Romancing the Clarksons Book Two
Recommend Reading in Order
Sometimes you just can’t resist playing with fire . . .
By day, Aaron Clarkson suits up, shakes hands, and acts the perfect gentleman. But at night, behind bedroom doors, the tie comes off and the real Aaron comes out to play. Mixing business with pleasure got him fired, so Aaron knows that if he wants to work for the country’s most powerful senator, he’ll have to keep his eye on the prize. That’s easier said than done when he meets the senator’s daughter, who’s wild, gorgeous, and 100 percent trouble.
Grace Pendleton is the black sheep of her conservative family. Yet while Aaron’s presence reminds her of a past she’d rather forget, something in his eyes keeps drawing her in. Maybe it’s the way his voice turns her molten. Or maybe it’s because deep down inside, the ultra-smooth, polished Aaron Clarkson might be more than even Grace can handle . . .
♦5+ STAR REVIEW♦
I’m still trying to wrap my head around how I feel about this book; how madly I fell in love with its characters and their journey; how Tessa wrote something that felt so different from her usual yet it felt exactly like her. The Clarksons’ are a beautiful depiction of how different each member of a family can be even though they share the same blood. Tessa manages to make each Clarkson standout so sharply that you can’t help but know who they are. Yes, this is Aaron’s book, but it’s also a book for each of them (minus Rita from the first book). And ultimately I think the absolute beauty of TOO WILD TO TAME lies within Aaron.
Tessa writes great tortured characters and I’ve seen a wonderful array of them through each of her backlog of books, but I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that Aaron is her most tortured to date. It’s hard to explain exactly why this is (which, I’m sure you’re saying, hey this isn’t very helpful), but it felt altogether different. I knew I was in the middle of a well-written Bailey story that manages to capture connection and seduction perfectly, but the inner turmoil and tension was outstandingly different. After reading the first book, Aaron wasn’t an in-your-face character. He seemed like a bit of an asshole, emotionally disconnected, and sort of the too-serious sibling of the group. And you know what? I think that was Tessa’s point. She hid him from us so that we wouldn’t know what she had in store for us. She sneak-attacked the hell out of us, because I wholeheartedly wasn’t expecting for Aaron to affect me. But he tore through me and forced my heart into my throat for 95% of the novel. Then you add in hippie Grace who had the most positive and resilient attitude of any heroine (where she made even *me* hopeful), and she was the absolute perfect contradiction to Aaron’s character.
I’ve taken a number of days to think of words to explain why this book was fascinating and something I couldn’t tear myself away from, but the words are eluding me still. Bailey shines with her flawless writing and possessive sexiness, as always, but I think where she shines the most, especially in this book, is the characterization of each of her characters. Aaron and Grace took me for a ride and I never wanted it to end. TOO WILD TO TAME was the kind of story that parched my mouth and created a deep ache in my chest. Each moment of growth or backwards step had a resounding effect on me as a reader. I felt all of it, and the dark horse that is Aaron shone even in his darkest moments. The raw sexiness of this man, this man who had so little respect for himself with his contradictions and floundering sense of self, utterly captivated me. This is a different side to Tessa, but it is an amazing side. Aaron will reach to the top of your list and he will own you. I have no other words; read this series!
Romancing the Clarksons Book One
♦ABOUT THE AUTHOR♦
Tessa Bailey is originally from Carlsbad, California. The day after high school graduation, she packed her yearbook, ripped jeans and laptop, driving cross-country to New York City in under four days.
Her most valuable life experiences were learned thereafter while waitressing at K-Dees, a Manhattan pub owned by her uncle. Inside those four walls, she met her husband, best friend and discovered the magic of classic rock, managing to put herself through Kingsborough Community College and the English program at Pace University at the same time. Several stunted attempts to enter the work force as a journalist followed, but romance writing continued to demand her attention.
She now lives in Long Island, New York with her husband of eight years and four-year-old daughter. Although she is severely sleep-deprived, she is incredibly happy to be living her dream of writing about people falling in love.