Title: Return to Wylder
Author: Maria Imbalzano
Genre: Contemporary Western Romance
The untimely death of EJ Hampton’s father kills her dream of practicing law with him in her hometown of Wylder. Heartbroken, she now has two weeks to organize the practice for sale. When she meets her father’s millionaire client Dylan Addison, he is demanding and entitled—yet his charisma captivates her.
Dylan is under pressure to renovate the Wylder Hotel before his father pulls the plug on his project. He needs EJ’s expertise, but she is bent on returning to her life in San Francisco despite the fireworks between them.
EJ walks a tightrope trying to balance Dylan’s needs against her own, but doing so is far more complicated when emotions get in the way.
Can she fulfill a promise to her father and return to Wylder or is her life in San Francisco? EJ is heartbroken when she hears of her father’s sudden death. Gone is her dream of practicing law with him. She’s called back home to Wylder to help stabilize her father’s practice or determine if the best course of action is to sell. On her first day back, she meets with an illustrious client of her father’s practice, Dylan. He’s demanding, very rich, and attractive. He wants her to run his portfolio, or he walks. She tempers the waters of discourse with a caveat. She’s not staying. But there’s something calling her, beckoning her, to stay in Wylder. Is it Dylan or is it her own heart? She’s not sure but when emotions cloud her judgment, she’ll have to decide what she wants most.
Return to Wylder is a contemporary western romance I couldn’t stop reading. In the vein of the old adage about never coming home again, this book shows you can return home and find love, too. Recently, I’ve become a huge western romance reader and I love reading this series because it introduces me to a wide variety of authors. From the moment I started reading, I connected with EJ right away. She’s a woman torn between two cities, two dreams, and her wants versus her needs. The chemistry she has with Dylan is electrifying and oh so irresistible. The tension between these two is thick but such fun to read. I loved seeing Wylder in a modern setting. Maria Imbalzano is an established romance writer who writes unforgettable characters who fall in love. I can’t get enough of Maria’s stories and Return to Wylder is her finest written book to date. If western romance is your reading jam, pick up Return to Wylder. If you’re looking for an angsty yet enjoyable romance, you’ll want to read Return to Wylder. Highly recommend!
My Rating: 5 stars
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Maria Imbalzano is an award-winning contemporary romance/women’s fiction author who writes about strong, independent women and the men who fall in love with them. She recently retired from the practice of law, but legal issues have a way of showing up in many of her novels. When not writing, she loves to travel both abroad and in the states. Maria lives in central New Jersey with her husband--not far from her two daughters who love to weigh in on what her characters their age would never do or say. For more information about her books, please visit her website at http://mariaimbalzano.com where you can also sign up for her newsletter.
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Reviewed by: Mrs. N