The debut novel by Rory Wilde, Forever Home, shows great potential for this new author.
The components for a great book were there for this one, but Wilde didn’t quite manage to pull everything off. This book has, what I like to call, “great bones.” Likable characters and an interesting plot were there, so with a bit of tightening Wilde’s writing should be on point.
One issue is the pacing. Things moved very slowly, in general, and between Tyson and Jack. Now, I don’t need MCs to jump into bed together on the first page, but if you’re going to make me wait then there should be adequate sexual tension to tide me over. Tyson and Jack were immediately attracted to each other, but I wasn’t anxiously waiting for the explosion.
Additionally, I felt like there were quite a few things left unexplored or unresolved. Jack’s fear of being out, for instance. He had severe issues with internalized homophobia from his childhood, but he just sort of gets over it. Plus, I would have loved more on the development of the relationship between Jack and Mia.
Mia was my favorite part. She was so shy and sweet and I really wanted to know more about her. Her friendship with Harold (her puppy) was absolutely adorable. (Also, Jack referring to them as his kids just about melted my heart!)
All together, Forever Home is a cute book that has a lot going for it: puppy, kid, biracial couple–all great. The potential was just not fully realized. I’ll be keeping my eye out for future books by Rory Wilde. Hopefully with a bit more experience and some more discerning beta readers, Wilde’s books will become everything they have the “bones” to be.
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Trying to save the world, one dog at a time…
Redwood County Animal Shelter manager Tyson Haines is absolutely committed to the pets under his care. Despite having limited resources and staff, his boundless compassion and patience make him damn good at his job. But when the county decides to drastically cut the shelter’s funding, the lives of his beloved animals hang in the balance. Tyson is ready to do whatever it takes to save his shelter and the animals he loves.
Overcoming the legacy of his past…
Software engineer Jack Keppel took the plunge and adopted a child from the foster care system. Seven-year-old Mia is a sweet girl, perceptive and smart. But she’s old enough to know she can’t just trust anyone, and Jack struggles to connect with her. Remembering his childhood dog, he decides to take her to adopt her own, determined to give her the love he never received from his own parents. But when they arrive at the shelter, Jack meets handsome, easygoing Tyson, unearthing feelings he thought he’d buried—feelings of being attracted to men.
Finding love in the most unlikely places…
Jack finds himself returning to the shelter again and again just to see Tyson, asking for advice and signing up for obedience classes. When he learns about the budget cuts, he finds that he’s invested in both the shelter and the passionate man who runs it. But can Jack overcome the legacy of his parents’ homophobia? And can Tyson find a way to save the lives of the shelter pets?
Release Date: May 8, 2016
Length: 200 pages
Purchase: Amazon (KU)