REVIEW: How To Tame Beasts And Other Wild Things by A. Wilding Wells

how-to-tame-beastsAuthor: A. Wilding Wells
Release Date: April 11, 2016
Rating: 5/5
Source: ARC was provided in exchange for an honest review.
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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 discovers 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.


I’ve never read anything from A. Wilding Wells yet but I’m so glad Balthazar and Matilda were my first because this book is all sorts of ahhh-mazing!! It’s so fun, so cute, quirky even, entertaining and hot AF.

Matilda Pearl is the sister of Balthazar Cox’s now-dead wife and she’s in the farm owned by her father (who doesn’t like her) for a mission to claim her trust fund: to get Balthazar a new wife that would take care of him, the farm with him and his energetic twins and her the farm so she could shelter more animals to her heart’s content. Only, fate has other screwed-up plans for both of them.

Let’s back up. Two people. Hot headed beastly brit. Sexy, kind, nurturing woman. Cute twins. In a farm. In. A. Freaking. Farm. Wild. Hot. Naughty. Things. Go figure.

All I can say is I enjoyed every page of this story. In fact, I did a huge lot! It’s heartwarming to the point that I shed a tear or two (okay—about four times, I think) because the depth of feelings of the two characters are just so authentic. And though I almost died at the plot twists, I’m so happy that the author wrote it that way. It’s fresh and surprising.

Balthazar is not hard to love AT ALL though he was a bit cruel in the beginning. It was being justified because of what he went through in the past. I still want to smack him in the head though because of his hot-cold attitude. Matilda—I. LOVE. THIS. WOMAN! She’s carefree, klutzy, a breathe of fresh air, crafter and all-around funny, smart, kitchen-skilled woman. I’d love to be her best friend! (But also so I can gawk at Balthazar hahaha!) But really, the author whipped them in to two lovable and kind of emotional characters that aren’t difficult to relate to. She also didn’t miss out on the hilarity of the kids being so amusing and cute and such cockblockers! I love them too, to bits!

I thought that’s all there is to it in the book but the author surprised me even more with how she tied up the loose ends as plot twists but more like crazy ones! Haha!

If you want the book that would surely give you entertainment with a bit of heartache but more of a sweet and sexy romance, you’re on it with this! Looking forward to more from this author!

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