Review: Wild Child by Molly O’Keefe. Beautifully written deep romance.

Title: Wild Child
Author: Molly O’Keefe
My rating: 4 of 5 Stars


Monica Appleby is a woman with a reputation. Once she was America’s teenage “Wild Child,” with her own reality TV show. Now she’s a successful author coming home to Bishop, Arkansas, to pen the juicy follow-up to her tell-all autobiography. Problem is, the hottest man in town wants her gone. Mayor Jackson Davies is trying to convince a cookie giant to move its headquarters to his crumbling community, and Monica’s presence is just too . . . unwholesome for business. But the desire in his eyes sends a very different message: Stay, at least for a while.

Jackson needs this cookie deal to go through. His town is dying and this may be its last shot. Monica is a distraction proving too sweet, too inviting—and completely beyond his control. With every kiss he can taste her loneliness, her regrets, and her longing. Soon their uncontrollable attraction is causing all kinds of drama. But when two lost hearts take a surprise detour onto the bumpy road of unexpected love, it can only lead someplace wonderful.


I read a lot of Romance. Recently I find it hard to fell in love with a book in this genre. Call it romance burn-out. Same tropes, same characters, same stories… But I longed for a love story that would make me feel deeply again. I want to say thank you to Molly O’Keefe for this book.

Wild Child is one of the best romance books out there. Molly took the same old trope, but wrote a beautiful unique and meaningful story. Now I have an urge to revisit my old ratings and change them, I gave away 4 and 5 Stars so freely.

I loved Molly’s writing style. The most fitting word to describe it is delicious. Yes, delicious words… I read this book slowly, savoring every sentence.

The author wrote complex multidimensional characters and I was fully invested in their stories.

And of course the romance. Deep, touching, at times sad and hurting, Monica and Jackson’s relationship was such a delight to follow.

My only complaint is Shelby Monroe’s story. This sub-plot was thrown onto the reader so abruptly and from nowhere, that I had difficulties with it. But it was a minor thing that didn’t lessen my overall enjoyment of the book.

Beautifully written deep story with great characterization. Highly recommended to all lovers of romance.

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5 Comments on “Review: Wild Child by Molly O’Keefe. Beautifully written deep romance.

  1. I love romances with lots of heart and this sounds like a winner Ksenia! I struggled with romances for so long, they felt all the same, drama and sex based and I just gave up. This year I’m planning on reading a few more select titles recommended by friends and definitely want to give this one a read.

    If I had of judged this one by the cover, I would have assumed it was just another sex filled NA. Wonderful review Ksenia and so glad you enjoyed it ❤️

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