Saturday, August 13, 2016

Blog Tour: Wild Heart by Beth Ehemann

Wild Heart (Viper's Heart #2)

by Beth Ehemann
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For Lawrence “Viper” Finkle, hockey isn’t just a sport, it’s a way of life. Since the first time he stepped onto the ice at just eight years old, he knew what he was meant to do, and he does it well. When his career takes an unexpected hit, and his relationship is pushed to the breaking point, he’s left sidelined and wondering what his future holds.

Just when he’s sure things can’t get any worse…they do.

Can Viper pull himself together in time to save his career, his girl, and his sanity? Or will he be permanently benched?

4.5 Stars
Review by Jen Skewes

I could not wait for this book.  I mean who wouldn't want more of Viper.   But when I read the blurb I was a bit nervous because it looked like Viper and Michelle had a tough road ahead.  And I was afraid of what that would mean.  How would Viper handle it? Of course my mind went to the worst scenarios possible but that's just how I am. But anyway I can say the Beth did not disappoint with this book at all.  She gave us another amazing story filled with smiles, laughter and some heartbreak as well.  

Michelle and Viper have been together for about a year now and they are going strong.  They are happy and in love and just living life.  Until Viper goes on the road and suffers an injury during a game causing him to come back a different man.  This is where the struggle starts.  This is where the road that these two have been on takes an unexpected turn in a direction that will leave you angry and sad all at the same time.  Yes there were moments when Viper was a complete ass and I wanted to throat punch him. But beneath his asshole ways he is still Viper, the man we all fell in love with.  He is the man who loves Michelle and her kids with everything he has. But when his career is threatened and he is not sure how to handle it he becomes someone that you want to hate.  They both handle this blip in the road in their own way.  And while I understood what Viper was going through my heart hurt for Michelle.  He needed a swift kick in the ass to see what was right in front of him.  And that moment when he gets it couldn't have been more perfect, because of who it was that kicked his ass and how.  Will Viper be able to redeem himself and save his career and family before it's too late?

Oh this book tore me up at times.  First I have to say that I love Viper and the man that he has become since falling in love with Michelle.  And that man is still very present in this book. But he has some hard times and deals with it the only way he knows how, and unfortunately that made me want to smack him.  Because yes he did piss me off, but in the end I still loved him.  He redeemed himself in so many ways.  I was rooting for him the whole way regardless of what had happened.

Michelle is one strong woman and I loved everything about her. There was one moment when she completely stood up for herself and I felt myself cheering quietly in my head for her because I was so proud.  

Wild Heart was everything I could have hoped for and more when it came to Viper and Michelle's story.   What I loved about it was that their struggles were real.  And I loved the direction that Ms. Ehemann took with it.  It was a direction that for me made sense and was true to life.  It's hard to explain without spoilers so I will just leave it at that.  

One of my favorite parts of this series is the friendships between these characters and I loved that we continue to see that.  Whether is was Viper and Brody, Viper and Andy or Michelle and Kacie.  You see just how strong their friendships are and how much they love and care for each other.  They were all a big part of this story and let's not forget Gam as well. I love that woman!!!!

Once again Beth Ehemann has proved why she is an amazing writer and why I quickly became a huge fan after reading her first book.  Her writing is flawless and just flows perfectly.  She knows how to make you laugh, feel like you are one with her characters and always makes you feel connected to them in so many ways. And this book was no exception.  Another fantastic job.  Now I cannot wait for Andys book because I think I fell for that man even more in this book. 

Lucy, Piper, Matthew, and Emma ate fast and scampered off to play Ping-Pong in the basement while Grace and Maura toddled around the family room, chewing on everything they could get their hands on.

“Want a glass of wine?” Kacie asked as she put the last of the pizza in the fridge.

“Um . . . nah. I’ve been fighting a headache all day and that would just make it worse.”

Kacie nodded and filled her wine glass with Riesling. She grabbed a water bottle from the fridge and balanced the drinks carefully in her hands as she stepped over our makeshift baby gate of pillows and an ottoman.

“Thanks.” I took the bottle from her, ready to relax and watch our boys play. The second period was just starting and the Wild were already up 2—0.

I didn’t think the day could get much better.

Kacie plopped down roughly, giggling when she spilled a little wine down the front of her shirt. “Oh well.” She shrugged and took another sip.

“Thanks for tonight, Kacie. You have no idea how much I needed this.”

“Oh my goodness, don’t mention it. It’s been so fun. I think this should be our new road trip tradition.”

“I’ll drink to that,” I said as I held my water up in the air. She grinned and immediately leaned over, touching her glass with my bottle.

We relaxed back into her oversized couch happily, while our babies played and boys kicked ass on TV.

Just before the second period was ending, there was a breakaway play and Viper was all alone, dribbling the puck down the ice toward the goal. Kacie and I both sat forward in our seats, praying for another Wild goal. He skated along the boards, nearing the goalie, when out of nowhere Ricky Young from the St. Louis Blues barreled into him, sending him crashing into the glass.

“Holy shit!” I jumped up and covered my mouth.

Hard hits were nothing new in hockey, but that one was brutal, and it was obvious by the way his body flew that Viper had no idea Ricky was even near him.

“He’s okay. He’s totally fine,” Kacie tried to reassure me, taking a step closer as she put her hand on my arm.

But . . . he wasn’t okay.

Within a couple of seconds, the station cut to a commercial break and fear exploded inside of my chest.

Not again. Oh God, please not again.

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Beth Ehemann lives in the northern suburbs of Chicago with her husband and four children. When she's not sitting in front of her computer writing, or on Pinterest, she loves reading, photography, martinis and all things Chicago Cubs. She's represented by Jessica Watterson of the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency.


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