Review: The Expert's Guide to Driving a Man Wild by Jessica Clare

Grant and Brenna have been like oil and water ever since the Wilderness Survival Expeditions Company opened up. Grant likes organization. Brenna thrives on chaos. Grant likes quiet. Brenna thrives on chaos. Grant likes clothes that match. Brenna thrives on chaos. But when Grant's family shows up and begins to harass him about why he isn't dating, Brenna decides to take matters into her own hands...

That little blurb pretty much told the story of Grant and Brenna up until our story begins so I’ll go from there.

When Brenna ends up driving Grant to the airport to meet his family she’s not happy about it but since it was her fault his car wouldn’t start she was resigned. That was until his mother started in on Grant about how he should get out and date and not cut himself off from possibilities Brenna kind of saw red. Grant may not have dated in the 5 years since his wife died but Brenna didn’t think that was something a mother should be bugging her son about. When Grant’s mom says that she invited a woman to dinner to meet Grant Brenna stepped in and stated that they were dating. Grant’s shocked but plays along. He had no idea that the ruse would continue back to his place and end up in his bed. He was quite happy with that and Brenna but in the morning when he wants to cuddle she pushes him away. Brenna states that they’re pretending for his family’s sake but that the night before was just no-strings attached sex.

Grant is frustrated and doesn’t understand Brenna’s motivation for having no relationship with him but as the sex continues – and continues to be mind-blowing he goes with it. He decides that he wants Brenna to be his permanently but knows that if he tells her that she’ll take off so he acts like it’s a non-committed relationship but he’s all in. He just needs to give Brenna time and then she’ll come around – or so he thinks. He has no idea that Brenna is carrying around a deep, dark secret that may change everything.

So…I think I’m officially in love with Bluebonnet – or at least the people who live there. The camaraderie between the characters is so easy and flows so well that I just want to be where they are while I’m reading.

While Brenna and Grant’s relationship starts as just sex it soon morphs into more – especially for Grant. He has guilt issues from his first wife, and Brenna has her big secret. Because of Brenna’s past she’s more than leery to get close to Grant and this messes with her head because she actually wants to get close but fear holds her back. Grant has his work cut out for him in keeping Brenna from skittering off into the wilds but he does a great job of controlling things while still treating her with kid gloves. It sounds strange but it absolutely works for them.

The story is fun – mostly because Brenna is crazy funny – sexy, and even a bit heart wrenching at times. I very much enjoyed the love story and it was nice seeing the couples from previous books showing up. We also got some insight into the next book and just from that peek I know it’ll be a good one as well.

Rating: 4 out of 5

Jessica Clare


4 comments:

Rowena said...

Even though my kids name is Brenna, I want to read this book. It sounds good. And that's saying something because I wasn't at all interested in reading this before. I am now. I don't know whether to thank you or not. =)

orannia said...

Great review! And great blurb! (They are so hard to write, or so I've been told :)

Tracy said...

Wena - Oh, yeah, having a child named Brenna might freak you out a little bit. Although I've read books where the heroine was named Payton and it dint' bother me like I thought it would. I've really liked this series so far (of the book I've read in it). :)

Orannia - I would think blurbs were the worst to write. You have to say so much and get the readers interest but keep the words to a minimum.
And thanks! :)

Rowena said...

Well, that's good. I'm looking forward to reading this one.