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Review by Suze
Bailey wants to leave town and move to Los Angeles to be with the rest of the members of her band. She's part of the Hart family and even though she knows her cousins love her very much and will hate to see her leave she's ready to spread her wings. Especially her cousin Justin, who sees himself as the family's patriarch, won't be happy with this. He thinks Bailey should stay in a protective environment because she will be much happier and safer there. Bailey has no idea how she's going to tell her family, the people who count on her in many ways, that she wants to go. She has a reputation in town and she can't wait to escape it and make something of herself. The only way to achieve this is to set a date and stick to it.
Chase is traumatized by something that happened in his past and he can't forgive himself. Justin is Chase's best friend and even though Bailey is the woman of his dreams he can't tell her, because she's off-limits. Justin doesn't want Chase to hurt his cousin, who's like a sister to him, but all Chase wants is to make her happy. He's the town's police officer and Bailey is the town's bad girl, so maybe they aren't right for each other, but Chase at least wants to have a chance to find out. Can he live with himself if he hasn't tried to tell Bailey how he feels before she leaves?
Wild at Heart is a wonderful story about two people who have to live with having an image that's far from how they truly feel about themselves. Bailey is supposed to be wild and even though she's a strong, resilient girl with a wild streak, she isn't at all like the gossipers in town are describing her. She's a sweetheart who takes care of the people she loves and she's a smart and extremely talented girl. Chase hasn't been happy in a very long time. His guilt is ruining his life and my heart ached for him. He's a great man and he and Baily are totally right for each other. Their sparkling chemistry is oozing off the pages and loved the way they fit together like a glove.
T.J. Kline's writing has an easy flow and it's hard to put her books down. She writes about small-town-life in an amazing vivid way. I could picture everything that happened in Wilt at Heart really well and enjoyed every single scene. The way T.J. Kline writes about true love is fantastic, her characters connect on such a deep emotional level. Wild at Heart is a sweet romantic story that found a way to my heart immediately, I liked it a lot.