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Love in the Wild: A Tarzan Retelling

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  1,291 ratings  ·  326 reviews
A Sensual, Powerful, And Thought Provoking Tarzan Retelling

Eden Matthews stumbled upon the discovery of a lifetime while photographing wildlife deep in the heart of Africa…

A gorgeous god of a man living in the wilds of the African jungle among a family of gorillas…

When he saves her life she’s compelled to uncover the man’s tragic past and the fate which led him to grow up
Kindle Edition, 284 pages
Published September 28th 2020
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Oct 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars.

I was so excited for this book and hyped myself up so much. The cover is gorgeous and it's a Tarzan retelling, so I was expecting an amazing jungle romance. In the beginning, I really enjoyed how we got Thorne's back story and how he got to be in the jungle raised by gorillas. I enjoyed how he was able to communicate with the animals of the jungle and how he also had a knowledge of English by the time Eden arrives and finds herself in need of rescuing from dangerous men.

I will say, t
Jun 10, 2021 rated it liked it
I had high hopes for this book because I’ve never read a Tarzan retelling before. Every now and then I like to read a romance to switch things up. Unfortunately, this one didn’t work out well for me.

Thorn is a young boy on an African trip with his mom and dad when their plane crashes, and he’s left to survive amongst gorillas. Fast forward 20 years…Eden Matthews is visiting the African jungle (Uganda) photographing wildlife when she and a handful of others are taken. While the others are killed,
MG *Bury Me with My Kindle.. & a REALLY Long Charger*
4.25 stars

This book pleasantly surprised me! The way the author wrote it was believable, which I worried about with this story bc there is a preface where she states that the H can "talk to the other animals" but it is more that he understands them and vice versa, not that they are actually talking. There were some over the top moments with that, but for the most part, it was well done.

The characters were likeable, and the villains were of the "love to hate" variety. The story moved quickly, but
Dri ✰
Oct 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020, 2020-favorites
4.5 stars
Jenn (The Book Refuge)
Oct 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was so sweet. Thorne has such a pure heart and I loved how connected he was to the jungle and what it taught him about life. I loved the comparisons to Tarzan and Jane.

I liked that it was sent in current times, although I was a bit confused on the outset as to when it was set.

I liked the primal-ness of Throne, but also appreciated how he asks for consent right from the beginning. I am a basic girl, and hearing all of the "mate" talk makes me so happy. It was a thrill to watch. The boo
Bex (Beckie Bookworm)

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I enjoyed this one a lot it's basically a contemporary retelling of the Tarzan legend that was suspenseful and thrilling with a big dash of mysticism running right through it.
Eden Matthews a photographer for National Park Magazine is deep in the national forest in Uganda with a tour group to take photos of mountain gorillas in there natural habitat.
After a run-in with some hired treasure hunters shes the only one left alive saved from death by a mysterious wild man.

Thorne has grown up in the jun
Oct 02, 2020 rated it liked it
2.5 stars

I grew up watching Tarzan so when I saw there was a retelling of it I freaked out and became super excited to read it. BUT I hate to say this because I love the cover and the whole Tarzan retelling but this was boring. I felt no chemistry and the characters were kinda bland. I needed more depth from the whole book and it’s characters.
Because of my love for Tarzan, the gorillas and that MAN on the cover I’ll give it 2.5 stars.

Okey I need to know who that SEXY man is on the cover becau
Dec 05, 2020 marked it as to-read
only bc i had a crush on Disney Tarzan ✌🏻😗
destiny ♡ howling libraries
A quick, fun read as long as you don't mind the insta-love/soul mates trope. It was a little over-the-top for me at times, but not enough to stop me from enjoying the story a lot. There are definitely some heavy and tragic moments in this story, though, so don't go into this one expecting a fluffy, happy read for the most part. ...more
So, this is not usually my type of read, but I had to read a Fairy Tale Retelling for a challenge, so why not a Tarzan retelling. Welp, let me tell you, I freaking loved it!!
Of course there were some things that were hard to believe, but that’s what fiction is, right??? I kind of knew what to expect, since it is about the King of the Jungle.

I loved Thorn (Tarzan) and his connection to the animals was magical. His relationship with Eden was just so pure and sweet. He was a little innocent at ti
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Aug 13, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars
Love in the Wild: A Tarzan Retelling was exactly what I needed at this time where I'm in a major book funk. I have always been a huge fan of Tarzan from the time I was a little girl watching Johnny Weissmuller portraying Tarzan with my mom to Disney's animated Tarzan with my sons. I have always found something very endearing about the character and I feel Ms. Castle did a great job with her retelling. I loved the story from beginning to end and look forward to rereading it. ...more
Jun 14, 2021 rated it it was ok
Shelves: nonsense, meeh
ok, this had a good start and I was really interested in reading this Tarzan retelling, but the author exaggerated this book so much, that it just became stupid.
Bree Lauren
Nov 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is the Tarzan retelling of my dreams. I've been raving about this book because it gave me absolutely everything I ever wanted in a story like this. I mean, we have the innocent, but strong and wild virgin hero who has to be "taught" how to "date", yet understands consent. This book reminded me a lot of Transcendence, but without such a huge communication barrier and with more than one POV. You just... you need to read this. ...more
Jan 25, 2021 rated it really liked it
GENRE: contemporary romance
TROPES: virgin hero, insta love
TRIGGER WARNINGS: grief, murder
SONGS: Taylor Swift - Wildest Dreams
Jacob Lee- I belong to You

a Tarzan retelling

When Thorne was three he survived a plane crash in Uganda with his parents. But ruthless and greedy gold explorers soon discovered them and killed his parents. He is left to the wilderness of the jungle to survive. That is what he does for the next twenty years.

