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Otto:

Seth Walker was my first love and I always swore he’d be my last. Even after he moved away our senior year in high school, we vowed to reunite after graduation. But when he suddenly broke things off without explanation and crushed my heart, it was my turn to run.

After a decade in the navy, I’ve finally come home ready to move on with my life as Hobie’s newest firefighter. Unfortunately, the minute I set eyes on the new sheriff in town, I know I’m screwed. Hobie’s top cop is none other than Seth Walker.  

Turns out, he’s come home too. And hell if he doesn’t have a lot of explaining to do. 

Walker: 

I thought I was doing the right thing when I walked away from Otto Wilde 10 years ago without an explanation. I was wrong. I also thought I could come back home without having to face my past mistakes. I was wrong about that too.

What I’m not wrong about: The fact that my heart catches fire every time I set eyes on the sexy man. The fact that I can’t imagine my life without him. The fact that things are still just as complicated now as they were then. And the fact that I have a lot of work ahead of me if I expect to win him back. 

Just when things start heating up between us again, a serial arsonist strikes and suspicion falls close to home. I already lost Otto to a secret long ago but I’ll be damned if I let another threaten to send our future up in smoke.

Because Otto Wilde is mine, and I don't plan on ever letting him go again. 

Each novel in the Forever Wilde series can be heard on its own or as part of the series. Fair warning, there will be nekkid man parts touching, meddling patriarchs, sweet second-chance love themes, and a dearly departed donkey named Debbie Gibson.

©2018 Lucy Lennox (P)2018 Lucy Lennox

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  • ILoveBooksSue
  • 17-04-18

Otto and Seth...sigh

Lucy Lennox hit it out of the park again. I love this series! The family dynamics are amazing. The Wilde family is a family I want to join. This book has all the feels...Otto is so courageous and brave. Seth is sweet. Both have this incredible sense of valor that you just sit in awe of them. If you haven't started this series, you truly need to. Michael Pauley, I think I have typed your name more than my own in recent months, simply to let others know how great you are at your job.

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  • Xia
  • 17-04-18

Sooo good it hurt.

OMG Lucy and Michael never disappoint I wish I could give more stars. Can't wait for the next...

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 16-04-18

Loved this Story!

This book is one of the sweetest I have read. The narration was fantastic! I think the narrator really found his groove as far as inflection and intonation. it allowed me to really get into the book and enjoy it more. it was a sweet journey!

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  • David M Bryant
  • 18-06-18

I didn't make it 30min into the book...

I turned the book off in less than 30 minutes. the narrator was annoying in the content was cheap and assumptive.

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  • Erryn Barratt
  • 10-06-18

Love Walker & Wilde

I usually wait for books to come out on audio because I can listen at those times when sitting and reading a book isn’t possible. With Lucy Lennox’s ‘Forever Wilde’ series, I haven’t been able to wait for audio and have therefore snapped up and devoured the books. ‘Wilde Fire’ was one I read and reviewed previously and although I had one little annoyance, I loved the book.

Well, now that I’ve listened to it with Michael Pauley narrating, I am even more in love. I didn’t cry this time, but that’s only because I knew what to expect. I’m not suggesting waterworks, but sniffles are possible, so having a tissue nearby helps.

Seth Walker and Otto Wilde were best friends from the age of eight and were inseparable. Although they were older when they acknowledged their depth of feeling for each other, even from a young age, they knew they would be together forever and there would be no girls. Or course, ten years ago, gay marriage wasn’t legal, but the concept of being apart was unfathomable to the two teenagers.

And then the worst happened.

The Walker clan left Hobie, Texas, and moved to Minnesota. Not only was it a temperature shock for Seth, it was a culture shock as well. Throw heartbreak into the mix and the letters between the two teenagers became increasingly desperate.

Then, one day, silence.

Seth stopped replying to Otto’s letters, and eventually, Otto opted to join the navy with his brother, Saint. Even being surrounded by men all the time didn’t help lessen the pain and loneliness.

Back in Minnesota, Seth was enduring his own family tragedy, unable to turn to Otto, despite the desperate desire to do so. He was surrounded by family and his co-workers, but was desperately unhappy.

Then circumstances conspired to bring both men back to Hobie – Seth as the sheriff and Otto as a fireman. There are still huge barriers to their happiness, but I had tremendous optimism. Both men have matured, are no longer idealistic teenagers. They have lived challenging lives and are finally ready to face each other. But things are never that simple. While Otto is free and clear to get involved, Seth still has a situation from which he has to extract himself.

