by Patti Berg

February 2001
ISBN: 0-380-81682-2
Reviewer Graphic Button Avon Books
Mass Market Paperback

The plot of Born To Be Wild is one I wholeheartedly approve of. Lauren Remington was born to the wealthy upper middle class. All her life sheís done her best to live by the dictates of others in her social sphere. But after years of trying and failing and after two failed marriages and a broken engagement, after years of trying to be what others wanted her to be, sheís ready to do something for herself. A business venture seemed like a good idea, regardless of what her peers and family say.

What could be better than putting her skills as a veteran socializer to work planning high society weddings?

Enter caterer Max Wilde. Max is everything Lauren is not. Successful, with his own business, Max comes from a decidedly less affluent background. But, instead of allowing his success to take him away from it all, he gives back. Foster father to two kids and founder of an after school program and hang out for troubled youths, Max is content with his life until Lauren enters it. Now heís plagued by dreams of happily ever after with the woman of his dreams. But how do you mix high society and blue blood with Harleys and black leather?

What I enjoyed about Born To Be Wild is Laurenís realization that she needs to be herself. She spends the span of Born To Be Wild getting to know herself and trying new things. Itís immensely fun to read as she starts to understand what the truly important things in life are.

Max is much the same way. He, also, learns a thing or two about himself. Both Max and Lauren are very pleasant characters who are very frank about their attraction to one another. Another plus, as I hate when the hero, heroine or both try to deny what is obvious to everyone, both inside and out of the book.

What kept this from being a great book was the lightness of it. There were a few interesting topics that were touched on that werenít explored as much as they should have been. Maxís search for his sister was one. Laurenís relationship with his kids was another.

However, one relationship that was very well developed and executed was the one between Lauren and Charles, her butler for 28 of her 29 years. The love in that relationship is clearly expressed without going overboard into mush territory.

Patti Berg also did a wonderful job with Lauren and her relationship with her mother. I must admit that I love scenes where the overbearing parent finally gets told where to shove it and how deep it should go. And while Lauren didnít get that graphic, what she did say was almost as satisfying.

Over all, Born To Be Wild is a good light read. It sparked interest in both the prequel, Wife For A Day, the story of Laurenís brother Jack, and the book that follows, Something Wild about Maxís long, lost sister, Charity.

Reviewed in August 2002 by JaToya.

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