REVIEW: Wild for Him by Janelle Denison
Dear Ms. Denison:
I think I read a Janelle Denison book before. Maybe in a category format? I can’t recall. Wild for Him is the seventh book in a Wilde series. The previous six books featured Wilde family members and this one starred Ben Cabrera, a friend of Joel Wilde. I did wonder why it was Wild instead of Wilde given that all the other books had Wilde in it. I’m thinking that it had to do with Cabrera not being a Wilde family member but I confess to spending some minutes pondering this in my mind.
Ben Cabrera is a former marine who is part owner of the Elite Security Specialists bodyguard firm. Nathan Delacroix is a gubernatorial candidate who receives a threatening letter that if he doesn’t drop out of the race, the thing most precious to him will be harmed. Nothing is more precious to Nathan than his twenty-seven year old daughter, Christine. He calls on ESS to provide 24/7 bodyguard service for Christine until the election date.
Christine isn’t thrilled about the 24/7 babysitting service but she understands her father’s desires to keep her safe. The fact that Ben is easy on the eyes makes the bodyguarding more palatable. Christine, in fact, sees Ben as the perfect person to introduce her to sexual satisfaction because Christine, like many romance heroines before her and like many that will follow after, has had only bad sexual experiences before including with her former fiancee. (Those fiancees rarely can get it right which makes me wonder why these heroines get engaged so often to bedroom losers). Christine also believes that she is inadequate because her fiancee and former lovers couldn’t bring her to orgasm. Christine, of course, doesn’t think that she could bring herself to orgasm and thus she turns to Ben:
“Are you a virgin!” His voice sounded strangled.
A small smile touched the corner of her lips. “I might as well be, but no, I’m not. I’ve had sex before .”
He remembered her comment the other night about wanting to feel desire and taste passion, and felt more confused than ever. “So let me get this straight. You were engaged to be married, you even had sex, but the two of you never-”
“- did anything beyond your basic missionary position,” she quietly finished for him. “It was always a quick, no fuss event. No hot and heavy foreplay. No oral sex. I wanted to, but Jason always got right down to business and it was all over with before I could get excited enough to have an orgasm. I guess he saved all the good stuff for those other women he was with.” She drew a deep breath and released it just as slowly. “The best I can guess is that he just didn’t see me as a sexy, sensual woman. And compared to the woman I’d caught him with, well, I certainly felt inadequate in comparison.”
Her ex was a certified jackass, no doubt about it. “That’s such bullshit, Christine. The fault wasn’t, and isn’t, yours.”
I don’t know, Ben, couldn’t Christine have gotten a vibrator? Couldn’t she have explored a little? Of course, while Ben resists her, it’s a token resistance and the reason for the resistance isn’t well articulated. There’s a minor mention that its an ethical issue, i.e., bodyguards shouldn’t be boffing their clients but it’s not one that is really explored. He resists, in my opinion, because the plot needed sexual tension and so he had to resist.
Once he succumbs to the sexual relationship, Ben resists anything with permanency. Again, I wasn’t sure why. Ben had the stereotypical bitch of a mother to which Christine responds with clinical like sympathy ""I’m sorry . . . For you and the little boy inside who endured a mother’s cruel words and abandonment.’ She swallowed hard, her anger toward a woman she’d never met a palpable thing." But he obviously got over it enough to get engaged to a woman who had died in the Iraq war. It wasn’t really stated that the previous relationship was the impediment to the current relationship. Again, I felt like Ben resisted because the plot needed some additional conflict.
I found neither Christine, the hot and sexy consummate politician’s daughter, business owner, and basketball player (although what the basketball scene had to do with anything or what it purported to show me as a reader, I have no idea), nor Ben, the former military turned bodyguard, determined not to settle down with a woman, to be very common characters. The story was predictable, even to the last villainous moment. I admit that I don’t know if the book is hot because I skimmed the sex parts to finish the story. This wasn’t a terribly written book. It didn’t have unlikeable characters. But it is a book that I never felt connected to and so, for me, it was an average read for me. C