June 29, 2016 | by Alexis | Wild Abandon

by Jeannine Colette on May 26, 2016

Genres: New Adult, Romance

When you fall in-love it’s forever
But sometimes forever comes with a price.

I never meant to meet Nathaniel Teller. It was by accident, on a Tuesday, that I walked into his bar. He was solemn, intense and hiding a secret behind those stoic green eyes.

I never intended to fall in-love with him. We were supposed to be just friends. But I fell for him hard, deep. There’s no turning back.

I never thought his past would be so dark. And if I thought I had any chance of being in his future, I was wrong. Because his past is his future.

And I need to walk away.

It’s been awhile since I read “that book”. The book that makes you want to scream. That book that makes you forget to start dinner because you are too busy reading. The one you want to tell everyone about, and reread for the first time. Wild Abandon is THAT BOOK.

Crystal is at a bit of a crossroads at the young age of thirty. To get her out of her rut, she decides to move to Napa to do her own sort of Eat. Love. Pray. thing. She moves in with her best friend and her family. On a whim while waiting for her friend, she stumbles into a bar and meets the standoffish bartender, Nate, and they slowly become friends.

One of Crystal’s main goals is to find her soul mate. Immediately she gets her dating apps updated to her new location, and dips her toes into the dating pool. Each date starts at Henley’s, (Nate’s bar) and I will tell you each and every date is absolutely hysterical. Throughout her dating “experiences” Nate is right there front and center to the disasters that play out.

“I would never rewrite my past. But if I could change my future, it would be to have you in it.”

At the same time, Crystal takes a job at a rundown vineyard that is in need of some serious TLC. Not only does the vineyard benefit from her amazingness, but so does Ed, the older, albeit very curmudgeon owner. The friendship that blooms between them is beautiful and shows you how big Crystal’s heart is. That she literally is that special person that seems to have fallen into where she is supposed to be.

All the while, through crappy dates, Crystal starts to fall for Nate while he throws some very wishy-washy signals. The thing is, Nate is stuck in his past and really can’t escape it. The chemistry that these two share is off the charts. You know that these two are made for each other but there are things in Nate’s life that he can’t control.

“You are my red rose.”

These two have quite the road to find their HEA…and there will be tears. For me it was more like waterworks and I ended up a hot mess. Also, the rich backdrop of Napa just added to the story. The author did an incredible job depicted how beautiful and romantic Napa truly is.

“I know you have a past, but I need you to treat me like I’m your future.”

Lastly, don’t read any spoilers. I think it will distract from how the story unfolds. Also, I know this review did not do the book the justice it deserves, just read it. This book will absolutely hands-down be a top read of 2016 for me.

When I was little, my mom was part of the Double Day book club. She had piles and piles of books lying around the house, most of them with Fabio-esque men and a scantily clad woman set in a different century. The love of romance novels is inbred in me.

When I as 9, I wrote stories using my best friend as a muse. They were romances…but for the 9-year-old. She was the only one who read them.

When I was 14, another friend gave me a Marian Keyes novel. I fell in-love for her wit and humor with a dark side. This was my first experience with realistic fiction and I have been a Keyes-devotee ever since.

When I was 19, Nicholas Sparks forever changed my views on relationships. I learned what true love could be like…beautiful and difficult at the same time. I wanted it.

When I was 22, Jeannette Wells made me feel more emotion from an autobiographical novel than I thought possible. I wanted to be her.

When I was 30, Jamie McGuire and Colleen Hoover introduced me to the world of self-publishing. For the first time I thought: I could give this a try someday.

When I was 32, my someday came.

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