Book Review → Wild Child

wild childTitle: Wild Child
Author: Molly O’Keefe
Series: Boys of Bishop
Publication Date: October 29th, 2013

Synopsis: Monica Appleby is a woman with a reputation. Once she was America’s teenage “Wild Child,” with her own reality TV show. Now she’s a successful author coming home to Bishop, Arkansas, to pen the juicy follow-up to her tell-all autobiography. Problem is, the hottest man in town wants her gone. Mayor Jackson Davies is trying to convince a cookie giant to move its headquarters to his crumbling community, and Monica’s presence is just too . . . unwholesome for business. But the desire in his eyes sends a very different message: Stay, at least for a while.

Jackson needs this cookie deal to go through. His town is dying and this may be its last shot. Monica is a distraction proving too sweet, too inviting—and completely beyond his control. With every kiss he can taste her loneliness, her regrets, and her longing. Soon their uncontrollable attraction is causing all kinds of drama. But when two lost hearts take a surprise detour onto the bumpy road of unexpected love, it can only lead someplace wonderful.

Review: So after going back and looking at the information on goodreads I have to change some of my original thoughts. Originally I had thought that maybe the Shelby/Dean parts of the book were to set up for a second book in a series but from what I can tell this is a stand alone book. Which now confirms my belief that the parts with Shelby and Dean’s relationship were completely unnecessary, distracting and felt like they were thrown in at the last minute. The pov starts out alternating between Monica and Jackson then out of nowhere there is a pov with Shelby, I was completely thrown at where this character had come from, I didn’t remember her being mentioned [she was mentioned twice but nothing really said about her] and she had no interaction with the main two characters yet. This ‘plot’ point could have definitely been given less attention, I think there were other things the author could have touched on.

Monica is a former reality tv star and wild child, she’s written a book called Wild Child chronicling her wild adventures as a young adult. At thirty, she returns to a small town in Arkansas to write about the night her father was murdered. I find that Monica has the makings of a good character but I just find the author fell short of fully developing her, there’s something missing. This is something I’m feeling she did with the majority of her characters, they fall short of being real. A big problem for me with the setting of this book is that I don’t feel it accurately portrays a small town in a ‘red state’ and I can’t help but wonder if the author has ever been to one. As soon as Monica arrives, everyone is in love with her. As someone who has lived in a small town in a red state, in fact a neighboring state to the one in the story, I can tell you that this is not how things work, even for a celebrity, especially a celebrity with a past such as this one. There’d be a lot of gossip about her, plus some ‘slut remarks’ and there would be some disdain expressed about her, none of which we see in Jackson’s pov. Not a single person makes a bad remark about her at all. Not. A. Single. One. Sure they’d be nice and polite to her face, but there definitely would have been less than nice gossip behind her back. But everyone appears to love and worships her.

As for the plot, I really felt like it was under-developed and rushed. There was a lot going on and I really don’t feel the author developed any of them well at all. I really feel that O’Keefe should have focused more on the plot of her finding out what happened to her father and developing that more than all the other little things she threw in. Having one main plot and several small ones would have worked better than a bunch of plots that were under-developed and rushed. I really don’t feel like most of it wrapped up smoothly and well.

Stars: ★★★
Recommendation: Borrow it
I received an ARC of this book on Netgalley. This in no way affected my review.

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