Wilde Love by Jennifer Ryan

September 28th, 2023 Kimberly Review 8 Comments

28th Sep

Wilde Love, the first novel in the Dark Horse Dive Bar by Jennifer Ryan, delivered romance, suspense and hints of romances to come. An addictive, swoon-worthy romance with characters you’ll want to spend time with. Grab a cuppa and see why I enjoyed Lyric & Mason’s romance.

Wilde Love by Jennifer Ryan
Wilde Love
by Jennifer Ryan
Series: Dark Horse Dive Bar #1
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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In this first of New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Ryan’s new series, The Dark Horse Dive Bar, sassy singer-songwriter Lyric Wilde matches wits with FBI Special Agent Mason Gunn. And when her obsessed fan and Mason’s most wanted criminal targets her, he’s the only man capable of protecting her.

Welcome to the Dark Horse Dive Bar, where the Wildes throw one hell of a party and love could be a barstool away!

When Lyric Wilde’s not whipping up the best food in town at the Dark Horse Dive Bar, she’s making a name for herself as a rising singer-songwriter. And if any of her online followers cross the line from friendly to fanatical, well, Lyric figures it goes with the territory—and she can take care of herself. But there’s one fan she wants to get to know better—a silent, sexy biker named Viper. A man who makes her think mine every time she looks at him. But who exactly is “Viper?”

Undercover FBI special agent Mason Gunn has been hiding in plain sight and alone for far too long. And while he fantasizes about a peaceful life with beautiful Lyric by his side, he knows that until his mission—to take down a murder-for-hire network—is accomplished, his dark world is no place for her. But when frightening encounters and threatening text messages from a stalker bent on keeping Lyric all to himself and his most wanted criminal target his sultry songbird, he will stop at nothing to protect the woman he loves…


Undercover FBI special agent Mason Gunn has grown tired of being away from family and undercover. He has been working the MC case and others for far too long. Plus, his growing attraction to Lyric Wilde, cook and country singer at the Dark Horse Dive Bar is complicating things. Stolen kisses and secret promises can only keep a fella warm for so long.

Lyric Wilde has a thing for Mason, even if she doesn’t really know his name. Despite his reputation and membership in the gang, she sees beneath the surface. She trusts him and his content to wait for answers. In the meantime, a fan shows up at her family’s ranch demanding her time and sending off vibes that warn of danger. Can Mason keep her safe when he has a job to do? I snuggled up with their story and found myself caught up in the tale.

I loved the chemistry and building romance between them. Lyric knows who she is and what she wants and isn’t afraid to go for it. She is also kind which gets her in trouble with her fan.

Ryan gives us a well-rounded tale with family, town life and hints of stories to come. The suspenseful threads were well done, with some red herrings and buildup. I absolutely loved Mason’s family and cannot wait to learn more about his brothers.

This story is perfect for fans of sizzling, heartfelt romance complete with songs and lyrics to make you melt.

While Wilde Love offers a complete standalone romance, I can already tell you I am looking forward to Hawke’s romance and others.

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About Jennifer Ryan

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Hunted Series and The McBride Series. Jennifer writes romantic suspense and contemporary small-town romances. Jennifer lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and three children. When she isn’t writing a book, she’s reading one. Her obsession with both is often revealed in the state of her home and how late dinner is to the table. When she finally leaves those fictional worlds, you’ll find her in the garden, playing in the dirt and daydreaming about people who live only in her head, until she puts them on paper.

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8 Responses to “Wilde Love by Jennifer Ryan”

  1. Katherine

    I’ve read another book by her and really enjoyed it and this sounds good. I like that there’s a bit of suspense and a good filled out setting.

  2. Lover of romance

    Great review on this one! I also LOVED this one. It’s one of my favorite books from this author. The music focus was beautiful. Solid family bonds and that ENDING!! Was epic and beautiful. I can’t wait for the next one. And I am curious if she will do more with the MC.

    • Jennifer Ryan

      Mason lends a hand in Wilde For You (Jax and Layla’s story) and Wilde Abandon (book 3 – Melody and Fox’s story). And the rest of the Gunn family will hopefully get their own series soon.