Novel: 85,000 words
4 Stars from RT Book Reviews! Finalist, Bookseller's Best Award, 2013
October 2012 - Trade Paperback ISBN: 978-1-60928-797-9
November 2011 - Digital ISBN: 978-1-60928-624-8
Tess Sheridan won’t let anything stop her from making partner at a prestigious law firm, especially her notoriously soft heart. The result? She’s a handful of clients away from getting her name on that brass plate. And she hasn’t had sex in over a year.
When her best friend dares her to test-drive her erotic fantasies with a gorgeous stranger, she figures, why not? Loosening the reins will give her inner nympho some well-deserved pampering without jeopardizing her career goals.
Zach Halliday has enjoyed his bad-boy reputation to the fullest, but now it’s time to leave the relative safety of the family corporation and prove he can stand on his own in the business world. That doesn’t mean he’ll pass up an opportunity for some incredible phone sex with the beautiful strawberry blonde he met in a bar.
When business overlaps with the bedroom, Zach sees something special in Tess and is determined to convince her he’s the man she needs, anytime, anyplace. She can backpedal, but come hell or high-climbing-wall, he wants the fascinating, complicated sex bomb in his bed. Over and over again…
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4.25 Stars - "I loved the interactions between Tess and Zach. They have a lot more in common than you would think.... The sex is explicit and happens fairly often. It does not take away from the story but instead adds to it. There is emotion involved the entire time, even if some of it is being denied. This story was great.... I didn't want to put it down." Night Owl Reviews.
4 Stars - "Here's a fun, quick read that is sexy and entertaining. St. James creates well-rounded characters that seem like friends by the end of the novel.... Readers will anticipate the author's next novel." Keitha Hart, RT Book Reviews.
4 Stars - "This is a great, sweet love story and I highly recommend it to anyone who likes a good story to go along with all the smokin’ hot lovin’. So, if lots of sex, including the kinds with food is your cuppa, you will LOVE this book. Kate St. James is a new author for me and she’s a keeper! I can’t wait to read her next release." Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews.
4 Stars - "There are so many deliciously sexy and sensual activities in this story that are sure to please the inner nympho of many readers. The story does as the title suggests and gets a little wild with the sex scenes.... Tess and Zach are fun and teasing to read during these moments and aren't into extremes, so for them it's about exploration. The seriousness comes into play outside of the bedroom and how they emotionally evolve into their relationship." Whipped Cream Reviews.
"This is a sizzling-hot story about a couple who intend to have sex without commitment and end up falling in love. It has some surprisingly sweet moments, especially as Zach realizes that he is in love before Tess does.... Recommended for those who like their romance on the steamy side." Marlene Harris, Reading Reality, LLC, Library Journal.
"Author Kate St. James has delivered sexy characters that'll surprise you in the wickedly entertaining A LITTLE WILD." Romance Junkies Reviews.
Finalist, Erotic Division, Bookseller's Best Award, 2013. Winner to be announced at Romance Writers of America National Conference in Atlanta, July 2013.
Product Warnings: This book contains explicit, melt-your-panties sex (phone and otherwise), and inappropriate use of wild cherry ice cream. Insights on rejuvenating your own inner nympho may be inspired upon reading.
“You can’t ignore the entire male gender, Tess. What will you do about sex?”
Tess Sheridan squirmed in her chair in the upscale Vancouver bar. “I’m not ignoring them all, just the—”
Tess stared down her best friend sitting across the small table. “I will have sex again someday.” She tucked a stray hair into the chignon that had loosened after a long Wednesday perusing contracts. “But I’ve dated up a storm since ditching Warren. What do you want me to do? Send invitations to the whole bunch and stage an orgy?” She’d dumped her manipulative ex-boyfriend a year ago tonight—in this same bar, in fact—inspiring Chloe Nichols to drop into the law firm and drag her to Danver’s Pub for take-stock-of-Tess’s-non-existent-love-life drinks.
Chloe laughed, her dark hair swinging. “Sleeping with one man would suffice. And I’m not talking a member of your guy-pal entourage, either, so don’t worry.”
Tess sighed. Why, oh, why had she blabbed her decision to remain celibate? Chloe clearly thought she was nuts. And Tess might, too, in another life. One not influenced by her horrendous workload, her history of wrongwrongwrong, totally wrong relationships, and the biggie: fear of winding up like Mom.
She sipped her English Bay Pale Ale, the smooth malt flavor welcome after another warm mid-August day. “Don’t call them my entourage.” She hated the nickname.
“Well, they are.”
“They’re my friends.” The thought of hooking up with any of the men she currently dated gave her hives. Not because she considered them male counterparts of her type-A self, either, which was hardly lust-inspiring—she slept with herself every night.
No, sex spelled trouble, plain and simple. She lost perspective, put the guy’s needs ahead of her own. Or at least that was how it always seemed.
“Whatever.” Chloe drank her beer. “My point is, you’ve accomplished a great deal since passing the bar exam, yet all you do is work.”
“I have to keep working hard if I want to prove myself to Mr. Greenburg,” Tess said above the chatter and soft rock music filling the trendy bar. Greenburg & Associates topped the city’s corporate law firms. Tess had articled with Lawrence Greenburg upon graduating from the University of British Columbia’s competitive law school. He’d been so impressed with her diligence and enthusiasm that he’d offered her a position as junior associate. She owed him for the opportunity to rise quickly through the ranks and someday make partner.
And she owed herself that same chance to become both financially and emotionally independent. Self-reliant. Free and unencumbered.
Although maybe a little bit lonely.
She shook off the dull ache settling over her. “Mr. Greenburg has shown an enormous amount of faith in me by inviting me to sit in on the latest Halliday Enterprises’ consultation.” Graham Halliday, Vancouver’s wealthiest entrepreneur, possessed a reputation for generosity and community spirit. Tess looked forward to meeting him at the conference table next week. “I could learn a lot from this acquisition, Chloe. I have to stay focused.”
“Focused and orgasm-free.”
“Chloe, I love you like a chocolate fudge sundae, but you’re trying to distract me. I can’t afford to become emotionally involved with any man right now.”
“That’s why you only date dweebs?”
“No.” Tess sniffed, feigning insult. “That’s why I’ve only dated casually since Warren.”
“Why you always break it off before the third date.”
“Why I won’t stay with any man long enough to form an emotional bond,” she corrected.
“Hmm.” Chloe drummed her fingers on the polished wood table.
“I think you’re afraid.”
Tess blinked. “Ridiculous,” she said as their waitress approached. “I just happen to know what I want.”
Chloe set aside her empty beer bottle. “Wanna bet?”