As a huge fan of R.K. Lilley, I was really excited for The Wild Side. The excerpt I read also really intrigued me because everything seemed mysterious.
I did enjoy it, but not as much as I was expecting to.
Rating: 4 stars
Recommended for: Fans of erotica (this book really is basically nothing but sex), anyone looking for a book with little commitment or looking for something to read between longer books (I finished this in an hour and a half).
Alasdair Masters is in a rut. He just hit forty, has been nearly celibate for the past year, and his life has turned into a daily sequence of lonely patterns that revolve around avoiding human contact.
His tidy life is turned on its head when a hot young blonde at the gym that’s been pseudo-stalking him decides to rock his world. A very young blonde. Way, way too young for him. The problem is, he can’t seem to tell her no, and she just keeps coming back for more.
It doesn’t help that he’s ninety percent sure she’s a criminal, and still, he can’t seem to turn her down. What is a dull introvert to do when a chaotic cyclone that oozes sexuality comes twisting into his life?
At first, he thinks she’ll give him a heart attack, but after his twenty-year marriage ended a year ago, he’s been a little lost, and when she comes crashing into his life, he realizes that he’s never felt more alive.
Is a walk on the wild side just what he needs to get his life on track or a disaster in the making? Is it possible for someone that much younger to be just what he needs, or is she a fortune hunter, as everyone keeps telling him? Is it his hormones telling him that the mysterious younger woman is the one, or could it be more?
Alasdair is approached at the gym by Iris, who apparently had been watching him. She’s pretty bold, and young, and in my opinion, naive. She basically just follows him around until he agrees to leave with her. Things get hot and heavy very quickly (seriously, he should be embarrassed at how quickly…it’s HILARIOUS), and they kind of just fall into a pattern of living in their own little world.
Towards the end of his marriage and in years after, he’s lived a secluded life and isn’t used to being social or being sexual with a woman. It’s all kind of new to him, especially since Iris is so young.
Living in their own little world, they have trouble when the outside world tries to break in, in the form of Alasdair’s ex-wife and a friend/photographer. It brings both of their insecurities to the forefront of their minds.
The thing I liked most about this book was the length. I started it last night shortly before I went to bed. I have a habit of getting sucked into a book late on a weekend night and staying up until I finished it. Luckily, that was only an hour and a half in this case. So I actually got some sleep.
Although I did get sucked into this book, it left me feeling unsatisfied in the end. Don’t you hate that?
So basically, Iris approaches Alasdair at the gym one day, leaves with him, and they quickly fall into a routine of working out and then spending the day, and sometimes night, at his place for sex shenanigans.
His issue: He’s having fun with someone almost half his age, but won’t trust her or acknowledge that his feelings are deepening.
Her issue: She reveals nothing about herself and mysteriously disappears every night (well, it’s mysterious until Alasdair goes all stalker on her and follows her).
They run into some bumps along the road that reveal how little he knows about her and how much he’s ashamed of their…whatever they’re doing. It ultimately leads to their demise, Alasdair being torn apart as he realizes how much he cares about her, and him becoming pretty damn creepy.
What I Liked:
- I love any moment when Alasdair felt old…especially when Beyonce was involved. “These young folks, with that twerking…” “Did she just say he Monica Lewinskey’d all on her gown?” I bow down to Queen Bey on the daily, so I loved any mention of her.
- Not sure what this says about me, but I totally related to Alasdair’s reclusivity.
- Seeing that despite Alasdair being older and arguably more mature, he’s found himself completely out of his realm with Iris. I think it’s just her naïveté that makes her so comfortable with their arrangement, but still, she’s comfortable.
What I Didn’t:
- I think LIlley may have tried to put too much depth into a short book that was 75% sex. As a result, it was a lot of telling instead of showing.
- We know literally nothing about Iris except that she goes to the gym and to casinos (my guess is that she’s a card counter or something instead of a gambling addict, but I’m not sure why I have this hunch).
- In spite of being there to witness their time together and still knowing nothing about Iris, Alasdair apparently knows a lot about her. He keeps saying she’s so bright and things like that, but we’ve been shown no evidence of this. How did he learn this stuff?
Ultimately: I feel like this book was too short to be so many things. A mere 125 pages of erotica isn’t really enough room to have a ton of sex scenes and a substantial plot with twists and turns, which is what I feel like it was supposed to be.
Will I read the next one? Yes. Like I said, we still don’t really know anything, and I want to find out.
About R.K. Lilley
R.K. Lilley lives in Texas with her husband and their two beautiful sons. She’s had a lot of interesting jobs, from being a first class flight attendant, to being a stablehand, but swears she never knew what hard work was until she had children. She’s been addicted to both reading and writing fiction since she can remember. She loves to travel, read, hike, paint, game, watch anime, and make the most of every single day. She is the author of the books In Flight, Mile High, Grounded, Bad Things, Rock Bottom, Lovely Trigger, Lana, Breathing Fire, and The Wild Side. She is currently hard at work on the fourth book in the Up in the Air series, Mr. Beautiful, and the second book in her erotic romance novella series, Iris.