Title – Enchanting Wilder
Author – Cassie Graham
Publication Date – July 28, 2016
Series – The Wild Series, #1
Declan Wilder has never met a witch he didn’t hate. He is in the business of protecting the world from all things paranormal, after all. But what happens when one glimpse at an enchanting McKenna Sawyer sends him spinning? Suddenly, Declan can’t help but question everything he thought he knew about the world he’s been sworn to protect for so long.
Plagued by her parents’ death, McKenna Sawyer has no interest in anything outside of her family’s business and her sister’s happiness. So when she’s assigned to warn a Pursuer about his impending death, she’s less than prepared for the way he shifts her world on its axis. And when more time spent with him leads to more secrets about their world revealed, they must decide how their universes fit together — if at all.
The paranormal world is gearing up for a fight, and both Declan and McKenna have been called to battle. But the question remains — will they be fighting for or against each other?
This book is so different from anything that Cassie Graham has released before, but she is certainly in her element. Enchanting Wilder contains components that will satisfy a little bit of everyone’s cravings. There is a dash of romance, a dose of paranormal antics, and even a splash of philosophical musings. I fell in love with the main characters, McKenna and Declan, but also with their tribe, and I have no doubt that other readers will as well.
“I imagine a twenty-something woman with wild, lioness red hair sitting in the grass would put most people on edge. But, here in Summerson, Massachusetts, the weird and strange are considered completely ordinary.”
What I appreciated most about this first book in the new series of standalones was the incredibly imaginative journey I was taken on from beginning to end. It was a girl’s voyage to discovering who she truly was above all else. McKenna slowly received bits and pieces of a puzzle, and only when she came together with those around her was she able to solve it. While there was a romance that brewed with the hero, Declan, it was truly a girl power of the heroine type of novel, and I loved every bit of it! The author was able to bring Enchanting Wilder full circle, while still creating a genuine curiosity for the other characters as well. As soon as you read each of their personalities, you’ll get a thirst for more.
“Have you ever felt something so intense, it takes over your body? You have no control over your actions. You feel like your mind goes out the window and you rely solely on your heart. It shoves you forward, pushes you to the edge and makes you do things you never you’d do.”
As someone who is a descendent of the Salem Witch Trials, I was beyond fascinated with the plot and scenarios these characters got themselves in. It gave me a whole other connection to the novel – one I have never experienced before. On the other hand, there were several religious musings that left me thinking and questioning. While I’m not a religious person, it’s weaved in so delicately that it actually makes sense in the greater arc of the book. I was a little hesitant as I started to make those initial connections, but I am so glad that I stuck it through. The journey from start to finish was shocking, enthralling, and magical – pun intended! The writing was absolutely fantastic and above anything Graham has produced before. She excelled at building up the tension and action to give you a powerful WHOA moment that felt like a firecracker detonating. However, she also then planted all these little seeds and sparks that she had to address, which only lead readers on further.
“Everything is going to be okay. You have to believe in it. Magic doesn’t just come from spells and potions. It comes from within yourself. You’re the magic, you just have to remember it.”
I’ve been following Cassie Graham for quite a while now. I’ve seen her write romance and fun, but nothing has come close to what she’s been able to produce with Enchanting Wilder. I love to see authors grow and finesse their art forms, and I can see that happening with Graham. I’m always looking forward to this author’s next release, but seeing what she produced with these characters has raised the bar for me. I know that the next book will be a success and keep me drooling for more!
Crickets chirp in the distance and I wonder if they’ll ever hold the same mundane significance they did before. They used to be irrelevant, unimportant creatures. But now? I can’t imagine a world without them. They’re the soundtrack to a kiss that brought me back to the land of the living. Everything I’ve wanted—everything I’ve needed—is being laid out in front of me by Declan. His passion overwhelms me, and for the first time in my life, my sense of self is overflowing. I no longer feel the need to second-guess my desires.
Every kiss, every stroke of his tongue with mine brings me closer to who I’m supposed to be. It feels as if I’ve been waiting my entire life to find someone to kiss me like this. So passionately—full of want and need.
Declan takes hold of me gently, placing both hands on the side of my face. He slows his pace, and pulls away, kissing my nose.
I’m panting with fervor and smile when his green eyes look into mine.
Declan lowers his voice. “That was…”
I nod, still gasping for air. “It was.”
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Cassie Graham is a firey redhead with an intense love for fairytales–angsty, suspenseful fairytales–but fairytales nonetheless. She’s had all kinds of jobs–but the one she loves the most is being a writer. She finds solace in it.
She’s also the mom to a beautiful little girl. Her greatest joy is watching her grow.
Cassie has always loved to write and is so thankful that she’s able to do it full-time. She’s very lucky to have a husband who works non-stop so she can live out her dream. He’s the reason why writing romance is so easy.
Cassie is a born and raised Arizona girl. Though she has moved around a bit, her home always calls to her. It’s where her heart will remain.
If Cassie isn’t writing, she’s more than likely cooking in the kitchen with her daughter or has her nose buried deep in a good book. She loves front porch sitting, drinking coffee, and constantly dating her husband.