REVIEW: Too Wild to Tame by Tessa Bailey

too-wild-to-tameAuthor: Tessa Bailey
Series: Romancing the Clarksons #2
Release Date: September 6, 2016
Rating: 3/5
Source: ARC was provided through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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Sometimes you just can’t resist playing with fire…

By day, Aaron Clarkson suits up, shakes hands, and acts the perfect gentleman. But at night, behind bedroom doors, the tie comes off and the real Aaron comes out to play. Mixing business with pleasure got him fired, so Aaron knows that if he wants to work for the country’s most powerful senator, he’ll have to keep his eye on the prize. That’s easier said than done when he meets the senator’s daughter, who’s wild, gorgeous, and 100 percent trouble.

Grace Pendleton is the black sheep of her conservative family. Yet while Aaron’s presence reminds her of a past she’d rather forget, something in his eyes keeps drawing her in. Maybe it’s the way his voice turns her molten. Or maybe it’s because deep down inside, the ultra-smooth, polished Aaron Clarkson might be more than even Grace can handle…

Too Wild to Tame is a story of constant battle of mind and heart, irresistibly sizzling, forbidden and heartwarming romance between two difficult characters.

If Elsa in Frozen had a male version, he would be Aaron Clarkson. Cold-hearted, snob, intelligent, always has a plan, too polished for his own good, one night stand kind of guy. Also he’s trying to save his career due to the fact that he almost fucked up the last time. So now, with all his planning and solution-finding skills, he’s determined to do better this time. But inside lies a man with so much vulnerability and a beast who has filthy mouth at the same time. Also, sex in a suit? Yes please.

Grace Pendleton has lived her whole life with people always manipulating her. She’s spirited, smiley and very mysterious. Haha! I don’t have much to say about her because about 80% of the time, I didn’t get her. She’s puzzling to me. But not in a bad way. She’s just… I don’t know. Confusing might be the proper term.

I wasn’t able to get the hang of the story until I was past five chapters, if I remember correctly. It surely was slow-paced, revolved much around politics and campaign, their past hangups but little romance. For what it’s worth, I don’t think it was bad. Because the chemistry was there and constant skirting around each other was so hot, dirty and believable. (Hey, this is Tessa Bailey we’re talking about.) I liked that Grace pushed Aaron to ease a little and I have admit to laughing once or twice because of their banter. I just hoped the Aaron during-Grace moments went on longer because it would’ve been nice to see those defences crack each time they’re together. Like together for much longer. I would’ve liked the ending to stretch even for a little bit because even when there’s an epilogue and it was pretty satisfying, I still wanted more. (That’s my greedy self talking, by the way.) Also, I think this was more of Aaron’s story than Grace’s so I liked how it made sense that way.

Overall, HEA was fine and even when this was not Tessa’s best for me, I enjoyed it and would still continue to read the next books in the series! Next is Peggy’s! Yay!

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