Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Book Review of #9 The Wild Card by Rhonda Nelson

 Name of the Book: The Wild Card

Author Name: Rhonda Nelson

ISBN: 978-0-373-79598-7

Publisher: Harlequin

Type of book: Adult, contemporary, romance

Year it was published: 2011

Part of a series: Men out of uniform


Former ranger Seth McCutcheon is a man of his word. Leave the military at teh request of his dying mother? Check. Join the super-elite Ranger Security? Definitely. Provide a security detail at a high-society wedding? Hell, why not? Go undercover as the wedding planner's boyfriend? Uhh, well...But once Seth sets eyes on sexy Penelope Hart, he knows he's a goner. If Penelope wants a fake fling, he's her man. Especially if it comes with all the sensual benefits. But they can't spend all their time in bed, as much as they'd like to. Somebody is threatening to sabotage the ceremony. If Seth doesn't discover the culprit, Penelope's business will be ruined. Seth is going to need all the luck he can get if he's going to save the day and get the girl. Then again, they don't call him Wild Card for nothing...

 As with other romance heroines, the heroine in this book is feisty and commitment-phobic (her parents accumulated a lot of marriages in between them,) she is also capable and obsessed with details. The hero is far more interesting, getting out of the service because of his mother (what initially drew me to the book in the first place...) and due to his past also has fear of commitment of sorts. I do wish that the whole nickname, "the wild card" would have played up more in the book. This is a bit of a mystery as well. The characters seem to be kind of predictable in someways, although there is a small plot twist if I remember right...

I would guess the theme for this would be that if one door closes then the other one opens, and surprises are unexpected.

I was pretty new to the Men out of Uniform series, so I do wish that the author briefly went into background about it because it was confusing for me. The plot seems to be kind of simplistic, and as I mentioned previously, the book wasn't very memorable for me unfortunately.

Author information:

A Waldenbooks bestselling author, two‐time RITA®Award nominee andRT
Book Reviews Reviewers’ Choice nominee, Rhonda Nelson writes hot romantic
comedy for the Harlequin Blaze line and other Harlequin imprints. With more
than twenty‐five published books to her credit and many more coming down the
pike, she’s thrilled with her career and enjoys dreaming up her characters and
manipulating the worlds they live in. In addition to a writing career she has a
husband, two adorable kids, a black Lab and a beautiful bichon frise. She and her
family make their chaotic but happy home in a small town in northern Alabama.
She loves to hear from her readers, so be sure and check her out at

This novel is part of the series, Men out of Uniform by Rhonda Nelson, and I haven't read any to see how it stacks up against them. Of course there is predictability in the novel. Although the author tried her best to make the characters likable, I feel that she is not successful and the characters do not sound distinguishable or likable. In someways, I also feel that the heroine's issues are not resolved as well and the book moved way too quickly. Also, due to some circumstances, I have doubts that I will read this author's books again.

3 out of 5
(0: Stay away unless a masochist 1: Good for insomnia 2: Horrible but readable; 3: Readable and quickly forgettable, 4: Good, enjoyable 5: Buy it, keep it and never let it go.)

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