I love most is how reliable Lennox is as a storyteller. When I pick up one of her books I’m fairly confident in what I’m going to get.

There will undoubtedly be some passion and romance, with sizzling chemi
Feb 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: forever-wilde-mm
I am so happy to finally have Nico’s story. I wasn’t really sure how I felt about him but as it turns out, I really like him.

As for him and West together? It took some time to adjust. As much as I like the two, I had a hard time seeing them together as a couple. No worries though, turned out great!!
Aug 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle-unlimited, m-m
The Made Marian Series totally does it for me. There is just something about this formula that I need every now and then. So, I will not even try to hide for one single second how happy I am that there is a new series that is a spin-off of the Marian Family and is just like them.


I enjoyed this quite a bit. Like its predecessor, it is easy, fun and sexy as Hell. Throw in there a little angst, drama and a frightening past and the book couldn't do any wrong.

West was a judgmental prick
Lyndy Ann ♫
Jan 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
🌟🌟🌟🌟 4 Surprised ME stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟

I tried reading Lucy Lennox last year Borrowing Blue the first in the Made Marian series, but I did not enjoy it at all, this month I saw on my gr feed a book from this series that caught my attention and with my OCD I have to start from the beginning so I started reading Facing West.

I started reading this not knowing what to expect and I was happily surprised to be hooked in by Nico and West. At first I thought West was a jerk with his opinion on Nico of how he aba
Jun 02, 2018 rated it liked it
The story itself would be a four star book but some parts were just too long for my taste ;)

Another unexpected surprise by a new to me author. I have read Lucy Lennox combined with Sloane Kennedy but this is my first time reading one of her own works and it was surprisingly good. Like colour me surprised, the lady can really carry a story.

Nico left his backwoods small town to escape their narrow minds and also in hopes of providing a better life for his sister and mom. Who needs a queer screw up around messing up their lives. He left without ever looking back and ne
Sep 03, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: mm-contemporary
3.5 stars for this book ... I enjoyed many elements of this story but I often found Nico & West damn annoying and frustrating ! I really wanted to shake Nico and tell him to get his head out of his ass - there were just subtle behaviors that didn't work for me. West was the "hero" type character that was pretty selfless and loyal however I wished he did something rad like fix that dick Curt right up !!! I did enjoy Griff's cameo and I can see where Wests family will be the next Marians. I'll cer ...more
Aug 24, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mm-romance
DNF. I'm giving this two stars for the 50% that I read of it.

If you're really into babies, well, go for it. If you're really into bitter, angsty, tattooed men distrusting everyone around them, go for it. If you're into Dr. Hunky saves the day, go for it. I couldn't bring myself to care enough for the characters, storyline, setting (small town Texas) to continue on. The writing, too, felt uninspired. I was looking to a fun, comfort read--this wasn't it.

I was a big fan of the Made Marian series an
Len Evans Jr
Aug 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
At the moment I will just say that Ms. Lennox has once again done it. A perfectly crafted story from finish to end, she made me cry, she made me laugh, she made me wish I was Nico or West and in this book!
Valerie ❈M/M Romance Junkie❈
DNF at 56%. This just wasn’t working for me on any level. I didn’t understand how everyone looked at Nico as though he abandoned his sister. I didn’t like how one minute he supposedly hated his sister, but the next he left to make her life better? That just didn’t make any sense to me. Add in the very inappropriate conversation with the grandpas, and I just had to quit.
Jul 24, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: mm-romance
A very good small town romance story.

To tell the truth, I was in the mood to cry a little. And I was hoping this book would give me that. Unfortunately, that didn't happen, but I don't regret it, because it's always difficult for me to predict which story will cause it. Although we have a few difficult topics here - the death of a close family, youth spent in the streets - they are handled quite delicately. You shouldn't have a problem with them.

West and Nico are very well built characters. They
Maisha  Farzana (on hiatus)
=》2.5 stars

It wasn't bad. It wasn't good either. The synopsis sounded really amazing. But this book failed to deliver. The story was too dramatic. Just the usual kind of dialogues which was kinda boring. And I didn't care about the characters. So, 2.5 stars it is.

Overall, I found it "all right". Lucy Lennox's humor was as always - superb. The book was funny for sure, if nothing else. I had a pleasant time. So, definitely will continue to read her books.
Jul 19, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm going to be honest, it's been a long time since I've thoroughly enjoyed a book by Lucy Lennox. I'm so glad I gave Facing West a try!

Really sweet and original story, and a great set up to the rest of the series. Marvelous performance by Michael Pauley in the audio version.
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