Love in the Wild: A Tarzan Retelling by Emma Castle
A Sensual, Powerful, And Thought Provoking Tarzan Retelling
Eden Matthews stumbled upon the discovery of a lifetime while photographing wildlife deep in the heart of Africa…
A gorgeous god of a man living in the wilds of the African jungle among a family of gorillas…
When he saves her life she’s compelled to uncover the man’s tragic past and the fate which led him to grow up in the wild.
But Eden soon learns she can take man from the wild, but she can’t take the wild out of the man…
When her savage savior soon shows her just want he wants of her…her sensual surrender, she finds she can’t resist him teaching her how to love…in the wild.
I had high hopes for this book because I’ve never read a Tarzan retelling before. Every now and then I like to read a romance to switch things up. Unfortunately, this one didn’t work out well for me.
Thorn is a young boy on an African trip with his mom and dad when their plane crashes, and he’s left to survive amongst gorillas. Fast forward 20 years…Eden Matthews is visiting the African jungle (Uganda) photographing wildlife when she and a handful of others are taken. While the others are killed, Eden is saved by a mysterious man (Thorn) from the wild. She soon discovers that this man has been living in the forest since he was a little boy.
What I liked:
-The author prefaces the book writing about the importance of conservation and her love for gorillas.
-The book is written in two perspectives, so you get Thorn’s and Eden’s perspective alternately with quite a bit of Thorn’s history too.
– The story doesn’t follow the original Tarzan narrative to a T. In this version, Thorn is a very young child deserted after a plane crash. Thorn does save Eden’s life, which is similar to how Tarzan and Jane meet for the first time. This retelling is definitely unique.
– The book is written well with good pacing. It’s descriptive, thought-provoking, and even atmospheric at times.
What I didn’t like:
– I had to suspend disbelief multiple times, and it made me question too much. It was hard for me to accept Thorn the way the author portrayed him. He’s been isolated all these years in the jungle, raised amongst gorillas, but once he meets Eden bada bing! Perfect lover? It just seemed too far-fetched how fast these two fell in love. It also seemed crazy the way he adapts to civilization so well and so quickly.
-The romance was too cheesy for me and cringey at times.
This book didn’t exactly work out for me. I came close to tossing it, but I was able to finish it. Skimming over the romance parts that were too cheesy was easy to do. What pushed me to finish this story was that it’s part of my Reading Retelling Challenge for 2021. I’m not going to bash this book because it wasn’t horrible. For me this came down to believability and content issues and the insta-love that just didn’t feel right. I’ll still read other books by this author in the future because I did like her writing.
If you enjoy retellings and romance, this might be a good book for you. Don’t let my review deter you! This book is highly praised by many readers.
- Publisher : Emma Castle (August 20, 2020)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 378 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1952063175
- ISBN-13 : 978-1952063176
This is book #9 for my Retelling Reading Challenge. If you’d like to see my progress, click the image below.
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