"The whispers murmured that a ghost
Dec 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a very well done retelling!
When it comes to a Tarzan story, this book had all of the important notes I was looking for. Thorne is a hero that is very easy to love. He had that child like innocence, while also still being a protective, primal male.
Eden, our Jane character, had a love of the jungle, and also questioned the fast connection between her and Thorne. Her compassion and love were what I wanted from this.
There is a bit of a magical realism element to the story, but it works w

I’m simply mad for The Legend of Tarzan. For me it’s a romance with adventure. I love Margo Robbie as Jane and what can one say about Alexander Skarsgard as Tarzan? I don't know how many times I've watched the movie - but it's A LOT!!!! There aren’t really enough superlatives one must admit. So with that in mind I decided to give Love in the Jungle another try.

And I’m glad I did. I love the characters of Thorne and Eden. Thorne is so swoony and if heroes got trophies, I’d give him on
Toria (some what in hiatus)
Apr 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A romantic retailing of Tarzan. Our hero Thorne grew up in the jungle in Africa, raised by a gorilla along side her son because his parents found a tragic end deep in the jungle and only Thorne wad left alive. Eden was sent to photograph the wildlife, especially the gorilla's but her and the people she worked with was brutally attacked and only Eden was left alive, just when things get very dangerous for her, she is saved by a strange man, Thorne. They get to know each other and a romance is evo ...more
Beatrice Masaluñga
Jul 09, 2022 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio-book, adult
I have a post Transcendence book hangover and I immediate picked Live in the Wild which is a Tarzan retelling. I missed watching Tarzan. The last time I've seen the film was when I was still in grade school.💜

Thorn has lived in the jungles of Uganda for years since at the age of 3. His family's plane crashed and his parents tragically died. It's still vivid in his memories which traumatized him as a child. He protects the animals, especially the Gorillas who kind of adopted him. Back in his home,
Aug 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2021-reads
First ever Tarzan Retelling I've read. Can't complain about a single thing. Loved it. Very well thought out, managed to tug at my heartstrings and I was very attached to every single character of this book— Not the bad guys tho, we don't like them. ...more
Jan 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
5 "Jungle Man" Stars!

And my heart nearly burst from my chest! There was not one thing for me to complain about. I have a huge goofy smile on my face right now.(view spoiler)Once I started, I couldn't put this down. It played in my head just like a movie. There was murder and greed and passion and mystery and so, so much s
Sep 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
I’ve been looking forward to this book for a while - hello the cover is GORGEOUS - and I saw the paperback released early so I snagged it. I’m so happy I did. I love retellings and this was a lot of fun to read. I loved how Thorne was innocent in most ways but truly fierce. Of course, I wish it was sexier cause I mean.. come on.. it’s Tarzan.
Aug 22, 2021 rated it really liked it
✨ So where is the signup sheet for my own Tarzan? ✨

Every now and then you read a book that just hits every spot you need it too and you are just sitting there in shock of the beauty you have found.

This book was that for me. Laced with beautifully emotional themes and lush mystery/adventure, this romance stole my heart from page one. I was invested the whole way through.

After a family of explorers crashed in the depths of Africa, their son gets adopted by a gorilla. Thorne grows up con
Corinne [on hiatus]
I heard about this Tarzan retelling in a booktube video rec and decided to give it a try. I found the audio on Scribd and it is pretty good. It is told in a dual POV, Thorne and Eden. The 2 narrators did a wide range of characters with different accents rather well.
The cover is really beautiful. The story of nice and the suspenseful scenes are really well done. Other than this, I was not really invested in the characters. Maybe it was the fact that I knew the story well or the fact that it is a
Jun 26, 2021 rated it liked it
An interesting modern day Tarzan retelling, with magic. I heavily skimmed the “retelling” parts of the story, but I really enjoyed Thorne and Eden’s relationship.
Anne Z.
Jan 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So so so good ❤ true to the original tale with enough new, sweet, romantic bits to keep it interesting.

Full rescue is available on my blog!
4.5 stars rounded up to 5 stars because Thorne!!

No secret here but I am not one for fairytale retellings because in my experience they are usually underwhelming and leave me annoyed. Emma Castle was able to take a story that we have all heard dozens of times and create her own masterpiece in Love in the Wild.

Thorne is our Tarzan, and he is everything you expect!! A Warrior, strong, handsome and fiercely protective of those he holds dear but over the past 20 years or more that has only been the a
I absolutely loved this book! It captivated me from the very beginning with Thorne's family. I really liked that he was able to communicate with the animals and how much he cared for them all because they were his family as much as his true parents were. Eden was such a wonderful character and I loved how the relationship between them developed. She was very aware of how new things were to him and didn't let him push too much to make sure he really wanted what he did. Emma really knocked it out ...more
Apr 05, 2021 rated it liked it
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Briana B.
Jul 22, 2022 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars rounded up
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Emma Castle has always loved reading but didn’t know she loved romance until she was enduring the trials of law school. She discovered the dark and sexy world of romance novels and since then has never looked back! She loves writing about sexy, alpha male heroes who know just how to seduce women even if they are a bit naughty about it. When Emma’s not writing, she may be obsessing over her favorit ...more

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