Book Review: The Wild Side by R.K. Lilley


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 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?

More often than not, it's the heroine who needs a "spark" and to break free of a boxed in life, so my curiosity is always piqued whenever that kind of story is told from a male point of view. In The Wild Side, Author R.K. Lilley offers a mesmerizing blend of sex appeal and mystery! ;)

Forty-year-old Alasdair Masters is a wealthy, successful author, but he mostly keeps to himself and out of the social spotlight. Even before their recent divorce, the relationship with his ex-wife had been loveless and hollow. Enter young blonde bombshell, Iris. Alasdair is immediately attracted to this bold and brazen woman, but also immediately warns himself against her age. When she isn't deterred at all, Alasdair soon finds that he can't refuse what she's offering.
"...what is that getup you're wearing supposed to do?"
"Make you lose every ounce of good sense you ever had, and take a walk on the wild side. Is it working?"
He wasn't exactly looking for something new and exciting, but instead, it came looking for him. Iris became his spark, and as control started to slip through his fingers, all he could do was stoke the flame. The thrill and satisfaction that she provided consumed him quickly.
It was one of those things I couldn't believe I'd done after the fact, and the doing of it had felt like a blur of absolute, mindless pleasure.
She brought out a rough and passionate side of him. She was eager and unabashedly responsive to his touch. As their relationship gained momentum, it was fascinating to see the effect and power that youthful Iris had over him.
I pushed down on her hips, arching her back, so that every pull in or out was grinding against the rawest part of her. I would not, could not stop until I'd gotten what I needed from her.
Beyond her sensuality, I was intrigued by her personality. She was so confident and was never easily intimidated, but she divulged very little detail about herself. My imagination couldn't help but wonder...Who is she? Where the heck did she come from? What intentions could she be hiding?
She didn't strike me as someone from her generation. She was mature, to say the least, and well spoken, even well read...To my mind, she seemed to know too much to be so young.
Their more laid-back interactions--the amiable moments laced in between all of the pleasure and desire--even those had my attention.
"My eyes?" 
"Yes. Sometimes they're so brown, and sometimes I think they're more hazel, but they're always, always, so warm. They're by far your most dangerous weapon, Dair."
I liked how candid Dair's POV was through it all...the way he'd react whenever he was with her, his thoughts when she was away, and the realizations that he even made about himself.
Talking to her had the most bizarre, familiar feel to it, as though we'd done it a thousand though it was not something new at all, but rather a lost thing I'd found, like rereading an old book that I'd completely forgotten was my absolute favorite.
However, even as I was reading through all of his emotions and the changes that he felt, society's influence kept that "gold digger" paranoia in the back of my head. I couldn't just forget the huge age gap, his fortune, or the sudden development of their affair in the first place. These were details that kept poking at me. What's really going on here?
"Because there's only one reason people our ages get together."
"And what reason is that?" Her voice was so quiet I nearly didn't catch her words.
I shut my eyes. "To use each other."
By the book's end, after a drastic turn of events, I was left with about 20 more questions and a craving for the next book! I'm definitely looking forward to more Dair and Iris! The Wild Side was a great introduction to these characters and an alluring tease to where this story could be headed! 
I wanted my emotional numbness back. Badly.
Instead, in its place, I felt. I missed. I craved. I yearned.

R.K. Lilley has been a writer since she can remember, but has held down some interesting jobs to pay the bills. For several years she was a first class flight attendant, and she always swore that she just had to write a book about it. Mixing her love of romance and all things BDSM, the Up In the Air Trilogy is her debut into the world of contempary romance and erotica. She is currently working on the final installment in the series.