Wild at Heart

Romance - Contemporary
376 Pages
Reviewed on 01/06/2023
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Reviewed by Cayla-Paige Nortje for Readers' Favorite

Wild at Heart by Stacy Gold is a story of unexpected love and the challenges and insecurities that come with it. With nothing but the items in their packs, Jules and Evan brave their solitary adventures only to continually bump into each other in the most unconventional ways. Neither expected to find a connection along the way and with sky-high walls, Jules is hesitant to let anyone in until Evan starts to bring out a side of her she thought she had lost. Can this steamy connection last beyond the borders of the beautiful Seattle wilderness, or will what happens in the forest stay in the forest? Will Jules allow herself to invest in the possibility of a great relationship and will Evan break free from the confines of his family name?

Stacy Gold does an excellent job of encapsulating the humor and seriousness within the different facets of her novel. I enjoyed the fact that a female character was the one doing the rescuing and was the savviest of the two. The series of unfortunate events that Evan constantly finds himself in had me in stitches. I enjoyed the dynamic and chemistry between the two characters. This novel does justice to the title since both Jules and Evan feel more at peace in a wilder landscape than in the busy city environment. Wild at Heart is a great story emphasizing the possibilities that come with taking chances on the unknown, following one’s heart, and going against the grain to achieve a special kind of fulfillment.

Miche Arendse

Wild at Heart by Stacy Gold tells the tale of Jules Martinez, a beautiful young woman who has had the worst luck in dating. Jules finally decides that enough is enough, she is done dating. She decides to go on a month-long trek through the wilderness in order to find herself and get away from the hustle and bustle of life. It is on this hike, late at night in the pouring rain, that she encounters Evan Davenport, a former financial analyst who has run away from his life and fiancée to find himself as well. On this journey through nature, the two discover not only themselves but who they might have needed all along.

Wild at Heart by Stacy Gold is a fun and charming story that absolutely screams rom-com. From their first encounter Jules and Evan supply an endless amount of humor and heart-warming lovey-dovey moments. It was so enjoyable seeing their journey and watching them slowly build a connection throughout the book. It shows how they were able to both grow from their previous situations. The writing was very well done, alternating between good descriptions of the scenery and the characters' narratives which were most often hilarious. A hint of drama to spice things up was the cherry on top of the cake for this book. This story was overall just very light-hearted and character-driven which I enjoyed a lot. I would honestly recommend this to story anyone who loves romance stories with a dash of humor to them.

Stephanie Chapman

Stacy Gold’s Wild At Heart features two people with a similar goal. Jules has set out to hike along the picturesque mountain trails outside Seattle, Washington. She is tired of working nonstop and has put aside everything for a five-week vacation. Besides taking a break, she tells her best friends, Bryn and Aly, that she is taking a vow of celibacy. Twelve failed relationships where the men left her for their exes make Jules avoid men. Meanwhile, Evan has left his fiancée, condo, and everything he has ever known to go hiking in Seattle. Evan is unprepared and he gets caught in a rainstorm. Jules hears the man’s struggles with setting up his tent. She calls out to him, offering to share her tent with the stranger. Evan accepts the offer. Despite not wanting to get involved any further with the handsome man, Jules feels a strong connection to him. What she doesn’t know is Evan feels the same and may need her more than he can admit.

I have to admit that Stacy Gold’s description of the icy rain made me shiver. I fell in love with Evan’s character. He is a sincere, kind, and sweet man who tries to make everyone happy. He also has the rare quality of showing his emotions. Jules frustrates me. She wants Evan, but her past seems to make her judge him. I also dislike how she sent him mixed signals throughout the story. This adds to the plot and makes for an unpredictable romance. I found it difficult to stop reading, and I love how the book transitions between Jules and Evan. Having different points of view makes connecting with both characters enjoyable. The complete focus of this book is on the main characters, although there are several themes, including self-discovery and taking a chance on new beginnings on and off the trails. I recommend Wild At Heart to readers who enjoy a suspenseful romance filled with the imagery of tackling the unknown.