“We cannot say much about love at first sight. It happens, and we live in the wake of a new life.”
Coleman Barks, The Essential Rumi.
I’m ashamed to say that So Wild is actually my first book by Eve Dangerfield. I have no idea why, especially so as Eve is an Aussie author and since I am Australian, I feel somewhat regretful that I haven’t read her before. So Wild was a great book to start my Eve Dangerfield journey with, I absolutely loved everything from the flawless writing, to the depth of the characters and to the fact that I love tattoos and have a few of my own. I loved being taken into the world of tattoo artistry. I also loved that the story was set in Melbourne, Australia. I’m not from Melbourne myself, but I have lived there for several years and always love to return. It’s a city that offers so much and I just related to the story as a whole.
Sam and Scott have known each other since they were kids and they have had a turbulent relationship, consisting of bickering starting from their first encounter and an array of pranks on each other. From the very beginning, when Scott was introduced, I automatically had a soft spot for him due to his cute stuttering (I have a bit of a thing for speech impediments) and having to put up with a father like his. If I was him, I would have taken off back to London too, just to escape a dad like that. I felt so sorry for him. Despite everything Scott and Sam had put each other through Scott had always had feelings for Sam.
Fast forward to adulthood and Sam’s father, who is the owner of Silver Daughters Ink tattoo studio, has vanished and has left everything in Sam’s name (the tattoo shop and the deed to their house). This is responsibility that I’m sure Sam herself believes she is not ready for.
Scott has always believed Sam was beautiful and given the fact that he hasn’t seen her in ten years, he believes she is even more beautiful than he remembers. Sam always felt Scott was a bit posh and dressed weird in his nice suits, like he was about to go to a wedding. It is quite evident from the beginning that there are distinct differences between the two, but sometimes opposites attract and fate has a way of bringing two people back together again.
There was not one character in this book I didn’t love; I loved Sam for her wild ways, her artistic talent, her mannerism and her entire being. I loved Scott for his sweet nature, his posh British accent (that I heard in my head whilst I was reading) and his love for the wild and free Sam. I adored both of Sam’s sisters too, especially Tabby, she was just downright hilarious and I couldn’t get enough of her. She was definitely a favorite of mine.
I urge everyone to check out this little slice of heaven. It was fun, emotional in parts and just a downright joy to read. As previously stated, this is my first Eve Dangerfield book, but it sure won’t be my last. If they are all half as good as So Wild, then I am going to be one happy little Vegemite.
About the Author:
Eve Dangerfield has loved romance novels since she first started swiping her grandmother’s paperbacks. Now she writes her own tales about complex women and gorgeous-but-slightly-tortured men. Her work has been described as ‘the defibrillator contemporary romance needs right now,’ and not by herself, if you can believe that.
Eve currently lives in Melbourne with her boy, a bunch of semi-dead plants and a rabbit named Billy. When she’s not writing she can usually be found making a mess.