Overall Grade: 4.5 ⭐️
Tropes: best friend’s sister; second chance romance (sort of); one night stand into more; soulmates; hero falls first; generational trauma; found family
Devney Perry’s contribution to the Madigan Mountain series does a beautiful job of laying out the story of Crew, the youngest Madison brother, and Raven while bringing a finish to the Madigan Mountain series. While brother #2, Weston Madigan, is still my favorite, Crew runs a very close second. This series, so deftly drawn by Sarina Bowen, Rebecca Yarros, and Perry, is about the impact of generational trauma, specifically the death of a parent and its impact on the family. As the youngest, the impact on Crew was the greatest. In the wake of his mother’s death, a woman to whom he felt tethered to this world, Crew loses his foundation and a bit of himself. He turns this absence into becoming a world-class snowboarder, and it provides him an escape from his pain. These feelings are never processed until he returns for his brother’s wedding. It’s then that the timer begins for him to finally handle his mother’s death as his brothers do in the earlier books of this series. For me, this is one of the emotional challenges of A Little Too Wild.
What is surprising and delightful about Perry’s romance is the way that Crew falls for Raven, her heroine, first. In fact, Crew has liked Raven from afar. However, throughout their youth, Raven never really sees Crew as anything more than her brother’s best friend. On his return to Madigan Mountain, something changes, and Raven finds herself drawn to him. Unfortunately, aspects of his life remind her of her father’s, a roustabout who never took his role as a father seriously. As such, Raven is reticent to have anything more than the physical with Crew. This, however, becomes impossible when both of them begin to develop feelings. Then, the complications of a relationship arise for both of them. This complication fuels the fire of Perry’s plot development, and she keeps her readers engaged with Raven and Crew’s “will they/won’t they” journey. Add in the difficulties of Crew’s reconciliation of his mother’s death and the healing of his family, his career responsibilities, and Raven’s own ambition for her future, and A Little Too Wild becomes an emotional story about the power of love to help heal old wounds.
Everything magical about Devney Perry’s romances is found in A Little Too Wild, even down to her delicious bonus epilogues. As a storyteller, Perry never disappoints. Instead, she offers up scintillating stories that steal your heart and keep you believing in happily ever afters.
In love and romance,