Ace's Wild by Erika Van Eck
(The Caplin Brothers #1)
August 1, 2014
Genre: New Adult Romance
Contains: strong language and sex
Mel was at one time an outgoing girl with a passion for life but a couple of years ago her family life was turned upside down by her fathers deceit. She's left with a broken heart and an emotional scar so deep she may never trust again. With a little brother to help take care of, college to finish, and trust issues to sort out, will she find love again? This is the journey of two very different individuals whose lives intertwine and get the chance to have something neither of them ever thought they deserved- Love.
Plot-wise, Ace and Mel are both in the midst of pasts that they are dealing with, or at times avoiding, when their paths cross and the first seeds of something more are planted between them. They have trust issues, having both been burned by people close to them. But the nice thing about these trust issues is that it allows their relationship to progress at a slower rate. And I really enjoyed the build-up of their friendship into romance. Along with their love story, is the fact that outside issues are still plaguing each of their lives. How they cope, overcome, and chose whether or not to forgive, all come into play. I appreciated the different twists and turns the author attempted. Some were predictable, but enjoyable nonetheless.
Character-wise, I liked both Ace and Mel. Ace may be a rocker and recovering drug addict, but the way we get to know him as he is currently, he's not the typical bad boy/alpha male. Ace was a softy underneath all those muscles and tattoos. Now, he had a few moments when his past blew up in his face and he reacted poorly, but even then I could see his heart. Mel is even more skittish than Ace is when it comes to trust, but despite the hurts of her past, she still has compassion and understanding. She's also a bit danger-prone, and some pretty funny moments result from her snafus. Together, Ace and Mel were a sweet, fun couple. I liked their connection, the chemistry, and the genuine way they cared about each other. And I came to care about them as well and rooted for them.
Overall, Ace and Mel's love story was a sweet, enjoyable, quick read. It had a nice blend of friendship and love, drama and fun, and an overall feeling of tender, developing romance. The writing is fairly simple, a bit cliche at times, but did not detract from the story. And Ace and Mel were two characters I enjoyed getting to know and rooted for through all the twists until the end.
3 to 3.5 Stars