10 years is a long time, but once the men are able to be free and admit their feelings for each other, it should have been simple, right?

Sometimes love is not enough. Wanting to protect the one we love from pain is a pretty strong impulse. It is admirable, if not, on occasion, foolhardy.

In the end, the painful truth is revealed and prideful men get their happy ending.

Michael Pauley is a wonderful narrator, bringing different voices to Otto and Seth while keeping those soft Texas twangs. He was able to evince empathy in me for both men. Truthfully, I loved them both.

Michael is one of my favourite narrators, deftly giving life to Ms. Lennox’s stories.

I was hoping Saint’s book would be next, but I’ll happily settle for Hudson, and I can’t wait.

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  • Belen
  • 09-06-18

Forever Wilde #3

I love Second Chance romances, but I'm a hard sell with them too, especially when forgiveness is necessary. I require a lot of groveling, and that was definitely missing here.

Told in a dual POV the story begins with childhood sweethearts Seth Walker and Otto Wilde reuniting after more than a decade apart.

"Ten years. Ten years since I'd last seen the other half of myself, the boy I'd loved since I was eight years old and had fallen into the pond between our properties." -- Seth

There's very little explanation on Seth's part at first for cutting off all communication with Otto. Personally, the reason for their separation, which includes a whole lot of miscommunication, was problematic for me.

The chemistry between Seth and Otto is extremely apparent, but it just seemed that Otto forgave Seth very quickly and Seth got off a bit too easily (ha! No pun intended). The romance seemed to rely far more on Seth and Otto's young love, and the hot and heavy sex they have now they're reunited, rather than the development of the character's romance and their reasons for being together now. There just wasn't enough page time given to them getting to know each other as adults with all their baggage.

My biggest issue with Wilde Fire is, put simply, I am not a fan of ridiculous martyrdom behavior. First Seth's leading to their initial separation and then later Otto's in order to protect the arsonist.

Regardless of my personal peeves, this is a pretty intense and entertaining story. The suspense surrounding the arson was interesting and incorporated well into the rekindled romance. I love the supporting characters, and there's enough humor to simply make me a happy listener.

Wilde Fire was an entertaining listen. Michael Pauley uses distinctive character voices, which is impressive considering the large cast in the story. I found it an interesting choice on Pauley's part that even though both characters were raised in the same town, he doesn't use the same accents for both men, instead Seth's accent was more northern sounding, while Otto remained with a harder southern accent.

Recommended for those who like a Second Chance romance with lots of passion, a suspenseful side plot, a great supporting cast, and great narration who don't mind some miscommunication that's cleared before the HEA ending.

I'm really looking forward to Hudson's story and spending more time with the Wilde clan!

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  • Iquitsewn
  • 05-06-18

Love

Love this series. Can’t wait for more from Lucy. This was a great book. All three are and I hope more are coming.

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  • Piper
  • 27-05-18

not bad ... lagged in areas but good

it was interesting. hard to keep my attention but was worth the read. i feel like her books keep you on edge can't wait for the next one

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  • Steven
  • 24-05-18

Incredibly wonderful all around!

Between Lucy Lennox’s writing and Michael Pauley narrating of the book. It’s a perfect match!

The two families that are in this book make for such awesome and touching stories of the good and bad times in life.

I can never get enough of these books and stories. Love them all!!!!

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  • TNI
  • 09-05-18

I wanted to love this book.

OK first thing Michael Pauley always does a great job with his narration but my God this book just rubbed me the wrong way. Piture a beefy sheriff ans a beefy firefighter who are always crying at each other and wrap that up with a lazy plot and then a cliffhanger for an ending and you get this book. like I said Michael does a great job but if he cried one more time in this book I was going to get a refund. I'm not saying men should not cry but this was a bit much.
I have enjoyed the series so far with Felix and the Prince beong my favorite. This story just seem to be lacking in so many different ways.
The letters at the beginning of each chapter just become annoying and I feel like there's two parts of the story where there should have just been one.
I wish she would have focused on the family issues and ended with that or just focus on the fire issues and ended with that. there seems to be a lot of loose ends with both plot lines.
Also shame on her as a writer for assuming that any decent firefighter what allow an arsonist to get away no matter what the age. I don't want to give too much of the story away but as soon as I read that and saw what he was going to do I was like no.
if there's going to be another book I would suggest you read this one that way you're not blinded but be prepared to be like what the f***.