The Prince of Pleasure. I did, but didn't realize at the time that Marton had published it herself. I just knew it was the prequel to the Wilde Family Saga, and I'd have more of Jacob, Caleb, and Travis.
I was drawn into the story of a lawyer friend of the Wilde brothers who becomes involved with one of their clients, an Arab ruler. Soon I knew that Laurel and Khan would become involved in more than legal affairs. Marton kept me on the edge of my seat with very suspenseful writing and, in addition, raised consciousness of treatment of women in the some areas of the Arab world. While the Wildes didn't prominent role in the story, you could argue they acted as matchmakers, and I enjoyed every minute of this book.
Luckily for us, Marton is publishing the rest of the Wilde Family Saga herself, telling the story of the three Wilde Sisters - whom, I admit, totally grabbed me when I was reading their brother's stories as they were perfect little sisters - nosy, pushy, fun, but truly loving family members. Their resistance to the idea of marriage was established quite clearly, and seemed as strong as the three brothers. I think also having three older brothers, who not only were super hunks, but, I'll kindly say phrase this as players, may have influenced their view of men too.
Emily: Sex and Sensibility. And they are really hot!
Emily is a character that drew me in from the moment I began reading. The description of the dive bar where she played piano in Manhattan was just spot on and her reaction to the drunk - absolutely hilarious. Once I started this book I couldn't put it down. As I read through it, Marton's words painted such a vivid picture that I was able to visualize each scene in my mind. I loved the wet and bedraggled Emily meeting Marco at 2:00am on the deserted street and both becoming soaked as he tried to convince her to come with him - and his too precious mistress in the limo.
Emily's resistance to using her family name was admirable and I found her background in art history and job search all too familiar. When Marco steps in to help her, as the reader you know that they'll be heating up the sheets soon, but the story along the way is what's key. And I loved every minute of it.
Jaimie: Fire and Ice, we're introduced to Zach and learn that he's a former operative of a governmental alphabet organization; worked alongside Caleb Wilde, who is now his lawyer; and Travis Wilde, his investment advisor. Returning from an overseas secret mission that he performed on behalf his former employer he's exhausted and Marton makes you feel ever tired step he takes as well as translating the dirt and grime he's wearing.
Jaimie, on the other hand, is in Manhattan to meet the owner of a co-op her boss at a D.C. real estate firm has told her is hot to sell. The description he gives her is of a man who resembles - in all ways - Aristotle Onassis. When Zach opens the door to her, bare chested she doesn't believe he's the owner and then the lights go out.
Well, they don't really need electricity as the sparks are flying fast and furiously between the two of them. However, Marton has thrown in a very great plot twist and we're left wondering what will happen? Will they meet again? And when they do will they have a happily ever after ending - or something else?
Once again I couldn't put this book down and found the action fast-paced, the characters fun and engaging, and the antics of the Wilde family members - perfect. Marton has a way of engaging the reader and then gripping them by the heart as her characters seem to implode, but what I have to remember - and what she seems to advocate - is that there is always hope. I so love reading her books as it's like going on a roller coaster ride - totally exhilarating and you're vibrating with joyous laughter when you step out of the car.
While you don't have to read about the Wilde Brothers to understand the Wilde Sisters, I'd suggest that you add these three books to your purchase list. Published by Harlequin, the Wilde Brothers books I mentioned earlier (books two to four in the Wilde Family Saga) are: The Dangerous Jacob Wilde (The Wilde Brothers Book One), The Ruthless Caleb Wilde (The Wilde Brothers Book Two), and The Merciless Travis Wilde (The Wilde Brothers Book Three).
Marton will be publishing the story of the third Wilde sister, Lissa, the California-based chef, in February 2013. Do keep a lookout for it as the Wilde Family Saga is a five star selection that should be on your bookshelf (electronic or virtual) permanently to read - and reread.
From the Publisher
Wilde Family Saga Book One
The Prince of Pleasure by Sandra Marton
His Royal Highness Sheikh Khan bin Zain al Hassad, Crown Prince of Altara, holds the power of life and death in his hands. The blood of kings and warriors runs in his veins. Laurel Cruz is a modern American woman, an attorney who fights for the rights of women. Khan and Laurel are like oil and water--but when they meet, Khan forgets his titles and becomes a man burning with passion for a woman who insists she wants nothing to do with him until he takes her in his arms and she forgets everything except how much she wants him. Against all odds, they find happiness, only to have everything they've fought for threatened first by a deranged stalker and then by the clever lies of one of Khan's most devoted advisers.
Wilde Sisters Book One
Wilde Family Saga Book Five
Emily: Sex and Sensibility by Sandra Marton
Emily Wilde has led a privileged life. Now she’s trying to make it on her own in Manhattan. Marco Santini grew up dirt poor in a Sicilian slum. Now he has everything. He’s gorgeous. He’s rich. He’s powerful. And he has all the beautiful women a man could ask for. Then, one rainy night, he sees a woman standing alone on a deserted New York street corner. Emily is clearly in need of help, but she’s not foolish enough to step into Marco’s chauffeured Mercedes. It takes a lot of convincing before she lets him take her to her apartment. He swears he’s not going to do anything he shouldn’t and he means it--but she’s in his arms before they can stop themselves. Still, it’s only a kiss, just one kiss in a moment torn out of time. That’s what they both think. But Fate has other plans, starting with an unexpected job offer and a business trip to Paris that explodes in a passion so hot it will change everything--everything but the web of lies that traps them both.
Wilde Sisters Book Two
Wilde Family Saga Book Six
Jaimie: Fire and Ice by Sandra Marton
Zach Castelianos and Jaimie Wilde meet by accident. The attraction between them is instantaneous and hot, hot, hot. Zach is a woman’s dream: he’s tall, dark and ruggedly handsome, but there’s a dangerous edge to him and Jaimie Wilde is a cautious woman. They’re wrong for each other. Zach knows it. So does Jaimie, but surely one night of steamy sex won’t change their lives… until Jaimie needs protection from an obsessed stalker and Zach, who served his country in Special Ops, is the only man who can provide it.