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How To Tame Beasts and Other Wild Things Synopsis:

My name is Matilda Pearl. My life is a non-stop riddle I hope to one day solve. 

I’ve learned to protect my heart; fate has dealt me more than a few shit cards in my twenty-two years. Invisibility tops my list, not to mention tragedy. 

I was yanked out of a Paris-France life by my ass of a father, and thrown into a one-year journey on a farm in Wisconsin. I’ve been assigned the impossible: Wife Catcher.   Simply put, until I replace myself I’m Mary Poppins, the beast tamer, ringmaster of the unruly, complete with twin toddlers and a beast of a man. Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to my three-ring circus.

The Beast – Balthazar Cox – is repulsive…as in that sexy, I-just-died-and-went-to heaven sort of repulsive. He walks the earth like he owns it, with his tatted trunk of a body and chiseled-rough, blazing good looks. The beastly Brit – did I mention that he’s English? – also happens to be my widowed brother-in-law, a man haunted by betrayal and abandonment, and for whom I’m on task to find a wife. If I succeed I’ll be rewarded with my juicy trust fund. And, yes, it will happen. You can keep your diamonds and designer clothes…. With my bag of loot, I plan on becoming the Patron Saint of Lost and Found Animals.

When the past resurfaces more than once for both of us, all hell breaks loose.  Can you be lost and found at once? In other words, sometimes lies can be cathartic.  Some people heal us; some of us heal others. 

This is mostly a love story, an unlikely sexy romance with whiplash twists, boundaries that shouldn’t be crossed, and multiple risks of losing everything.  It may have more heartache, and drama than some but in the end it’s about truth, discovery, and forgiveness. Maybe it was wrong to fall for him. Or maybe the hole in his heart was always waiting for me to fill it. Now there’s a riddle for you.


This book I want to keep reading over and over again. If you can recall your Disney Movies such as Beauty and the Beast and it’s one of my all time favorites and I think besides the way the author writes this beautiful tale , it does remind me of an everyday beauty with a beast.

Matilda Pear has been invisible since she was born due to her older sister always getting the attention. Well now that her sister is gone, it is Matilda’s job to get her sister’s widower a wife to help take care of him and his twin boys. Balthazar Cox is not going to be an easy one to find a wife because he is nothing but a big ole meany. No manners (well at least not to Matilda) but he loves his boys more than anything on this earth. He has sworn off women. He doesn’t need that headache again. Matilda is not a graceful person and I loved this part. Both she and Balthazar remind me of people in real life and I would love to know these two completely people. Balthazar doesn’t come from money but Matilda has but you really can’t tell it.

I was laughing out loud so many times and crying out loud too. I called both characters names that I will not mention here but I could’ve smack both upside the head a few thousand times. I love unconditional love stories and this one will stick with me forever.

Barb Gives


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A Wilding Wells Bio:

I’m a mother of four sons, a country dweller, a foodie, an animal and nature lover and an entrepreneur. I started my first company when I was twenty-three with my husband and partner, the lovely man I am still married to and work with twenty-four years later. Together we’ve always created. I’ve written several books in other genres under a different name. My first novel is A Mess of Reason.  My second book, How To Tame Beasts And Other Wild Things, is out now!