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Once Wild (Breaking Out #1)

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Shaun MacGregor was never one to care what people thought about him… but after returning after eight years of prison to the small coal-mining town of Ashland Pennsylvania, he literally has a run-in with town socialite, Maria Bellicia. This one night leads Shaun on a turbulent path to confront the guilt and regret; and all consequences of a reckless, troubled youth. As Mari ...more
Paperback, 328 pages
Published February 28th 2010 (first published September 22nd 2009)
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Lena’s Review:

The Bellicia name in Ashland, Pennsylvania is royalty to people. So when two people like Maria and Shaun come together it is in one word wrong.

My heart broke when I started reading about Shaun MacGregor. Here is a man who literally spent his whole life in jail only to come out with no welcome home greetings. Instead, thee was nothing but hatred. Shaun has been through pain and neglect all his life. What got to me was the strong refusal of acknowledgment with his father. Here is a m
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Alyssa
Jan 13, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is not the usual genre I read. It was a quick, entertaining read. Hailing from the county in which the story is set, I found the references, although sometimes inaccurate, quite amusing. It had decent character development and a good plot twist.
Lhenry
Great characters, complicated plot, and nice theme but needs serious editing!
Carol Gambill
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This is a story of second chances and deep abiding love.
Pick it up and be swept way. Fall in love again and again. I just loved it." ~Melinda, Night Owl Romance (4 stars)

This is full of intense moments as well as some humor and steamy sex,
but for me it was the intense struggle to find acceptance
both within himself and society that made the story for me. I found it immensely satisfying." ~Witchgiggles, Alternative-read.com

"I applaud Carol Gambill for creating a man with so much pai
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Second Edition of Once Wild 1 2 Nov 25, 2014 05:35AM  
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Carol’s novels are overpowered by the one thing we all need to survive, and that is love. A touch, an emotion that makes life bearable and worthwhile. For we all know with pleasure there is pain, and it is in our darkest despair when we acknowledge and appreciation that life given. Every element of who we are is stripped and refining us until nothing is left but renewed satisfaction; and more impo
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