I would categorize most of Denison’s books as being spicy romances and Wilde Thing is no exception. However, the characters are not just caricatures of men and women in love. These characters have real depth and deal with real issues. Of course, I question some of the PI’s methods of investigation and the easy way some problems were resolved but overall it was a good story.
Liz is the type of person who is always trying to please everyone. She tries to take care of others, even when they don’t want her care. She won’t let anyone take care of her. Instead, she feels responsible for others’ actions. With her history as an orphan taken in by her aunt and uncle, she keeps trying to overcome the guilt she feels in taking away the attention from her cousin. She struggles with guilt over marrying the wrong guy and not continually being the niece that her aunt and uncle admire. She ends up struggling with the burden of debts from her ex-husband as well as keeping her own business going.
Steve Wilde is the private investigator she hires to find her missing cousin. They begin a relationship that Liz sees as something temporary even as Steve begins to see more to their romance. It is Steve who finally confronts her weakness of always taking care of others but never taking care of herself. Although this confrontation is necessary in their development as a couple, it is her cousin’s honesty that gets Liz to realize she must take care of herself.
What did this book have to do with my faith? One of the ideas Christians have is about self-less giving. That is, we think we must always do for others in order to show the love of Christ. However, is that always the most healthy for the other person? Liz’s cousin is someone who does not want her help. She has no desire to be good and does not want Liz covering for her so that the parents never found out how bad she really is. In fact, Liz has tried to control her cousin and her life. That is not healthy nor is it really loving or being selfless. What Liz is doing is trying to get her cousin to be like her and be good so that Liz can stop feeling guilty. That is not being selfless. Have you ever tried to control someone else with the intention of being self-less or acting Christ-like? What happened?
I recommend this book for those who enjoy a spicy romance.